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Since we will not owe any tax, do we still need to file

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since we will not owe any tax, do we still need to file
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Tax
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Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 2 years ago
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Generally your tax liability and filing requirements are determined differently.
You are required to file if your income is above certain level,

But whether you have any tax liability - that is calculated on your tax return.

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For filing requirements - we need to refer to the IRS publication 501

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

see page 3 - Who Must File and page 2 - 1040 X Table 1.2015 Filing Requirements Chart for Most Taxpayers

as we see - if you are single - under 65 - and your income is below $10,300 - generally - the tax return is NOT required.

However - your income is above that limit - so you are required to file.

There are some other circumstances when you might be required to file.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

we are both over 65 and income 35k inc social security

Customer reply replied 2 years ago

iwent to the site you recommended and it says to file if you make 23k so we will, thank you

Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 2 years ago

The issue is if your income is ONLY from social security benefits - NONE is taxable and you are not required to file.

However if you have other taxable income - it is possible that a part of your social security benefits becomes taxable.

But if all $35k are from social security - none is taxable and you are not required to file.

You may file if you want - but are not required.

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