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The Ultimate Guide to

Tax Forms for Freelancers and Self-employed People

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We all have to pay taxes

Tax forms. We've all seen them. At first glance, it looks like all you need to do is fill in the blanks, and you're done. But on closer inspection, they can start to look pretty complicated, like a mad scientist's to-do list or the manual to an interdimensional portal. But no matter how complicated they might be, we all have to file our taxes. They are, after all, the great equalizer: no matter who we are in America, we're all required to report to the IRS what we made each year. Or once every few months, in the case of freelancers.

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The IRS is the definitive resource on every self-employed tax form that each type of worker needs to fill out, but because there is so much information available at, it can be difficult to make sense of it all.
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This directory is all about simplicity. All the forms you need are in one place – with each one explained in language that's easy to understand. Here, freelancers and self-employed people can find straight-to-the-point information they can actually use. This is how we talk about tax forms with our friends and family. With a one-stop self-employed tax form shop, there's no wasting time searching or reading through guides filled with jargon. This essential directory guides freelancers and self-employed people through the most common tax return forms that are relevant to their work. Of the hundreds of federal tax forms to be found on the IRS' website, thankfully you'll only need to worry about a handful, and they're all right here.

The latest versions of IRS tax forms 2022

There aren't a whole lot of changes from the 2021 tax forms from IRS, but here you'll find the most up-to-date versions. So, when it's time to ask, "What tax papers do I need to file for 2022," you can find answers below. The forms for self-employed people and freelancers fall under two categories:
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1040 forms

There are two types of 1040 forms, one for filing annually and one for filing estimated taxes on a quarterly basis.


1099 forms

Everyone who works for themselves is familiar with this form. It's for reporting income you receive as a self-employed person or a freelancer. Income from things like an investment you have or an interest payment you received from your bank are also reported on 1099 forms.

Intro to IRS tax forms 2022

What are tax returns for self-employed and freelancers?

When can I start doing my taxes for 2022?

Where to find IRS tax forms 2022

Wondering how to fill out taxes?

31% of Gen Zers (about 25 or older), who make more than $50,000 a year said "how to do my taxes" is the thing they most need to learn. The 2022 survey by Investopedia said the number was even higher for people making under $50,000. It's clear that tools like this Ultimate Guide are so important for empowering taxpayers. In addition, here a few tips for maximum efficiency once you get to the step of actually filling out the forms: Make sure you look at each form beforehand to gather the information you will need before filling it out. File on time so you don't have to pay late fees or interest on what you owe. Double-check all deductions. The IRS sometimes pays a lot of attention to this part of self-employed and freelancer taxes. File online. Filing digitally has a decades-old track record of reliability and data security. And refunds are much faster online.

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What documents do I need to file taxes?

If you're wondering how to fill out taxes and asking questions like, "What do I need to file my taxes," or "What are tax returns," here is a tax document checklist with some of the major things that just about everyone will need when they prepare their tax return.
  • Social security number or your tax ID number
  • Bank routing and account numbers to pay taxes and receive any refund
  • Information about any dependents, like birth dates and social security numbers
  • Info about your spouse like social security number and birth date
  • If you have W-2 income, you'll need that info
  • If you received unemployment, you'll need a 1099-G form
  • Information about your mortgage, if you have one
  • All the relevant 1099 forms that report the amounts of income you received that year, including social security and interest income
  • If you paid quarterly taxes, you'll need that information
  • Cryptocurrency transactions are now required to be reported
  • A record of all the expenses you had that year from your work or running your business

IRS tax forms 2022

The information you'll find here goes in-depth on 2022 tax forms from IRS, but it's always a good idea to reference them directly at the source at the IRS Self-Employed Help Page. Sometimes the devil is in the details, and the site gets even deeper into the nitty-gritty of the taxes for self-employed people and freelancers.

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