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Does my child have to file a tax return?

Question: Does my child have to file a tax return?

Answer: If you or someone else claims your child as a dependent, your child will need to file a 2019 return if he or she has:

1)Earned income from wages of more than $12,200.
2)Earned net income from self-employment (from a paper route, for example) of $400 or more.
3)Investment income only (such as interest and dividends) of more than $1,050.
4)Both earned and investment income totaling more than the larger of: (a) $1,050 or (b) $350 plus earned income, not to exceed $12,200.

If no one claims your child as a dependent, your child has the same filing requirements as any other taxpayer. Also remember, if your child has any withholdings, the only way to get them refunded is to file a tax retun!