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|