- Grab a copy of last year’s tax return
Sure, the tax rules changed dramatically and we’ve got a 1040 form with a new look. But your old return for the 2017 tax year can be a road map for making sure you’ve gathered all the paperwork you need to file your 2018 tax return.
- Find valid Social Security numbers, IDs
Make sure to have the accurate Social Security numbers for you and your spouse as well as your children. Did you have a baby in 2018? You need the newborn’s Social Security number for your tax return.
- See if you can file for free
The IRS site offers a “Free File” program that allows taxpayers, depending on their income, free access to brand-name tax products to prepare a federal tax return and file it for free.
- Take time to review a checklist
If you’re working with a tax professional, you might receive a checklist in the mail or via email. Some sites, such as H&R Block, provide a checklist that anyone can use to help figure out what information they need to complete a tax return.
- Know your bank account information
Typically, you get your refund faster by using direct deposit. Direct deposit also helps avoid the chance that a tax refund check could be lost, stolen or returned to the IRS because the post office said it could not be delivered.
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