Welcome to the inaugural post in our Tax Form series, a new, somewhat dry, tax series in which we take a look at all the various tax forms the IRS uses. I know it sometimes isn’t the most exciting of topics but understanding the various tax forms is absolutely crucial if you want to do your taxes. Many of you will probably be filing electronically, so software will help you decide which forms to use and how to fill it out, but there are still a few hold-outs out there who insist on filing by paper.
If you are one of them, then this new series is designed for you! (cue applause!)
The Tax Form 1040 is the cornerstone of your tax return. There are two alternatives in the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ, which are available to a subset of taxpayers, but the Form 1040 is the long form that many people think of when you talk about your federal personal income tax return. Form 1040A is basically Form 1040-Lite and Form 1040EZ is Form 1040-SuperLite.
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