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Who must file a tax return in 2007?

A) Ben, age 19, a full-time college student, he is claimed as a dependent by his parents. He earned $5,400 wages during the year.

b) Anita, age 12, is claimed as a dependent by her parents. She earned interest income of $1,200 during the year.

c) Earl, age 16, is claimed as a dependent by his parents. He earned wages of $2,700 and interest of $1,100 during the year.

d) Karen, age 16 and blind, is claimed as a dependent by her parents, she earned wages of $2,600 and interest of $1200 during the year.

e) Pat, age 17, is claimed as a dependent by her parents. She earned interest of $300 during the year. In addition, she earned $550 during the summer operating her own business at the beach, where she painted caricatures of her customers.

I want to know who and why.

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a) Ben has to file because his earned income was more than $5350

b) Anita has to file as part of her parents return because her unearned income was more than $850

c) Earl has ...

Solution Summary

The solution gives the reason(s) and a conclusion about the filing status for each of the five situations in which dependents have income.

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