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Requirement to file US tax return

2016 Filing Requirements Chart for Most Taxpayers

If you are a US citizen or resident alien you MUST file a return if your gross income was at least the amount shown in the last column.

IF your filing status is. . . AND at the end of 2016 
you were*. . .
THEN file a return if your gross income** was at least. . .
Single under 65 $10,350
65 or older $11,900
Head of household under 65 $13,350
65 or older $14,900
Married filing jointly*** under 65 (both spouses) $20,700
65 or older (one spouse) $21,950
65 or older (both spouses) $23,200
Married filing separately any age (if your spouse itemizes deductions) $4,050
Qualifying widow(er)
with dependent child
under 65 $16,650
65 or older $17,900