Easy-to-Overlook Tax Documents: This year is a little more challenging. PART 2
With tax season now officially underway, there are several tax documents that may be easy to miss in your mailbox or inbox, including your identification PIN and corrected tax forms.
The IRS may have assigned you an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) to help protect your identity. An IP PIN is a six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. This IP PIN is known only to you and the IRS. If you are a confirmed victim of tax-related identity theft and the IRS has resolved your tax account issues, the IRS will mail you a CP01A Notice with your new IP PIN each year.
Corrected Tax Forms:
If an error is discovered on a tax form you’ve already received, a corrected version will be created, then mailed to both you and the IRS. You can also request a corrected tax form if you believe you found an error. Here are some of the forms you might see with corrections:
Form W-2 from your employer that shows corrected wages, salary and taxes withheld
Form 1099-INT or Form 1099-DIV from your investment broker that shows a revision in interest and dividend income
Form 1099-NEC from a client to whom you provide services
Form 1098 that shows how much mortgage or student loan interest you’ve paid
You may not be aware you were issued a corrected tax form until it shows up in your mailbox (or inbox). If you do receive a corrected form, don't throw the old version away! Save both the original version and corrected version in case either are needed for future reference.
Often the ease of filing your tax return is dependent on having the correct information, so remember to look for everything, including these often overlooked forms.