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Who Must File Income Tax?

Do I need to file income tax even if I don't owe any taxes?

A person needs to file federal income tax even if he or she owes no taxes. Likewise, some people are not required to file federal income tax but do anyway because they can get refunds from the IRS. You may want to file federal income taxes if:

  • any federal income tax was withheld
  • you are qualified to receive the earned income credit
  • you are qualified to receive the additional child tax credit
Does a dependent of another person need to file a federal income tax return?

A dependent of another person must file a federal income tax return if he or she meets the income tax filing requirements.

What are the tax filing requirements for a self employed person?

A self employed person needs to file a federal income tax return if his or her net income from self employment is $400 or more.

I claim my child as a dependent, will he or she need to file federal income tax return?

If the child meets certain income tax filing requirements then he or she will need to file income tax return whether someone claims him or her as a dependent or not.

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