What is a 1040 Form?
A 1040 form is the basic tax form which individuals use to file  their tax returns.
When Do I Use a 1040 Form?
All individuals filing a tax return will use a 1040 form whether they realize it or not. There are various 1040 forms, based on how complicated your taxes are.
- When you input information into software like TurboTax Online , TaxAct  or H&R Block , they fill out a 1040 for you.
- If your tax situation is complicated, you may have multiple schedules (for example, Schedule A ) that support the 1040 tax, but you are still using a 1040 tax form.
Other 1040 Tax Forms for 2013
If your taxes are not complicated, you may be able to use one of the simplified IRS 1040 forms:
How Do I Get My IRS 1040 Form?
If you are doing your taxes without the help of software or want to see what a 1040 form looks like, you can download the IRS 1040 form and 1040 instructions at the IRS website: