I’m trying to understand child tax filing requirements. If my child made $5,000 last year, does he have to file — Do children have to pay taxes?
To answer your question: do children have to pay taxes, the answer is no if your child’s only income for the tax year is $5,000 in wages. However, your child might want to file to get a refund of taxes withheld from wages.
Child tax filing requirements dictate that your child is required to file if your child meets one of these requirements:
- Unearned income more than $1,000
- Earned income more than $6,350
- Gross income more than the larger of:
- Earned income up to $5,950 plus $350
- A married dependent with a spouse who itemizes deductions on a separate return is required to file with $5 of income.
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