Most Americans file a tax return because they are required to. Even if you don’t have to file, there are times you should anyway. You might be eligible for a tax refund and not realize it.
Here are five tips to help you decide whether to file a tax return:
Instructions for Forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ list income tax filing requirements. You can also use the Interactive Tax Assistant tool on the IRS website. Look for “Do I need to file a return?” under general topics.