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Sam-Vishwas
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Is it better for a major child to file her own tax return?

Turbo Tax says my child (21+ years old) doesn't count as my dependent, as she has made more than $4,050 in 2016 on a W2 from her employer. She is not a full time student, but lived with me for entire 2016.  Is it better to file her return separately?
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MinhT
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Is it better for a major child to file her own tax return?

You cannot claim her as a dependent if she is 21, not a full-time student and earns more than $4,050 in 2016.

If she has income over income over $10350 (from form W-2) or of any amount from form 1099-MISC, she is required to file her own tax return. Even with W-2 income of less than $10,350, she may wish to file a tax return to receive a refund of part of her federal tax withheld.

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MinhT
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Is it better for a major child to file her own tax return?

You cannot claim her as a dependent if she is 21, not a full-time student and earns more than $4,050 in 2016.

If she has income over income over $10350 (from form W-2) or of any amount from form 1099-MISC, she is required to file her own tax return. Even with W-2 income of less than $10,350, she may wish to file a tax return to receive a refund of part of her federal tax withheld.

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Sam-Vishwas
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Is it better for a major child to file her own tax return?

Thank you. I will have her file her own tax return. Should I remove her from my tax return?
MinhT
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Is it better for a major child to file her own tax return?

Yes.
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