June 6, 2019 5:00 AM
Who Must File
Form 8615 must be filed for any child who meets all of the
1.The child had more than $2,100 of unearned income.
2.The child is required to file a tax return.
3.The child either:
a. Was under age 18 at the end of 2016,
b. Was age 18 at the end of 2016 and did not have
earned income that was more than half of the child's
c. Was a full-time student at least age 19 and under
age 24 at the end of 2016 and did not have earned
income that was more than half of the child's support.
(Earned income is defined later. Support is defined
4. At least one of the child's parents was alive at the end of 2016.
5.The child does not file a joint return for 2016.
For these rules, the term “child” includes a legally
adopted child and a stepchild. These rules apply whether
or not the child is a dependent. These rules do not apply if
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8615.pdfHere is more information on the form 8615neither of the child’s parents were living at the end of the year.
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