FAQ

How do you fill out a 1040EZ tax form?
The instructions are available here 1040EZ (2014)
How do you fill out line 5 on a 1040EZ tax form?
I suspect the question is related to knowing whether someone can claim you as a dependent, because otherwise line 5 itself is pretty clear.General answer: if you are under 19, or a full-time student under the age of 24, your parents can probably claim you as a dependent. If you are living with someone to whom you are not married and who is providing you with more than half of your support, that person can probably claim you as a dependent. If you are married and filing jointly, your spouse needs to answer the same questions.Note that whether those individuals actually do claim you as a dependent doesn't matter, the question is whether they can. It is not a choice.
How can you tell whether you should file an IRS Form 1040a or 1040ez?
For the current filing season, 2018, form 1040-EZ and 1040-A have been discontinued.If you are talking about filing recent prior year returns, form 1040-EZ was for if you are reporting wages, interest interest income under $1,500, and/or unemployment compensation and pretty much nothing else. You cannot report dependants on a 1040-EZ.1040-A if for when you have interest income over $1,500 and/or have dependants.Neither forms allow you to itemize deductions. There are other things to know as well. You can review the instructions at these links:About Form 1040-EZ | Internal Revenue ServiceAbout Form 1040-A | Internal Revenue Service
Can I send a 2016 1040EZ to be filed in 2018?
Yes, as long as you otherwise qualify.
How can I fill out an IRS form 8379?
Form 8379, the Injured Spouse declaration, is used to ensure that a spouse’s share of a refund from a joint tax return is not used by the IRS as an offset to pay a tax obligation of the other spouse.Before you file this, make sure that you know the difference between this and the Innocent Spouse declaration, Form 8857. You use Form 8379 when your spouse owes money for a legally enforeceable tax debt (such as a student loan which is in default) for which you are not jointly liable. You use Form 8857 when you want to be released from tax liability for an understatement of tax that resulted from actions taken by your spouse of which you had no knowledge, and had no reason to know.As the other answers have specified, you follow the Instructions for Form 8379 (11/2016) on the IRS Web site to actually fill it out.
If the IRS knows how much money we owe, why do we need to fill out returns?
Because the IRS doesn't know how much money you owe. They know approximately what you made, and they know a little bit about some of your deductions, but they don't know whether and to what extent you are entitled to additional deductions or credits, or whether and to what extent you earned money from transactions not reported to the IRS. Even on the transactions that were reported to the IRS, the IRS doesn't always know how much of that income is actually taxable - or at what rate.
Is it okay to send the 1040EZ form alone to IRS ?
The 1040EZ is for if your situation is very simple - you only have W2 income up to a certain amount and little or no interest income. No other IRS forms or schedules can be sent with it, except you will need to attach a copy (preferably with a paper clip) of your W2 statement from your job.
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