File a 2017 Tax Return
Whether or not you are required to file a 2017 federal income tax return depends on several factors: filing status, age, taxable income, dependency status, and whether you meet a few other special requirements. You can no longer eFile a 2017 return; 2017 tax forms.
Even if you're not required to file a 2017 return, there are reasons you may want to file a tax return.
Consult the information below to find out if you are required to file a 2017 tax return:
- Minimum Income Requirements to File a Tax Return
- Other Reasons to File a Tax Return
- Requirements for Dependents to File a Federal Income Tax Return
- Reasons You May Want to File a Tax Return
- Taxable vs Nontaxable Income.
Minimum Income Requirements to File a Federal Income Tax Return
The minimum income required to e-file or file a tax return for Tax Year 2017 depends on your income, age, and filing status. The minimum income levels for the various filing statuses are listed in the table below. If you earned below the minimum income for your filing status, you may not be required to file a federal tax return. However, there are reasons why you may still want to file.
||Minimum W-2 Income Requirement
||Minimum Self-Employment Income Requirement
|65 or older
|Head of Household
|65 or older
|Married Filing Jointly
||Under 65 (both spouses)
|65 or older (one spouse)
|65 or older (both spouses)
|Married Filing Separately
|Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Children
|65 or older
Learn more about selecting a filing status and find out what income is taxable.
Other Reasons to File a Tax Return
Regardless of your gross income, you are generally required to file an income tax return if any of the following are true:
If I Am Under Sixteen and This is My First Time Filing a Tax Return, Can I Efile It?
If you are under age 16 and you have never filed a tax return, you cannot e-file your first year. You can prepare your 2017 return using fillable forms, print it, and mail it to the IRS to file it. You will be able to e-file your return the next year.
Requirements for Dependents to File a Federal Income Tax Return
Are you a dependent and don't know whether or not to file a tax return? Find out how to file a tax return as a dependent.
You May Want to File a Tax Return... (Even if You Are Not Required To)
There are several reasons why you may want to file or efile a 2017 tax return even if you do not meet the minimum income requirements:
Taxable Income vs. Non-Taxable Income
Whether or not you are required to file a tax return depends on the type(s) of income that you have. There are many kinds of taxable income, as well as many types of non-taxable income. Your gross income generally includes income from all sources, in whatever form it takes. Below are examples of taxable and non-taxable income you may need to consider.
Examples of Taxable Income: Wages and salaries, tips and gratuities, unemployment benefits, canceled/forgiven debt, self-employment income.
Learn more about taxable income.
Examples of Non-Taxable Income: Child support, insurance proceeds (accident, casualty, health, life), meals and lodging for the convenience of employer, Veterans’ benefits, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
Learn more about non-taxable income.
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