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IRS Form 1040 is one of the official forms that U.S. taxpayers can use to file their annual income tax returns. It has two sections, income, and deductions

What is Form 1040? Form 1040 is how individuals file a federal income tax return with the IRS. It’s used to report your gross income—the money you made over the past year—and how much of that income is taxable after tax credits and deductions. It calculates the amount of tax you owe or the refund you receive.

If you’re a sole proprietor, you’ll include Schedule C with your Form 1040 to report income or loss from your business.

Who needs to file Form 1040? Most people in the U.S. need to file Form 1040, whether they are independent contractors, freelancers, work for someone else as an employee, or live off the income from investments. However, if you have net earnings of at least $400 from self-employment, you must file a tax return.

How much do you have to make to file for taxes 2020? Single: If you are single and under the age of 65, the minimum amount of annual gross income you can make that requires filing a tax return is $12,200. If you’re 65 or older and plan on filing single, that minimum goes up to $13,850.

Form 1040 is due April 15th of each year unless that day is a holiday or weekend. You must e-File your tax return on time or get a 6-month automatic extension on or before the 15th.

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