What is the Minimum Income to File Taxes in 2019

The minimum income threshold for filing taxes varies depending on your filing status and age. For single filers under age 65, the minimum income to file in 2019 is $12,200. For married couples filing jointly, the minimum is $24,400. For heads of household, the minimum is $18,350. Individuals who are 65 or older have higher minimum income thresholds. If your income is below these thresholds, you are not required to file a tax return. However, there are some exceptions to these rules. For example, you may need to file a return if you owe self-employment taxes or if you received advance payments of the premium tax credit for health insurance.

Income Thresholds for Different Tax Statuses

The income threshold for filing taxes varies depending on your filing status. The following are the income thresholds for the different filing statuses for 2019:

  • Single: $12,200
  • Married filing jointly: $24,400
  • Married filing separately: $12,200
  • Head of household: $18,350
Filing StatusIncome Threshold
Single$12,200
Married filing jointly$24,400
Married filing separately$12,200
Head of household$18,350

If your income is below the threshold for your filing status, you are not required to file a tax return. However, there are some situations where you may want to file a tax return even if you are not required to do so. For example, you may want to file a tax return if you are due a refund or if you need to claim a tax credit.

Dependency Exemptions

A dependency exemption reduces your taxable income by a certain amount for each qualifying person you claim as a dependent. For 2019, the dependency exemption amount is $4,150. To claim a dependency exemption, the person must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The person must be your qualifying child or qualifying relative.
  • The person must have lived with you for more than half the year.
  • The person must not have provided more than half of their own support for the year.
  • The person must not have filed a joint tax return with their spouse.

Income Requirements

The minimum income to file taxes in 2019 depends on your filing status and whether or not you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. The following table shows the minimum income requirements for each filing status:

Filing StatusMinimum Income
Single$12,200
Married filing jointly$24,400
Married filing separately$12,200
Head of household$18,350

If you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, you do not need to file a tax return unless you meet one of the following exceptions:

  • You had self-employment income of $400 or more.
  • You had net income from non-employee sources (such as investments) of $1,050 or more.
  • You had gross income of $12,200 or more.

Age-Based Considerations for Tax Filers

The minimum income required to file taxes in 2019 varies based on age. The following table summarizes the minimum income thresholds for different age groups:

Age GroupSingleMarried Filing Jointly
Under 65$12,200$24,400
65 or older$13,850$27,700

For individuals who are blind or have other disabilities, the minimum income thresholds are higher. Individuals who can be claimed as dependents on someone else’s tax return may also have lower minimum income thresholds.

What is the Deadline to File Taxes in 2019?

The deadline to file your federal income tax return is April 15, 2019. This is the same deadline for most states. However, there are a few states that have different deadlines.

State Tax Deadlines

The following table lists the state tax deadlines for 2019:

StateDeadline
AlabamaApril 15
AlaskaApril 30
ArizonaApril 15
ArkansasApril 15
CaliforniaApril 15
ColoradoApril 15
ConnecticutApril 15
DelawareApril 15
District of ColumbiaApril 15
FloridaApril 15
GeorgiaApril 15
HawaiiApril 15
IdahoApril 15
IllinoisApril 15
IndianaApril 15
IowaApril 15
KansasApril 15
KentuckyApril 15
LouisianaApril 15
MaineApril 15
MarylandApril 15
MassachusettsApril 15
MichiganApril 15
MinnesotaApril 15
MississippiApril 15
MissouriApril 15
MontanaApril 15
NebraskaApril 15
NevadaApril 15
New HampshireApril 15
New JerseyApril 15
New MexicoApril 15
New YorkApril 15
North CarolinaApril 15
North DakotaApril 15
OhioApril 15
OklahomaApril 15
OregonApril 15
PennsylvaniaApril 15
Rhode IslandApril 15
South CarolinaApril 15
South DakotaApril 15
TennesseeApril 15
TexasApril 15
UtahApril 15
VermontApril 15
VirginiaApril 15
WashingtonApril 15
West VirginiaApril 15
WisconsinApril 15
WyomingApril 15

If you live in one of these states, you must file your state income tax return by the deadline listed. If you do not file by the deadline, you may be subject to penalties and interest charges.

Alright, there you have it, folks! Now you know the minimum income required to file taxes in 2019. Remember, this information can change in the future, so be sure to check back in with us next year around tax season to stay up-to-date. In the meantime, if you have any more tax-related questions, don’t hesitate to give us a shout. And hey, thanks for stopping by!