What Tax Form

Which Tax Form Should You File?

Every year taxpayers are faced with the anxiety of having to file a tax return. What makes matters worse is deciding which form to use to file your federal income taxes. Most people use a computer to prepare and e-file their tax forms. This is easy because tax software selects the right form for you but what if you file on paper?

If you still prefer paper and pen, here are some tips on how to choose the best form for your situation.

You can generally use the 1040EZ if:

  • Your taxable income is below $100,000;
  • Your filing status is single or married filing jointly;
  • You are not claiming any dependents; and
  • Your interest income is $1,500 or less.

The 1040A may be best for you if:

  • Your taxable income is below $100,000;
  • You have capital gain distributions;
  • You claim certain tax credits; and
  • You claim adjustments to income for IRA contributions and student loan interest.

However, reasons you must use the 1040 include:

  • Your taxable income is $100,000 or more;
  • You claim itemized deductions;
  • You are reporting self-employment income; or
  • You are reporting income from sale of a property.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of which tax form fits your situation. Now, it’s just a matter of actually getting the return filed!

Ken Ly, Enrolled Agent
The Law Offices of Vincent W Davis & Associates
Email: ken@vincentwdavis.com
Web: http://taxresolutionlawyers.com

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