Figure 2. Do You Have To Use Form 8615 To Figure Your Child's Tax?

Summary: This flowchart aids in deciding whether Form 8615 is needed to figure a child's tax.

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Decision (1)

Was the child's investment income more than $1,900?

Decision (2)

Is the child required to file a tax return for 2012?

Decision (3)

Was the child under age 18 at the end of 2012?

Decision (4)

Was the child age 18 at the end of 2012?

Decision (5)

Was the child under age 24 at the end of 2012?

Decision (6)

Was the child a full-time student in 2012?

Decision (7)

Did the child have earned income that was more than half of his or her support?

Decision (8)

Was at least one of the child's parents alive at the end of 2012?

Decision (9)

Is the child filing a joint return for 2012?

Process (a)

Use Form 8615 to figure the child's tax. Attach it to the child's return.
Note: If the child's parent (see Footnote) chooses to report the child's income by filing Form 8814, the child is not required to file a tax return. Do not use Form 8615 (See Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends.)
Footnote: See Which Parent's Return To Use

Process (b)

Do not use Form 8615 to figure the child's tax.

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