33%??? Perhaps if you are in high tax bracket, but this guy is talking about a near minimum wage job! I'm no Tax Advisor or CPA, but if you make less than a certain amount (typically on the order of several thousand dollars) per year, you owe no tax, and any money take out is refunded to you. If your salary is really low (i.e., very few hours at your wage), they may not take any witholdings. Talk to your Dad, who has filed taxes before (I hope...). In my experience, in the future, always declare 0 dependents, have the max withheld, and get a big chunk in April-May. If you are great at saving, declare 1, and save along the way. Again, don't take my word for this; seek out an expert or parental/employer advice. Under the table is fine if you have no morals, but keep in mind that lots of us have to pay "your" taxes for you take salary under the table. To me, that's akin to stealing my soul and to being a disgusting thief. When I played jazz gigs around Boston and got paid in cash, I paid taxes on all money I made, because that's the right thing to do.
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