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The Tax Filing Basics Everyone Should Know

If you are not very comfortable with doing your own taxes, or if you simply need a quick refresher of everything you learned in previous years, this easy guide will get you started.

Note: if you have more complicated questions about tax filing, scroll down to see an expanded list of all our in-depth topic guides.

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There's much more tax filing help if you need it

If you decide to file a paper return, be prepared for either at least a little work, or a lot, depending on your particular situation.

If you ever need additional help, our guides are here to help you answer any tax filing questions that you might have:

  • Taxable Income Types - Explains what types of income are taxable, and how each is reported.

  • Tax Credits - Information about each of the major tax credits

  • Tax Deductions - Information about each of the major tax deductions and how to claim them when you e-file.

  • Capital Gains Tax Laws - Helps you makes sense of this often-mentioned but seldom-understood subject.

  • IRS Tax Forms - Find out which IRS tax forms to file, download any and all forms and publications you might need, and learn more about electronic filing.




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