Filing Requirements for Dependents

Whether a dependent has to file a return generally depends on the amount of the dependent's earned and unearned income and whether the dependent is married, is age 65 or older, or is blind.

Note: A dependent may have to file a return even if his or her income is less than the amount that would normally require a return.

Even if you are not legally required to file, you should file a federal tax return to get money back if any of the following apply:

      • You had income tax withheld from your pay.
      • You qualify for the earned income credit.
      • You qualify for the additional child tax credit.

Contact us for further information. We'll advise you about your particular situation.