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Does Everyone Need to File an Income Tax Return?

TurboTax Staff

Not everyone is required to file an income tax return each year. Generally, if your total income for the year doesn't exceed certain thresholds, then you don't need to file a federal tax return. The amount of income that you can earn before you are required to file a tax return also depends on the type of income, your age and your filing status. Even if you aren’t required to file an income tax return, you still may want to. If you have federal taxes withheld from your paycheck, for example, the only way you can receive a tax refund when too much was withheld is if you file a tax return.Read more