When Seniors Must File Taxes For the tax year 2019, you will need to file a tax return if you are not married, at least 65 years of age, and your gross income is $13,850 or higher. If this is solely the income you receive, then your gross income comes out to zero, and you won’t have to file a federal income tax return.
The minimum income amount depends on your filing status and age. In 2020, for example, the minimum for single filing status if under age 65 is $12,400. If your income is below that threshold, you generally do not need to file a federal tax return.
Seniors don’t have to file a return until their income exceeds $13,600. Married filers who are both over 65 do not need to file a joint return unless their income exceeds $26,600. If your sole or primary income source is Social Security or a pension, this may mean you do not have to file a return at all.
If your parent is 65 or older, he or she doesn’t have to file a return if gross income was less than $14,050 in 2020, according to the IRS. If your parent is younger than 65, he or she can escape filing a return if his or her income was less than $12,400 in 2020.
Maximum Earned Income for Seniors If you’re single, you’ll need to file a return if you earned $11,900 or more. If you’re married filing jointly, that minimum goes up to $14,900. If you’re a widower with one or more dependent children, you can make up to $17,900 without being required to file.
Updated for Tax Year 2019 You can stop filing income taxes at age 65 if: You are a senior that is not married and make less than $13,850. You are a senior that is married, and you are going to file jointly and make less than $27,000 combined.
Since 1935, the U.S. Social Security Administration has provided benefits to retired or disabled individuals and their family members. While Social Security benefits are not counted as part of gross income, they are included in combined income, which the IRS uses to determine if benefits are taxable.
The IRS requires you to file a tax return when your gross income exceeds the sum of the standard deduction for your filing status plus one exemption amount. If Social Security is your sole source of income, then you don’t need to file a tax return.
If you’re 65 and older and filing singly, you can earn up to $11,950 in work-related wages before filing. For married couples filing jointly, the earned income limit is $23,300 if both are over 65 or older and $22,050 if only one of you has reached the age of 65.
For example, in 2021, you don’t need to file a tax return if all of the following are true for you: Under age 65. Single. Don’t have any special circumstances that require you to file (like self-employment income)
Single. Not 65 or older: The minimum income amount needed for filing taxes in 2020 should be $12,400. 65 or older: It should be over $14,050 to file a tax return. If your unearned income was more than $1,050, you must file a return.
You can earn any amount and not be affected by the Social Security earnings test once you reach full retirement age, or FRA, which is 66 and 2 months if you were born in 1955 and will gradually increase to 67 for people born in 1960 and later.
When You Must File Taxes If you are over the age of 65 and live alone without any dependents on an income of more than $11, 850, you must file an income tax return. If part of your income comes from Social Security, you do not need to include this in the gross amount.