Am I Exempt From Taxes?

Earnings, including Federal Work Study, are subject to tax withholding. However, you may be exempt from federal and state income taxation if your income falls below certain levels.

Please note, the criteria mentioned below changes annually.

Federal Tax (2017)

For those who are not claimed as a dependent, if your income for 2017 will not exceed $10,400, you can claim exempt.

Dependents: If you will be claimed as a dependent and your income exceeds $1,050 and includes more than $350 of unearned income (e.g., interest and dividends), you cannot claim federal exemption. If you will be claimed as a dependent and your earned income will not exceed $6,350 and your unearned income will not exceed $350, you can claim exempt.

If you qualify to be exempt from Fed Tax, here is a PDF Document: Sample Form

Maryland Tax (2017)

You may claim exemption from Maryland income taxes if your federal income will not exceed $10,400, whether or not you are claimed as a dependent. For more information and forms, visit the university Tax Office website. Questions regarding the exemption from income tax withholding may be directed to the Tax Office at 443-997-8688.

If you qualify to be exempt from Maryland tax, PDF Document: here is a sample form.

The above information comes from the University Tax Office.

New York Tax (NY State, NY City, and Yonkers)

To Claim exemption from withholding for New York State personal income tax (and New York City and Yonkers personal income tax, if applicable), you must meet the conditions in either Group A or Group B.

Group A

  • you must be under age 18, or over age 65, or a full-time student under age 25; and
  • you did not have a New York income tax liability for 2016; and
  • you do not expect to have a New York income tax liability for 2017 (for this purpose, you have a tax liability if your return shows tax before the allowance of any credit for income tax withheld).

Group B

  • you meet the conditions set forth under the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), as amended by the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act.

If you meet the conditions in Group A or Group B, file this certificate, PDF Document: Form IT-2104-E, with your employer. Otherwise, your employer must withhold New York State income tax (and New York City and Yonkers personal income tax, if applicable) from your wages.

If you qualify to be exempt from NY tax, PDF Document: here is a sample form.

This information comes from the IT-2104-E Form. For more information, go to PDF Document: IT-2104-E