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Tax slayer 1. Tax slayer   2013 Filing Requirements Table of Contents General RequirementsSelf-employed persons. Tax slayer Decedents If income tax was withheld from your pay, or if you qualify for the earned income credit, the additional child tax credit, the health coverage tax credit, or the American opportunity credit, you should file a return to get a refund even if you are not otherwise required to file a return. Tax slayer Do not file a federal income tax return if you do not meet the filing requirements and are not due a refund. Tax slayer If you need assistance to determine if you need to file a federal income tax return for 2013, go to IRS. Tax slayer gov and use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA). Tax slayer You can find the ITA by going to IRS. Tax slayer gov and entering “interactive tax assistant” in the search box. Tax slayer Open the ITA and click on Do I Need to File a Tax Return under Topics by Category. Tax slayer General Requirements If you are a U. Tax slayer S. Tax slayer citizen or resident alien, you must file a return if your gross income for the year was at least the amount shown on the appropriate line in Table 1-1. Tax slayer For other filing requirements, see your tax return instructions or Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Tax slayer If you were a nonresident alien at any time during the year, the filing requirements that apply to you may be different from those that apply to U. Tax slayer S. Tax slayer citizens. Tax slayer See Publication 519, U. Tax slayer S. Tax slayer Tax Guide for Aliens. Tax slayer Table 1-1. Tax slayer 2013 Filing Requirements Chart for Most Taxpayers Note. Tax slayer You must file a return if your gross income was at least the amount shown in the last column. Tax slayer IF your filing status is. Tax slayer . Tax slayer . Tax slayer AND at the end of 2013 you were*. Tax slayer . Tax slayer . Tax slayer THEN file a return if your gross income** was at least. Tax slayer . Tax slayer . Tax slayer Single under 65 $10,000 65 or older $11,500 Head of household under 65 $12,850 65 or older $14,350 Married filing jointly*** under 65 (both spouses) $20,000 65 or older (one spouse) $21,200 65 or older (both spouses) $22,400 Married filing separately any age $3,900 Qualifying widow(er)  with dependent child under 65 $16,100 65 or older $17,300 * If you were born before January 2, 1949, you are considered to be 65 or older at the end of 2013. Tax slayer ** Gross income means all income you receive in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax, including any income from sources outside the United States or from the sale of your main home (even if you can exclude part or all of it). Tax slayer It also includes gains, but not losses, reported on Form 8949 or Schedule D. Tax slayer Gross income from a business means, for example, the amount on Schedule C, line 7, or Schedule F, line 9. Tax slayer But in figuring gross income, do not reduce your income by any losses, including any loss on Schedule C, line 7, or Schedule F, line 9. Tax slayer Do not include any social security benefits unless (a) you are married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time in 2013 or (b) one-half of your social security benefits plus your other gross income and any tax-exempt interest is more than $25,000 ($32,000 if married filing jointly). Tax slayer If (a) or (b) applies, see the Instructions for Form 1040 or Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits, to figure the taxable part of social security benefits you must include in gross income. Tax slayer *** If you did not live with your spouse at the end of 2013 (or on the date your spouse died) and your gross income was at least $3,900, you must file a return regardless of your age. Tax slayer Gross income. Tax slayer   Gross income is all income you receive in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax. Tax slayer If you are married and live with your spouse in a community property state, half of any income defined by state law as community income may be considered yours. Tax slayer The community property states are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Tax slayer A registered domestic partner in Nevada, Washington, or California generally must report half the combined community income of the individual and his or her domestic partner. Tax slayer For more information about community property, see Publication 555, Community Property. Tax slayer   For more information on what to include in gross income, see chapter 2. Tax slayer Self-employed persons. Tax slayer    If you are self-employed in a business that provides services (where the production, purchase, or sale of merchandise is not an income-producing factor), gross income from that business is the gross receipts. Tax slayer   If you are self-employed in a business involving manufacturing, merchandising, or mining, gross income from that business is the total sales minus the cost of goods sold. Tax slayer Then, to this figure, you add any income from investments and from incidental or outside operations or sources. Tax slayer See Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for more information. Tax slayer Dependents. Tax slayer   If you could be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer (that is, you meet the dependency tests in Publication 501), special filing requirements apply. Tax slayer See Publication 501. Tax slayer Decedents A personal representative of a decedent's estate can be an executor, administrator, or anyone who is in charge of the decedent's property. Tax slayer If you are acting as the personal representative of a person who died during the year, you may have to file a final return for that decedent. Tax slayer You also have other duties, such as notifying the IRS that you are acting as the personal representative. Tax slayer Form 56, Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship, is available for this purpose. Tax slayer When you file a return for the decedent, either as the personal representative or as the surviving spouse, you should write “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Tax slayer If no personal representative has been appointed by the due date for filing the return, the surviving spouse (on a joint return) should sign the return and write in the signature area “Filing as surviving spouse. Tax slayer ” For more information, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators. Tax slayer Surviving spouse. Tax slayer   If you are the surviving spouse, the year your spouse died is the last year for which you can file a joint return with that spouse. Tax slayer After that, if you do not remarry, you must file as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, head of household, or single. Tax slayer For more information about each of these filing statuses, see Publication 501. Tax slayer   If you remarry before the end of the year in which your spouse died, a final joint return with the deceased spouse cannot be filed. Tax slayer You can, however, file a joint return with your new spouse. Tax slayer In that case, the filing status of your deceased spouse for his or her final return is married filing separately. Tax slayer The level of income that requires you to file an income tax return changes when your filing status changes (see Table 1-1). 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