What to Bring to Your CPA for Tax Preparation in East Brunswick
It is officially the New Year, which means it is also officially tax season. While it might still be early on in the year, it’s important that you start gathering your tax documents now, so that you can get your return filed as early as possible. Here is a quick overview of the kinds of documents you might want to bring to a meeting with your CPA. The specific documents you need will vary based on your unique situation; however, this list provides a good starting point. If you have any questions, or you need assistance with tax preparation in East Brunswick or Cranford, contact us.
General Tax Forms
In the coming weeks, you will receive a variety of tax forms from numerous sources. The exact forms you receive will depend on your income sources, investments, and other factors. Here are a few of the most common forms taxpayers receive. If you receive any of the following, be sure to set them aside for your tax prep meeting with your accountant:
- W-2: You should receive this form if you are an employee receiving a wage or salary. It outlines your annual wages and your withholdings.
- 1099-DIV: You’ll receive this form for any dividends and distributions you received on your investments.
- 1099-INT: Most people receive this form from their bank to report interest earned on their savings accounts; you may also receive it for other types of interest earned.
- 1099-MISC: If you’re self-employed or an independent contractor, you should receive this form from any client who has paid you more than $600 during the tax year.
- K-1: This form is given to shareholders and partners in trusts, S-corps, and partnerships. It outlines your tax liability in the business.
- 1098: You should receive this form if you own a home and paid mortgage interest or real estate taxes during the year.
These are just a few of the primary kinds of tax forms our clients receive. If there are any other tax forms sent to you, be sure to retain those as well.
Rental Income and Expenses
If you receive income from a rental unit, you should bring a detailed report of your income and expenses related to the unit. Expenses should also be accompanied by a receipt to prove the cost. Examples of expenses might include the mortgage on the property, property taxes, unit repairs, HOA fees, and so on.
If you sold stocks during the tax year, you need to bring all of the relevant information relating to the stock sold. This would include the original purchase price and date, as well as the date and price that you sold it for.
Buying or Selling a Home
Whether you were the buyer or seller, if you were involved in a home sale in the last year, be sure to bring all of the settlement documents from the sale to your tax preparation meeting.
Be sure to bring along any documentation relating to charitable donations made throughout the year. Ideally, you should have an itemized list of cash and items donated, the dates they were donated on, and the value of the donation. If at all possible, bring a receipt for these donations.
If you have extremely high medical expenses (7.5% or more of your taxable income), bring documentation for all of your unreimbursed medical expenses. This includes insurance premiums, as well as travel expenses that were necessary to receive treatment.
Tuition and Education Expenses
If you’re a student, your tuition and other education expenses may be deductible on your return. You should receive a 1098-T tax form for your tuition. Bring this to your tax meeting, along with a list of other education expenses, such as books and lab fees.
Proof of Health Insurance
You will need to provide some proof of your health insurance coverage throughout the year; you’ll need this for yourself and all dependents. You may receive a form from your employer for this, or you’ll receive form 1095-A if you had Obamacare.
Please make sure that you have the Social Security numbers and dates of birth for yourself and all the dependents you will claim. This is especially important for new dependents who were not on your last return (e.g., a new spouse or child born in the last year).
Last Year’s Return
If you’re a new client at our firm, please bring along your tax return from last year as well.
If you have a tax form or any other kind of document that you think might be relevant to your tax return, please bring it to meet with our CPAs in East Brunswick. It is always better to have extra documents than to not have essential paperwork to prepare your return. To get help with tax preparation in East Brunswick or Cranford, schedule an appointment today.