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Instructions for Schedule C (Form 1040)
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We ask for the information on Schedule C (Form 1040) and Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. You are required to give us the information. We need it to ensure that you are complying with these laws and to allow us to figure and collect the right amount of tax.
You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103.
The time needed to complete and file Schedule C (Form 1040) will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated burden for individual taxpayers filing this form is included in the estimates shown in the instructions for their individual income tax return. The estimated burden for all other taxpayers who file this form is approved under OMB control number 1545-1974 and is shown next.
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Recordkeeping3 hr., 36 min.
Learning about the law or the form1 hr., 19 min.
Preparing the form1 hr., 39 min.
Copying, assembling, and sending the form to the IRS34 min.
The time needed to complete and file Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated burden for individual taxpayers filing this form is included in the estimates shown in the instructions for their individual income tax return. The estimated burden for all other taxpayers who file this form is approved under OMB control number 1545-1973 and is shown next.
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Recordkeeping 45 min.
Learning about the law or the form3 min.
Preparing the form35 min.
Copying, assembling, and sending the form to the IRS20 min.
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time estimates or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. See the instructions for the tax return with which this form is filed.