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how much income do I need to make to file a tax return

is the amount of income required to file a tax return for a single person $10,400?

I made less than that. should I file anyway? 

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how much income do I need to make to file a tax return

Yes, a single person under the age of 65 must file a tax return if your gross income was at least $10.400 (for 2017).

 

However, if income taxes were withheld, you may consider filing if you believe you are due a refund of those taxes. See this post for more help: If I don't need to file a return, should I go ahead and file one anyway?

Visitor I

how much income do I need to make to file a tax return

Some reasons you might want to file are if you had taxes withheld and want them refunded;    if you're eligible for the Earned Income Credit (you might get a refund even if you didn't pay taxes), if somebody else is claiming you as a dependent; or in some cases you'd need to file if you're getting health care from some version of Obamacare or if you owe social security taxes on income you got a 1099 for.  There might be other reasons, IRS Publication 501 lays them out.  You can read it online here.