In this series:

How to file your taxes: step by step
Check if you need to file
Gather your documents
Get credits and deductions
File your return
Get your refund
Pay taxes on time
Be ready to file taxes next year


Steps to file

Use these steps and resources to make filing your Form 1040 easier.

Even if you don't have to file a tax return, you may want to file. You may get money back:

If you owe tax, it's important to file and pay on time to avoid penalties and interest.

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