The IRS has a wealth of information and a number of tools available for free to the public. Sometimes the most difficult part can be finding what you need. Today we’ll go over a few key resources the IRS provides.
IRS Resources for Taxpayers
IRS Offices and Scheduling Appointments
The IRS has local offices in many cities throughout the United States. If you would like to speak with an IRS agent in person you can use the Office Locator tool on the IRS website to find your closest IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC).
Before you travel to your local TAC, the IRS reminds taxpayers to schedule an appointment by calling 844-545-5640. Once you have schedule your appointment, you should receive an automated email confirming the day and time of your appointment. You might also be able to resolve your issue by using one of the self-service options available on the IRS website.
Where’s My Refund?
Taxpayers are often curious when they will be receiving their refund after their return has been efiled. They can easily find out their return’s status by using the IRS’ “Where’s my Refund” tool.
An audio version of this tool is also available by calling 800-829-1954.
Need Answers to Tax Questions?
- Check out Publication 17, which covers a broad range of topics and updates on tax law changes.
- Use the Interactive Tax Assistant, which asks the taxpayer a series of questions and provides answers based on their input.
- If you have received a letter from the IRS visit the IRS website to find out what to do when a letter from the IRS arrives.
Need to Make a Payment?
- Use IRS Direct Pay on IRS.gov – a free, secure electronic payment method from a checking or savings account.
- Visit the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System for online and phone options.
- Pay when using tax software when e-filing, Taxpayers can pay online, by phone, or with a mobile device using the IRS2Go app.
- View their balance online or refer to the information in the notice they received to determine the amount owed. They can also access their tax account to view recent payment history.
- Make a cash payment in-person at more than 7,000 retail stores nationwide.
- Mail a personal, cashier’s check or money order made payable to “U.S. Treasury” along with a completed Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher. Taxpayers should never send cash.
Despite all of these resources talking to a tax professional can often be the best choice.
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