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Which Tax Form to Use?

When filing and preparing your tax return, you need to choose the right tax form to use. The main tax form that most people use is the 1040 tax form. However, the 1040 tax form is complicated and there are simpler versions of the 1040 tax form called 1040A and 1040EZ. The 1040EZ form is the simplest tax form. Once you have filled out the appropriate tax form, you will need to send to the IRS with necessary additional forms and Schedules such as Schedule A, B, or C according to your tax situation.

1040EZ tax form

 

Filing Status

Single, married filing jointly (under age 65 and not blind)

Number of Exemptions

No ore than 2 personal exemptions (no dependents)

Taxable Income

Less than $100,000

Only Income From..

Wages, salaries, tips, taxable scholarship and fellowship grants, taxable interest of $1,500 or less, unemployment compensation, Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends No advanced EIC payments



 1040A tax form

 

Filing Status

Any

Number of Exemptions

Any

Taxable Income

Less than $100,000

Only Income From..

Wages, salaries, tips, taxable scholarship and fellowship grants, taxable interest (any), unemployment compensation, dividends, capital gains, pensions, annuities, IRA distributions, taxable Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits.



1040 tax form

 

Filing Status

Any

Number of Exemptions

Any

Taxable Income

Any

Only Income From..

Wages, salaries, tips, taxable scholarship and fellowship grants, taxable interest (any), unemployment compensation, dividends, capital gains, pensions, annuities, IRA distributions, taxable Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits, self employment income, taxable state and local income tax refunds, gain from the sale of your home, alimony received, all other income sources


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