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Where can you find and read the current year's instructions for federal taxes?

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Line-by-line instructions for filling out Form 1040A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, are available on the official website of the Internal Revenue Service, IRS.gov. There are also instructions on the site for filing Form 1040, which is the long form, and Form 1040EZ, which is the short form.

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Following line instructions allows taxpayers to accurately fill out a personal income tax return on their own, and the IRS includes tips for taxpayers throughout the instructions to help taxpayers better understand the requirements and regulations of each line. For example, a tip in the instructions for Form 1040A, line 1, alerts the taxpayer before choosing a filing status that more than one filing status may apply to the taxpayer’s situation, and choosing the one that gives the taxpayer the lowest tax is recommended by the IRS.

The instructions for Form 1040A also come with other necessary information that taxpayers need for filing returns, according to the IRS. Information on claiming tax exemptions and credits, figuring adjusted gross income and figuring a refund or amount due are included. Instructions for signing the return, assembling it for mailing or e-filing and information on signatures and third-party designees are also provided on the site. The instructions close with information on how to contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for help with problems taxpayers may experience.

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