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Instructions for Form 1040-A
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Amount You Owe(p60)

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IRS e-file offers you the electronic payment option of electronic funds withdrawal (EFW). EFW can be used to pay your current year balance due and can be used to make up to four estimated tax payments. If you are filing early, you can schedule your payment for withdrawal from your account on a future date, up to and including April 18, 2011. If you file your return after April 18, 2011, you can include interest and penalty in your payment. Visit www.irs.gov/e-pay for details.
You can also pay using EFTPS, a free tax payment system that allows you to make payments online or by phone. For more information or details on enrolling, visit www.irs.gov/e-pay or www.eftps.gov or call EFTPS' Customer Service at 1-800-316-6541. TTY/TDD help is available by calling 1-800-733-4829.
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Line 48(p61)

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To save interest and penalties, pay your taxes in full by April 18, 2011. You do not have to pay if line 48 is under $1.
Include any estimated tax penalty from line 49 in the amount you enter on line 48.
You can pay by check, money order, or credit or debit card. Do not include any estimated tax payment for 2011 in this payment. Instead, make the estimated tax payment separately.
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To pay by check or money order.(p61)
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Make your check or money order payable to the United States Treasury for the full amount due. Do not send cash. Do not attach the payment to your return. Write 2010 Form 1040A and your name, address, daytime phone number, and social security number (SSN) on your payment. If you are filing a joint return, enter the SSN shown first on your tax return.
To help process your payment, enter the amount on the right side of the check like this: $XXX.XX. Do not use dashes or lines (for example, do not enter $XXX— or $XXX XX/100).
Then, complete Form 1040-V following the instructions on that form and enclose it in the envelope with your tax return and payment. Although you do not have to use Form 1040-V, doing so allows us to process your payment more accurately and efficiently.
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To pay by credit or debit card.(p61)
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For information on paying your taxes with a credit or debit card, go to www.irs.gov/e-pay.
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You may need to (a) increase the amount of income tax withheld from your pay by filing a new Form W-4, (b) increase the tax withheld from other income by filing Form W-4P or W-4V, or (c) make estimated tax payments for 2011. See Income tax withholding and estimated tax payments for 2011 on page 75.
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What If You Cannot Pay?(p61)

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If you cannot pay the full amount shown on line 48 when you file, you can ask for:
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Installment agreement.(p61)
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Under an installment agreement, you can pay all or part of the tax you owe in monthly installments. Generally, you can have up to 60 months to pay. However, even if your request to pay in installments is granted, you will be charged interest and may be charged a late payment penalty on the tax not paid by April 18, 2011. You must also pay a fee. To limit the interest and penalty charges, pay as much of the tax as possible when you file. But before requesting an installment agreement, you should consider other less costly alternatives, such as a bank loan or credit card payment.
To ask for an installment agreement, you can apply online or use Form 9465. To apply online, go to IRS.gov, click on I Need To and select Set Up a Payment Plan. If you use Form 9465, you should receive a response to your request to make installment payments within 30 days. But if you file your return after March 31, it may take us longer to reply.
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Extension of time to pay.(p61)
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If paying the tax when it is due would cause you an undue hardship, you can ask for an extension of time to pay by filing Form 1127 by April 18, 2011. An extension generally will not be granted for more than 6 months. If you pay after April 18, 2011, you will be charged interest on the tax not paid by April 15, 2011. You must pay the tax before the extension runs out. If you do not, penalties may be imposed.
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Line 49(p61)

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You may owe this penalty if:
The tax shown on your return is the amount on your 2010 Form 1040A, line 37, minus the total of any amounts shown on lines 40, 41a, 42, and 43.
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Exception.(p61)
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You will not owe the penalty if your 2009 tax return was for a tax year of 12 full months and either of the following applies.
  1. You had no tax shown on your 2009 return and you were a U.S. citizen or resident for all of 2009.
  2. The total of lines 38, 39, and any excess social security and tier 1 RRTA tax included on line 44 on your 2010 return is at least 100% of the tax shown on your 2009 return (110% of that amount if you are not a farmer or fisherman and your adjusted gross income (AGI) shown on your 2009 return was more than $150,000 (more than $75,000 if married filing separately for 2010). Your estimated tax payments for 2010 must have been made on time and for the required amount.
The tax shown on your 2009 return is the amount on your 2009 Form 1040A, line 37, minus the total of any amounts shown on lines 40, 41a, 42, and 43.
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Figuring the penalty.(p61)
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If the Exception above does not apply and you choose to figure the penalty yourself, see Form 2210 to find out if you owe the penalty. If you do, you can use the form to figure the amount.
Enter any penalty on line 49. Add the penalty to any tax due and enter the total on line 48. However, if you have an overpayment on line 45, subtract the penalty from the amount you would otherwise enter on line 46a or 47. Lines 46a, 47, and 49 must equal line 45.
If the penalty is more than the overpayment on line 45, enter -0- on lines 46a and 47. Then subtract line 45 from line 49 and enter the result on line 48.
Do not file Form 2210 with your return unless Form 2210 indicates that you must do so. Instead, keep it for your records.
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Because Form 2210 is complicated, you can leave line 49 blank and the IRS will figure the penalty and send you a bill. We will not charge you interest on the penalty if you pay by the date specified on the bill. If your income varied during the year, the annualized income installment method may reduce the amount of your penalty. But you must file Form 2210 because the IRS cannot figure your penalty under this method. See the Instructions for Form 2210 for other situations in which you may be able to lower your penalty by filing Form 2210.