If you do not have any form of taxable income on your tax return, the IRS E-file system will reject the submission because it will read it as an empty tax return. Some people are not required to file returns when this occurs, yet choose to so that they have a filed tax return on record for personal and/or legal reasons.
For more information or to determine if you are required to file a return, please reference the IRS Form 1040 Instructions. If you still want/need to file a federal tax return you should go into the Income section of the program and make a $1 entry for Interest Income.
To do this go to:
- Interest and Dividend Income
- Interest or Dividend Income
- Interest Income Form 1099-INT > enter your name in the Payer's Name box and enter $1 in the Interest Income box 1 entry space.
This will have no bearing on the return however it will allow the IRS computer to read an entry on one of the required lines and therefore be able to process the return for you.
If the only income that you had was from Social Security benefits, most likely these benefits are not considered taxable income.