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Do I need to file a federal return this year?

To see if you need to file, check the chart below based on your filing status, age, and gross income amount.

Also you need to file if you had at least $400 in net earnings from self-employment (income minus expenses)  or you had marketplace health insurance and received advanced payments for the premium tax credit.

If you're somebody's dependent the rules are a little different.

Filing Status Age at December 31, 2018 Must file if gross income is
Single Under 65 at least $12,000
65 or over at least $13,600
Married Filing Jointly Both spouses under 65 at least $24,000
Both spouses 65 or over at least $26,600
One spouse under 65 at least $25,300
Married Filing Separately N/A at least $5
Head of Household Under 65 at least $18,000
65 or over at least $19,600
Qualifying Widow(er) Under 65 at least $24,000
65 or over at least $25,300

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