Question

My daughter is a full-time student, but she also made money working part-time. Does she need to file a return?

Answer

Possibly. If someone else claims your child as a dependent, she’ll have to file a return if :

  • Her unearned income is more than $1,050
  • Her earned income is more than $6,300
  • Her gross income is more than the larger of these:
    • $1,050
    • Earned income (up to $5,950), plus $350. If she’s married filing separately and her spouse is itemizing deductions, she must file if her income is more than $5.

If no one can claim your daughter as a dependent, she’ll have to file a return if her gross income was at least:

  • Single:
    • $10,300 if under age 65
    • $14,050 if age 65 or older
  • Married filing jointly:
    • $24,800 if both spouses are under age 65
    • $26,100 if one spouse is under age 65 and one is age 65 or older
    • $27,400 if both spouses are age 65 or older

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