How Old Do You Have to Be to File Taxes?

In recent times, governments of many countries, mostly the majority ones, have become strict in maintaining a tax net. This is because of the falsely accused tax mafia and corruption charges often imposed on the countries. There are many other ways to drop these charges; however, most importantly, there is a way of bringing everyone into the tax net. Unfortunately, very few people are exempted from filing the taxes and are required not to pay taxes.

Many teens start to come into the job market, whether as part of their graduate programs or their willingness to generate income at a very young age. However, they do not understand the consequences of what may happen if they do not file taxes on time. In addition, so many people do not know whether teens such as those that fall in the age bracket of sixteen to seventeen are exempted from filing taxes or not. In our previous article, you can learn how to calculate tax percentage from total . In this article we will write about age and how old you need to be to file taxes.

How old do you have to be to file taxes?

All independent persons need to file taxes if their unearned income was over $1,100 or their earned income was over $12,400. However, in the case that you are a child under age 19 or a full-time student under age 24 financially supported by parents,  in that case, you do not file taxes.

Your children are  dependent persons, and you can get a tax reduction if you answer all these questions with “Yes”:

  • Are they related to you?
  • Do they meet the age requirement (child under age 19 or a full-time student under age 24)?
  • Do they live with you?
  • Are you the only person claiming them?
  • Do you financially support them?

In most cases, taxes are applied to the generated income throughout the year, and the income that is not earned is also added to the bracket. Therefore, a formula would generally be applied to understand the file returns. Most importantly, you will need the assistance of a particular person who is an expert in the field, such as a chartered accountant or financial manager.

There are many ways devised to file a tax. In most cases, even for adults, they shouldn’t file taxes on their own. This is because the game of numbers is a sensitive one, and a person needs to be very wary of their accounts so that they do not commit any mistake. One small mistake in filing taxes can lead to some staunch consequences; therefore, it is always advisable to take the help of a manager, particularly an account of a financial manager who has some experience in this business, to get the tax filing done. Similarly, if a child or those under the age of twenty needs to file a tax, they must be aware that they should seek help from a finance professional. They should understand that filing taxes is not as easy as it sounds, and it has many complications.

At what age do you start paying taxes?

You start to pay taxes if you are older than 19 years old or if you are a student above 24 years old and if your unearned income was over $1,100 or your earned income was over $12,400.

If the child is very young and not allowed to sign on the tax papers, then ideally, their parents or any other legal guardian are bound to do so. In other cases, it is always advisable for the legal guardians to be involved in the process from the beginning until the very end to know the steps going on. There should be a transparent process that must be followed, and the guardian must be made aware of any discrepancies. In contrast, those under the age of twenty can fill the required documents on their own and submit them, but they should also ensure doing it by sitting with a legal guardian and a financial expert.

While filling out the application form, the legal guardian or parents must declare that the ones filing the taxes are their dependants. However, to claim for their dependency on you, some conditions need to be fulfilled; for example, those claiming the child’s dependency should pay half of their expenses. They should also qualify as students studying full-time, and they must be living in the same place as you for six months a year. Finally, looking at the age aspect of the child, for the child to qualify as your dependent, they must fall in the age group of nineteen to twenty-four years of age. If all of this criterion is met, they can only be called your dependant in the form.


In this article, we have spoken about the different ways that a child under the age of twenty is bound to pay taxes as adults do. The process can be followed by acquiring the help of experts, or they can also fill the application on their own.
The parents or legal guardians can support and help the children and claim them as dependents if they qualify for such conditions as falling in the correct age group, being a full-time student, and living with you for half a year. If you fulfill these conditions, then you can be given a tax f

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

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