Filing requirements and thresholds depends on your age, type, level of your income, as well as your marital status.
If you have gross income* which goes over the filing status threshold amount below, then you are legally obligated to file your annual US tax return.
- $12,550 (under age 65)
- $14,250 (65 and over)
Married filing jointly:
- $25,100 (both spouses under age 65)
- $26,450 (one spouse 65 or over)
- $27,800 (both spouses over 65)
Married Filing Separately:
- Married filing separately — $5 for all ages: Yes, if you are married to a non U.S. citizen, who does not want to sign-up with the IRS so that you can file as “married filing jointly,” then you probably need to file if you have income. And yes, $5 is a very low threshold.
Head of Household:
- $18,650 (under age 65)
- $20,500 (65 oe over)
- If you had net earnings from self-employment of at least $400.
*Gross income includes everything from salary, unemployment compensation, investment income, pension income, etc.
Learn more about expat tax filing requirements on our expat tax guide.
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