This time of year I get many calls asking simply “Do I need to file a tax return?”
There is far more to this questions than a simple look at a chart (as provided below) and determining yes or no.
Depending on your unique tax situation, the source of your income and your filing status you may not be required to file but you may want to file for several reasons.
File to get a refund of tax withheld by your employer or other sources.
File to determine if you qualify for a refundable credit and therefore a refund greater than taxes withheld. Even if you didn’t have tax withheld you may still be entitled to a refund.
File to determine and pay self-employment tax.
If your gross earnings from self employment were $400 or more you must file.
If you have church employee income of $108.28 or more you must file.
File so the three year statute of limitations to audit is set. Generally the IRS has 3 years from the later of the due date or the date the return is filed to audit. If no return is filed the 3 year rule is not set and there is no time limit for an audit.
Any many other possible reasons….
For tax year ending 12/31/2014 (return you file in 2015) IF NO OTHER PERSON CAN CLAIM YOU AS A DEPENDENT you are not required to file a return unless your income is above the Gross income a threshold:
FILING STATUS & AGE GROSS INCOME
Single and under 65 $10,150
Single and 65 or older $11,700
Married filing jointly, under 65 (both spouses) $20,300
Married filing jointly, 65 or older (one spouse) $21,500
Married filing jointly, 65 or older (both spouses) $22,700
Married filing separately, any age $3,950
Head of household, under 65 $13,050
Head of household, 65 or older $14,600
Qualifying Widow(er) with dependent child, under 65 $16,350
Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, 65 or older $17,550
For tax year ending 12/31/2014 (return you file in 2015) IF ANOTHER PERSON CAN CLAIM YOU AS A DEPENDENT you are required to file a return if: