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Widow With A Dependent Child - Must I File?

For the current year, If your filing status is qualifying widow with a dependent child and you are under 65 then your gross income must be at least $15,700 ($15,300 in 2011). If you are 65 or older then your gross income must be at least $16850 ($16,450 in 2011). Gross income does not include Social Security benefits.

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