When it comes to income tax forms, the IRS certainly succeeds in offering a variety and long list of forms. If you're not sure which forms apply to your return, we have a few pointers to help you finish your taxes in no time!

1040EZ

The 1040EZ is among the shortest tax forms and is the form for taxpayers earning less than $100,000. It can be used by single and joint filers (for married couples), and by those under the age of 65 who are not legally blind and don't have dependents. Additionally, 1040EZ filers must have $1,500 or less in interest income.

1040A

A tax return form of moderate length, the 1040A features more filing status options (i.e. widow[er], head of household) than the 1040EZ and goes into more detail for exemptions. If your annual income is less than $100,000, you've received taxable income from capital gains distributions, and/or you claim deductions pertaining to student loan interest or IRA donations, then form 1040A is likely for you.

1040

Though we'd all like to keep all things taxes as short and simple as possible, not everyone can qualify to use the above forms and may have to settle for Form 1040, which can be used by all taxpayers. Although the 1040 income tax form has earned something of an infamous reputation for being involved and difficult to understand, taxpayers earning over $100,000, self-employed and have itemized deductions are among those who need to file Form 1040.

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Upcoming Tax Dates

September 7 Everyone
Federal Holiday (Labor Day) - Details

September 10 Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during August, report them to your employer - Details

September 10 Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method.
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the first 15 days of August.

September 14 Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the last 16 days of August.

September 15 Individuals
Make a payment of your 2015 estimated tax if you are not paying your income tax for the year through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040-ES. This is the third installment - Details

September 15 Corporations
File a 2014 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120) and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due. This due date applies only if you timely requested an automatic 6-month extension - Details

September 15 S Corporations
File a 2014 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120S) and pay any tax due. This due date applies only if you timely requested an automatic 6-month extension - Details

September 15 Partnerships
File a 2014 calendar year return (Form 1065). This due date applies only if you were given an additional 5-month extension - Details

September 15 Corporations
Deposit the third installment of estimated income tax for 2015 - Details

September 15 Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in August.

September 15 Nonpayroll withholding
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in August.

September 25 Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method.
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the last 16 days of August.

September 29 Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the first 15 days of September.

September 29 Regular method taxes (special September deposit rule)
Deposit the tax for the period beginning September 16 and ending September 26.

September 29 Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method (special September deposit rule).
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the period beginning September 1 and ending September 11.

September 30 Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during August.

September 30 Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in August.

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