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Hi Mary. Usually to qualify for Medicare you need to be at least 65 and
If you are under age 65, you will qualify for Medicare if:
Even if you cannot pay the balance, you should always file your tax return. You cannot be criminally prosecuted if you don't have means to pay but you can be criminally prosecuted for not filing. You should always file your returns if required, even if you cannot pay what you owe.
If you do not have much income you do not have to make estimated payments. Those are voluntary. You can apply for social security any time you want. Your benefits are calculated using 35 years in which you earned the most. Your current year earnings may not affect your benefits. And if your earnings are high enough to increase your benefits you will get the increase in the following year. To qualify for Medicare you need 10 years of social security income. If you have been working for the last 25 years you already qualify.
Mary, I see you read my respond. Do you have any questions? Is there anything else I can help you with today?