Thank you for using justanswer. Whether or not your daughter needs to file a return
depends on how much she earned. Since you claimed her as a dependent, she will have to file a return if she earned more than $5700 in box 1 of her W2. ($5700 is her standard deduction as mentioned by the expert above, but I just didn't think he took this quite far enough for you) You will also need to consider any interest
income she may have from checking/savings accounts or other investments. If she has investment income of $950 (interest, dividends
, capital gains
, etc) then she will need to file a tax
return regardless of how much or how little she earned at her job.
Assuming that the W2 income was your daughter's only income,since she is still entitled to her Standard Deduction of $5700, even if you claimed her, then any amount less than that in box 1 makes her filing
a tax return, even to claim a refund, her choice.
If she has earnings of $5701 or greater in box 1, then she will be required to file a tax return. Please see the chart on page 7 from below link:2009 Instruction 1040EZ
I hope this helps.