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If your income is less than $19000 per year , do you even have to TRY and file taxes?

Asked by: samserio 729 views YA Discussion

Let’s say you make an honest estimation that your income from 1st Jan 2011 to 31st Dec 2011 is less than $ 19000 (the threshold for a couple), do you even have to TRY and files taxes?

I want to at least show that I made an effort to DECLARE what my income was…..
Can you do that?


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  1. Kate on Mar 09, 2012 Reply

    I would, just to avoid the risks and complications that could occur if you don’t.

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  2. Mr. Sonny on Mar 09, 2012 Reply

    File a simple form to make sure. Go to turbo tax free edition.

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  4. rtfm on Mar 09, 2012 Reply

    There is no “honest estimation” involved in doing taxes. Just look at your W-2s and add up the EXACT numbers that you see there. Add any interest income and any other taxable income that you may have received during the year.

    If the EXACT total is 19,001 or more, you must file. If it is 19,000 or less, you don’t need to.

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  5. Judy on Mar 09, 2012 Reply

    You don’t just estimate, you add it up. If you are married and your joint income is less than $ 19K, and there are no additional taxes you owe like self employment tax, you don’t need to file. You can if you want to though, even if you’re below the limit.

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  6. tro on Mar 09, 2012 Reply

    for one thing if this is W-2 income you very likely will receive a CP 2000 from IRS asking you why you didn’t report the income
    if you had income tax withheld you definitely would want to file to get that refunded

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