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Does an elderly person from CT that is 88 years old have to file taxes if they just collect social security around $11,000 a year and a small pention under $100.00 that amounts to $12,000 a year. Doesn't work or own anything.Lives in a Housing Development for the elderly people and pays rent in the amount of $180.00 a month and after bills and food has just enough to live week by week. thank you.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
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Expert:  Guru_Guy replied 7 years ago.
Hello,

A single person over age 65 is not required to file a tax form under the following conditions:

1. no one else claims him as a dependent
2. he is not running his own business
3. he makes under $9700 per year (not counting Social Security).

I am not clear from your explanation whether he makes $12,000 per year including SS or in addition to SS. If the total is $12,000 including $11,000 in SS, then a tax filing should not be required.

For more details on filing requirements, take a look at pages 12-13 of these IRS instructions:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040gi.pdf

I hope this helps!
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