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17 Year old w/ w2 and scholarship $

My 17 year old daughter has a W2 for about $550 from a part time job.  Plus she got into a high school program where she takes some classes at the local community college and the high school picks up the bill.  So she got a 1098T for $660.  


I am confused her having to file a 1040.   I don't understand the limits of combined earned and unearned income for her filing.   Does she need to file with this combination?



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17 Year old w/ w2 and scholarship $

No, if her only earnings were from the W-2, then she is not required to file a return (she's below the filing threshold) unless she had taxes withheld. If she had taxes withheld then she would file to receive those back as a refund.


Keep the 1098-T for your records. Once she has graduated and moved onto college, 1098-T information is used for the education deduction/credits. These are not available to high school students.


Does my dependent need to file taxes?