Whether you meet with your preparer for an interview or use your drop-off or electronic send service, original documents are needed to complete your taxes. Your documents will be scanned to your return and returned with a copy of your return when it is complete.
Because each person's tax return looks different, it is best to consult your prior year's originals to confirm what documents you need. If you did your taxes with us last year, we have a copy of your return and do not need you to bring one.
If you are a first-time client, you will need to bring in a copy of last year's return. We want to get to know you and your situation. If we could review your prior year, it will help us serve you better.
To find a more extensive list of possible documents, please see below.
Note: Documents such as W2s are usually sent by the end of January but interest forms and other financial documents may come as late as March.
Photo ID (e.g., driver's license or passport)
Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and dependents
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refunds
W-2 forms from all employers
1099R for retirement income. You will also get this form if you took a distribution before retirement or if you rolled over money from one account to another.
Social Security - Form SSA-1099
Investment Income: Bank statements for year-to-date interest and dividends Form 1099 INT and 1099 DIV.
Documentation for other income (e.g., alimony)
Stock sales - Form 1099-B
Contributions to and distributions from IRAs or Roth IRAs - Form 5498
Contributions to Health Savings Accounts - Form 5498-SA
Distribution form for Health Savings Accounts - Form 1099 SA
Edvest Contribution forms
Tax Deduction Documents
Mortgage interest statements - Form 1098
Property tax statements
Total amount paid in rent if you are a renter
Homestead filers: To file Homestead Credit we will need a Rent Certificate (for renters) or a copy of your current filing year tax bill (for homeowners). See our Homestead Credit Blog for more information.
Receipts for charitable donations (Note: Total these amounts before your appointment. We do not add receipts for you.)
Medical and dental expense receipts (Note: Total these amounts before your appointment. We do not add receipts for you.)
Student loan interest for yourself or your spouse Form 1098-E
Healthcare.gov insurance - If you had health insurance purchased through the Marketplace at any point during the year, you must provide Form 1095 A
Tax Credit Information
Childcare expenses (provider's name, address, and tax ID)
Educational credit information (Form 1098 T, Form 1099 Q, and receipts for related expenses)
Adoption expense information
Self-employed Business Information (for example, Uber driver, etc.) or Rental Property Information (if applicable)
Any 1099 MISC or 1099 NEC
Income and expense reports
Please note: This checklist may not cover all documents relevant to your tax situation. If you have any unique circumstances or additional sources of income, please bring documentation related to those as well.