If I am an American Minor living abroad, how much will I need to pay in taxes if I don’t earn more than $2021 a year, if anything?
This question is not entirely trivial to answer. The IRS has an interactive website, which you can find by going to Do I Need to File a Tax Return?, that in most cases can provide a fairly reliable answer to your question, and I recommend that you use either it, or the advice of a qualified tax accountant, tax preparer, or tax attorney to obtain an answer you can rely on, rather than seeking advice from Internet.In your case, since you are a “minor” (which I presume means that you are under 18), your parents (if they are US taxpayers) may have elected to include your income on their return; if they have done so, you should not file even if you have income. You will need to discuss this with your parents.If this does not apply, you must check the “Who must file section?” of the instructions for Form 1040 to determine if you are required to file a return. The income cutoffs change from year to year, and the final instructions for 2021 are not yet available, so I cannot give you reliably exact figures, but the preliminary draft instructions for tax year 2021 state that an unmarried non-blind individual who could be claimed as a dependent on another person’s return is required to file an individual return (unless that income was included in a parent’s return) if that individual’s earned income exceeds $6350, unearned income exceeds $1050, or gross income exceeded the larger of $1050 or the individual’s earned income plus $350. Different numbers would have applied in prior tax years, and will likely apply in future tax years.Of course, applying this requires understanding what earned income and unearned income are, and also requires understanding how to determine if you can be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s return, which can be tricky in unusual situations.If you have less than $2021 in income, you may still need to file depending on what the source of that income is. If it’s all earned income, you probably do not have to file, but if more than $350 of it is unearned income, you probably do have to file. You may also have to file if you have $400 or more in self-employment earnings or any of a number of other of specific conditions which require a return to be filed. Most of these are unlikely (you aren’t a first-time homebuyer, are you?), but without knowing your specific circumstances it’s not possible to give you reliable advice. Which is why there is no substitute for obtaining specific advice in consultation with a qualified professional, who can ask you all of the questions that need to be asked, instead of having to make assumptions.;""