Today’s post is a quick one in response to this question from ldycemn:
Since cap was frozen…should he have to pay a fine for not filling?
This seems like an appropriate question for this time of year, and luckily it has a pretty simple answer: no. Not everyone has to file a tax return, particularly those with incomes below a certain threshold. The filing requirements change with some frequency, but as far as I can tell there has always been a threshold. Since Steve Rogers wasn’t earning any money after he was frozen (since he was presumed dead), he wouldn’t have to file. If he received backpay after being thawed out then he would have to pay taxes on that backpay, but that would be based on the tax laws when he was thawed, not the years during which he was frozen.