Here are links to the most common tax forms needed to prepare your income tax returns. All tax forms are in the portable document format (PDF) and require Adobe Acrobat Reader (or another program that can display PDFs). You can use Acrobat Reader to view the documents and print documents. Most of the IRS forms also allow you to type in your information and save a copy with your data to your computer.
For an exhaustive list of IRS produced forms and publications, see the agency's collection at Publications Online. Most documents are available as both PDFs and HTML webpages.
One of the best resources is Publication 17, which covers information relevant to most tax situations. (It is also available as a downloadable PDF document.)
Form 1040 and Form 1040-SR
Taxpayers born before 1957 qualify to use the 1040-SR tax form, while individuals born in 1958 and later use Form 1040.
Schedules Related to Form 1040:
- Schedule A for Itemized Deductions.
- Schedule B for Interest and Dividends. Instructions are included in the same PDF file as the form.
- Schedule C for Net Profit or Loss from Business.
- Schedule D and Form 8949 for Capital Gains & Losses.
- Schedule E for Supplemental Income & Loss from rental real estate, royalties, partnerships, trusts, and S-corporations, and Instructions.
- Schedule EIC for the Earned Income Credit. See Publication 596 for all the details.
- Schedule F for Net Profit or Loss from Farming and Instructions.
- Schedule H for Household Employment Taxes and IRS Instructions.
- Schedule J for Farm Income Averaging and Instructions.
- Schedule R for the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled and Instructions.
- Schedule SE for the Self Employment Tax and IRS Instructions.
Other Supporting 1040 Forms:
- Form 1116 Foreign Tax Credit and Instructions.
- Form 2106 for Employee Business Expenses and Instructions.
- Form 2441 for the Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses and Instructions.
- Form 2555 for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and Instructions.
- Form 3903 for Moving Expenses.
- Form 4137 for Taxes on Unreported Tips.
- Form 4797 for Sale of Business Property and Instructions.
- Form 5329 for the Additional Tax on IRAs and other Retirement Accounts and Instructions.
- Form 6251 for the Alternative Minimum Tax and Instructions.
- Form 8812 for the Additional Child Tax Credit.
- Form 8839 for the Adoption Credit and Instructions.
- Form 8863 for the Hope and Lifetime Education Credits.
- Form 8880 for the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit.
- Form 8889 for the Health Savings Account Deduction and Instructions.
Simplified tax return forms 1040-EZ and 1040-A have been retired by the IRS and are no longer in use. Most taxpayers will use a standard form 1040.
Where To Find Prior Years' Tax Forms
The IRS has an archive of tax forms, instructions, and publications, accessible on the Prior Year Products page on its Web site.