IRS 1040 Tax Form

What is Form 1040?

Form 1040 is the official Form for IRS income tax returns and is used by individuals to report the taxable income of United States residents. All income earned for the year and income reported on your W-2 and/or 1099s must be reported on Form 1040 to calculate as part of AGI for the year and is reduced by reporting qualified expenses to reach an individual’s taxable income.

As a U.S. resident, you are required to file the 1040 Form for the previous year. There are 5 categories or statuses under which a filer can file Form 1040 for most taxpayers. Filing the 1040 Form may come with benefits but may also have negative impacts if the filer does not file the Form correctly. Tax2efile helps E-File personal federal income tax returns filed by United States residents.

Who is Required to File 1040 Tax Form?

Filling out Form 1040 can be complex. Many U.S. taxpayers wonder, 'Do I really need to file a 1040 Form?' The answer depends on factors like income type, Filing Status, and specific financial circumstances.

Income Thresholds

There are certain thresholds standardized by the IRS. The individual whose annual gross income exceeds those limits is required to file a tax return. The income thresholds can vary based on filing status (single, married filing jointly, head of household, etc.) and age.

Filing Status

The filing status will vary based on filing requirements. For example, unmarried individuals may have different filing requirements than others.

Special Situations

Certain situations may require filing a Form 1040 even if income is below the standard threshold. This can include self-employment income, taxable scholarships, and certain types of income from investments.

Other Income Sources

Other sources of income such as self-employment, rental income, or any investment gains are required to file Form 1040.

Tax Credits and Deductions

To claim the benefits of credits and deductions, individuals may need to file 1040 Form.

Thresholds for Gross Income in the Current Tax Year for Filing Income Tax Returns

Here are the income tax filing thresholds for the current tax year for the filing status of Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of household, and Qualifying surviving spouse. The threshold varies based on both status and age. Tax2efile offers a comprehensive filing service for U.S. Taxpayers with our intuitive user-friendly interface.

Filing Status Age Under 65 Age 65 or Older
Single $13,850 $15,700
Married Filing Jointly $27,700 If both Spouses are under 65,
$29,200 If one spouse is under age 65
or one is 65 or older
$30,700 If both spouses are 65 or older
Married Filing Separately Any age $5 is common Any age $5 is common
Head of Household $20,800 $22,650
Qualifying Surviving Spouse $27,700 $29,200

IRS Form 1040 Instructions For 2023 Tax Year

Form 1040 Instructions contains three primary schedules that require reporting additional items like deductible IRA contributions and self-employment tax. Each schedule is required to include some additional information like income type and deductions. Generally, the 1040 base Form is enough to file your return unless your tax return includes claims, credits, or additional taxes owed. In such cases, you are required to attach respective schedules.

Note: Any link provided in the information below is automatically updated each year.

Form 1040 Instructions

How to E-file Form 1040 with Tax2efile

How to E-file Form 1040 with Tax2efile

  • Create your free account and select Form 1040
  • Enter your personal information (Name, Address, SSN, DOB)
  • Enter Employer information
  • Enter Federal Tax information
  • Enter Deductions and Credits information and select any one of the Filer Authentication methods
  • Enter Third Party Designee & Paid Preparer Info (if applicable)
  • Enter Back Account and payment Information
  • Review and submit to IRS
  • Receive email confirmation

What do you need for E-File Form 1040 with Tax2efile?

To file Form 1040 online, the taxpayers must gather all documents such as:

  • Personal information (Name, Address, SSN)
  • Details from your streams of income
  • Tax credits and tax deductions information
  • Information of your past tax return
  • Bank account information
IRS 1040 Tax Form Deadline


The deadline to file Form 1040 is on April 15th of the following year. If April 15th falls on a weekend or a national holiday, the deadline moves to the following business day. Failing to file a 1040 Form tax return could result in a penalty from the IRS.

Still Have Questions?

The IRS processes a refund within two to three weeks from the date the return was submitted but can be received much quicker if the direct debit option is selected.

Yes, Tax2efile supports combined federal and state.

That is not a problem, you can have your refund mailed as a check to your home address. You will always have the option to have your check mailed to your house regardless of if you are filing electronically or sending your return by mail.

Yes, the extension Form 4868 is used to request more time to file your 1040 Form. Tax2efile can also help with filling out Form 4868.

The deadline is April 15th of each year. If the due date falls on a weekend or a holiday the deadline will be on the next business day.

To know more instructions for Form 1040 click here.

The filing fee to file Form 1040 is free for most states but may have a small fee for certain states.

Contact your employer and request a W-2.

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