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Income Tax Rates
Overview of tax brackets and marginal tax rates for 2010 and previous years, along with projections for 2011.
Tax Forms: Find Common IRS Income Tax Forms
Find tax forms to prepare your personal income taxes. The most common tax forms are arranged in an easy-to-find format.
Should You File an Extension?
An extension is your way of asking the Internal Revenue Service for additional time to file your tax return. The IRS will automatically grant you an additional six months to file your return. An extension basically extends the filing deadline for personal tax returns from April 15th to October 15th. Learn more about what filing an extension can...
Foreign Financial Assets
American taxpayers may need to report any investments and financial assets held outside the United States to the Internal Revenue Service using Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets. This reporting requirement is part of the larger Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Taxpayers with more than $50,000 of foreign assets...
Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (TD F 90-22.1)
You may need to fill out Treasury Department Form 90-22.1 every year if you own, or have an interest in, any foreign bank accounts or other types of financial accounts based outside the United States.
File an Extension: How to Request an Extension of Time to File using IRS Form...
Filing an extension is super easy. I tell you how to do it. But first, let's talk about what an extension is and what it is not. An "extension" is a way to ask the IRS for more time to file your tax return. The deadline to file your return is April 15th. But the IRS will automatically give you extra time to file your tax return. But this grace...
Taxpayers are entitled to claim one personal exemption for themselves and each dependent.
What Tax Records Do I Need?
Before you prepare your own taxes, or visit your local tax preparer, gather all the documents you need to prepare a complete tax return.
Complete Tax (Software Review)
Review of the web-based tax software program Complete Tax. Highly recommended for professional-style tax preparation.
Instructions for Form 1040A
Prepare your tax returns on Form 1040A using easy-to-follow steps. Plus tips for preparing your tax return accurately and completely.
How to Fill Out a W-4 Form
Filling out a W-4 is one of the first things you do when you start a new job. You may want to fill out a new W-4 if your financial situation has changed. Use Form W4 to increase or to decrease your income tax withholding.
Tax Preparation Supplies
Start preparing your taxes with a handy checklist of things you need, and find out how to prepare your own taxes at the About.com Guide to US Tax Planning.
Should I Prepare My Own Taxes or Go to an Accountant?
Tax accountants offer convenience and expertise. Doing it yourself puts you in full control. Find out how to prepare your own taxes at the About.com Guide to US Tax Planning.
1040 Central from IRS.gov
The IRS gateway to tax information for individuals. Get news, tax law updates, and tax forms.
Nolo Press Guide to Taxes & Audits
Arm yourself with tax law knowledge. Get tips for preparing your tax return, plus how to survive an audit, and dealing with tax debt.
IRS Free File
File your federal tax return for free, using one of the IRS's approved "Free File" partners. You prepare your tax return on the Web, and e-file the return for free.
Free Tax Software from Tax Act
Use TaxAct software to prepare your taxes for free, or e-file your tax return for a nominal fee.
IRS Free File Alliance
Free electronic filing of your tax return. Several tax software companies have teamed up with the IRS to offer free e-filing. Find out if you qualify, and select from a list of software companies.
What's the Safest Way to Get My Tax Refund?
The IRS can deposit your tax refund directly into your checking or savings account. This is generally faster, and safer, than having a check mailed to your home address.
Filing Extensions Available by Phone or Computer
Request an extension of time to file your tax return by phone. Download the automatic extension tax form, read the instructions, and call the IRS' toll-free phone.
Line-by-line Instructions for Form 1040A
Prepare your 2004 tax returns on Form 1040A using easy-to-follow steps. Plus tips for preparing your tax return accurately and completely, from your About.com Guide to Tax Planning.
Common Tax Preparation Mistakes - IRS.gov
A checklist of the twenty most common tax mistakes. Check your name, address, and Social Security Number. Double check your math calculations. Other common errors.
7 Quick and Easy Ways to File a Tax Extension with the IRS
Need extra time to file your tax return, but don't have a lot of time figuring out what to do? Here's quick and easy ways you can file an extension in under ten minutes.
Preparing Separate Tax Returns using Community Property Rules
Married couples who live in a community property state and who are filing separate tax federal returns will need to take some extra steps when preparing their federal return. The extra steps are not difficult, and in fact the extra steps can help ensure that your tax return is complete before filing. Here's how I go about preparing separate tax returns using the community property rules.