If I worked for 7 months at a place and made around $175k gross, and they took out a shit ton for taxes (I calculated and it was around 44%), any idea how much I can expect to get back at tax time?

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Really unnecessary to call me a dummy. But thanks for chiming in.

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No problem, dummy

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$175 in 7 months? Impressive. Doesn't answer you question, just wanted to say congrats on getting paid. Personally (and your mileage may vary) I'd figure the govt keeps 25-30% in the end. But without knowing your status, deductions, state, city, there's no way to actually give you a better number. Your accountant should be able to give you a good estimate though.

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I don’t understand the question - if you’re freelance then a client shouldn’t be taking taxes out of your pay and the amount you get back at tax time depends on the quartlery taxes you pay now as well as your expenses — if you’re running your work like a business.

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I got back 20k

Google "withholding calculator" + your state and run the numbers.

Learn how to fill out a W4 form, dummy. They only take out what you “tell” them to take out via W4

This guy who has the same title as me has made the same amount in the last 7 months as I have in the last 3 years. I am the dummy

Social security deduction for employees is about 8% with the employer contributing another 8%. When you’re self-employed, you need to pay the full 16%. Ask your account. Or get a good accountant who works with creative individuals

My state and federal taxes (and self employment taxes) regularly work out to 40%.

Are you a freelancer on a W9?

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