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1040EZ Instructions
For use in Preparing 2010 Returns
A Message From the Commissioner
IntroductionSection 1—Before You BeginWhat's New for 2010You May Benefit From Filing Form 1040A or 1040 in 2010Do Both the Name and Social Security Number (SSN) on Your Tax Forms Agree with Your Social Security Card?Death of a TaxpayerParent of a Kidnapped ChildSection 2—Filing RequirementsDo You Have To File?When Should You File?Checklist for Using Form 1040EZShould You Use Another Form?What Filing Status Can You Use?Filing Requirement ChartsSection 3—Line Instructions for Form 1040EZName and AddressSocial Security Number (SSN)Presidential Election Campaign FundIncome (Lines 1–6)Rounding Off to Whole DollarsRefunds of State or Local Income TaxesSocial Security BenefitsNevada, Washington, and California domestic partnersLine 1, Wages, Salaries, and TipsLine 2, Taxable InterestTax-Exempt InterestLine 3, Unemployment Compensation and Alaska Permanent Fund DividendsLine 6, Taxable IncomePayments, Credits, and Tax (Lines 7–12)Line 7, Federal Income Tax WithheldLine 8, Making Work Pay CreditLines 9a and 9b, Earned Income Credit (EIC)Line 10Line 11, TaxRefundRefund OffsetLines 12a Through 12dAmount You OweLine 13, Amount You OweWhat if You Cannot Pay?Penalty for Not Paying Enough Tax During the YearThird Party DesigneeSigning Your ReturnSection 4—After You Have FinishedReturn ChecklistFiling the ReturnDue DateWhat if You Cannot File on Time?What if You File or Pay Late?Where Do You File?Section 5—General InformationThe Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here To HelpSuggestions for Improving the IRS (Taxpayer Advocacy Panel)Section 6—Getting Tax HelpOther Ways To Get HelpRefund InformationRecorded Tax Help (TeleTax)TeleTax TopicsTax TablesDisclosure, Privacy Act, and Paperwork Reduction Act NoticeEstimates of Taxpayer BurdenMajor Categories of Federal Income and Outlays for Fiscal Year 2009