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IRS 1040 Form

The Form 1040 is the starting form for personal (individual) Federal income tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States. This form contains sections which are required for the disclosure of the taxpayer's financial income status for a given year. This helps to tell if additional taxes are owed and/or whether the taxpayer is due for a refund. April 15th is the deadline for the 1040 forms. The 1040 is also called the "U.S. individual income tax return".

Any full-time resident individual U.S. income taxpayer can use the standard Form 1040 (often referred to as the "long form" to distinguish it from the other 1040 variants). Those with uncomplicated tax situations (for example, no itemized deductions, no capital gain or loss, etc.) may be able to use the simplified Form 1040A (the "short form") or the even simpler Form 1040EZ (the "easy form") instead of Form 1040. Some versions of Form 1040 are colored blue (though not the case when tax return software packages are used).

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