Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Personal Taxes


I have not been given a W-2 since 2008, when I last filed a return.  I have not filed taxes since 2008 because every year since then, my income has been way under $8,000, which I thought was the minimum threshold for having to file a tax return.  I am expecting a K-1 and W-2 for 2012 (my total personal income was $2,875.00 and no taxes were taken out of any of my checks).  Do I still need to file for 2012 if I know my income is again going to be way under $8,000?  I have not filed for an extension since 2008 either.


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It depends on your filing status, age, and the nature of your income.  If you are under 65 and single, you don't have to file if your income is under $9,750.  However, if your income is self-employment income you must file and pay self-employment tax if your profit from self-employment is $400 or more.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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