Do I Need to File a Tax Return?


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This interview will help you determine if you're required to file a federal tax return or if you should file to receive a refund.

Information You'll Need

  • Filing status.
  • Federal income tax withheld.
  • Basic information to help you determine your gross income.

The tool is designed for taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring. If married, the spouse must also have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year. For information regarding nonresidents or dual-status aliens, please see International Taxpayers.

Caution: For 2019, if you are claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return and your earned income is between $6,350.00 and $15,150.00, the topic is providing an incorrect response. Please see Publication 501, Dependents, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information to determine if you are required to file a tax return.


Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Estimated Completion Time: 12 minutes

Please Note: After 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

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