Tax Facts for Seasonal Workers

Tax Facts for Seasonal Workers

When I think of “seasonal jobs,” here’s what I picture: 

  • Retail workers at the mall during Black Friday 
  • Summer camp counselors leading songs around a campfire 
  • Mail or package delivery drivers lugging packages during the winter holiday  

I also picture seasonal workers a little closer to home—my second home—at TaxSlayer. During tax season, TaxSlayer hires around 300 temporary, seasonal employees to manage the surge in phone calls and emails from customers with questions about their tax return.  

We wouldn’t survive tax season without the commitment of our temporary employees who guide our customers through the tax filing process and troubleshoot technical problems.  

Similarly, malls wouldn’t be able to manage the influx of customers between Thanksgiving and Christmas without the support of their seasonal employees. Hats off to those who work long, unpredictable hours, often on holidays, knowing there is no promise of work in the future.  

Even though seasonal work is usually temporary and short term, taxes must be considered. 

  1. If you’re under 65 and filing as a single taxpayer, you must file a return if your income is $10,400 or more.  
  2. Know your tax bracket. Your tax bracket determines your tax rate, and any deductions you take will lower your taxable income, saving you money in the end. 
  3. If you’re being claimed as a dependent (on your parent’s tax return, for example), then you can’t claim your own exemption (since your parent is already claiming you), and if you earned more than $6,350 as a seasonal employee (as your parent’s dependent), you must file a tax return. 

Let’s say you’re single and under 65 and you worked for 4 months as a lifeguard. You made around $4,000 (well under $10,400). Your income is subject to federal tax. Yet, you’re not required to pay tax because you don’t meet the threshold. In this case, you might not be required to file a tax return; however, you could be eligible for a refund. So, filing a tax return, even when you’re not required to file one, could be in your best interest. 

Simply put, whether you’re a part-time or full-time seasonal employee, you must follow the same tax laws as employees who work 40 hours per week year-round.  

Part-time, full-time, and seasonal employees can file their taxes for free with TaxSlayer, or they can upgrade to a product with the support options they need. Choose a product that works best for you. 

If you’re a freelancer or independent contractor, then you’re considered self-employed, and the way you pay your taxes will be a little different. Not to worry. TaxSlayer has designed a comprehensive package—Self-Employed—that includes a personal tax expert to answer your toughest questions. 

Slaying your taxes, whether you’re a seasonal employee or self-employed, is fast and easy with TaxSlayer! 

Get started today to get your maximum refund.