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Do I have to file a tax return?

Based on the following categories you determine whether you need to file your tax return:

  • Your marital status
  • Your age
  • Your  income
  • Their state of dependence, and
  • If you qualify for other special categories

Minimum income requirements for filing a federal tax return

What types of income are taxed or not taxed?

Taxable income VS. income not subject to tax

W2 income

Regardless of their income from W2 or marital status for purposes of the statement, if you earn self-employment of $ 400 during the year, you need to prepare a tax return.

A 1099 is a type of "information return". It is a tax form that is received in the mail if you received certain types of income during the year. Generally, you must report the information of 1099 as part of his tax return.

The 1099 is similar to a W2, but while a W2 is on their wages, salaries, and tips 1099 consists of many other types of additional income. There are many different varieties of 1099 and each is used for declaring different types of income

When should you anticipate your 1099 in the mail? What if you earned no more to $ 10 - still you receive a 1099? Does he have to inform the IRS of any amount of income? The following table answers all these questions.

The following table makes a list of each type of form number and title 1099, which shows the information requirement of each form (the minimum amount that must be reported), and the date on which the form must be received by you.


All tips you receive as you work (whether in a restaurant, babysitting, delivering packages, etc.) if the majority of your income comes from tips, the IRS considers this a taxable salary. Tipping in the form of gifts, tickets to sports or other value are generally subject to federal taxes.  

You must report cash tips of cash, checks or credit cards to your employer for withholding Social Security taxes, Medicare, retirement, and other taxes from the total of his limbs.

Do I have to declare my tips?

If you earn more than $ 20 tip income in a month, you must report that income to your employer and they have to withhold Social Security taxes and Medicare. If you earn less than $ 20 tip income in a month, you do not have to report tips to your employer but must declare on their federal tax return.  


If you receive maintenance from your spouse or former spouse , the pension must report as income in the year you receive it. Note that the pension is not alimony.

Unemployment insurance benefits

The unemployment insurance benefits generally should be included in your federal and state taxes as part of the tax base. It includes any kind of assistance you have received under the unemployment laws of the United States or a particular state. This also includes disability benefits. You should receive a Form 1099 showing the total amount you paid.

Social Security Benefits

If your Social Security benefits are their only form of income, then almost nothing is taxable. If you had income from other sources in addition to your Social Security benefits, you may be a part of your benefits may be taxable. Generally, Social Security benefits will be taxed only if the combined income from all sources is more than the base amount determined by your marital status. 

Untaxed income - income that can not be taxed

Scholarships and Financial Aid  

Scholarship funds and subsidies are generally not taxable as long as you are a candidate for a degree in a qualified educational institution and the amount you receive will be used for tuition, fees or other qualified educational expenses.

Compensation and insurance benefits

Insurance benefits that generally are not taxable in:

  • accident
  • victim
  • bless you
  • life

Child Support

If you receive child support, that income is not taxable. If you pay child support, payments are not tax deductible.

Workers' Compensation

Payments received as compensation for workers from illness or accidents at work are totally exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers' compensation law or statute. The exemption also applies to payments made to survivors. However, the exemption does not apply to the retirement plan benefits you receive depends on your age, length of service or prior contributions to the plan, even if you retired because of illness or accident.

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