You'll definitely need to file a 2021 return with the IRS if you had:
- $400 or more in self-employment net earnings (gross income minus expenses); or
- Marketplace health insurance and you received advanced payments for the premium tax credit.
If you're being claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2021 return, like your parents', go to Do I need to file my own taxes if I'm a dependent? Otherwise, if you're not being claimed as a dependent, refer to the chart below.
Tip: Even if you're not required to file a return this year, file one anyway if you want to recover 2021 federal tax withheld from your paychecks.
|Filing Status||Age on December 31, 2021||Must file if gross income is at least|
|65 or over||$14,250|
|Married Filing Jointly||Under 65 (both spouses)||$25,100|
|Under 65 (one spouse)||$26,800|
|65 or over (both spouses)||$28,500|
|Married Filing Separately||Any age||$5.00|
|Head of Household||Under 65||$18,800|
|65 or over||$20,500|
|Qualifying Widow(er)||Under 65||$25,100|
|65 or over||$26,800|