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IRS tax forms are documents used to report certain financial transactions, calculate taxes owed or prepare tax returns. There are hundreds of kinds of IRS forms, and the IRS reissues many of them on an annual basis to incorporate changes in tax rules. But you probably don’t need to worry about most of them.
Where can I get IRS tax forms?
There are six ways to get IRS forms to do your taxes.
Online. The IRS website has IRS tax forms you can download as PDFs, print or request via mail. The agency also offers Braille-ready formats that work with screen enlargers, screen-reading software or embossed printing.
By phone. Call the IRS (see our list of IRS phone numbers for customer service) and ask to have IRS forms mailed to you.
Tax software. Good tax software packages offer blank IRS forms to look at as you complete the process of preparing your tax return.
IRS Free File. The IRS Free File program offers blank fillable IRS forms to everyone, regardless of income.
Library. Check the library or the post office. Many offer free tax forms during filing season.
Local IRS office. You can also try visiting your local IRS office (called a Taxpayer Assistance Center).
Common IRS tax forms you should know about (and where to get them)
Here are common IRS forms and schedules you should know about before you file your taxes. Three of them — the W-2, 1098 and 1099 — are IRS forms that may be sent to you with information you’ll need to file your taxes. The others are IRS forms that you might need to fill out as part of preparing your tax return.