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I claimed my daughter on my tax return because she worked just a little under 6 months in 2017. Should she still file her taxes and will she get a return?

 
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TomD8
Level 15

I claimed my daughter on my tax return because she worked just a little under 6 months in 2017. Should she still file her taxes and will she get a return?

If your unmarried dependent's W-2 earnings exceed his/her standard deduction  ($6,350 in 2017), they must 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.

Also, the fact that she worked fewer than 6 months does not by itself qualify her to be your dependent.

Finally, if her earnings were reported to her in Box 7 of a 1099-MISC, instead of on a W-2, the filing threshold is only $400.


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

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TomD8
Level 15

I claimed my daughter on my tax return because she worked just a little under 6 months in 2017. Should she still file her taxes and will she get a return?

If your unmarried dependent's W-2 earnings exceed his/her standard deduction  ($6,350 in 2017), they must 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.

Also, the fact that she worked fewer than 6 months does not by itself qualify her to be your dependent.

Finally, if her earnings were reported to her in Box 7 of a 1099-MISC, instead of on a W-2, the filing threshold is only $400.


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

I claimed my daughter on my tax return because she worked just a little under 6 months in 2017. Should she still file her taxes and will she get a return?

She must indicate on it that she is being claimed as a dependent.
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