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Instructions for Form 1040-EZ

Checklist for Using Form 1040EZ(p7)

You can use Form 1040EZ if all of the items in the following checklist apply.
box Your filing status is single or married filing jointly. If you were a nonresident alien at any time in 2016, see Nonresident aliens below.
box You do not claim any dependents.
box You do not claim any adjustments to income. See the Tax Topics for Adjustments to Income at
box If you claim a tax credit, you claim only the earned income credit. See the Tax Topics for Tax Credits at
box You (and your spouse if filing a joint return) were under age 65 and not blind at the end of 2016. If you were born on January 1, 1952, you are considered to be age 65 at the end of 2016 and cannot use Form 1040EZ.
box Your taxable income (line 6 of Form 1040EZ) is less than $100,000.
box You had only wages, salaries, tips, taxable scholarship or fellowship grants, unemployment compensation, or Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, and your taxable interest was not over $1,500.
box If you earned tips, they are included in boxes 5 and 7 of your Form W-2.
box You do not owe any household employment taxes on wages you paid to a household employee. To find out who owes these taxes, see Tax Topic 756 at
box You are not a debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed after October 16, 2005.
box Advance payments of the premium tax credit were not made for you, your spouse, or any individual you enrolled in coverage for whom no one else is claiming the personal exemption.
If you do not meet all of the requirements, you must use Form 1040A or 1040. See Tax Topic 352 at to find out which form to use.
Nonresident aliens.(p7)
If you were a nonresident alien at any time in 2016, your filing status must be married filing jointly to use Form 1040EZ. If your filing status isn't married filing jointly, you may have to use Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ. Specific rules apply to determine if you were a nonresident or resident alien. See Pub. 519 for details, including the rules for students and scholars who are aliens.