Do I Need to File a 2019 Return?

To File
or
Not To File?

You can not longer e-File a 2019 Tax Return, but you might not be sure if you even have to file a return.

Use the  2019 FILEucator tool to get your personal answer on whether you have to or should file a 2019 return. Yes, there are benefits in filing a return, find out now! Important: If you expect a 2019 Tax Return refund, you have until April 15, 2023 to claim this by filing a return. After that date, your money will stay with the IRS.


2021 Tax Tip for 2020 Tax Returns:


2019 Return Case Study: Let's say a single person without a qualified child(ren) had a total of $11,200 taxable income in 2019 and was born in 1993. Since the 2019 standard deduction for a single person in 2019 was $12,200 it's easy to assume not to file a tax return as it would result in a zero tax refund and zero taxes owed. Not so! Due to the Earned Income Tax Credit - EITC - for all eligible ages between 25 and 65, and regardless of age, and if you have one or more qualified dependents or children a tax return would result in a tax refund of $332 as anybody born before 1995 is eligible for the EITC at certain income levels. Plus, eligible refundable tax credits might reduce the tax liability and/or increase the tax refund.  Over 65 with Social Security Income?

Tax Tip: If you owe 2019 Taxes then file a Tax Return as soon as possible even if you can't pay the taxes now. Keep in mind that the not filing on time Late Penalties are considerably higher than the not paying taxes on time Penalties.

If you have very little income and not sure if you even have to file or not, or if your parents claimed you as a dependent, simply use the free and easy 2019 FILEucator Calculator below to find out if you are required to file a return or not. Just click and answer a few questions and you will know. Even if you're not required to file a 2019 return, there are reasons you may want to e-file a tax return.

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If you wish to read more about this, please review the sections below to find out if you are required to file a 2019 tax return in 2020:

Minimum Income Tax Return Filing Requirements

The minimum income required to e-file or file a tax return for Tax Year 2019 depends on your income, age, and filing status during the tax year. 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.

Filing Status
Age
Minimum W-2 Income Requirement
Minimum Self-Employment Income Requirement
Single
Under 65
$12,200
$400
Single
65 or older
$13,850
$400
Head of Household
Under 65
$18,350
$400
Head of Household
65 or older
$20,000
$400
Married Filing Jointly
Under 65 (both spouses)
$24,400
$400
Married Filing Jointly
65 or older (one spouse)
$25,700
$400
Married Filing Jointly
65 or older (both spouses)
$27,000
$400
Married Filing Separately
Any age
$5
$400
Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Children
Under 65
$24,400
$400
Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Children
65 or older
$25,700
$400

Learn more about selecting a filing status.

Find out what 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:

  • You had net self-employment income of $400 or more
  • You had unemployment income
  • You owe Alternative Minimum Tax
  • You owe household employment taxes
  • You owe additional taxes on a retirement plan (an individual retirement arrangement (IRA) or other tax-favored account) or health savings account
  • You must repay the 2008 Homebuyer Credit (or any other recapture taxes)
  • You owe Social Security and Medicare taxes on unreported tip income
  • You earned $108.28 or more from a tax-exempt church or church-controlled organization
  • You received distributions from an MSA or Health Savings Account
  • You received an advance payment on the Premium Tax Credit.

Dependents, Taxable Income etc.

If you are a dependent on somebodies tax return and do not know whether or not to file a tax return, review the minimum income requirements and learn how to file a tax return as a dependent. Be aware that if you are under age 16 and have never filed a tax return, you cannot yet e-file your first year. You can prepare your 2019 return on efile.com, print it, and mail it to the IRS to file it. However, you will be able to e-file your return the following year.

There are several reasons why you may want to file or e-File a 2019 tax return even if you do not meet the minimum income requirements:

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.

Find out if you are required to file previous Tax Year tax return(s).

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