However, there is an exception to this rule if half of your social security benefits plus your other gross income is more than $25,000 ($32,000 if married filing jointly). Once that happens, you’ll need to file a 2013 tax return. Married filing separate also have different social security rules. For more information, see Do You Have to Pay Income Tax on Social Security?
Other Income Sources
There are special rules for self employment earnings and church earnings. You must file taxes if your:
Self employment net earnings are greater than $400.
Church earnings are greater than $108.28 and are exempt from employer Social Security and Medicare.
Other filing requirements. In addition to the income requirements, there are other circumstances when you must file a tax return. One example is if you sold your home. For all the requirements, see Publication 17.
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