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Where to file 2012 taxes Publication 972 - Main Content Table of Contents Child Tax CreditQualifying Child Limits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Earned Income Additional Child Tax Credit How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Child Tax Credit This credit is for people who have a qualifying child as defined later. Where to file 2012 taxes It is in addition to the credit for child and dependent care expenses (on Form 1040, line 48; Form 1040A, line 29; or Form 1040NR, line 46) and the earned income credit (on Form 1040, line 64a; or Form 1040A, line 38a). Where to file 2012 taxes The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. Where to file 2012 taxes 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. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes citizen, a U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes national, or a U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes resident alien. Where to file 2012 taxes For more information, see Publication 519, U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes Tax Guide for Aliens. Where to file 2012 taxes If the child was adopted, see Adopted child , later. Where to file 2012 taxes For each qualifying child, you must either check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c, column (4); or Form 1040NR, line 7c, column (4). Where to file 2012 taxes Example. Where to file 2012 taxes Your 10-year-old nephew lives in Mexico and qualifies as your dependent. Where to file 2012 taxes Because he is not a U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes citizen, U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes national, or U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes resident alien, he is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit. Where to file 2012 taxes Filers who have certain child dependents with an IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Where to file 2012 taxes   If you are claiming a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a child identified on your tax return with an ITIN, you must complete Part I of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040). Where to file 2012 taxes   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. Where to file 2012 taxes To be treated as a resident of the United States, a child generally will need to meet the requirements of the substantial presence test. Where to file 2012 taxes For more information about the substantial presence test, see Publication 519, U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes Tax Guide for Aliens. Where to file 2012 taxes Adopted child. Where to file 2012 taxes   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Where to file 2012 taxes An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Where to file 2012 taxes   If you are a U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes citizen or U. Where to file 2012 taxes S. Where to file 2012 taxes 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. Where to file 2012 taxes Exceptions to time lived with you. Where to file 2012 taxes    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. Where to file 2012 taxes Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. Where to file 2012 taxes   There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. Where to file 2012 taxes For details, see the instructions for line 6c in either the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions. Where to file 2012 taxes Qualifying child of more than one person. Where to file 2012 taxes   A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. Where to file 2012 taxes For details, see the instructions for line 6c in either the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions. Where to file 2012 taxes Limits on the Credit You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2) applies. Where to file 2012 taxes The amount on Form 1040, line 46; Form 1040A, line 28; or Form 1040NR, line 44, is less than the credit. Where to file 2012 taxes If this amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. Where to file 2012 taxes But you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. Where to file 2012 taxes See Additional Child Tax Credit, later. Where to file 2012 taxes Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. Where to file 2012 taxes Married filing jointly – $110,000. Where to file 2012 taxes Single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) – $75,000. Where to file 2012 taxes Married filing separately – $55,000. Where to file 2012 taxes Modified AGI. Where to file 2012 taxes   For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is your AGI plus the following amounts that may apply to you. Where to file 2012 taxes Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from Puerto Rico. Where to file 2012 taxes On the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 38, enter the amount excluded and identify it as “EPRI. Where to file 2012 taxes ” Also attach a copy of any Form(s) 499R-2/W-2PR to your return. Where to file 2012 taxes Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Where to file 2012 taxes Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Where to file 2012 taxes Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. Where to file 2012 taxes   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. Where to file 2012 taxes AGI. Where to file 2012 taxes   Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. Where to file 2012 taxes Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. Where to file 2012 taxes You cannot claim the child tax credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. Where to file 2012 taxes You must provide the name and identification number (usually a social security number) on your tax return for each qualifying child. Where to file 2012 taxes Earned Income You will need to figure your earned income using one of the worksheets that appear later in this publication if you are completing the Line 11 Worksheet , later, or Schedule 8812. Where to file 2012 taxes Form 1040 or Form 1040NR filers, use the 1040 and 1040NR Filers — Earned Income Worksheet , later, to figure your earned income. Where to file 2012 taxes Form 1040A filers, use the 1040A Filers —- Earned Income Worksheet , later. Where to file 2012 taxes For this purpose, earned income includes only: Taxable earned income, and Nontaxable combat pay. Where to file 2012 taxes Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. Where to file 2012 taxes The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. Where to file 2012 taxes How to claim the additional child tax credit. Where to file 2012 taxes   To claim the additional child tax credit, follow the steps below. Where to file 2012 taxes Make sure you figured the amount, if any, of your child tax credit. Where to file 2012 taxes If you answered “Yes” on line 9 or line 10 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in the Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR instructions (or on line 13 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in this publication), use Parts II through IV of Schedule 8812 to see if you can take the additional child tax credit. Where to file 2012 taxes If you have an additional child tax credit on line 13 of Schedule 8812, carry it to Form 1040, line 65; Form 1040A, line 39; or Form 1040NR, line 63. Where to file 2012 taxes Child Tax Credit Worksheet This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Where to file 2012 taxes Please click the link to view the image. Where to file 2012 taxes Child tax worksheet - page 1. 