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What do I need to have on-hand to prepare my taxes?

Depending on your situation, you'll need a variety of documents. Here are some common items you might need:

  • Your Social Security number (SSN) or taxpayer identification number (ITIN) and SSNs or ITINs for spouse and dependents (if any)
  • Your birth date and birth date for spouse and dependents (if any)
  • Income source documents:
    • W-2 - wages and salary
    • W-2G - gambling winnings
    • Form 1099-R - retirement income
    • Form 1099-INT - interest
    • Form 1099-DIV - dividends
    • Form 1099-MISC - miscellaneous income, including self-employment
    • Form 1099-G - government payments
    • Form 1099-SA - MSA or HSA distributions
    • Form 1099-B - broker or barter exchanges
    • Form SSA-1099 - Social Security benefits
    • Form RRB-1099 - railroad retirement
    • Schedule K-1 - partnership income or loss
  • Documents that reflect items you might have paid during the year:
    • Form 1098 - mortgage interest
    • Form 1098-E - student loan interest
    • Form 1098-T - tuition
    • Form 1095 - Health Coverage (there are different versions and you may have more than one.)
  • Records and receipts for:
    • Unreimbursed mileage related to work or volunteering
    • Charitable donations
    • Contributions to retirement plans
    • Healthcare expenses
    • Self-employment income and expenses, including any:
      • Home-office expenses
      • Health-insurance premiums paid
      • Transportation costs
      • Advertising fees
    • Rental property
    • Moving expenses, if you moved for a new job
    • Expenses for energy-efficient home improvements
    • Tuition or fees paid for education for you, spouse, or dependents
    • Retirement account rollovers
    • Child care and dependent care expenses, including the employer identification number (EIN) or SSN of the care provider
  • A copy of last year's return
  • Financial account information to pay any balance due or receive any refund

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