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Free online tax filing state federal The fraction is as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters you were a full-time employee. Free online tax filing state federal The denominator (bottom number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters considered the normal annual work period for the position. Free online tax filing state federal   Figure the second fraction as though you had worked part-time for the entire annual work period. Free online tax filing state federal The fraction is as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of hours or days you worked. Free online tax filing state federal The denominator (bottom number) is the number of hours or days normally required of someone holding the same position who works full-time. Free online tax filing state federal   Once you have figured these two fractions, multiply them together to determine the fraction representing your partial year of service for the year. 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