Do Senior Citizens Have to File Taxes?


According to the Internal Revenue Service, anyone who has enough taxable income is required to file an income tax return, even senior citizens. Older taxpayers, however, do have a slightly higher threshold for filing.

Publication 501 from the Internal Revenue Service explains that filing requirements vary depending on marital status, age and whether the taxpayer can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Determining whether a senior citizen needs to file a tax return can be complex. The IRS provides a chart in Publication 575 to assist taxpayers. Self-employment income, subject to its own tax, may require a senior citizen to file even though the income is fairly low. Seniors who are not sure if they have to file a tax return should contact the IRS or a tax professional for help.