I have two kids that are both in school full time- 17 and 20 - but work part time jobs that paid them around $6000 each this past year. can I claim them on my taxes AND let them file to get their refund also?
Is the 20 year old a full-time student? If not, then you cannot claim the 20 year old as a dependent. If the 20 year old is a full-time student then you can also claim him. But you can claim the 17 year old as a dependent.
MY DEPENDENT HAD A JOB
If your dependent has a W-2 for his after-school job, summer job, etc. you do not include the information on your own return. You can still claim your child as a dependent on your own return. He/she can file his own return for a refund of some of his withheld wages (he won’t get back anything for Social Security or Medicare), but MUST indicate on it that he can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. (Supervise this closely or prepare it for him!)
If your dependent’s earnings were over $400 and were reported on a 1099Misc or 1099NEC then he must file a return and pay self-employment tax for Social Security and Medicare. You may want to use this version of TT for that: