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What can I file for?

I have been currently unemployed for the whole 2013 year, and tax season is coming up here soon and I was wondering what I could file for? During the year I purchased a 2013 TDI Jetta, can I get anything back on the taxes on that or not? Can I file for all my sales tax like food, gas, ect. I have also been in school full time but using the GI bill, but can I file for the gas cost of me driving back and fourth every week, and if so would I have to have the receipt or just proof I have been in school and proof of my residency to show I have been driving from point a to b every week to school. I am not that good with taxes, can someone please help guide me to what I can claim and can't, or advise me to just have my girlfriend claim me as a dependent. Any suggestions would help very much cause I am struggling financially right now, no job and just living off of BAH.
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You can file a tax return to claim a refund but it is unclear whether or not you had income taxes withheld or if you paid estimated taxes to IRS or to your state ... did you receive unemployment compensation, can you itemize deductions, and do you have deductions related to education?   ...  I would need more information to fully answer your question ...
Your proof of school would be in a 1098 T which the school is required to give you by the end of the month at which you will get something back as part of the 1040 form. It phases out at some significant level of income but you may not have a problem with that. You can also have your girlfriend claim you as a dependent but you would need to check the rules about that--I think you have to be under 25 for that.


Would it matter if I was using a GI Bill or not? and Usually what is the average someone would get back for something like this
Your GI Bill: what type of education fund is this and are you a member of the military, or a veteran? :  Generally, your travel expenses for education are deductible from your gross income IF they are related to maintaining and keeping a current job.. You may qualify to itemize deductions for general sales taxes (actual, or optional general sales tax tables) if you file a return as Single and your total Schedule A itemized deductions exceed your standard deduction for 2013 ($6,100)..  your girlfriend may claim you as a dependent IF your girlfriend paid for more than half of your total living expenses for the entire year.  If not, she cannot qualify to claim you as a dependent. Living expenses include mortgage, rent, food, utilities, medical, dental, insurance. Your income from unemployment and the GI Bill are considered amounts you paid for your own support.
 You should have filed for unemployment at the start of the period of unemployment. You could file now, but you may not get the whole benefit. If you had any income to report, then the amount will be deducted from the benefit.


Unemployment compensation received from your state in 2013 is subject to federal income tax..