Publication 929 - Introductory Material
This is archived information that pertains only to the 2006 Tax Year. If you
are looking for information for the current tax year, go to the Tax Prep Help Area.
Filing requirements. The amount of gross income that many dependents with earned income (wages, tips, etc.) can have during the year without having
to file a return has
increased. See Filing Requirements in Part 1.
Standard deduction. The standard deduction for many dependents with earned income (wages, tips, etc.) has increased. See Standard Deduction in Part
Investment income of child under age 18. A child's investment income may be subject to tax at the parent's tax rate if the child is under age 18 (previously under
age 14) at the end of the
year. The amount of taxable investment income the child can have without it being subject to tax at the parent's rate has
increased to $1,700
(previously $1,600). See Part 2.
Alternative minimum tax. The limit on the exemption amount for figuring the alternative minimum tax of a child filing Form 8615 has increased to the
child's earned income
plus $6,050 (previously $5,850). See Alternative Minimum Tax in Part 2.
Foreign earned income exclusion. If the child or parent claimed the foreign earned income exclusion or housing exclusion on Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ, special
rules apply when
using Form 8615 and the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet to figure the child's tax. See Part 2.
Social security number (SSN). Dependents who are required to file a tax return must have an SSN. To apply for an SSN, file Form SS-5 with the Social Security
can go to the website
www.socialsecurity.gov for more information.
Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). The IRS will issue an ITIN to a nonresident or resident alien who does not have and is not eligible to get an SSN. To apply
for an ITIN, file Form
W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, with the IRS. It usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks to get
an ITIN. The ITIN is
entered wherever an SSN is requested on a tax return. If you are a nonresident alien applying for an ITIN to file a tax return,
you generally must
attach your original, completed return to Form W-7 to get an ITIN. If you are required to include another person's SSN on
your return and that person
does not have and cannot get an SSN, enter that person's ITIN.
An ITIN is for tax use only. It does not entitle you to social security benefits or change your employment or immigration
status under U.S. law.
Photographs of missing children. The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Photographs of
selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. You can help bring these children
home by looking at the
photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child.
Part 1 of this publication explains the filing requirements and other tax information for individuals who can be claimed as a dependent
on another person's tax return.
Part 2 explains how to report and figure the tax on certain investment income of children under age 18 (whether or not they can be
claimed as dependents).
Many of the terms used in this publication, such as “dependent,
” “earned income,
” and “unearned income,
” are defined in the
at the back of this publication.
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Useful Items - You may want to see:
Form (and Instructions)
Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Tax for Children Under Age 18 With Investment Income of More Than $1,700
Parents' Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends
See How To Get Tax Help near the end of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms.