20-somethings can get free or inexpensive help with returns and helpful fact sheets from the IRS. Watch for essential documents that come by mail.
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Taxpayers with simple returns have several free filing options, from using IRS forms online to getting help from tax prep firms at Wal-Mart.
Pay attention to your 1099 forms, because the IRS does. Even if you don't get a form, you still have to report the income.
Start by contacting your employer. If that doesn't work, call the IRS. Even if you never get the form, you still have to file on time.
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