Question

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

Answer

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 $6,350
  • 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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