How much money do I have to make in 2008 to file taxes? Looking for the 2008 income tax filing requirements? Here they are!
2008 Income Requirements
For the 2008 tax year, you need to file taxes if your gross income meets the minimum income for your filing status  and age:
|Filing Status||Minimum Gross Income (under 65)||Minimum Gross Income (65+)|
|Head of Household||$11,500||$12,850|
|Married Filing Jointly||$17,900||$18,950 (one spouse)
$20,000 (both spouses)
|Married Filing Separately||$3,500||$3,500|
|Widow with Dependent Child||$14,400||$15,450|
For dependent information, see When Do Kids Need to File Taxes? 
Social Security Income
There is an exception to the rule that gross income doesn’t include social security benefits. If half of your social security benefits plus your other gross income is more than $25,000 ($32,000 if married filing jointly). Also note that married filing separate have different social security rules.
Other Income Requirements
You must file taxes if your self employment and church earnings are:
- 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 Tax Filing Requirements
In addition to the income requirements, there are other circumstances when you must file a tax return. See Publication 501  for all the requirements.
You can choose to file a return. You may want to do this if you had any federal withholding or are entitled to tax credits, like the earned income tax credit , to get a refund.
For current year limits, see How Much Money Do You Have to Make to File Taxes?