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.