TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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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, see this article  

Filing Status Age at December 31, 2015 Must file if gross income is
Single Under 65 at least $10,300
65 or over at least $11,850
Married Filing Jointly Both spouses under 65 at least $20,600
Both spouses 65 or over at least $23,000
One spouse under 65 at least $21,800
Married Filing Separately N/A at least $3,950
Head of Household Under 65 at least $13,050
65 or over at least $14,600
Qualifying Widow(er) Under 65 at least $16,100
65 or over at least $17,300

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