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Where to file 2012 taxes 1040 and 1040NR Filers — Earned Income Worksheet (for line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet or line 4a of Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit) Before you begin:    ✓Use this worksheet only if you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet earlier in this publication or line  4a of Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit. Where to file 2012 taxes  ✓Disregard community property laws when figuring the amounts to enter on this worksheet. Where to file 2012 taxes  ✓If married filing jointly, include your spouse's amounts with yours when completing this worksheet. Where to file 2012 taxes     1. Where to file 2012 taxes a. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 7, or Form 1040NR, line 8 1a. Where to file 2012 taxes     b. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the amount of any nontaxable combat pay received. Where to file 2012 taxes Also enter this amount on Schedule 8812, line 4b. Where to file 2012 taxes This amount should be shown in Form(s) W-2, box 12, with code Q. Where to file 2012 taxes 1b. Where to file 2012 taxes       Next, if you are filing Schedule C, C-EZ, F, or SE, or you received a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065 or Form 1065-B), go to line 2a. Where to file 2012 taxes Otherwise, skip lines 2a through 2e and go to line 3. Where to file 2012 taxes     2. Where to file 2012 taxes a. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter any statutory employee income reported on line 1 of Schedule C or C-EZ 2a. Where to file 2012 taxes     b. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter any net profit or (loss) from Schedule C, line 31; Schedule C-EZ, line 3; Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code A (other than farming); and Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 9, code J1. Where to file 2012 taxes * Reduce any Schedule K-1 amounts as described in the instructions for completing Schedule SE in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1. Where to file 2012 taxes Do not include on this line any statutory employee income or any other amounts exempt from self-employment tax. Where to file 2012 taxes Options and commodities dealers must add any gain or subtract any loss (in the normal course of dealing in or trading section 1256 contracts) from section 1256 contracts or related property 2b. Where to file 2012 taxes     c. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter any net farm profit or (loss) from Schedule F, line 34, and from farm partnerships, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code A. Where to file 2012 taxes * Reduce any Schedule K-1 amounts as described in the instructions for completing Schedule SE in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1. Where to file 2012 taxes Do not include on this line any amounts exempt from self-employment tax 2c. Where to file 2012 taxes         d. Where to file 2012 taxes If you used the farm optional method to figure net earnings from self-employment, enter the amount from Schedule SE, Section B, line 15. Where to file 2012 taxes Otherwise, skip this line and enter on line 2e the amount from line 2c 2d. Where to file 2012 taxes         e. Where to file 2012 taxes If line 2c is a profit, enter the smaller of line 2c or line 2d. Where to file 2012 taxes If line 2c is a (loss), enter the (loss) from line 2c. Where to file 2012 taxes 2e. Where to file 2012 taxes   3. Where to file 2012 taxes Combine lines 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, and 2e. Where to file 2012 taxes If zero or less, stop. Where to file 2012 taxes Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. Where to file 2012 taxes Instead, enter -0- on line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet or line 4a of Schedule 8812, whichever applies 3. Where to file 2012 taxes   4. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter any amount included on line 1a that is:               a. Where to file 2012 taxes A scholarship or fellowship grant not reported on Form W-2 4a. Where to file 2012 taxes         b. Where to file 2012 taxes For work done while an inmate in a penal institution (enter “PRI” and this amount on the dotted line next to line 7 of Form 1040 or line 8 of Form 1040NR) 4b. Where to file 2012 taxes         c. Where to file 2012 taxes A pension or annuity from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan or a nongovernmental section 457 plan (enter “DFC” and this amount on the dotted line next to line 7 of Form 1040 or line 8 of Form 1040NR). Where to file 2012 taxes This amount may be shown in box 11 of your Form W-2. Where to file 2012 taxes If you received such an amount but box 11 is blank, contact your employer for the amount received as a pension or annuity. Where to file 2012 taxes 4c. Where to file 2012 taxes       5. Where to file 2012 taxes a. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter any amount included on line 3 that is also included on Form 2555, line 43, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18. Where to file 2012 taxes Do not include any amount that is also included on line 4a, 4b, or 4c above 5a. Where to file 2012 taxes             b. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the portion, if any, of the amount from Form 2555, line 44 that you also included on Schedule E in partnership net income or (loss) or deducted on Form 1040, line 27, or Form 1040NR, line 27; Schedule C; Schedule C-EZ; or Schedule F. Where to file 2012 taxes 5b. Where to file 2012 taxes             c. Where to file 2012 taxes Subtract line 5b from line 5a 5c. Where to file 2012 taxes       6. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 27, or Form 1040NR, line 27 6. Where to file 2012 taxes       7. Where to file 2012 taxes Add lines 4a through 4c, 5c, and 6 7. Where to file 2012 taxes   8. Where to file 2012 taxes Subtract line 7 from line 3 8. Where to file 2012 taxes       If you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet, enter this amount on line 2 of that worksheet. Where to file 2012 taxes If you were sent here from Schedule 8812, enter this amount on line 4a of that form. Where to file 2012 taxes     *If you have any Schedule K-1 amounts and you are not required to file Schedule SE, complete the appropriate line(s) of Schedule SE, Section A. Where to file 2012 taxes Put your name and social security number on Schedule SE and attach it to your return. Where to file 2012 taxes                     1040A Filers — Earned Income Worksheet (for line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet) Before you begin:   ✓Use this worksheet only if you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet earlier in this publication. Where to file 2012 taxes  ✓Disregard community property laws when figuring the amounts to enter on this worksheet. Where to file 2012 taxes               1. Where to file 2012 taxes a. