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How do I know if I have to file a federal income tax return?

 
  • The IRS provides instructions for filing your tax return including the filing thresholds. This is the amount of income needed in order to have a tax filing obligation. The thresholds are different for Form 1040 and 1040EZ which is for U.S. citizens and resident aliens than they are for Form 1040NR and 1040NR-EZ for nonresident aliens. 
  • You may also have a state filing obligation.  You should check with the state where you live (West Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc.) to determine if you are required to file a tax return.