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IRS Tax Forms You May Need to File

If you are planning to paper file, you should know that the IRS no longer sends your paper tax packages in the mail.

1040 tax form

If you file your taxes online, you will find that it is super easy when it comes to getting the right tax form.

This is because the online tax software automatically selects the form that is the best fit for your unique tax situation.

Alternatively, you can order the forms and have them sent to you in the mail by calling the IRS, 1-800-TAX-FORM. Lastly, you have the option of going to your local IRS office, library, or post office to pick up the forms in person.

Tips for Selecting the IRS Tax Form You Need to File

1040 EZ Tax Form

  • You can use this tax form if you taxable income is lower than $100,000, you are filing single or married filing jointly, you are not claiming any dependents, and your income from interest is below $1500.

1040A Tax Form

  • You can use this form when you cannot use the 1040EZ form if your taxable income is less than $100000, you have capital gain distributions, you have certain tax credits that you are eligible to claim, and you need to claim adjustments to your income for IRA contributions and student loan interest.

1040 Tax Form

  • If you cannot use either of the previous forms, you have to go with the 1040 if your income is over $100000, you are itemizing your deductions, you are claiming self-employment income, and you have income to report from the sale of a property.

If you are still confused about which form you need to file, see IRS Publication 17.

Using Online Tax Filing to Get Your Tax Forms

Today’s online tax filing eliminates the need for you to know which 1040 tax form to use. You might also be able to get your W2 form electronically and start filing right away.

The H&R Block software will ask you simple questions relevant to your tax situation, put your information of the proper forms, and give you the credits and deductions that you are entitled to for the largest refund ever. Additionally, you can access a free tax calculator to check your refund amount.

How to File Taxes Online Using TurboTax

When you file with TurboTax Online Online they will search over 350 tax deductions and credits to find every tax break you qualify for so you get your maximum refund.