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Ask the IRS website for a list of all IRS forms and you’ll get over 900 results. That’s a ton of IRS forms. Happily, you probably don’t need to care about most of them. Here are 10 major IRS forms and schedules you should know about before you file your taxes.
What are IRS forms?
IRS 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.
How do I get forms from the IRS?
Here are four ways to get IRS forms to do your taxes.
Call the IRS (see our list of IRS phone numbers for customer service) and ask to have IRS forms mailed to you.
Search IRS.gov for IRS tax forms you can print online or download as PDFs. The IRS also offers Braille-ready formats that work with screen enlargers, screen-reading software or embossed printing.
Check the library or the post office. Many offer free tax forms during filing season. You can also try visiting your local IRS office (called a Taxpayer Assistance Center).
Common IRS forms
Three of these IRS forms — the W-2, 1098 and 1099 — are IRS forms that may be sent to you with information you’ll need in order to file your taxes. The others are IRS forms that you might need to fill out as part of preparing your tax return.