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I am new with all these taxes and stuffs, I have no clue. I don't know where to ask this too so I hope you guys will help me with this, although it's a little bit off topic here.
So I have been receiving Pell grant : $5550 and Cal grant: $1500 for 2011-2012. I've also been working under Work Study since the last couple of months of 2011. The school just sent me the W-2 form which says that I only made $662 in the year of 2011, and the Federal Tax Withheld is zero(they did not take any tax from my paychecks) . I did not claim anyone on the W-4 form (the form I filed before starting working). I stated in a form of my school that I am a dependent student. So, do I have to file the tax return for 2011 ?
In the instruction for Form 1040, it says :
"Single dependents. Were you either age 65 or older or blind?
No. You must file a return if any of the following apply.
Your unearned income was over $950.
Your earned income was over $5,800.
Your gross income was more than the larger of
Your earned income (up to $5,500) plus $300."
I am confused here. If Pell grant and Cal grant are either considered earned or unearned income, I have to file the tax return. Is that right ? But are they earned/unearned income ?
In case I must file a tax return, which form should I use ?
Thank you guys a lot, I would appreciate any help.