- Step 1: Download federal forms The simplest way to get federal tax forms is to download them from www.irs.gov. You will need a printer and an application that can open PDF files, like Preview (on a Mac) or Adobe Reader (available at www.adobe.com).
- 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