Filing Requirements for Non-dependentsIf you are not a dependent on your parent’s return, generally you need to file a return if your gross income is over $9,500 ($19,000 for joint filers; or $12,200 for head of household status). You may want to file a return even if you are under the filing requirement so you can get back taxes you paid during the year via tax withholdings from your pay.
Student claimed as a Dependent and Supported by ParentsIf you are a student under age 24 and lived away from home to attend school, your parents may still be able to claim you as a dependent if they supported you. Temporary absences from home, such as college, are considered an extension of the home. If you are being claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return (such as your parents), generally you will need to file a return if any of the following apply:
- 1. You only received unearned income (such as interest in a bank) that was over $950;
- 2. You only received earned income (from working) that was over $5,800;
- 3. You received both unearned and earned income that was more than the larger of $950, or earned income (up to $5,500) plus $300.