Enter the total of your wages, salaries, and tips. If a joint return, also include your spouse's income. For most people, the amount to enter on this line should be shown on their Form(s) W-2 in box 1. But the following types of income also must be included in the total on line 1.
- Wages received as a household employee for which you did not receive a Form W-2 because your employer paid you less than $1,600 in 2008. Also, enter
HSH and the amount not reported on a Form W-2 in the space to the left of line 1.
- Tip income you did not report to your employer. But you must use Form 1040 and Form 4137 if: (a) you received tips of $20 or more in any month and did not report the full amount to your employer, or (b) your Form(s) W-2 show allocated tips that you must report as income. You must report the allocated tips shown on your Form(s) W-2 unless you can prove that you received less. Allocated tips should be shown on your Form(s) W-2 in box 8. They are not included as income in box 1. See Pub. 531 for more details.
- Scholarship and fellowship grants not reported on a Form W-2. Also, enter
SCH and the amount in the space to the left of line 1. However, if you were a degree candidate, include on line 1 only the amounts you used for expenses other than tuition and course-related expenses. For example, amounts used for room, board, and travel must be reported on line 1.
You must use Form 1040A or 1040 if you received dependent care benefits for 2008. You must use Form 1040 if you received employer-provided adoption benefits for 2008.
Your employer is required to provide or send Form W-2 to you no later than February 2, 2009. If you do not receive it by early February, use TeleTax topic 154 (see page 27) to find out what to do. Even if you do not get a Form W-2, you still must report your earnings on line 1. If you lose your Form W-2 or it is incorrect, ask your employer for a new one.