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ttjoannakamj
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My son is full time college student with a part time job (2016 income is $4720). He lives on campus. How should we file the tax return this year? Thanks for your time!

should we include his income in my return or he file his own return?
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Hal_Al
Level 15

My son is full time college student with a part time job (2016 income is $4720). He lives on campus. How should we file the tax return this year? Thanks for your time!

You continue to claim him as a dependent. Being away at college (living on or off campus) is considered to still be living at home. A child of a taxpayer can still be a “Qualifying Child” (QC) dependent, regardless of his/her income, if:

1. He is under age 19, or under 24 if a full time student for at least 5 months of the year, or is totally & permanently disabled

2. He did not provide more than 1/2 his own support. Scholarships are considered third party support and not as support provided by the student.

3. He lived with the parent (including temporary absences such as away at school) for more than half the year

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You do not report his/her income on your return. If it has to be reported at all, it goes on his own return. If your dependent child is under age 19 (or under 24 if a full time student), he or she must file a tax return for 2016 if he had any of the following:

1.         Total income (wages, salaries, taxable scholarship etc.) of more than $6,300 (2016).

2.         Unearned income (interest, dividends, capital gains) of more than $1050 (2016).

3.         Unearned income over $350 and gross income of more than $1050

4.         Household employee income (e.g. baby sitting, lawn mowing) over $2000 ($6300 if under age 18)

5.         Other self employment income over $400, including box 7 of a 1099-MISC

Even if he had less, he is allowed to file if he needs to get back income tax withholding. He cannot get back social security or Medicare tax withholding.

 He doesn’t get his own $4050 exemption (deduction), when he files. In TurboTax, he indicates that somebody else can claim him as a dependent, at the personal information section.

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Hal_Al
Level 15

My son is full time college student with a part time job (2016 income is $4720). He lives on campus. How should we file the tax return this year? Thanks for your time!

You continue to claim him as a dependent. Being away at college (living on or off campus) is considered to still be living at home. A child of a taxpayer can still be a “Qualifying Child” (QC) dependent, regardless of his/her income, if:

1. He is under age 19, or under 24 if a full time student for at least 5 months of the year, or is totally & permanently disabled

2. He did not provide more than 1/2 his own support. Scholarships are considered third party support and not as support provided by the student.

3. He lived with the parent (including temporary absences such as away at school) for more than half the year

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

You do not report his/her income on your return. If it has to be reported at all, it goes on his own return. If your dependent child is under age 19 (or under 24 if a full time student), he or she must file a tax return for 2016 if he had any of the following:

1.         Total income (wages, salaries, taxable scholarship etc.) of more than $6,300 (2016).

2.         Unearned income (interest, dividends, capital gains) of more than $1050 (2016).

3.         Unearned income over $350 and gross income of more than $1050

4.         Household employee income (e.g. baby sitting, lawn mowing) over $2000 ($6300 if under age 18)

5.         Other self employment income over $400, including box 7 of a 1099-MISC

Even if he had less, he is allowed to file if he needs to get back income tax withholding. He cannot get back social security or Medicare tax withholding.

 He doesn’t get his own $4050 exemption (deduction), when he files. In TurboTax, he indicates that somebody else can claim him as a dependent, at the personal information section.

jerry2000
Alumni

My son is full time college student with a part time job (2016 income is $4720). He lives on campus. How should we file the tax return this year? Thanks for your time!

You can not report his income on your tax return. If he is required to file, he has to file his own return. You can find the filing requirements for a dependent in IRA Pub. 501, at this link:
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

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