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Video: How to File a 1040EZ IRS Form for Free

Updated for Tax Year 2017 • August 12, 2022 07:26 PM


OVERVIEW

Most taxpayers prefer to file their tax return on the shortest and least time-consuming tax form possible. This is why the IRS allows some taxpayers to use the 1040EZ form instead of the longer 1040. And maybe even better is the money you can save if you are eligible for free e-filing. Watch this video for more information on how to file a 1040EZ for free.


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For tax years beginning with 2018, the 1040A and EZ forms are no longer available. They have been replaced with new 1040 and 1040-SR forms. For those who are filing prior year returns, you can continue to use form 1040A or EZ for tax years through 2017.


 

Video transcript:

Hello, I’m Scott from TurboTax with some important information on how you can file your taxes on a 1040EZ form for free. Most taxpayers prefer to file their tax return on the shortest and least time-consuming tax form possible. This is why the IRS allows some taxpayers to use the 1040EZ form instead of the longer 1040. And maybe even better is the money you can save if you are eligible for free e-filing.

You can only use the 1040EZ form if you satisfy a number of eligibility requirements. These require that you be eligible to use the single or married filing jointly statuses, that you’re under the age of 65 and not blind by the end of the tax year, your taxable income is less than $100,000, you don’t receive advanced earned income credit payments during the year, don’t owe household employment taxes with your return, don’t earn more than $1,500 of interest and your income only comes from employment, scholarships, grants and the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Also be aware that when using the 1040EZ, you cannot claim dependents, itemize deductions or take any adjustments to income. In addition, there are limitations on the types of tax credits you can take.

The IRS  allows you to prepare your tax return manually using fillable tax forms. Although you will have to calculate your taxes yourself, the IRS allows you to e-file the forms at no charge—but you must create an online account with the IRS in order to do so.

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