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Can a 17 year old file his own taxes if he works part time

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Can a 17 year old file his own taxes if he works part time and has a minor if no one claims him?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Lancaster, California
Expert:  jgordosea replied 7 years ago.



Indeed a 17 year old can and should file a return when income is above the filing requirement or to get a refund of taxes withheld when there is not any tax due.


Whether or not the minor can be claimed as a dependent does not change the fact that they may need or want to file a return.


Most 17 year olds that only work part time likely would be able to be claimed as a dependent.

Please note that the question is not if someone did claim him; but whether someone could claim him. See


See Publication 929 (2007), Tax Rules for Children and Dependents for more complete information.


I hope this helps to understand that a 17 year old can (and often should) file an income tax return.


Best wishes.