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What Is the Simplest Form to Use to File My Taxes?

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This interview will help you determine the simplest form to use to file your federal income tax return.

Note: If you're going to be filing using tax preparation software or through the IRS Free File program (doesn't include FreeFile Fillable Forms), the tax preparation software you're using will determine the simplest form for you.

Information You'll Need:

  • All income documents
  • Filing status
  • Federal income tax withheld

The tool is designed for use by taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring about. If married, the spouse must also have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year. For information regarding nonresidents or dual-status aliens, please see Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.


Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Estimated Completion Time: 17 minutes; however, after 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

Please Note: Using the "Back" button within the ITA tool could cause an application error.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 24-Feb-2017