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How much do I need to earn in income tax to file in 2019

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How much do I need to earn in income tax to file in 2019

Do you have a W-2 with an amount in box 2?  Even a small amount of income could get you a tax refund.  Or did  you work for cash as an independent contractor?




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How much do I need to earn in income tax to file in 2019

Simple answer: $12,200 the filing threshold for a single person who is not somebody else's dependent. That's when you have to file. 


But taxes aren't simple. If you have more than $400 of self employment income, you have to file.  Dependents with unearned income have to file at $1100.  There are refundable credits available to people with earned income who are not required to file but should.  You will want to file to get back any withholding in box 2 of your W-2. 


There is no minimum you have to make to file, when not legally required to.  The earned income credit starts at $1 of income and the refundable portion of the child tax credit starts at $2500. 





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