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Common questions about using Form 8615 and Form 8814 in Lacerte

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax47Updated February 24, 2022

This article will assist you with figuring out whether to use 8615 or Form 8814 to report a child's income in the Individual module of Lacerte.

Form 8615, Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income

Refer to this article for instructions on using Family Link to connect parents’ and children’s returns and automate data entry for Form 8615.

Who should file Form 8615?

Form 8615 must be filed for any child who meets all of the following conditions:

  1. The child had more than $2,200 of unearned income.
  2. The child is required to file a tax return.
  3. The child either:
    1. Was under age 18 at the end of 2021,
    2. Was age 18 at the end of 2021 and did not have earned income that was more than half of the child's support, or
    3. Was at least 19 and under age 24 at the end of 2021, a full-time student, and didn't have earned income that was more than half of the child's support.
  4. At least one of the child's parents was alive at the end of 2021.
  5. The child doesn't file a joint return for 2021.

What's considered earned income?

Earned income includes wages, tips, and other payments received for personal services performed. Refer to the Instructions for Form 8615 for more information about what qualifies as earned income.

Form 8814, Parent's Election to Report Child's Interest and Dividends

Who should file Form 8814?

If the client elects to report their child's income on their return,  the child won't have to file a return. The client can make this election if their child meets all of the following conditions:

  • The child was under age 19 (or under age 24 if a full-time student) at the end of 2021.
  • The child is required to file a tax return.
  • The child doesn't file a joint return.
  • The child's only income was from interest and dividends, including capital gain distributions and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.
  • The child's gross income for 2021 was less than $11,000.
  • There were no estimated tax payments for the child in 2021 (including any overpayment of tax from his or her 2020 return applied to 2021 estimated tax).
  • There was no federal income tax withheld from the child's income.
 

Parents must also qualify to make this election. Refer to the Instructions for Form 8814 for more information.  

How does this election affect the client's tax benefits?

If the client elects to report their child's income on their return, they can't take certain deductions that the child could take on their own return, such as:

• Additional standard deduction of $1,650 if the child is blind
• Penalty on early withdrawal of child’s savings
• Itemized deductions such as the child’s charitable contributions

Refer to the Instructions for Form 8814 for more information.  

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