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9 Ways to Get Help From the IRS
If you are in search of a convenient place to get answers when filing a tax return, IRS.gov is the place to look! Numerous tools and services are available 24/7. Here are some of the top ways to use IRS.gov:
Find Answers to Tax Questions. Type in a question or search terms in the Interactive Tax Assistant to find answers involving many common tax topics. You can also try the IRS Tax Map which has a list of tax law subjects to review, combining tax topics, forms, instructions and publications into one research tool!
Get Forms and Publications. Dozens of IRS publications and tax forms are available to view, download and print.
Use IRS Free File. Taxpayers earning $64,000 or less can prepare and e-file their taxes paperless for free using IRS Free-File.
Check on a Refund. The “Where’s My Refund?” tool and the IRS2Go mobile app are fast and easy ways to check on tax refunds.
Use IRS Direct Pay. Go to IRS.gov/directpay for a safe, easy and free way to pay a federal tax bill from a checking or savings account.
Apply for an IRS Payment Plan. If you can’t pay all your taxes at once, an IRS Online Payment Agreement can be an option.
Check Out a Charity. Use the IRS EO Select Check tool to donate to a qualified charity in order to deduct the donation on a tax return.
Calculate Tax Withholding. If you are a taxpayer who received a large refund or owed more taxes than expected, use the IRS Withholding Calculator tool to change your tax withholding.
Get a Transcript. If you do not have a copy of your tax return, you may use the Get Transcript self-help tool on IRS.gov to get a tax return transcript.
Beginning in 2017, taxpayers using a software product for the first time may need their Adjusted Gross Income from the previous year to verify their identity. Because of this, taxpayers should keep a copy of their tax return. Learn more about how to verify identity and electronically sign tax returns at Validating Your Electronically Filed Tax Return on IRS.gov.
For additional questions, always consult a Certified Public Accountant.
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