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Does my child need to file taxes if he or she earns income -- Is filing a separate child income tax return necessary?

Regarding a child income tax return, how much he or she earned and from what activity will dictate and determine: does my child need to file taxes? Don't worry -- we'll help you determine what you and your child need to do. 

If your child or dependent is under age 65, he or she must file a return if one of these applies to his or her income:

  • Unearned income more than $1,000
  • Earned income more than $6,300
  • Gross income more than the larger of these:
    • $2,100
    • Earned income (up to $5,950) plus $350

If your child or dependent is age 65 or older or blind, the filing requirement will be the above amounts plus these amounts:

  • $1,550 if filing single
  • $1,250 if one of these:
    • Married filing jointly
    • Married filing separately
    • Qualifying widow(er)

Even if your dependent isn't required to file a return, he or she must file to receive a refund due from wage withholding.

Earned income is usually:

  • Wages
  • Salaries
  • Professional fees
  • Other compensation for personal services

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You've got your forms. And we've got your back. There's only one thing left to do. Let's do this.

Calculators

So how much will you get (or owe) this year? That’s the million-dollar question. We happen to have three very useful calculators to help you estimate your refund or balance due.

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