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 7 1a. Where to file 2012 taxes         b. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the amount of any nontaxable combat pay received. Where to file 2012 taxes Also enter this amount on Schedule 8812, line 4b. Where to file 2012 taxes This amount should be shown in Form(s) W-2, box 12, with code Q. Where to file 2012 taxes 1b. Where to file 2012 taxes         c. Where to file 2012 taxes Add lines 1a and 1b. Where to file 2012 taxes     1c. Where to file 2012 taxes   2. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter any amount included on line 1a that is:           a. Where to file 2012 taxes A scholarship or fellowship grant not reported on Form W-2 2a. Where to file 2012 taxes         b. Where to file 2012 taxes For work done while an inmate in a penal institution (enter “PRI” and this amount next to line 7 of Form 1040A) 2b. Where to file 2012 taxes         c. Where to file 2012 taxes A pension or annuity from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan or a nongovernmental section 457 plan (enter “DFC” and this amount next to line 7 of Form 1040A). Where to file 2012 taxes This amount may be shown in box 11 of your Form W-2. Where to file 2012 taxes If you received such an amount but box 11 is blank, contact your employer for the amount received as a pension or annuity 2c. Where to file 2012 taxes       3. Where to file 2012 taxes Add lines 2a through 2c 3. Where to file 2012 taxes   4. Where to file 2012 taxes Subtract line 3 from line 1c. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the result here and on line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet 4. Where to file 2012 taxes                 Additional Medicare Tax and RRTA Tax Worksheet (for line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet) If your employer withheld or you paid Additional Medicare Tax or Tier 1 RRTA taxes, use this worksheet to figure the amount to enter on line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet. Where to file 2012 taxes Social security tax, Medicare tax, and Additional Medicare Tax on wages. Where to file 2012 taxes 1. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the social security tax withheld (Form(s) W-2, box 4) 1. Where to file 2012 taxes   2. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the Medicare tax withheld (Form(s) W-2, box 6). Where to file 2012 taxes Box 6 includes any Additional Medicare Tax 2. Where to file 2012 taxes   3. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on wages (Form 8959, line 7) 3. Where to file 2012 taxes   4. Where to file 2012 taxes Add lines 1, 2, and 3 4. Where to file 2012 taxes   5. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the Additional Medicare Tax withheld (Form 8959, line 22) 5. Where to file 2012 taxes   6. Where to file 2012 taxes Subtract line 5 from line 4 6. Where to file 2012 taxes   Additional Medicare Tax on Self-Employment Income. Where to file 2012 taxes 7. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter one-half of the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on self-employment income (one-half of Form 8959, line 13) 7. Where to file 2012 taxes   Tier 1 RRTA taxes as an employee of a railroad (enter amounts on lines 8, 9, 10, and 11) or employee representative (enter amounts on lines 12, 13, 14, and 15). Where to file 2012 taxes Do not include amounts in Form W-2, box 14, that are identified as Additional Medicare Tax or Tier 2 tax. Where to file 2012 taxes Do not include amounts shown on Form CT-2 on line 3 for Additional Medicare Tax or line 4 for Tier 2 tax. Where to file 2012 taxes 8. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the Tier 1 tax (Form(s) W-2, box 14) 8. Where to file 2012 taxes   9. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the Medicare tax (Form(s) W-2, box 14) 9. Where to file 2012 taxes   10. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on RRTA compensation as an employee (Form 8959, line 17). Where to file 2012 taxes Do not use the same amount from Form 8959, line 17, for both this line and line 14 10. Where to file 2012 taxes   11. Where to file 2012 taxes Add lines 8, 9, and 10 11. Where to file 2012 taxes   12. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter one-half of Tier 1 tax (one-half of Form(s) CT-2, line 1, for all 4 quarters of 2013) 12. Where to file 2012 taxes   13. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter one-half of Tier 1 Medicare tax (one-half of Form(s) CT-2, line 2, for all 4 quarters of 2013) 13. Where to file 2012 taxes   14. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter one-half of the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on RRTA compensation as an employee representative (one-half of Form 8959, line 17). Where to file 2012 taxes Do not use the same amount from Form 8959, line 17, for both this line and line 10 14. Where to file 2012 taxes   15. Where to file 2012 taxes Add lines 12, 13, and 14 15. Where to file 2012 taxes   Line 6 amount 16. Where to file 2012 taxes Add lines 6, 7, 11, and 15. Where to file 2012 taxes Enter here and on line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet. Where to file 2012 taxes 16. Where to file 2012 taxes   Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. Where to file 2012 taxes   We ask for the information on the worksheets in this publication to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. Where to file 2012 taxes You are required to give us the information if requested. Where to file 2012 taxes We need it to ensure that you are complying with these laws and to allow us to figure and collect the right amount of tax. Where to file 2012 taxes   You are not required to provide the information requested on a form (or worksheet in this publication) that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form (or publication) displays a valid OMB control number. Where to file 2012 taxes Books or records relating to a form, its instructions, or this publication must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Where to file 2012 taxes Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103. Where to file 2012 taxes   The average time and expenses required to complete these worksheets will vary depending on individual circumstances. Where to file 2012 taxes For the estimated averages, see the instructions for your income tax return. Where to file 2012 taxes   If you have suggestions for making these worksheets simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. Where to file 2012 taxes See Comments and suggestions , earlier. 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Updated: Common Input Issues

