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An email from Nico Robinson, age 19, who, today, opening the first paycheck from his summer job, suddenly discovered withholding taxes:
As I open the letter, I see the first line reading Direct Deposit Voucher, immediately skim to the bottom, expecting my full paycheck, and I notice something amiss. Rather than the figure I was expecting, I only see merely a much smaller figure, mocking me. I still have yet to grasp the concept of what withholdings are and why the feds can take my money — money that I don’t even owe them yet!