Acc 401

Complete the federal income tax forms for a married couple (information provided in Appendix A). It is up to the student which forms are used from the following list (blank copies of all forms are available in your classroom in Week 5 under Final Paper).

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

  • Form 1040
  • Form 1040A
  • Schedule 1
  • Schedule 2
  • Schedule A
  • Schedule B
  • Schedule D

The assignment can be completed with or without the TaxAct CD that comes with the hard-copy of the text.

Upon completing the return, the student will submit a three to six page paper describing why they chose the forms and how the federal income tax return forms work.  The student will submit both the tax return (all forms used) and the paper to their instructor.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Must be three to six double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
  • Title of paper
  • Student’s name
  • Course name and number
  • Instructor’s name
  • Date submitted

Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

Must use at least five scholarly sources, including a minimum of 2 from the Ashford Online Library.

Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Appendix and Forms

Appendix A   

Link to Forms  (

If the hyperlink doesn’t work here is the address for the forms

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