In most cases, whether you need to file a tax return depends upon your filing status, age, how much you make, and what kind of income you receive.
If you’re single, you usually need to file if you earn a little over $10,000.
Other considerations include whether you’re self-employed or if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.
If you bought health insurance through the federal or state marketplace in 2014, and either receive advanced payments of the Premium Tax Credit or wish to claim the credit, you must file.
Even if you don’t need to file a tax return, you still might want to. For example, if you had taxes withheld from your paycheck, you should file a return so you can get a refund. You could also be eligible for certain credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Premium Tax Credit.
Learn more by downloading Publication 501 from IRS.gov.