Form 1040 Printable PDF File – Instructions for Filing 2011 US Individual Income Tax Return Online

January 12, 2012

The following is a common question asked by many taxpayers: “are there any free tax forms that are printable online?”  As the United States continues to advance with technology it is true that there are opportunities to print tax forms for free.  With one of the most popular tax forms each and every year being the 1040 I will take the time to offer the link to the PDF form and the PDF instructions.  For all forms that are needed to file Federal income taxes bookmark the following page: Federal IRS Tax Forms.

Here are the links to help all American taxpayers find a free printable 1040 tax form along with the instructions on filing taxes in the early part of 2012:

2011 IRS Form 1040 Printable PDF File
2011 IRS Booklet Instructions for a 1040 Tax Form

Here is a short YouTube video to help taxpayers with filing taxes in 2012.  Remember that 2012 taxes are going to be paid for the 2011 tax year:

It is important to remember that there are many tax preparation software companies that are willing to help when it comes to filing online but not all taxpayers will qualify for the free eFile option.  In 2012, American taxpayers must have earned under $57,000 during the 2011 tax year to have any opportunity to receive the free IRS eFiling options from tax preparation software companies.  Some of the more popular companies are Turbo Tax, H&R Block and TaxSlayer.

It is always advisable to use the live chat or speak with a representative before going through the entire process of completely a tax form.  Many taxpayers have done this only to find out that they may have to pay $49 or even $99 to submit taxes online.  It is important to remember that state governments are much different than the Federal Government and they may not offer a free eFile option.

For those looking to find out when they will receive their IRS income tax return check it would be smart to check out form 2043.  You can also check out this particular link: 2012 IRS eFile Refund Cycle Chart.  It looks like those filing by the end of January will get an electronic direct deposit on February 8th or their check will be mailed on February 10th, 2012.  All of the dates and projections are available on the refund cycle chart.

When looking to file for a specific state remember that the tax forms can be a different number than 1040.  There are some states that use 1040 but there are others that use letters and numbers for individual income tax filing.  The 2011 1040EZ Tax article will help you determine what tax forms are needed for a particular state.  Remember that there are some states that do no require taxes at all.  If you live in one of the following states you will not have to file state income taxes for the year:

New Hampshire
South Dakota

Although the final day to file taxes is on April 17th in 2012 that is no reason to wait until the last minute.  Search trends show that individuals who do not file at the end of January or beginning of February will wait until the very last week.  This can cause some undue stress and it may not be worth it.  If individuals are greatly struggling to file their 1040 individual income taxes it might be smart to contact an accountant or use some of the resources at WalMart.  WalMart has Jackson Hewitt tax service help in many locations throughout the entire United States.  Here is a link to help you search to see if there is a Jackson Hewitt WalMart location near you:

Jackson Hewitt Walmart Zip Code Search

Also recognize that WalMart is not the only option.  Liberty Tax, H&R Block and many local accountants will be more than happy to help customers who are looking for assistance in March or April of 2012.  Starting this process as soon as possible might be a wise choice for those looking to reduce financial stresses that may come in the fourth month of 2012.


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