March 19, 1998
Time Running Short to Get Tax Forms
WASHINGTON - Taxpayers who need
tax forms or publications should act soon to request them, the Internal Revenue Service
advised today -- the April 15 filing deadline is less than four weeks away. In addition to
providing materials at its local offices, the IRS makes forms available by mail, computer,
Taxpayers should allow up to 15 workdays for telephone orders
to be processed. The IRS forms line -- 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) -- is open from
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
In addition to their usual weekday business hours, over 150
local IRS offices will be open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until mid-April.
Taxpayers may pick up forms or publications, or meet with IRS assistors for answers to
their tax questions.
Computer and fax machine users can get tax materials 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. The IRS Web site -- www.irs.ustreas.gov- has forms and publications available for
downloading. IRS TaxFax -- at 703-368-9694 -- offers 144 forms and instructions by return
fax. Users may find the order numbers in the tax instruction booklet, or may have the
system fax a list of available items.
Many banks, post offices and public libraries also stock some
of the common tax forms. Libraries may also have reproducible forms for photocopying,
along with a reference set of IRS tax information publications.
1998 FILING SEASON STATISTICS
Cumulative through the week ending 3/14/97 and 3/13/98
1997 1998 % Change
Individual Income Tax Returns (electronic and paper)
Total Receipts 50,678,000 50,732,000 0.1
Total Processed 38,249,000 41,142,000 7.6
E-filing -- Total Receipts:
Standard E-file 11,570,000 14,199,000 22.7
TeleFile 3,663,000 4,597,000 25.5
Refunds Certified by the Martinsburg Computing Center:
Number 35,007,000 37,418,000 6.9
Amount $48.131 bil. $53.048 bil. 10.2
Average Refund $1375 $1418 3.1
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 11,825,000 13,628,000 15.2
Amount $21.947 bil. $25.723 bil. 17.2
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