You must file a tax return if your income is above a certain level. The amount varies depending on filing status, age and the type of income...

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You must file a tax return if your income is above a certain level. The amount varies depending on filing status, age and the type of income.

For example, a married couple both under age 65 generally are not required to file until their joint income reaches $17,500. However, self-employed individuals generally must file a tax return if their net income from self-employment was at least $400.

Check the “individuals” section of the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov or consult the instructions for form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for specific details that may affect your need to file a tax return with the IRS this year.

Even if you do not have to file, you should file to get money back if federal income tax was withheld from your pay, or you qualify for a refundable credit that may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax.

Refundable credits include:

• Earned Income Tax Credit. Eligible low-income workers can claim this income-tax credit. The credit reduces the amount of tax an individual owes, and it may be returned in the form of a refund.

Additional child tax credit. This credit may be available to you if you have at least one qualifying child and you did not use the full amount of your Child Tax Credit.

• Health coverage tax credit. Limited to certain individuals who are receiving certain Trade Adjustment Assistance, Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, or pension benefit payments from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

For more information about filing requirements and your eligibility to receive tax credits, visit the IRS Web site.

— Internal Revenue Service