Since I can be a bit obsessive about certain areas of my life, my trips to the mailbox the last few days have been with a bit more purpose. Usually I just quickly glance through the envelopes through most everything in the trash and move on with my life. Most of my bills come electronically, as do my banking statements, so I don't worry about what's in the mail throughout the year. Towards the end of January and until the middle of February, I am on the nut for all of the tax forms that are coming my way. 1099s, W2s, 1098s, you name it, chances are we get those forms. As I've gotten older and really began freelancing full time, our tax situation has gotten more complicated. I think back fondly on the days of using the 1040EZ. (This was before electronic filling).
It's time to keep an out for your tax forms. Some companies are on top of it and start sending them out early. Other companies wait until the last day of January to put those forms in the mail. Once you have everything, you can file your taxes. You do need to make sure that you've received all of your forms. This is why a list is so important. List each job you have worked at, or each company you have worked for as a freelancer, and then list any other companies or organizations that might give you a tax form. Once you have done that you can just check stuff off as it comes in, so you will know when you are ready to file your taxes.