The IRS processed 262.8 million tax returns during fiscal year 2022. In addition, 58.2 million taxpayers were assisted by calling or visiting an IRS office.
Understandably, the IRS encourages taxpayers to do it right the first time.
Here are some helpful steps you can take this month to start getting organized for the inevitable:
Identify a place to store all important tax documents. This could simply be a file folder or a box, someplace safe where it won't be disturbed or misplaced. If you prefer digital storage, create a folder on your desktop computer (assuming you have a safe, private Internet connection), where you can scan and save every document pertaining to taxes. Realize the dangers of storing personally-identifiable information on a portable device. NEVER use public wi-fi without VPN protection, and closely guard all devices at all times.
Wait to file until you have your tax records including:
- Forms W-2 from your employer(s)
- Forms 1099 from banks, issuing agencies and other payers including unemployment compensation, dividends, pension, annuity or retirement plan distributions
- Form 1099-K, 1099-MISC, W-2 or other income statement if you worked in the gig economy
- Form 1099-INT if you were paid interest
- Other income documents and records of digital asset transactions
- Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, to reconcile advance payments or claims Premium Tax Credits for 2022 Marketplace coverage
- IRS or other agency letters
- CP01A Notice with your new Identity Protection PIN
Remember, most income is taxable. This includes:
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