Can my child claim exempt on his w-4?
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Can my child claim exempt on his w-4?

He is 15 and I want to be cognizant of my taxes next year
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Can my child claim exempt on his w-4?

Line 7 of the W-4 sets forth the two criteria which must be met in order to claim an exemption from withholding:

"I claim exemption from withholding for 2017, and I certify that I meet both of the following conditions for exemption.

  • Last year I had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because I had no tax liability, and 
  • This year I expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because I expect to have no tax liability."

 So it's not enough that he got "most" of his withholding back last year; he would need to have received all of it back.

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