Question

I have a dependent W2 question. This is the first year my child received a W2. Will she need to file taxes separately?

Answer

Your dependent child must file a return if either of these is true about your child’s income:

  • The child has unearned income over $1,050
  • The child has earned income over $6,350

The child has gross income (earned and unearned) which is more than the larger of these:

  • $1,050
  • Earned income (up to $6,300) plus $350

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