How Much Do You Have to Earn to File Taxes?

How Much Do You Have to Earn to File Taxes?

How much someone has to earn before being required to file a federal tax return depends on age and filing status, according to the IRS. For most taxpayers with a single filing status under 65 at the end of 2014, gross income must be at least $10,150.

For individuals over 65 at the end of 2014 and with a single filing status, gross income must be at least $11,700 to be required to file, notes the IRS. For head of household filing status, gross income must be at least $13,050 if under 65 and $14,600 over 65. If married and filing jointly, the limits on gross income are higher than if single. There are special rules for dependents having to file a federal tax return; these rules are detailed in Publication 501, which the IRS provides.