IRS Offers Free Help
The Internal Revenue Service offers free tax help and year-round
customer service to taxpayers. Get free Publication
910, Guide to Free Tax Services, to read all about the tax help, publications
and services for individuals and businesses. Call 1-800-829-3676 to order.
Here are some highlights.
Advocates for Taxpayers
People who have not found help with their tax problem through traditional
IRS contacts can ask their taxpayer advocate for help. The advocate has
the authority to cut through red tape and intercede for people who are
experiencing a hardship because of a tax problem. Call toll-free 1-877-777-4778.
Volunteer Tax Help
Get help with basic tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. Both
provide specially trained volunteers to prepare basic tax returns. VITA
and TCE volunteers help older individuals, those with disabilities, and
non-English speaking taxpayers with their taxes in places convenient to
them. Call the IRS for the nearest location.
Braille and Large-Print Materials
Federal tax materials in Braille are available at Regional Libraries
for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in conjunction with the Library
of Congress. These materials include Publication
17, Your Federal Income Tax; Publication
334, Tax Guide For Small Business, and Forms
1040, 1040A and 1040EZ,
and Schedules A and B,
with instructions. Large-print copies of Form 1040, its schedules and instructions
are in Publication 1614. Large-print copies of Form 1040A, Schedules 1,
3 and EIC, and instructions are in Publication 1615. The copies can be
used as worksheets to figure tax, but can�t be filed as tax returns.
IRS Call IRS for Service
It's easier to get tax help and information from the Internal Revenue
Service. Print, fax, telephone and computer services are available all
year long. Here are some numbers to remember. "800" and "877"
numbers are toll-free.
l. Free forms and publications- 1-800-829-3676
(1-800-TAX-FORM). Get Publication
910 for a list of most publications, some in Spanish.
2. CD-ROM of most IRS forms and publications-buy
a CD for $25 from the National Technical Information Service at 1-877-233-6767
or for $18 at www.irs.gov/cdorders on the Internet.
3. Recorded tax messages on TeleTax
- 1-800-829-4477 for automated refund information and to hear over 140
tax topics, some in Spanish.
4. Hearing-impaired tax assistance -
1-800-829-4059 using TTY/TDD equipment.
5. Tax assistance - 1-800-829-1040.
6. Taxpayer Advocate - 1-877-777-4778
to help cut through red tape when problems can�t otherwise be resolved.
7. IRS on the Internet - Web: www.irs.ustreas.gov
File Transfer Protocol: ftp.irs.ustreas.gov Telnet: iris.irs.ustreas.gov
8. Modem - 1-703-321-8020
9. Forms and instructions by TaxFax
- dial 1-703-368-9694 from the fax machine.
l0. International TaxFax numbers -dial
from the fax machine. Bonn:  (228) 339-2822/2824 San Juan: (787) 759-4524/4525
Tokyo:  (3) 3224-5465
IRS Taxes in Spanish
People who need tax help in Spanish can get free IRS Publication
579SP, Cómo Preparar la Declaración de Impuesto Federal.
It has information in Spanish about which form to file, which filing status
to choose, taxable and nontaxable income and some of the more common tax
credits. Call 1-800-829-3676 to order.
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