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Online tax preparation 34. Online tax preparation   Child Tax Credit Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Child Amount of CreditLimits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Additional Child Tax Credit Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040)Part I Parts II–IV Introduction The child tax credit is a credit that may reduce your tax by as much as $1,000 for each of your qualifying children. Online tax preparation The additional child tax credit is a credit you may be able to take if you are not able to claim the full amount of the child tax credit. Online tax preparation This chapter explains the following. Online tax preparation Who is a qualifying child. Online tax preparation The amount of the credit. Online tax preparation How to claim the credit. Online tax preparation The child tax credit and the additional child tax credit should not be confused with the child and dependent care credit discussed in chapter 32. Online tax preparation If you have no tax. Online tax preparation   Credits, such as the child tax credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses, are used to reduce tax. Online tax preparation If your tax on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is zero, do not figure the child tax credit because there is no tax to reduce. Online tax preparation However, you may qualify for the additional child tax credit on line 65 (Form 1040) or line 39 (Form 1040A). Online tax preparation Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 972 Child Tax Credit Form (and Instructions) Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Child Tax Credit W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you , later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation citizen, a U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation national, or a resident of the United States. Online tax preparation If the child was adopted, see Adopted child , later. Online tax preparation For each qualifying child you must check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c. Online tax preparation Example 1. Online tax preparation Your son turned 17 on December 30, 2013. Online tax preparation He is a citizen of the United States and you claimed him as a dependent on your return. Online tax preparation He is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because he was not under age 17 at the end of 2013. Online tax preparation Example 2. Online tax preparation Your daughter turned 8 years old in 2013. Online tax preparation She is not a citizen of the United States, has an ITIN, and lived in Mexico all of 2013. Online tax preparation She is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit because she was not a resident of the United States for 2013. Online tax preparation Filers who have certain child dependents with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Online tax preparation   If you are claiming a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a child you identified on your tax return with an ITIN instead of an SSN, you must complete Part I of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040). Online tax preparation   Although a child may be your dependent, you may only claim a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a dependent who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States. Online tax preparation To be treated as a resident of the United States, a child generally will need to meet the requirements of the substantial presence test. Online tax preparation For more information about the substantial presence test, see Publication 519, U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation Tax Guide for Aliens. Online tax preparation Adopted child. Online tax preparation   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Online tax preparation An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Online tax preparation   If you are a U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation citizen or U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household in 2013, that child meets condition (7) above to be a qualifying child for the child tax credit. Online tax preparation Exceptions to time lived with you. Online tax preparation   A child is considered to have lived with you for more than half of 2013 if the child was born or died in 2013 and your home was this child's home for more than half the time he or she was alive. Online tax preparation Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as for school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. Online tax preparation   There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. Online tax preparation For details, see Residency Test in chapter 3. Online tax preparation Qualifying child of more than one person. Online tax preparation   A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. Online tax preparation For details, see Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person in chapter 3. Online tax preparation Amount of Credit The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. Online tax preparation Limits on the Credit You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2) applies. Online tax preparation The amount on Form 1040, line 46, or Form 1040A, line 28, is less than the credit. Online tax preparation If this amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. Online tax preparation But you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. Online tax preparation See Additional Child Tax Credit , later. Online tax preparation Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. Online tax preparation Married filing jointly - $110,000. Online tax preparation Single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) - $75,000. Online tax preparation Married filing separately - $55,000. Online tax preparation Modified AGI. Online tax preparation   For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is your AGI plus the following amounts that may apply to you. Online tax preparation Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from  Puerto Rico. Online tax preparation On the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 38, enter the amount excluded and identify it as “EPRI. Online tax preparation ” Also attach a copy of any Form(s) 499R-2/W-2PR to your return. Online tax preparation Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Online tax preparation Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Online tax preparation Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. Online tax preparation   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. Online tax preparation AGI. Online tax preparation   Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22. Online tax preparation Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Online tax preparation You cannot claim the child tax credit on Form 1040EZ. Online tax preparation You must provide the name and identification number (usually a social security number) on your tax return for each qualifying child. Online tax preparation If you claim the child