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How much can a dependent child make before I have to claim it?

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How much can a dependent child make before I have to claim it?

If your dependent makes more than $6350, he should file his own tax return. 

You should not claim your child's W-2 or self-employment income on your return even if you claim him as a dependent. The dependent would file his/her own tax return and should check the box Someone else can claim me on their tax return in the personal information section. 

See below:

Your dependent's W-2 isn't reported on your return.

If your unmarried dependent's W-2 earnings exceed his/her standard deduction  ($6,350 in 2017), they should file their own return and report the W-2 on their return.

But even if your dependent didn't earn enough to be required to file, s/he may want to file a return to recover any withholdings.

Please remember: IF somebody else CAN claim him as a dependent, he is not allowed to claim his own exemption. If he has sufficient income (usually more than $6350), he can & should still file taxes; he just doesn’t get his own $4050 exemption (deduction). In TurboTax, he indicates that somebody else can claim him as a dependent, at the personal information section.  

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