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My daughter is 17 and earned about $1300 in tips and wages

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My daughter is 17 and earned about $1300 in tips and wages from her hostess job in 2012. Should her income be on our (her parents) return?
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Thank you for your question, and thanks for using JustAnswer.com. The daughter's wages will not be on her parents tax return. She would file her own tax return, and actually in her situation no tax would be due because she's under the threshold for filing a return. She could file a return to get a refund of tax paid in to the system. She would file single, and take the standard deduction. She would not get an exemption because her parents can claim her as a dependent.

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