You'll definitely need to file a 2020 return with the IRS if you had:
- $400 or more in self-employment net earnings (gross income minus expenses); or
- Marketplace health insurance and you received advanced payments for the premium tax credit.
If you're being claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2020 return, like your parents', go to Do I need to file my own taxes if I'm a dependent? Otherwise, if you're not being claimed as a dependent, refer to the chart below.
Tip: Even if you're not required to file a return this year, file one anyway if you want to recover 2020 federal tax withheld from your paychecks.
|Filing Status||Age on December 31, 2020||Must file if gross income is at least|
|65 or over||$14,050|
|Married Filing Jointly||Under 65 (both spouses)||$24,800|
|Under 65 (one spouse)||$26,100|
|65 or over (both spouses)||$27,400|
|Married Filing Separately||Any age||$5.00|
|Head of Household||Under 65||$18,650|
|65 or over||$20,300|
|Qualifying Widow(er)||Under 65||$24,800|
|65 or over||$26,100|