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How much income do I have to make before I’m required to file taxes?

It depends on your gross income. For 2015, you must file a return if your gross income was at least:

  • Single filing status:
    • $10,300 if under age 65
    • $11,850 if age 65 or older
  • Married filing jointly:
    • $20,600 if both spouses under age 65
    • $21,850 if one spouse under age 65 and one age 65 or older
    • $23,100 if both spouses age 65 or older
  • Married filing separately -- $4,000 for all ages, but only $5 if your spouse is itemizing his or her deductions
  • Head of household:
    • $13,250 if under age 65
    • $14,800 if age 65 or older
  • Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child:
    • $16,600 if under age 65
    • $16,850 if age 65 or older
    If you're self-employed, paid on a 1099-MISC form, or bought health insurance from a state or federal marketplace, you might also be required to file.

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