Regardless of whether you prepare your taxes yourself or use a professional’s services, it’s a good idea to gather the information and documentation you need well in advance of your actual tax filing date. Below, we’ve listed some key information you need when preparing this year’s taxes.
The personal information you may need to file taxes may contain information from your prior year’s return, including:
Your tax return typically requires documentation for all the taxable income you received the previous year.
Next, gather information on deductions that help reduce your overall tax burden. These include, but aren’t necessarily limited to:
There are other state-specific deductions that may apply to your situation.
Credits may further decrease your tax burden. Unlike deductions, which may lower your taxable income, tax credits simply credit you a portion of what you’d otherwise owe. Some available tax credits may include:
Often, the information needed to receive these tax credits may be duplicative of other tax information. For example, having your retirement contribution records handy may support both an IRA deduction and the Saver’s Credit (if you qualify). Having your child’s SSN may allow you to fill out the Child Tax Credit section and the dependent care deduction. The more income- and deduction-related information you have in one spot, the more streamlined your tax prep process should be.
Finally, gather and provide information on how much you’ve already paid in taxes, whether through estimated tax payments, income withholdings, or both. This helps you quickly calculate your total amount due once you’ve entered your income, deduction, credit, and withholding information.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.
All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.
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