Originally Posted by Fiery
Siiiiigh. I'm a student and my dad claimed me as a dependent. =( So, on top of watching the dollar decrease in value from this silliness, I don't even get that 600 dollars. Woohoo. Nevermind that for 6 months out of last year I worked full time without help from him for student stuff.
But hey, whatever. 600 isn't enough to make me forget about the horrible war or the lack of universal healthcare for people.
You only would have gotten 300$, and only if you made at least 3,000 that you reported in a tax return. I do think the rules about dependent children are a little silly-- if your child is over 17 you don't get anything, but they don't get anything either if the IRS decides they could be claimed as a dependent. Most college students, as a result, didn't get one, regardless of if they get any help from anyone. So, supposedly the parents are helping out the kid (if they're called a dependent they're supposed to get at least half their income from a parent) but not getting any money for it, and the kids aren't getting any money for it either.
I guess it's because most people in that category aren't paying any taxes after they get them back at the end of the year, but it seems like that age group would be the most likely to actually spend the 300$ on consumer goods, but.