There are a few different requirements for filling a CT tax return:
Who Is Required to File a Connecticut Return?
You mustfile a Connecticut resident income tax return if you were a resident for the entire year and any of the following is true for the taxable year:
You had Connecticut income tax withheld;
You made estimated tax payments to Connecticut or a payment with Form CT-1040 EXT;
You meet the Gross Income Test;
You had a federal alternative minimum tax liability; or
You are claiming the Connecticut earned income tax credit (CT EITC).
If none of the above apply, do not file a Connecticut resident income tax return.
Gross incomemeans all income you received in the form of money, goods, property, services not exempt from federal income tax, and any additions to income required to be reported on Form CT-1040,Schedule 1.
Gross income includes income from all sources within Connecticut and outside of Connecticut.
Gross income includes but is not limited to:
Compensation for services, including wages, fees, commissions, taxable fringe benefits, and similar items;
Gross income from a business;
Interest and dividends;
Gross rental income;
Taxable pensions and annuities;
Prizes and awards;
Your share of income from partnerships, S corporations, estates, or trusts;
Federally taxable Social Security benefits; and
Federally taxable disability benefits.
You must file a Connecticut income tax return if your gross income for the taxable year exceeds:
$12,000 and you are married filing separately;
$15,000 and you are filing single;
$19,000 and you are filing head of household; or
$24,000 and you are married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child.