When you get your first job and move out on your own, you
will be responsible for filing your own your tax return. In the U.S., tax
returns are due on April 15th of each year.
The tax return is called a Form 1040. On the Form 1040, you will add up all of your sources of income and then you subtract all of your allowed deductions. That resulting number represents your Taxable Income.
Explore the 1040 below to see what each field asks!
person in the United States or a working citizen abroad MUST file their income
taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The W-2 Form is a document all salaried and hourly
workers will receive from their employer in February that shows their total
earnings and total tax withheld from their paychecks for the previous year.
The Form 1099 is a document used to report income other
than salary and wages. For example, banks will report interest earned on a Form
Budget Game Tip: For the purposes of this budgeting game, you won’t fill out a tax return this year. However, we do charge 10% federal income tax on all of your paychecks!
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