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How do I report my child's investment income in 2018?

Here, we define "child" as a dependent under the age of 19 (24 if a full-time student) as of December 31, 2018.

  • If your child's only income is unearned and doesn't exceed $1,050, it doesn't need to be reported.
  • If your child's unearned income is $10,500 or more, he or she will need to file their own return.

Your child will also need to file if their unearned income is between $1,050 and $10,500, but in certain situations this income can be included on your return. Use TurboTax to help you figure out how to best report this income:

  1. Open  or continue your return if you don't already have it open.
  2. In the search box, search for child income and then select the "Jump to" link in the search results.
  3. Answer Yes to both Any Child's Income? and Child Required to File?
  4. Select Continue on the next screen, Reporting Your Child's Income.

We'll walk you through a series of questions to determine if the income can be included on your return, or if your child will need to file their own return.

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