Generally, anyone who meets certain income thresholds is required to file a tax return, regardless of age, according to TurboTax. In 2014, any dependent who earns more than $6,200 in income from an employer is required to file a tax return.Continue Reading
Dependents who make less than $6,200 can still file a return to get a refund, but they are not required to do so, according to TurboTax.
Any dependent who receives more then $1,000 in unearned income, such as from interest and dividends, must also file a tax return. However, if the dependent's only income is from interest and dividends, his parents can choose to include the income on their tax return, according to TurboTax.Learn more about Income Tax