Here’s a list of documents you need to help ensure you file taxes accurately. You can file for free at a VITA site or online at MyFreeTaxes. You can also file your taxes with a paid preparer. If filing at a VITA site or paid preparer, check before your appointment if there are other documents you need to bring.
Bring all documents below.
- Photo ID
- Social Security Cards, Social Security Number verification letters, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number assignment letters for you, your spouse, and any dependents
- Birthdates for you, your spouse, and dependents on the tax return
- Bank account and routing number or a voided check for direct deposit of your refund
- 2019 tax return (if you have it) for this year’s ‘lookback rule,’ which states that if you earned less in 2020, you can use either your 2019 or 2020 income on your taxes—whichever one gets you the most money back.
Bring all documents that apply.
- W-2 form(s) for all jobs last year (your employer(s) will have sent you this by January 31st)
- 1099-NEC and/or 1099-K
- Records of income not reported on 1099 forms
- Records of expenses including receipts, credit statements, etc.
- Record of estimated tax payments
- SSA-1099 form for Social Security benefits
- 1099-R for pension/IRA/annuity income
- 1099-G for unemployment benefits
Other sources of income
- 1099-G for refund of state/local income taxes
- 1098-T for scholarships/fellowships
- 1099-R for disability income
- Income or loss from the sale of stocks, bonds, or real estate
- Income or loss from rental property
- Alimony received
- Statements for prizes or lottery/gambling winnings
- Interest and dividend statements from banks
- Records for any other income
You may be able to claim tax deductions for some of the expenses you have. These deductions reduce the income you are taxed on. Bring documentation for all of the following expenses you have.
- Retirement contributions, including a 401(k) or IRA
- State and local taxes you’ve paid
- Mortgage statements and property tax bills if you are a homeowner
- College tuition (1098-T) and student loan statements (Form 1098-E)
- Childcare expenses, including provider’s address and federal tax ID number
- Receipts for charitable donations
- Medical and dental bills
- Records for supplies used as an educator
Other Tax Documents or Notices
- IRS Notice 1444 and/or 1444-B for your Economic Impact Payments (also known as stimulus checks)
- Form 1095-A if you had coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace
- Documents from the IRS, Health Insurance Marketplace, your state tax agency, or anything that says “IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENT”