Do I Have to File a Tax Return?

Each year, certain taxpayers wonder if they have to file a tax return that year.

In most cases, it depends on factors like your filing status, age, how much you make, and what kind of income you receive.

If you’re single, for example, you usually need to file if you earn a little over $9000. Situations vary if you’re self-employed or if you’re a dependent who can be claimed on someone else’s tax return.

Just because you don’t have to file a tax return doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. If you had any taxes withheld from your paycheck, you should file a tax return so you can get a refund. You could also be eligible for certain credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can mean an even bigger refund.

Learn more by downloading Publication 501 at


About cozbycpa

Heather L. Cozby is a CPA on the South Shore and Cape Cod. The managing partner of Cozby & Company, LLC, Heather has the resources and experience necessary to provide quality professional services on a timely basis and at a reasonable cost. She specializes in tax planning & preparation; audit, review & compilation services; management advisory services; bookkeeping; and accounting. Her unique niche is in working with homeowners’ associations and condominium trusts, advising with rental real estate, and providing outsourced financial consulting for mid-sized companies. She is more entrepreneurial than most accountants, and offers the best of both worlds - providing the services of a larger firm while retaining the ability to connect with her clients on a personal level.
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