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Do I Need to File a Tax Return?

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 use by taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring about. 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 Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.

Estimated Completion Time: 12 minutes. 

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

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 30-Dec-2016