Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Taxpayers should also gather any documents from types of earnings. People should keep copies of tax returns and all supporting documents for at least three years.
Income documents can help taxpayers determine if they're eligible for deductions or credits. People who need to reconcile their advance payments of the child tax credit and premium tax credit will need their related 2021 information. Those who did not receive their full third Economic Impact Payments will need their third payment amounts to figure and claim the 2021 recovery rebate credit.
Organized tax records make preparing a complete and accurate tax return easier. They help avoid errors that lead to processing delays that slow refunds. Having all needed documents on hand before taxpayers prepare their return helps them file it completely and accurately. This includes:
Forms W-2 from employers
Forms 1099 from banks, issuing agencies and other payers including unemployment compensation, dividends, distributions from a pension, annuity or retirement plan
Form 1099-K, 1099-MISC, W-2 or other income statement for workers in the gig economy
Form 1099-INT for interest received
Other income documents and records of virtual currency transactions
Taxpayers should also keep end of year documents including:
Letter 6419, 2021 Total Advance Child Tax Credit Payments, to reconcile advance child tax credit payments
Letter 6475, Your 2021 Economic Impact Payment, to determine eligibility to claim the recovery rebate credit
Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, to reconcile advance premium tax credits for Marketplace coverage
These tips are not intended to be tax advice, every Taxpayer/Business is unique, and tax laws change frequently