2011 Filing Requirements
You must file a federal income tax return if you are a citizen or resident of the United States or a resident of Puerto Rico and you meet the filing requirements as given below. However, if you are self employed or independent contractor, you must file tax return if your self employed income is $400 or more.
1. Filing Status Single
If under 65, must file tax return if gross income is at least $9,500.
If 65 or older, must file tax return if gross income is at least $10,950.
2. Filing Status Married Filing Jointly
If under 65 (both spouses), must file tax return if gross income is at least $19,000.
If 65 or older (one spouse), must file tax return if gross income is at least $20,150.
If 65 or older (both spouses), must file tax return if gross income is at least $21,300.
(Read Filing Status: Married Filing Jointly)
3. Filing Status Married Filing Separately
Any age, must file tax return if gross income is at least $3,700.
(Read Filing Status: Married Filing Separately)
4. Filing Status Head of Household
If under 65, must file tax return if gross income is at least $12,200.
If 65 or older, must file tax return if gross income is at least $13,650.
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5. Filing Status Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child
If under 65, must file tax return if gross income is at least $15,300.
If 65 or older, must file tax return if gross income is at least $16,450.
For the 2011 tax return, the standard deduction amounts are,
*Single (other than head of household and Surviving Spouses) $5,800
*Married Filing Joint Returns and Surviving Spouses $11,600
*Married Filing Separate Returns $5,800
*Head of Households $8,500
The 2011 Exemption Deduction for each exemption is $3,700
If you are a dependent, read: Filing Requirements of a Dependent
For more information read IRS Publication 501 (2008), Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information
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