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

August 1 — Form 720 taxes
File Form 720 for the second quarter of 2016.

August 1 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during June.

August 1 — Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in June.

August 1 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2016. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules.

August 1 — Certain small employers
Deposit any undeposited tax if your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2016 but less than $2,500 for the second quarter.

August 1 — Federal unemployment tax
Deposit the tax owed through June if more than $500.

August 1 — All employers
If you maintain an employee benefit plan, such as a pension, profitsharing, or stock bonus plan, file Form 5500 or 5500EZ for calendar year 2015. If you use a fiscal year as your plan year, file the form by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends.

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

August 10 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2016. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full.

August 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 July.

August 12 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the last 16 days of July.

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

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

August 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 July.

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

August 31 — Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in July.

August 31 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during July.

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