Many common issues are easy to resolve by following the instructions below. The most frequent issue involves data entry errors.  Please review your return closely before e-filing.  Because Free File Fillable Forms is basic, you must follow the instructions exactly and enter data only on the lines indicated.

Below you will find a few more general tips for successful e-filing and then some more specific issues currently trending for Free File Fillable Forms:

General Tips

  • Many issues can be resolved by simply using the “tab” key which ensures you will see all the data boxes. For example, when you use the tab key, you will see the MI box for your middle initial on the top of the Form 1040.
  • Use the state drop down box in the address field and enter zip code in appropriate box.
  • Check all your data entries before attempting to e-file.
  • Check your social security numbers for accuracy.  Is your dependent’s SSN correct? Is your SSN correct on the Form W2, Box A, Employee’s SSN?
  • Do not use zero “0” in any field unless instructed to do so.
  • If you’re getting a refund by direct deposit, double check your financial account and routing numbers; the routing number must be nine digits.  Be sure to select checking or savings. 
  • Check your withholdings; make sure your W-2 statement withholdings match the amount on your 1040.
  • Check the withholding amount entered Step 2, Section 1 and make sure it equals the amount in Step 2, Section 2, Box A.
  • Verify your identity. Do not guess at your prior year Adjusted Gross Income. This is the most common error we see. If you don’t remember your AGI, you must get an electronic filing PIN at IRS.gov or call 1-866-704-7388.
  • If your filing status is Married Filing Jointly, make sure to include all information for your spouse, especially Step 2 requirements for identify verification and signing the return electronically.
  •  Whenever you’re entering your information on a form or schedule in Free File Fillable Forms and you have a question, just select the button, "Instructions For This Form," at the bottom of the screen.

