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How to Find Tax Forms

No tax forms? No worries. You can find them at several locations—or even get them without leaving the comfort of your home.


  • Step 1: Download federal forms The simplest way to get federal tax forms is to download them from You will need a printer and an application that can open PDF files, like Preview (on a Mac) or Adobe Reader (available at
  • Step 2: Download state forms For state tax forms, visit the website of your state tax office.
  • Step 3: Pick up forms If you’d prefer to pick up your forms, head to your local library or post office, which begins stocking tax forms shortly after the new year.
  • TIP: Most libraries also have books corresponding to each tax year with all available forms—just locate yours and photocopy.
  • Step 4: Go to your local tax office If you need an obscure form, stop by an IRS or state tax office.
  • TIP: Save yourself grief by remembering to pick up instructions along with the forms.
  • Step 5: Pay a professional If you plan to pay someone to do your taxes, don’t worry about the forms—he or she will have them.
  • FACT: Each year the IRS mails some eight billion pages of forms and instructions. Connected into one long form, it would stretch 28 times around the earth.

You Will Need

  • An application that can view PDF files
  • A printer
  • A post office
  • public library
  • tax office or tax professional

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