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melindafixico
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If I'm a working teenager and my mom is filing can I still file

I just started a job and didn't know if I need to file
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HelenaC
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If I'm a working teenager and my mom is filing can I still file

You may file a return if you got a W-2 for 2016 and had federal income tax withheld. If you file an income tax return, you may get a refund.  

You must file a return if any of the following apply:

  • You earned more than $6,300.
  • You have more than $1,050 of unearned income. Unearned income is money that you get without working, like interest and dividends. 
  • Your gross income was more than the larger of (a) $1,050 or (b) your earned income (up to $5,950) plus $350.
  • You had net earnings of at least $400 from your business or self-employment.
  • You had tax taken out of your paychecks and you want it back.


Create a new account .  Click on  How do I start another return in TurboTax Online?

TurboTax Online   has a Free version you may be able to use.

If you choose to complete an income tax return, it is important that you choose the following options: 

  • Someone else can claim me as a dependent on their tax return and
  •  And this person will claim me on their 2016 tax return. See the screenshot below.

To enter the W-2:

  • Type W-2 in the search bar and click search.
  • Click on Jump to W-2.
  • Enter the W-2 information.

For additional information, see IRS Publication 17 Chapter 1.

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HelenaC
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If I'm a working teenager and my mom is filing can I still file

You may file a return if you got a W-2 for 2016 and had federal income tax withheld. If you file an income tax return, you may get a refund.  

You must file a return if any of the following apply:

  • You earned more than $6,300.
  • You have more than $1,050 of unearned income. Unearned income is money that you get without working, like interest and dividends. 
  • Your gross income was more than the larger of (a) $1,050 or (b) your earned income (up to $5,950) plus $350.
  • You had net earnings of at least $400 from your business or self-employment.
  • You had tax taken out of your paychecks and you want it back.


Create a new account .  Click on  How do I start another return in TurboTax Online?

TurboTax Online   has a Free version you may be able to use.

If you choose to complete an income tax return, it is important that you choose the following options: 

  • Someone else can claim me as a dependent on their tax return and
  •  And this person will claim me on their 2016 tax return. See the screenshot below.

To enter the W-2:

  • Type W-2 in the search bar and click search.
  • Click on Jump to W-2.
  • Enter the W-2 information.

For additional information, see IRS Publication 17 Chapter 1.

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