What’s the Maximum Income I can Make and not File Taxes?

In rough terms, the income cutoff before an individual is required to file a tax return is approximately $10,000.

The chart below provides more specific income cutoff information depending on the individual’s tax filing status. If your income was below the amount listed for the specified tax return year, you are not required to file taxes.

 2017 Tax Return2018 Tax Return
Dependent Student$6,300$6,300
Single, under 65$10,300$10,350
Single, 65 or older$11,850$11,900
Married, filing jointly, under 65 (both)$20,600$20,700
Married, filing jointly, under 65 (one)$21,850$21,950
Married, filing jointly, over 65 (both)$23,100$23,200
Head of household, under 65$13,250$13,350
Head of household, 65 or older$14,800$14,900
Married, filing separately$4,000$4,050