If your 2022 income falls below the general gross income requirement threshold, you don’t need to file taxes in 2023. General gross income is your income before taxes and deductions.
The minimum income requirement for single filers below 65 years of age is $12,550 and $14,250 for single filers older than 65. For married couples (filing jointly), the minimum is $25,100, if both spouses are below 65, and $26,800 if one spouse is over 65. The minimum requirement for couples older than 65 is $28,500.
If you are married and decide to file separately to take advantage of itemized deductions or tax credits
, for example, the minimum income requirement is just $5. In rare cases, filing jointly might only lower your income to a certain level, which can be a smaller amount than if you file separately.
For the head of household – a person with one or more dependents – it’s $18,800 if you are below 65 years and $20,500 if you are older than 65. For a qualifying widow or widower, it’s slightly more relaxed at $25,100 (<65) and $26,800 (>65).
It’s important to note that these are just requirements to file an income tax return, declaring your income. It doesn’t mean you’ll end up paying taxes.