One of the most common type of questions that I get at taxgirl.com is how to get organized at tax time. Questions range from “What kind of documents do I need?” to “What information do I need to give my tax preparer?”
To help you get started, I’ve prepared a quick checklist. You can download my tax prep checklist as a 72kb pdf here (it’s free, there’s no registration required). The first two pages are informational and required in order to get started on your tax returns – you can fill them out and take them to your tax pro or use it to help you get started on your tax software. The third page will help you determine which schedules you might need to complete – I’ve included the most commonly filed ones. The fourth page will help you get your documents together.
It’s not meant to be a comprehensive list – that could go on for pages and pages. It’s meant to be a quick reference. I hope you find it useful!