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Who Must File Income Tax?

Who must file federal income tax?

Fortunately, not everyone has to file a federal income tax return although most people need to. Whether you need to file income tax or not depends on:

  • your gross income
  • your filing status, and
  • your age

See Income tax filing requirements to determine if you need to file income tax or not.

Who must file federal income tax in a nutshell?

Whether you need to file federal income tax return or not depends on how much you make. The IRS allows people who do not make much money to skip filing taxes. So, if you don't make more than the amount allowed according to your age and income tax filing status, then you don't need to file federal income tax. The table below shows who must file income tax.

Filing status
Age at the end of 2006
Gross income
Married Filing Separately Any age $3,400
Single Under 65 $8,750
65 and over $10,050
Head of Household Under 65 $11,250
65 and over $12,550
Qualifying Widow(er) with dependent child Under 65 $14,100
65 and over $15,150
Married Filing Jointly Both spouses under 65 $17,500
One spouse 65 or older $18,550
Both spouses 65 or older $19,600

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