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The tax forms you need (and how to download them)

Use this page to access downloadable tax forms. To download most of the forms, you will need to install a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Forms that are linked in the tables below lead you to downloadable files. The IRS offers additional downloadable forms on this site.

Primary forms for individuals | Forms for individuals claiming deductions |
Forms for businesses | Most-popular IRS publications
Business forms | IRS publications

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Which individual forms to use for tax liabilities
If you are (a/an): You may be liable for: Use form:
Farmer or fisherman Income tax 1040-ES
Earning tips Income tax 1244
Executor of trusts or estates

Estimated tax

1041-ES

Income tax return 1041
Late filer Income tax 4868 then 2688 (tax due April 15)
Individual Income Tax 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ
Independent contractor Estimated tax 1040-ES
Self-employment tax 1040 and Schedule SE
Hiring a household employee Employment taxes Schedule H (with 1040)
Reporting wage compensation or non-wage compensation

W-2 or 1099-MISC


Which individual forms to use for deductions
Type of expense/category You may be eligible for: Use form:
Moving Deducting moving expenses 3903
Change of address 8822
Medical and dental expenses

Deducting medical and dental expenses that are more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.

Schedule A (File with Form 1040)

Child care expenses Deducting child, household employees and dependent care expenses 2441, Schedule 2 (Form 1040A) Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers, Schedule H (Form 1040), or W-10
Selling your home Excluding any gain from income up to a limit of $250,000 Schedule D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses
Making charitable contributions Deducting charitable contributions

Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions

8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions

Divorced or separated

Claiming innocent spouse relief, which applies to all joint filers.

An election to allocate a deficiency, which applies to joint filers who are divorced, widowed, legally separated or have not lived together for the past 12 months.

Equitable relief, which applies to all joint filers and married couples filing separate returns in community property states.

8857 to request any of these kinds of relief. Publication 971 explains these kinds of relief and who may qualify for them.

8332 Release of Claim to Exemption for Child of Divorced or Separated Parents


Which business forms to use
If you are a(n): You may be liable for: Use form:
Sole proprietor Income tax 1040 and Schedule C or C-EZ (file a separate schedule for each business)
Self-employment tax 1040 and Schedule SE
Estimated tax 1040-ES

Employment taxes:

Social Security and Medicare taxes and income tax withholding

Federal unemployment tax (FUTA)

Depositing employment taxes

941 (except for farm employees use 943)

940 or 940-EZ

8109* (do not deposit electronically)

Excise taxes See Publication 510
Nonpayroll federal income tax and withholding (backup withholding, withholding on pensions, annuities and gambling winnings) 945
Reporting wage compensation or non-wage compensation W-2
Independent contractor Estimated tax 1040-ES
Self-employment tax 1040 and Schedule SE
Partnership Annual return of income 1065
Employment taxes Same as sole proprietor
Excise taxes See Publication 510
Nonpayroll federal income tax and withholding Same as sole proprietor
Reporting wage compensation or non-wage compensation W-2 or 1099-MISC
Corporation or S corporation Income tax

1120 or 1120-A (corporation) 1120S (S corporation)

Estimated tax 1120-W (corporation only) and 8109*
Employment taxes same as sole proprietor
Nonpayroll federal income tax and withholding same as sole proprietor
Reporting wage compensation or non-wage compensation W-2 or 1099-MISC
S corporation shareholder Income tax 1040 and Schedule E, Schedule K-1, and/or various other schedules
Estimated tax 1040-ES

*For new employers, the IRS will send you a coupon book of preprinted Forms 8109 after receiving an employer identification number (EIN). If you do not receive a new coupon book before a tax deposit is due, you may use Form 8109-B, an over-the-counter FTD coupon.

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