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Tax Filing Tips

Tax Filing Tips

February 17, 2024
Filing income tax returns can be stressful. Being organized will make it a little easier. Before paying for tax software, check with the IRS to see if you can file online for free
If you're finances are more complicated this year, you may want to hire a professional to help.
Either way, you'll need to gather all of your tax forms. Below are some of the common forms that you might be expecting depending on your circumstances. Some will be mailed to you, others may be available electronically. Check your emails to ensure you don't miss any notifications.
Common tax forms:
  • W-2:  Employer paid salary and benefits
  • 1099 Misc:  Did any gig work last year? Watch for this form
  • 1099-INT: Moved savings to a high yield account last year? This is where your interest will be reported
  • 1099-DIV: Invested in individual stocks? Any dividends issued are taxable
  • 1099-B: Sold any investments last year? You’ll find the transactions listed on this form. If the form is missing cost basis, or shows 0 in that column, check your records to see how much you paid for the investment.
  • 1099-R: Retired last year and started distributions from your IRA? Made a Roth conversion? Watch for this form
  • Form 1095A: Purchased health insurance through Covered CA? Download this form which reports any premium credits you received.
Pershing accounts:
Like all investment custodians, you'll receive a Form 1099 from Pershing for your retirement and brokerage accounts. Login to download the forms - go to Communications and Tax Documents. Our financial org number is 47Y.
 
If you need assistance with your Pershing forms, don't hesitate to let us know!
 

Roth IRA contributions:

If you are making contributions to your Roth IRA, be aware that there are income limits. If you have a high income, you might not be eligible to contribute! Be sure to discuss your Roth contributions with your tax preparer each year or check the limits yourself. If you made contributions that are not allowed, you can remove them without penalty before the tax-filing deadline.

Once your returns are complete, upload a copy to our secure website.

Tax filing can be a headache, but it's also a good time to review your finances and taxes are just one part of the puzzle. We're here to help you consider your options. Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment when you are ready.