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Hr block state tax 2. Hr block state tax   Tax Shelters and Other Reportable Transactions Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Abusive Tax SheltersRules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Investor Reporting Penalties Whether To Invest Introduction Investments that yield tax benefits are sometimes called “tax shelters. Hr block state tax ” In some cases, Congress has concluded that the loss of revenue is an acceptable side effect of special tax provisions designed to encourage taxpayers to make certain types of investments. Hr block state tax In many cases, however, losses from tax shelters produce little or no benefit to society, or the tax benefits are exaggerated beyond those intended. Hr block state tax Those cases are called “abusive tax shelters. Hr block state tax ” An investment that is considered a tax shelter is subject to restrictions, including the requirement that it be disclosed, as discussed later. Hr block state tax Topics - This chapter discusses: Abusive Tax Shelters , Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , Investor Reporting , Penalties , and Whether To Invest . Hr block state tax Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules Form (and Instructions) 8275 Disclosure Statement 8275-R Regulation Disclosure Statement 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions 8886 Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. Hr block state tax Abusive Tax Shelters Abusive tax shelters are marketing schemes involving artificial transactions with little or no economic reality. Hr block state tax They often make use of unrealistic allocations, inflated appraisals, losses in connection with nonrecourse loans, mismatching of income and deductions, financing techniques that do not conform to standard commercial business practices, or mischaracterization of the substance of the transaction. Hr block state tax Despite appearances to the contrary, the taxpayer generally risks little. Hr block state tax Abusive tax shelters commonly involve package deals designed from the start to generate losses, deductions, or credits that will be far more than present or future investment. Hr block state tax Or, they may promise investors from the start that future inflated appraisals will enable them, for example, to reap charitable contribution deductions based on those appraisals. Hr block state tax (But see the appraisal requirements discussed under Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , later. Hr block state tax ) They are commonly marketed in terms of the ratio of tax deductions allegedly available to each dollar invested. Hr block state tax This ratio (or “write-off”) is frequently said to be several times greater than one-to-one. Hr block state tax Because there are many abusive tax shelters, it is not possible to list all the factors you should consider in determining whether an offering is an abusive tax shelter. Hr block state tax However, you should ask the following questions, which might provide a clue to the abusive nature of the plan. Hr block state tax Do the tax benefits far outweigh the economic benefits? Is this a transaction you would seriously consider, apart from the tax benefits, if you hoped to make a profit? Do shelter assets really exist and, if so, are they insured for less than their purchase price? Is there a nontax justification for the way profits and losses are allocated to partners? Do the facts and supporting documents make economic sense? In that connection, are there sales and resales of the tax shelter property at ever increasing prices? Does the investment plan involve a gimmick, device, or sham to hide the economic reality of the transaction? Does the promoter offer to backdate documents after the close of the year? Are you instructed to backdate checks covering your investment? Is your debt a real debt or are you assured by the promoter that you will never have to pay it? Does this transaction involve laundering United States source income through foreign corporations incorporated in a tax haven and owned by United States shareholders? Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Congress has enacted a series of income tax laws designed to halt the growth of abusive tax shelters. Hr block state tax These provisions include the following. Hr block state tax Disclosure of reportable transactions. Hr block state tax   You must disclose information for each reportable transaction in which you participate. Hr block state tax See Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement , later. Hr block state tax   Material advisors with respect to any reportable transaction must disclose information about the transaction on Form 8918, Material Advisor Disclosure Statement. Hr block state tax To determine whether you are a material advisor to a transaction, see the Instructions for Form 8918. Hr block state tax   Material advisors will receive a reportable transaction number for the disclosed reportable transaction. Hr block state tax They must provide this number to all persons to whom they acted as a material advisor. Hr block state tax They must provide the number at the time the transaction is entered into. Hr block state tax If they do not have the number at that time, they must provide it within 60 days from the date the number is mailed to them. Hr block state tax For information on penalties for failure to disclose and failure to maintain lists, see Internal Revenue Code sections 6707, 6707A, and 6708. Hr block state tax Requirement to maintain list. Hr block state tax   Material advisors must maintain a list of persons to whom they provide material aid, assistance, or advice on any reportable transaction. Hr block state tax The list must be available for inspection by the IRS, and the information required to be included on the list generally must be kept for 7 years. Hr block state tax See Regulations section 301. Hr block state tax 6112-1 for more information (including what information is required to be included on the list). Hr block state tax Confidentiality privilege. Hr block state tax   The confidentiality privilege between you and a federally authorized tax practitioner does not apply to written communications made after October 21, 2004, regarding the promotion of your direct or indirect participation in any tax shelter. Hr block state tax Appraisal