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If my sister files as head of household and claims my mom as a dependent does my mom still need to file taxes on her SS earnings?

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Level 15


If your mom's only income is from Social Security there is no need or reason for her to file tax return.  Unless she has taxes withheld from the SS benefits received, then she should file to get a refund of the taxes.

Level 15


does she have other income? if not then the other advice is correct. 

Level 15


@SarahJ12 and the advice is the same even if Mom is not a dependent of Daughter.... 

Opus 17
Level 15


1. If a person's only income is social security, it is not taxable and a return does not need to be filed unless tax was withheld and the person wants it refunded.  


2. On the other hand, if a person has other taxable income in their own name (IRA, pension, gambling winnings, etc.) they must file a tax return in their own name even if they are also someone else's dependent.


3. Your sister can't claim your mother as a dependent if your mother has more than $4300 of taxable income (for 2021.  I don't know the amount for 2022 but it will be a little higher.)


4. Even if your mother has less than $4300 of taxable income and can be claimed as a dependent by your sister, she is not a qualifying person for HOH unless she also lived in your sister's home more than half the year. 

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
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