Another tax season is coming closer as the next year approaches. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects more than 150 million tax returns for 2019 taxes that will be paid in 2020. Just like any other year, for the 2020 tax filing year, you will report your income and deductions you want to claim.

However, just because you’ve received income in 2019 doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to file an income tax return. To find out if you have to file taxes in 2020, you can check out the chart below and see where you fall in. If you have a total gross income lower than the amounts stated below depending on your filing status, you are not subjected to file a tax return.

AgeFiling StatusGross Income
Under 65Single$12,000
65 and olderSingle$13,600
Under 65 (both spouses)Married Filing Jointly$24,000
65 and older (one spouse)Married Filing Jointly$25,300
65 or older (both spouses)Married Filing Jointly$26,600
Any AgeMarried Filing Separately$5
Under 65Head of Household$18,000
65 or olderHead of Household $19,600
Under 65Qualifying Widow$24,000
65 or olderQualifying Widow$25,300

If that $5 catches your eye, no it is not a mistake in our writing. The threshold for married filing separately is actually $5. It means that if you joint file but you didn’t live with your spouse at the end of 2019 and your gross income was at least $5, you will be subjected to taxes. For more tax related subjects, you can visit our front page.




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