requirement for donated property. Hr block state tax   If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for an item or group of similar items of donated property, you generally must get a qualified appraisal from a qualified appraiser and complete and attach section B of Form 8283 to your return. Hr block state tax If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for the donated property, you generally must attach the qualified appraisal to your return. Hr block state tax If you file electronically, see Form 8453, U. Hr block state tax S. Hr block state tax Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and its instructions. Hr block state tax For more information about appraisals, including exceptions, see Publication 561. Hr block state tax Passive activity loss and credit limits. Hr block state tax   The passive activity loss and credit rules limit the amount of losses and credits that can be claimed from passive activities and limit the amount that can offset nonpassive income, such as certain portfolio income from investments. Hr block state tax For more detailed information about determining and reporting income, losses, and credits from passive activities, see Publication 925. Hr block state tax Interest on penalties. Hr block state tax   If you are assessed an accuracy-related or civil fraud penalty (as discussed under Penalties , later), interest will be imposed on the amount of the penalty from the due date of the return (including any extensions) to the date you pay the penalty. Hr block state tax Accounting method restriction. Hr block state tax   Tax shelters generally cannot use the cash method of accounting. Hr block state tax Uniform capitalization rules. Hr block state tax   The uniform capitalization rules generally apply to producing property or acquiring it for resale. Hr block state tax Under those rules, the direct cost and part of the indirect cost of the property must be capitalized or included in inventory. Hr block state tax For more information, see Publication 538. Hr block state tax Denial of deduction for interest on an underpayment due to a reportable transaction. Hr block state tax   You cannot deduct any interest you paid or accrued on any part of an underpayment of tax due to an understatement arising from a reportable transaction (discussed later) if the relevant facts affecting the tax treatment of the item are not adequately disclosed. Hr block state tax This rule applies to reportable transactions entered into in tax years beginning after October 22, 2004. Hr block state tax Authority for Disallowance of Tax Benefits The IRS has published guidance concluding that the claimed tax benefits of various abusive tax shelters should be disallowed. Hr block state tax The guidance is the conclusion of the IRS on how the law is applied to a particular set of facts. Hr block state tax Guidance is published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin for taxpayers' information and also for use by IRS officials. Hr block state tax So, if your return is examined and an abusive tax shelter is identified and challenged, published guidance dealing with that type of shelter, which disallows certain claimed tax shelter benefits, could serve as the basis for the examining official's challenge of the tax benefits you claimed. Hr block state tax In such a case, the examiner will not compromise even if you or your representative believes you have authority for the positions taken on your tax return. Hr block state tax The courts have generally been unsympathetic to taxpayers involved in abusive tax shelter schemes and have ruled in favor of the IRS in the majority of the cases in which these shelters have been challenged. Hr block state tax Investor Reporting You may be required to file a reportable transaction disclosure statement. Hr block state tax Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement Use Form 8886 to disclose information for each reportable transaction (discussed later) in which you participated. Hr block state tax Generally, you must attach Form 8886 to your return for each tax year in which you participated in the transaction. Hr block state tax Under certain circumstances, a transaction must be disclosed within 90 days of the transaction being identified as a listed transaction or a transaction of interest (discussed later). Hr block state tax In addition, for the first year Form 8886 is attached to your return, you must send a copy of the form to: Internal Revenue Service OTSA Mail Stop 4915 1973 North Rulon White Blvd. Hr block state tax  Ogden, UT 84404 If you file your return electronically, the copy sent to OTSA must show exactly the same information, word for word, provided with the electronically filed return and it must be provided on the official IRS Form 8886 or an exact copy of the form. Hr block state tax If you use a computer-generated or substitute Form 8886, it must be an exact copy of the official IRS form. Hr block state tax If you fail to file Form 8886 as required or fail to include any required information on the form, you may have to pay a penalty. Hr block state tax See Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction , later under Penalties. Hr block state tax The following discussion briefly describes reportable transactions. Hr block state tax For more details, see the Instructions for Form 8886. Hr block state tax Reportable transaction. Hr block state tax   A reportable transaction is any of the following. Hr block state tax A listed transaction. Hr block state tax A confidential transaction. Hr block state tax A transaction with contractual protection. Hr block state tax A loss transaction. Hr block state tax A transaction of interest entered into after November 1, 2006. Hr block state tax Note. Hr block state tax Transactions with a brief asset holding period were removed from the definition of reportable transaction for transactions entered into after August 2, 2007. Hr block state tax Listed transaction. Hr block state tax   A listed transaction is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions the IRS has determined to be a tax-avoidance transaction. Hr block state tax These transactions have been identified in notices, regulations, and other published guidance issued by the IRS. Hr block state tax For a list of existing guidance, see Notice 2009-59 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2009-31, available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2009-31_IRB/ar07. