Which form you use to file your taxes depends on your circumstances. The simpler forms can only be used for simpler returns, for example.
If you made a mistake, you have several years to file an amended return. But you may owe a penalty if you underpaid your federal tax.
The IRS takes credit cards, but charges a fee of up to 2.35%. You might do better setting up a payment plan.
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.
Check the form against your last pay stub of 2011 to make sure the company reported the correct amounts earned and withheld. If you find a mistake, contact your employer.
The IRS is cracking down on schemes that use ID theft to file for fraudulent tax refunds. New safeguards are delaying refunds to early filers.
Congress made few changes that will affect this year's returns. But the system is still complex enough to keep CPAs employed. Here are the issues to keep in mind.
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