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My son is 17 and made $2,101. last year. does he have to file?

I claimed him as dependent.
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If it is earned income (i.e. W2 job), then the filing requirement for a child being claimed as a dependent on your return would be $6,300.  So, he would not be required to file.  However, if there are taxes that were withheld from his paycheck, then the only way to recoup that withholding is to file a return.  So, it may be beneficial to file a return in that case.

IRS Publication 501 - Filing Requirements for Dependents (pages 3-5)