Having the right information at hand is half the battle when doing your taxes. Use this checklist to help you gather your important personal, employment, residential and financial information. You can avoid multiple trips to your tax professional by getting it all together now.


Personal Data
Social Security Numbers (including spouse and children)
Child care provider : Name, address and tax I.D. or Social Security Number
Alimony paid: Social Security Number

Employment & Income Data
W-2 forms for this year Unemployment compensation: Forms 1099-G
Miscellaneous income including rent: Forms 1099-MISC Partnership, S Corporation, & trust income: Schedules K-1
Pensions and annuities: Forms 1099-R Social Security/RR1 benefits: Forms RRB-1099
Alimony received Jury duty pay
Gambling and lottery winnings Prizes and awards
Scholarships and fellowships State and local income tax refunds: Form 1099-G

Homeowner/Renter Data
Residential address(es) for this year Mortgage interest: Form 1098
Sale of your home or other real estate: Form 1099-S Second mortgage interest paid
Real estate taxes paid Rent paid during tax year
Moving expenses

Financial Assets
Interest income statements: Form 1099-INT & 1099-OID Dividend income statements: Form 1099-DIV
Proceeds from broker transactions: Form 1099-B Retirement plan distribution: Form 1099-R

Financial Liabilities
Auto loans and leases (account numbers and car value) if vehicle used for business Student loan interest paid
Early withdrawal penalties on CDs and other time deposits

Personal property tax information

Gifts to charity (qualified written statement from charity for any single donations of $250 or more) Unreimbursed expenses related to volunteer work
Unreimbursed expenses related to your job (travel expenses, uniforms, union dues, subscriptions) Investment expenses
Job-hunting expenses Job-related education expenses
Child care expenses Medical Savings Accounts
Adoption expenses Alimony paid
Tax return preparation expenses and fees

Self-employment Data
Business income: Forms 1099-MISC and/or own records Partnership SE income: Schedules K-1
Business-related expenses: Receipts, other documents & own records Farm-related expenses: Receipts, other documents & own records
Employment taxes & other business taxes paid for current year: Payment records

Miscellaneous Tax Documents
Federal, state & local estimated income tax paid for current year: Estimated tax vouchers, cancelled checks & other payment records IRA, Keogh and other retirement plan contributions: If self-employed, identify as for self or employees
Records to document medical expenses Records to document casualty or theft losses
Records for any other expenditures that may be deductible Records for any other revenue or sales of property that may be taxable or reportable to get organized