Should a tax return be filed even if not required?
Even if you do not meet any of the filing requirements you should file a tax return if you can get a refund.
You should file if you had income tax was withheld from your income.
Additionally, file if you qualify for the earned income credit, additional child tax credit, or refundable portion American opportunity credit.
The refundable portion of the earned income credit can be as much as $6,000, approximately.
The American Opportunity credit is $2,500, of which $1,000 is refundable.