Does My 16-Year-Old Have to File Taxes on $600 of Wages?

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Individual taxpayers file their federal income tax return on IRS Form 1040.
Individual taxpayers file their federal income tax return on IRS Form 1040. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Federal income taxes help fund the operation of the United States government. There are different filing requirements for different categories of taxpayers. Whether a 16-year-old individual must file an income tax return depends on such factors as the amount of her earned and unearned income, whether she is claimed as a dependent on another person's income tax return and her marital status.

Dependent Child

A 16-year-old child who is claimed as a dependent on another person's federal income tax return does not have to file an income tax return if her only income was $600 in wages. She would have to file an income tax return if she had unearned income of more than $950 or earned income of more than $5,700.

Married Dependent Child

A married 16-year-old dependent who earned $600 in wages must file an income tax return if her spouse filed a separate return and itemized deductions. She would have to file an income tax return on the $600 in wages if she also had more than $950 in unearned income whether she filed a joint or separate return. She would not have to file an income tax if she filed a joint return and the gross income on the joint return was less than $5,700 in earned income.

Married Child

A 16-year-old who is legally married and is not a dependent on another person's income tax return may file her tax return as either married filing jointly or married filing separately. A 16-year-old married taxpayer who earned $600 in wages and who filed a joint return would not have to file an income tax return unless the combined income of both spouses exceeded $18,700 for the 2010 tax year. A 16-year-old married taxpayer who earned $600 in wages and filed a separate return would not have to file a tax return unless one spouse's income exceeded $3,650. If one spouse filed a separate return, and both spouses had gross income, both spouses would file separate returns.

Considerations

A 16-year-old child whose only income was $600 in wages generally does not have to file a federal income tax return but she may wish to do so, particularly if her employer withheld federal income taxes from her paycheck. The only way she can get an income tax refund is by filing a federal income tax return.

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