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A colleague recently asked,
I understand why we should pay income tax. But what is the need for filing income tax returns every year?
Short answer: You’re building a history about yourself — that you exist and earn.
This piece of history proves useful in a variety of situations — when you’re applying for a loan with a financial institution, when you’re applying for a visa for traveling to a different country, and such. The earlier you start building this history the better. You should continue to file your income tax returns irrespective of whether you pay income tax or not (say when you take a break for higher education and therefore aren’t earning).
What do you think?
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