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax Confidential transaction. Hr block state tax   A confidential transaction is offered to you under conditions of confidentiality and for which you have paid an advisor a minimum fee. Hr block state tax A transaction is offered under conditions of confidentiality if the advisor who is paid the fee places a limit on your disclosure of the tax treatment or tax structure of the transaction and the limit protects the confidentiality of the advisor's tax strategies. Hr block state tax The transaction is treated as confidential even if the conditions of confidentiality are not legally binding on you. Hr block state tax Transaction with contractual protection. Hr block state tax   Generally, a transaction with contractual protection is one in which you or a related party has the right to a full or partial refund of fees if all or part of the intended tax consequences of the transaction are not sustained, or a transaction for which the fees are contingent on your realizing the tax benefits from the transaction. Hr block state tax For information on exceptions, see Revenue Procedure 2007-20 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-7, available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2007-07_IRB/ar15. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax Loss transaction. Hr block state tax   For individuals, a loss transaction is one that results in a deductible loss if the gross amount of the loss is at least $2 million in a single tax year or $4 million in any combination of tax years. Hr block state tax A loss from a foreign currency transaction under Internal Revenue Code section 988 is a loss transaction if the gross amount of the loss is at least $50,000 in a single tax year, whether or not the loss flows through from an S corporation or partnership. Hr block state tax   Certain losses (such as losses from casualties, thefts, and condemnations) are excepted from this category and do not have to be reported on Form 8886. Hr block state tax For information on other exceptions, see Revenue Procedure 2004-66 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2004-50, as modified and superseded by Revenue Procedure 2013-11, (or future published guidance) available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2004-50_IRB/ar11. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax Transaction of interest. Hr block state tax   A transaction of interest is a transaction entered into after November 1, 2006, that is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions that the IRS has identified by notice, regulation, or other form of published guidance as a transaction of interest. Hr block state tax The IRS has identified the following transactions of interest. Hr block state tax “Toggling” grantor trusts as described in Notice 2007-73, 2007-36 I. Hr block state tax R. Hr block state tax B. Hr block state tax 545, available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2007-36_IRB/ar20. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax Certain transactions involving contributions of a successor member interest in a limited liability company as described in Notice 2007-72, 2007-36 I. Hr block state tax R. Hr block state tax B. Hr block state tax 544, available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2007-36_IRB/ar19. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax Certain transactions involving the sale or other disposition of all interests in a charitable remainder trust and claiming little or no taxable gain as described in Notice 2008-99, 2008-47 I. Hr block state tax R. Hr block state tax B. Hr block state tax 1194, available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2008-47_IRB/ar11. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax Certain transactions involving a U. Hr block state tax S. Hr block state tax taxpayer owning controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) that hold stock of a lower-tier CFC through a domestic partnership to avoid reporting income as described in Notice 2009-7, 2009-3 I. Hr block state tax R. Hr block state tax B. Hr block state tax 312, available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2009-03_IRB/ar10. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax   For updates to this list, go to www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/Businesses/Corporations/Abusive-Tax-Shelters-and-Transactions. Hr block state tax Penalties Investing in an abusive tax shelter may lead to substantial expenses. Hr block state tax First, the promoter generally charges a substantial fee. Hr block state tax If your return is examined by the IRS and a tax deficiency is determined, you will be faced with payment of more tax, interest on the underpayment, possibly a 20%, 30%, or even 40% accuracy-related penalty, or a 75% civil fraud penalty. Hr block state tax You may also be subject to the penalty for failure to pay tax. Hr block state tax These penalties are explained in the following paragraphs. Hr block state tax Accuracy-related penalties. Hr block state tax   An accuracy-related penalty of 20% can be imposed for underpayments of tax due to: Negligence or disregard of rules or regulations, Substantial understatement of tax, Substantial valuation misstatement (increased to 40% for gross valuation misstatement), Transaction lacking economic substance (increased to 40% for undisclosed transaction lacking economic substance), or Undisclosed foreign financial asset understatement (40% in all cases). Hr block state tax Except for a transaction lacking economic substance, this penalty will not be imposed if you can show you had reasonable cause for any understatement of tax and that you acted in good faith. Hr block state tax Your failure to disclose a reportable transaction is a strong indication that you failed to act in good faith. Hr block state tax   If you are charged an accuracy-related penalty, interest will be imposed on the amount of the penalty from the due date of the return (including extensions) to the date you pay the penalty. Hr block state tax   The 20% penalties do not apply to any underpayment attributable to a reportable transaction understatement subject to an accuracy-related penalty (discussed later). Hr block state tax Negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Hr