Specific Issues

I didn’t get the email confirming that my Free File Fillable Forms return was accepted or rejected

  • First, check your email spam/junk folder. 
  • If it’s not there, take the following steps: Return to your Free File Fillable Forms account. (Either through IRS.gov/freefile or freefilefillableforms.com.) 
  • Select “Get E-File Status” from upper left column. If there is no status update, log-on to your account and review your return for accuracy  
  • CAUTION: Make sure to place the current date ("Today's Date") in Step 2, Section 4, Signing This Year's Return
  • Next, select  “E-File Now” button to resubmit.  
  • If your return was successfully e-filed, you will receive 2 emails: one from freefilefillableforms.com saying it was received and a second one from freefilefillableform.com saying it was accepted or rejected by the IRS. If you do not receive these two emails, you have not successfully transmitted your return.

I got this message: Business Rule X0000-005 - The XML data has failed schema validation

This currently is the second most common error we see, and it’s not as scary as it sounds. You will receive this message when there is a data entry error. This is a simple correction.

  • First, your message will identify the form and line number where the error occurred on your return.
  • Look for one of two key phrases in the error message.
  • If you see the phrase “is expected” that means you left blank a required field.
  • If you see the phrase “not facet-valid with” that means you made an entry in the wrong format, i.e. you used a number where it should be blank, or used a description not allowed in the field.
  • For more information, see our Rejected return help page.

“Do the Math” won’t work

Most often, your form is missing data that the program considers necessary to perform the calculation. Use the “tab” key and double check your entries.

Here's a list of some common problems taxpayers have encountered and possible solutions. 

  • 1040 (Form) Line 44 Tax - You must look up your tax in the tax tables and follow the IRS instructions to manually enter an amount on this line.  Don’t forget this step.
  • Schedule 8812 Additional Child Tax Credit, Lines 9, 11, 12 and 13 - You must complete all the prior required lines, including the buttons on line 6, before these lines will calculate.   Check your entries before you e-file.
  • Form 8863, Education Credits (Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits, Line 15 - You are required to complete Part 1. If instructed to put a zero on a line, you must put a zero on that line.
  • Schedule A, Itemized Deductions
    • Line 23 - The amount for this line is populated from the amount(s) you enter in the grey areas under the words, ‘list type and amount’. There are two lines under these words and two fields on each line. The first field is for a description of the ‘Other Expense’ deduction and the second field is for the amount. Enter the description and corresponding amount and ‘Do the math’ will calculate an amount for line 23.
    • Line 29 - Don't forget to manually enter the total amount for your Itemized Deductions on line 29 of the Schedule A.  Line 29 is not a Do the Math calculated field.  Select the “Yes” or “No” button for line 29 and follow the Schedule A instructions for entering an amount on the line 29.  If your answer is No,  Is Form 1040 line 38 over $150,000, then add up all the column amounts, lines 4 through 28, on the Sch A and enter the total amount on line 29.  Check your math.  If  your answer is Yes, line 38 of the Form 1040 is over $150,000 refer to the Itemized Deductions Worksheet for line 29 (page A-13) and then enter the amount you figured on line 29.  After you enter your amount on line 29, then select “Do the Math.”  The amount on line 29 will then transfer and update Line 40 of Form 1040.
  • Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business Lines 3, 4, 5, and 7 - You must enter the business entity information (A-J) before the lines will calculate.
  • Schedule C-EZ Net Profit or Loss from Business Line 3 - You must enter the business entity information (A-G) before “Do the Math” will calculate.
  • Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss, Line 23a, b, etc. - Many lines will not calculate until Part 1 of the form is complete. 

I Can’t Find the Form I need

First, review the list of available Forms You Can Use. You can learn how to add some forms to your return by following the instructions below.

  • Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization (Including Information on Listed Property -  You must Add the Form 4562 from the “add” button on your Schedule C and/or Schedule E.  You can NOT add the Form 4562 from the “add/view" button.  
  • Form 6198 At-Risk Limitations- Add this form from the “add” button on your Schedule C.
  • Form 8829 Expenses for Business Use of Your Home- Add this form from the “add” button on your line 30 of the Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business
  • Form 8863, Education Credits (Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits) -
    1. Part III on page 2 for each student for whom you are claiming either credit must be completed before you complete Parts I and II on Page 1.  Some taxpayers can’t find the add button for page 2.  Just go to the top of page 1 of the Form 8863 and click on the add button next to the statement click to enter student information on page 2. 
    2. Make sure you use"Do the Math" for computing line 15 of page 1 of the Form 8863.
    3. Make sure you use the tab key for entering the student’s first name and the last name on line 20. Entered the first name in the first grey field and then use the tab key to enter the last name in the grey field to the right. 
  • Form 8949, Sales and other Dispositions of Capital Assets- Don’t forget to add Page 2 to complete this form.  Complete the Form 8949 before you complete your Schedule D. On the Schedule D, complete lines 1b, 2, 3, 8b, 9, and 10. You may add multiple copies of the Form 8949 if you need additional space to report sales and exchanges of your capital assets.
  • Add Forms W2, W2G and 1099-R in Step 2, Section 1.
  • All other Form 1099’s, including SSA 1099, 1099 INT, 1099 MISC etc. are not available as individual forms in Free File Fillable Forms because you do not have to e-file these statements to IRS.
  • BUT make sure to include all other income from Form 1099 including SSA 1099, 1099 INT, 1099 MISC etc. on your Form 1040. Don’t forget to include your federal withholding amounts from these other Form 1099s in Step 2 Section 2 Box B.

I Can’t Print My Return?

  • If you are having trouble printing and you are using Internet Explorer 8.0 you must upgrade your Internet browser or switch to another computer to print your information.  
  • If you can't print, search for 'print' in General FAQs (PDF) for additional information. Remember, always print your return for your records after you successfully e-file.

I am having problems with my 16a and 16b entries for pensions and annuities on the Form 1040

  • Find your total pension or annuity amount on your Form 1099-R and enter it on line 16a of your Form 1040.
  • Then, enter the taxable portion in 16b to the far right under the column of the Form 1040 where you are entering all of your amounts.
  • Do not enter your taxable amount after “b Taxable amount”.   This “b Taxable amount” field is only reserved for the text: “ROLLOVER”, “PSO”, and “ROLLOVER AND PSO” - Refer to the 1040 instructions to see if either of these 3 descriptions apply to you.
  • When your total pensions and annuities equal your taxable amount, “Do the Math” will automatically remove your amount on line 16a.
  • When your total pensions and annuities is greater than your taxable amount, “Do the Math” will display the total on line 16a and taxable amount you entered to the right of 16b.     

I am getting an error on Line 21, "Other income" on the Form 1040 - List type and amount

  • In certain situations, the form instructions may prompt you to enter information next to a line.   There are 2 parts for you to enter: 1) the description type in the first grey box and then 2) a corresponding amount in the second grey box.  Don’t enter descriptions or $ amounts in the grey fields unless the instructions tell you too.  Generally, leave these fields blank and don't enter a zero or '0" amount unless the instructions tell you too.
  •  Use line 21 of the Form 1040 to report any other taxable income not reported elsewhere on your return or on other schedules.  Make sure you enter the type and then the amount for the Other income to the left of the amount on line 21.  Enter the type of income in the first grey field and then enter the amount in the second grey field.   After you enter the amount in the second grey field, select "Do the Math" and the amount you entered to the left in the grey field will transfer to line 21.   Don't forget to enter the type of other income such as gambling winnings or jury duty pay in the first grey field to the left of the amount.  And if one of your other income description types is net operating loss (NOL), make sure you enter a negative sign "-" before the amount.  To view a list of description types for other income examples on line 21, refer to page 28 of the Form 1040 instructions.  Free File Fillable Forms will automatically display the description type in all upper case letters after selecting Do the Math.

Refer to the tutorial for basic tips before your start Free File Fillable Forms. These tips will improve your chances to successfully e-file without getting errors.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 26-Feb-2014

The Where To File 2012 Taxes

Where to file 2012 taxes Publication 600 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Introduction Introduction The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 extended the election to deduct state and local general sales taxes for 2006. Where to file 2012 taxes The act was enacted after Schedule A (Form 1040), Itemized Deductions, and its instructions were printed. Where to file 2012 taxes Because we were not able to include the instructions for figuring the deduction in the Schedule A instructions, we are providing this publication to help you figure this deduction. Where to file 2012 taxes You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as a deduction on Schedule A. Where to file 2012 taxes You cannot deduct both. Where to file 2012 taxes To figure your deduction, you can use either: Your actual expenses, or The optional sales tax tables plus the general sales taxes paid on certain specified items. Where to file 2012 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications