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Basic Info


Name, SSN or ITIN, and date of birth


Last Year's Return - hard copy or PDF file (TaxACT can import basic info from PDF's of returns prepared by select software solutions)


Estimated Taxes Paid


Documents Received


Form W-2s - wage and tax statements


Form 1098s - includes mortgage interest (1098) and student loan interest (1098-E)


Form 1099s - includes dividend income (1099-DIV), interest income (1099-INT & 1099-OID), merchant card and third party network payments (1099-K), miscellaneous income (1099-MISC), retirement plan distribution (1099-R), sale of home or real estate (1099-S) and unemployment compensation (1099-G)


Form 2439s - notice to shareholder of undistributed long-term capital gains


Schedule K-1s - partnership, S Corporation and trust income


Personal Records


Child and Dependent Care Expenses


Education Expenses


Medical Expenses


Vehicle (Personal Property) Taxes Paid


Real Estate Taxes


Mortgage Interest Paid


Charitable Contributions


Business or Employee Expenses


Gambling Expenses


Investment Transactions


Retirement Contributions


Foreign Earned Income and Foreign Taxes Paid


Moving Expenses


Energy Efficiency Property Expenses


Household Employee Expenses


Alimony Expenses and/or Income


Expenses for miscellaneous itemized deductions


E-file/Print


Bank Information (Account and Routing Number for Direct Deposit/Withdrawal)


Prior year's Self-Select PIN or Prior year's AGI (Adjusted Gross Income)

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Upcoming Tax Dates

August 1 — Form 720 taxes
File Form 720 for the second quarter of 2016.

August 1 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during June.

August 1 — Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in June.

August 1 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2016. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules.

August 1 — Certain small employers
Deposit any undeposited tax if your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2016 but less than $2,500 for the second quarter.

August 1 — Federal unemployment tax
Deposit the tax owed through June if more than $500.

August 1 — All employers
If you maintain an employee benefit plan, such as a pension, profitsharing, or stock bonus plan, file Form 5500 or 5500EZ for calendar year 2015. If you use a fiscal year as your plan year, file the form by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends.

August 10 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during July, report them to your employer - Details

August 10 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2016. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full.

August 10 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method.
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the first 15 days of July.

August 12 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the last 16 days of July.

August 15 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in July.

August 15 — Nonpayroll withholding
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in July.

August 25 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method.
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the last 16 days of July.

August 29 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the first 15 days of August.

August 31 — Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in July.

August 31 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during July.

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