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Video: Documents Needed to File Income Taxes

Updated for Tax Year 2020


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Wondering which documents are needed to file your taxes? This video will carefully outline the different forms that will help you complete your taxes.


The federal tax filing deadline for individuals has been extended to May 17, 2021. Quarterly estimated tax payments are still due on April 15, 2021. For additional questions and the latest information on the tax deadline change, visit our “IRS Announced Federal Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension” blog post.

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Video transcript:

Hello, I’m Lisa Skelly from TurboTax with information about the documents you may need when filing your federal income tax return.

So you’ve finished your tax return and are ready to mail or e-file it to the IRS. But do you know which documents to include with your return?

Believe it or not, the IRS doesn’t want copies of every document you use to prepare your taxes. The one document that the IRS always requires with your tax return is the W-2 form you receive from your employer. And if you have more than one job, you must include a W-2 for each one.

When you work as an employee, your employer will report your annual compensation—which includes all wages, bonuses and tips you receive—on a W-2 form. The W-2 also reports the federal tax payments you make through employer withholding. And even though the IRS will receive copies of your W-2s directly from your employers, you still need to attach them to your return. In some cases, employers may inadvertently issue a W-2 that reports inaccurate information. When this occurs, they must correct it on a W-2c form.If you receive this second form from your employer, you should use the amounts it reports when preparing your tax return. However, the IRS wants to see copies of both versions, so it’s important to remember that you must file your return with a copy of the original W-2 as well as the corrected W-2c.

There are two additional forms you must include with your return—the W-2G and 1099-R—but only if they report amounts withheld to pay your taxes.

If you have a W-2G, it means that you received certain types of gambling winnings that the casino or other gaming organization has an obligation to report to the IRS, and to you, on a W-2G.

The 1099-R, however, is issued to report the distributions you receive from a pension, annuity, IRA, insurance contract and other retirement accounts. Generally, the form will report the amount and type of distribution you receive, and will also indicate whether it’s taxable. And last, but certainly not least—it’s just as important to remember to attach all schedules and tax forms that the IRS requires, such as a Schedule A form when reporting itemized deductions on your return.

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