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Welcome to the Five Easy Steps to Cash Web site. Learn to file your Oregon income tax return (Form 40S)—you may get a refund.

Remember: Your 2004 income tax return
is due Friday, April 15, 2005.

Will the 5 Easy Steps to Cash work for me?

We created this site especially for students. Answer the following questions to see if the 5 Easy Steps to Cash will work for you:

  1. Were you an Oregon resident for the whole year in 2004?
     Yes         No         Help
  2. Were you single with no children as of December 31, 2004?
     Yes         No         Help
  3. Can someone else (a parent or guardian) claim you as a dependent on their 2004 tax return?
     Yes         No         Help
  4. Did you work only in Oregon in 2004? (If you didn't work at all, check "yes.")
     Yes         No         Help
  5. Did you have income only from your job(s) and/or interest (for example, from a bank account) in 2004? (Click on “Help” if you received money from jobs like babysitting, lawnmowing, etc.)
     Yes         No         Help

If you answered “yes” to all of the questions, the 5 Easy Steps to Cash are for you! Most students who answer “yes” to all of the questions will get a refund after they file their tax return. However, a small number of students who answer “yes” to all of the questions will have tax to pay.

If you answered “no” to any of the questions, the 5 Easy Steps to Cash will not work for your situation. We have other resources for you.

What else do I need to know?

Your 2004 tax return is due April 15, 2005.

  • This site will help you fill out your Oregon income tax return only, not your federal (IRS) tax return. You will need to file your federal income tax return separately.
  • This site will provide you with an easy-to-use form to fill out using your computer. You will be able to print the form and mail it to us.
  • This site does not provide the ability to file your return electronically.


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