tax credit with a child identified by an ITIN, you must also file Schedule 8812. Online tax preparation To figure your credit, first review the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your Form 1040 or 1040A instructions. Online tax preparation If you are instructed to use Publication 972, you may not use the worksheet in your tax return instructions; instead, you must use Publication 972 to figure the credit. Online tax preparation If you are not instructed to use Publication 972, you may use the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your Form 1040 or 1040A instructions or Publication 972 to figure the credit. Online tax preparation Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. Online tax preparation The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. Online tax preparation How to claim the additional child tax credit. Online tax preparation   To claim the additional child tax credit, follow the steps below. Online tax preparation Make sure you figured the amount, if any, of your child tax credit. Online tax preparation See Claiming the Credit , earlier. Online tax preparation If you answered “Yes” on line 9 or line 10 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions, or line 13 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in Publication 972, use Parts II through IV of Schedule 8812 to see if you can take the additional child tax credit. Online tax preparation If you have an additional child tax credit on line 13 of Schedule 8812, carry it to Form 1040, line 65, or Form 1040A, line 39. Online tax preparation Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Schedule 8812 contains four parts, but can really be thought of as two sections. Online tax preparation Part I is distinct and separate from Parts II–IV. Online tax preparation If all your children are identified by social security numbers or IRS adoption taxpayer identification numbers and you are not claiming the additional child tax credit, you do not need to complete or attach Schedule 8812 to your tax return. Online tax preparation Part I You only need to complete Part I if you are claiming the child tax credit for a child identified by an IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Online tax preparation When completing Part I, only answer the questions with regard to children identified by an ITIN; you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812 for any child that is identified by a social security number (SSN) or an IRS adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). Online tax preparation If all the children for whom you checked the box in column 4 of line 6c on your Form 1040 or Form 1040A are identified by an SSN or an ATIN, you do not need to complete Part I of Schedule 8812. Online tax preparation Parts II–IV Parts II–IV help you figure your additional child tax credit. Online tax preparation Generally, you should only complete Parts II–IV if you are instructed to do so after completing the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in your tax return instructions or Publication 972. Online tax preparation See How to claim the additional child tax credit , earlier. Online tax preparation Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Online tax preparation Publication 559 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments Reminders Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments affecting Publication 559, such as legislation enacted after we release it, go to www. Online tax preparation irs. Online tax preparation gov/pub559. Online tax preparation Reminders Throughout this publication, section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted. Online tax preparation Consistent treatment of estate and trust items. Online tax preparation  Beneficiaries must generally treat estate items the same way on their individual returns as they are treated on the estate's return. Online tax preparation Photographs of missing children. Online tax preparation  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Online tax preparation Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Online tax preparation You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Online tax preparation Introduction This publication is designed to help those in charge (personal representatives) of the property (estate) of an individual who has died (decedent). Online tax preparation It shows them how to complete and file federal income tax returns and explains their responsibility to pay any taxes due on behalf of the decedent. Online tax preparation A comprehensive example of the decedent's final tax return, Form 1040, and estate's income tax return, Form 1041, are included in this publication. Online tax preparation The publication also explains how much money or property a taxpayer can give away during their lifetime or leave to their heirs at their death before any tax will be owed. Online tax preparation A discussion of Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, and Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, is included. Online tax preparation Also included in this publication are the following items: A checklist of the forms you may need and their due dates. Online tax preparation A worksheet to reconcile amounts reported in the decedent's name on information returns including Forms W-2, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, etc. Online tax preparation The worksheet will help you correctly determine the income to report on the decedent's final return and on the return for either the estate or a beneficiary. Online tax preparation Comments and suggestions. Online tax preparation   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Online tax preparation   You can send us comments from http://www. Online tax preparation irs. Online tax preparation gov/formspubs. Online tax preparation Click on “More Information” and then on “Give us Feedback. Online tax preparation ” Or you can also send your comments to the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Forms and Publications Division, 1111 Constitution Ave. Online tax preparation NW, IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224. Online tax preparation Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 3 Armed Forces' Tax Guide Form (and Instructions) SS-4 Application for Employer Identification Number 56 Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship 1040 U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation Individual Income Tax Return 1041 U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts 706 United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return 709 United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return 1310 Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer  See How To Get Tax Help near the end of this publication for information about getting publications and forms. Online tax preparation Also near the end of this publication is Table A, a checklist of forms and their due dates for the executor, administrator, or personal representative. Online tax preparation Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications