This official IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals covers the general rules for filing a United States federal income tax return. It supplements the information contained in your tax form instructions and closely follows IRS Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. IRS Publication 17 is divided into six parts which cover different sections of IRS Form 1040.
IRS Publication 17 will help you identify which filing status you qualify for, whether you can claim any dependents, and whether the income you receive is taxable. IRS Publication 17 goes on to explain the standard deduction, the kinds of expenses you may be able to deduct, and the various kinds of credits you may be able to take to reduce your tax. Throughout IRS Publication 17 are examples showing how the tax law applies in typical situations. Also, throughout IRS Publication 17 are flowcharts and tables that present tax information in an easy-to-understand manner.
Additionally, the IRS has included a What's New section to summarize important federal income tax changes that took effect in 2015. IRS provides information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) act, tax credits, and expired tax benefits in this section. There are additional resources at the end of the publication for tax questions not covered in this publication.
Individual U.S. taxpayers, high school aged through adult, corporate tax accountants assisting individuals with preparations for annual Federal income tax submissions, and public library reference resource centers may be interested in this official IRS Publication. IRS Publication 17 is produced by the Internal Revenue Service, Media and Publications Division, a Bureau within the United States Department of Treasury.