Total Tax on the U.S. Individual Tax Return
Your income tax is based on your taxable income. After you figure your income tax and any alternative minimum tax, subtract your tax credits and add any other taxes you may owe. The result is your “total tax”. Compare your total tax with your total payments to determine whether you are entitled to a refund or owe additional tax.
Where does the Total Tax appear on the 2012 U.S. Individual Tax Return?
Total Tax for 2012 is shown on line 61 of Form 1040, line 35 of Form 1040A, and line 10 of Form 1040EZ.