As a general rule, the requirements for filing federal taxes when you live abroad are the same as for those living in the United States. Different requirements apply to each U.S. State.
The filing requirements are different depending on your age and filing status, but are always based on your gross income from all worldwide sources. Check the chart below to see if you needed to file for any of the past years. Self-employed people have different requirements.
|65 or Older||11,200||11,500||11,700||11,850|
|Head of Household||12,500||12,850||13,050||13,250|
|65 or Older||13,950||14,350||14,650||14,800|
|65 or Older||16,850||17,300||17,550||17,850|
|Married Filing Jointly||19,500||20,000||20,300||20,600|
|One Spouse 65 or Older||20,650||21,200||21,500||21,850|
|Both Spouses 65 or Older||21,800||22,400||22,700||23,100|
|Married Filing Separately||3,800||3,900||3,950||4,000|
If you are self-employed and your net earnings from self-employment are $400 or more, you must file a return even if your gross income is lower than the applicable amount shown on the table above.