We want you to use the proper filing status as you go through the instructions and tables. You can file as
Married filing jointly.
Sometimes we will ask you to make an entry
in the space to the left of line . . .
The following examples (using line 1) will help you make the proper entry: taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP7ac53859
If you have earned income from work, you may be able to take this credit. It is 6.2% of your earned income but cannot be more than $400 ($800 if married filing jointly). See the instructions for line 8 on page 12.taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP23768329
Any economic recovery payment you received is not taxable for federal income tax purposes, but it reduces any making work pay credit. See the instructions for line 8 on page 12. taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP687e8ce2
A $3,500 or $4,500 voucher or payment made for such a voucher under the CARS taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP4d0f7a1e
cash for clunkers program to buy or lease a new fuel-efficient automobile is not taxable for federal income tax purposes.
You can now receive up to $5,000 of U.S. Series I Savings Bonds as part of your income tax refund without setting up a TreasuryDirect® account in advance. For more details, see Form 8888.taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP258727a0
You do not have to pay tax on unemployment compensation of up to $2,400 per recipient. Amounts over $2,400 per recipient are still taxable. See the instructions for line 3 on page 11.taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP7ac28bb5
You may be able to take the EIC if you earned less than $13,440 ($18,440 if married filing jointly). See the instructions for lines 9a and 9b that begin on page 13.taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP592f4725
Certain tax benefits for Midwestern disaster areas have expired, including the election to use your 2007 earned income to figure your 2008 EIC.taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP622fbb06
This credit has expired and does not apply for 2009. taxmap/instr/i1040ez-001.htm#TXMP55136c9d
You may be mailing your return to a different address this year because the IRS has changed the filing location for several areas. If you received an envelope with your tax package, please use it. Otherwise, see Where Do You File? on the back cover.