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Filing An Income Tax Return

By Gray Rollins

When the month of April rolls around most of America is preparing their income tax returns. Each year all individuals who made an income are required to report that income to federal and state governments by filing an income tax return.

Taxpayers must file two separate income tax returns. One income tax return goes to the federal government and the other goes to the state government that a particular taxpayer resides in. The majority of taxpaying Americans are able to fill out a Form 1040A: U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Individuals that do not have any children or other qualifying dependents are able to file a federal 1040EZ form. This form is also referred to as the Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents. The 1040EZ is basically a shorter version of the 1040A form; however, taxpayers must meet certain requirements before filing a 1040EZ form.

The majority of taxpayers will have the federal income tax forms they need mailed to their home. The option to have federal income tax forms mailed to a taxpayer is given on the previous year’s tax forms. Taxpayers who do not wish to receive federal income tax forms but do need them can get the forms from a number of sources. Many paper forms are available for pickup at many local post offices, banks, and libraries. Taxpayers can also visit the website of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which is found at http://www.irs.gov. The Internal Revenue Service has a collection of federal income tax forms that can be downloaded and printed. http://www.taxhelpdirectory.com/federalincometax/

When a taxpayer reports their income earned to their state government they will also have to fill out a state tax return form. Each state has their own income tax return forms. The form numbers will all be different because they vary from state to state; however, some forms will have the same heading. It is not uncommon for a state income tax form to be known as the Resident Income Tax Return. As with federal income tax returns, the majority of states have a long income tax return form and a short one. Taxpayers who are able to fill out and file a short state income tax return are encouraged to do so because it saves many taxpayers a large amount of tax preparation time. As with most federal income tax forms, state tax return individuals are likely to have a packet of state income tax forms mailed directly to their home. It is also possible for taxpayers to find their state tax forms at their local post office, financial institution, or library.

In addition to the traditional taxpaying individual, there are others who have to report and possibly pay an income tax. All businesses and estate properties of an individual who has passed on are subject to an income tax. A small business owner or the executor of an estate property will have to file different federal and state income tax forms than the traditional taxpayer. These forms can be obtained at the same places where standard federal and state forms are available.

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