Get prepared: Tax forms and important papers
If you search the IRS website for tax forms, you'll get over 900 results. Here are the ones you need to know.
First things first: Start by collecting your personal information, going through all your important documents and getting paperwork lined up.
You will need everything that details all the income you received in 2016. For most, the W-2 form from your employer will be the key document you need.
Next, you will need to make decisions about which of the three major tax forms (1040, 1040 EZ or 1040A) to use and then round up all the other forms you might need to support your return.
More help on getting prepared:
Do it yourself, use software or pay a pro
Once you have all your paperwork ready, the next major decision is do you want to prepare your tax return yourself, use tax software or just hand it all over to a tax professional.
The two biggest factors are cost and the complexity of your tax return. If you are filing the 1040 EZ form you might want to consider doing it yourself.