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How do you use the tax table when filing a 1040EZ return?

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A tax filer uses the tax table for the 1040EZ form by identifying his marital status and the taxable income calculated on line six of the form, according to the IRS. Filing statuses include single, married filing jointly, married filing separately and head of household. The tax table shows taxable income as a series of ranges, such as $25,000 to $25,050. Examples of how to use the tax table, forms, publications and instructions are available for free on IRS.gov.

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As of 2014, the updated IRS tax tables are available in IRS Publication 17. This publication, as well as the 1040EZ form, instructions and other publications are available online at IRS.gov. To use the tax table, a taxpayer needs to know his filing status and taxable income.

Calculators and instructions to help determine taxable income are available from TurboTax. The taxable income is located under the bold headings on the tax table. For example, if a person is single and his taxable income is $35,000, he must locate the bold heading for $35,000 on the tax table, and then read that box vertically to find the range $35,000 to $35,050 and the status of single. The number beneath this heading shows the tax owed. In this example, the tax is $4,346.

It is important for a person to consult a tax professional if he encounters difficulties filling out tax forms. The IRS offers free telephone assistance to individuals who have questions about their tax forms. The toll-free number is 800-829-1040. It is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in all time zones, states IRS.gov.

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