IRS Forms and Publications
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One of the most stressful aspects of modern life is the need to interact with the federal government's Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Even if you aren't intending to do anything wrong a simple mistake could turn into costly penalties and close scrutiny of your financial affairs.
Avoiding trouble with the IRS starts with choosing the correct forms to be filed. Increasingly, a good option to ensure that you choose the correct form and fill it in correctly is the use of one of a number of online/digital tax preparation programs. These programs may assist in determining the necessary forms based upon you answers to simple initial questions about your income and employment status and will prevent the submission of documents until you have filled in all the necessary fields with valid responses.
However, many of us prefer to continue dealing with paper and pen. The IRS continues to make its forms available, along with detailed instructions on their completion and submission. Below you will find links to tax forms and publications from the IRS. Go here for state tax forms.
The attached documents are the standard forms necessary to prepare and submit your taxes to the IRS. Each form has an accompanying set of instructions that provides additional detail about the information requested/required on the primary document.
- Form 1040 | Instructions [PDF]
- Form 1040A | Instructions [PDF]
- Form 1040EZ | Instructions [PDF]
These basic documents may not be enough to answer all of your tax-related questions. Fortunately, there are additional resources the IRS makes available.
In addition to forms that are filed and instructions to assist in their completion and proper submission, there are additional resources made available by the IRS. These documents provide information about the structure of our income tax system, your rights as a taxpayer, and information about the various adjustments to your tax liability that arise as the result of your filing status and claimed exemptions and deduction.
- Your Rights As a Taxpayer [PDF]
- Your Federal Income Tax [PDF]
- Exemptions, Standard Deductions, and Filing Information [PDF]
If a tax form or publication is mentioned within these documents you may wish to search for it specifically. The IRS has a number of helpful search functionalities that can help you find the forms and publications you need.
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The foregoing resources will be sufficient to answer many of your basic tax-related questions. However, the tax code is extraordinarily complicated and your individual circumstances may give rise to questions that aren't addressed in these basic forms. Where else can a taxpayer look for assistance and answers to their tax-related inquiries?
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