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Find out if you need to file a federal tax return

An IRS online tool can help you decide whether your filing status and income require you to file a tax return.

You may not have to file a federal income tax return if your income is below a certain amount. But to claim a refundable tax credit or get an income tax refund, you must file. 

Use the IRS online interview tool to find out if you need to file a tax return.

Or use the IRS’ filing threshold chart to learn what gross income amounts may require you to file based on your age and filing status.

LAST UPDATED: July 10, 2023


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