block state tax   The penalty for negligence or disregard of rules or regulations is imposed only on the part of the underpayment due to negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Hr block state tax The penalty will not be charged if you can show you had reasonable cause for understating your tax and that you acted in good faith. Hr block state tax    Negligence includes any failure to make a reasonable attempt to comply with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Hr block state tax It also includes any failure to keep adequate books and records. Hr block state tax A return position that has a reasonable basis is not negligence. Hr block state tax   Disregard includes any careless, reckless, or intentional disregard of rules or regulations. Hr block state tax   The penalty for disregard of rules and regulations can be avoided if all the following are true. Hr block state tax You keep adequate books and records. Hr block state tax You have a reasonable basis for your position on the tax issue. Hr block state tax You make an adequate disclosure of your position. Hr block state tax Use Form 8275 to make your disclosure and attach it to your return. Hr block state tax To disclose a position contrary to a regulation, use Form 8275-R. Hr block state tax Use Form 8886 to disclose a reportable transaction (discussed earlier). Hr block state tax Substantial understatement of tax. Hr block state tax   An understatement is considered to be substantial if it is more than the greater of: 10% of the tax required to be shown on the return, or $5,000. Hr block state tax An “understatement” is the amount of tax required to be shown on your return for a tax year minus the amount of tax shown on the return, reduced by any rebates. Hr block state tax The term “rebate” generally means a decrease in the tax shown on your original return as the result of your filing an amended return or claim for refund. Hr block state tax   For items other than tax shelters, you can file Form 8275 or Form 8275-R to disclose items that could cause a substantial understatement of income tax. Hr block state tax In that way, you can avoid the substantial understatement penalty if you have a reasonable basis for your position on the tax issue. Hr block state tax Disclosure of the tax shelter item on a tax return does not reduce the amount of the understatement. Hr block state tax   Also, the understatement penalty will not be imposed if you can show there was reasonable cause for the underpayment caused by the understatement and that you acted in good faith. Hr block state tax An important factor in establishing reasonable cause and good faith will be the extent of your effort to determine your proper tax liability under the law. Hr block state tax Substantial valuation misstatement. Hr block state tax   In general, you are liable for a 20% penalty for a substantial valuation misstatement if all the following are true. Hr block state tax The value or adjusted basis of any property claimed on the return is 150% or more of the correct amount. Hr block state tax You underpaid your tax by more than $5,000 because of the misstatement. Hr block state tax You cannot establish that you had reasonable cause for the underpayment and that you acted in good faith. Hr block state tax   You may be assessed a penalty of 40% for a gross valuation misstatement. Hr block state tax If you misstate the value or the adjusted basis of property by 200% or more of the amount determined to be correct, you will be assessed a penalty of 40%, instead of 20%, of the amount you underpaid because of the gross valuation misstatement. Hr block state tax The penalty rate is also 40% if the property's correct value or adjusted basis is zero. Hr block state tax Transaction lacking economic substance. Hr block state tax   The economic substance doctrine only applies to an individual that entered into a transaction in connection with a trade or business or an activity engaged in for the production of income. Hr block state tax For transactions entered into after March 30, 2010, a transaction has economic substance for you as an individual taxpayer only if: The transaction changes your economic position in a meaningful way (apart from federal income tax effects), or You have a substantial purpose (apart from federal income tax effects) for entering into the transaction. Hr block state tax   For purposes of determining whether economic substance exists, a transaction's profit potential will only be taken into account if the present value of the reasonably expected pre-tax profit from the transaction is substantial compared to the present value of the expected net tax benefits that would be allowed if the transaction were respected. Hr block state tax   If any part of your underpayment is due to any disallowance of claimed tax benefits by reason of a transaction lacking economic substance or failing to meet the requirements of any similar rule of law, that part of your underpayment will be subject to the 20% accuracy-related penalty even if you had a reasonable cause and acted in good faith concerning that part. Hr block state tax   Additionally, the penalty increases to 40% if you do not adequately disclose on your return or in a statement attached to your return the relevant facts affecting the tax treatment of a transaction that lacks economic substance. Hr block state tax Relevant facts include any facts affecting the tax treatment of the transaction. Hr block state tax    Any excessive amount of an erroneous claim for an income tax refund or credit (other than a refund or credit related to the earned income credit) that results from a transaction found to be lacking economic substance will not be treated as having a reasonable basis and could be subject to a 20% penalty. Hr block state tax Undisclosed foreign financial asset understatement. Hr block state tax   For tax years beginning after March 18, 2010, you may be liable for a 40% penalty for an understatement of your tax liability due to an undisclosed foreign financial asset. Hr block state tax An undisclosed foreign financial asset is any asset for which an information return, required to be provided under Internal Revenue Code section 6038, 6038B, 6038D, 6046A, or 6048 for any taxable year, is not provided. Hr block state tax The penalty applies to any part of an underpayment related to the following undisclosed foreign financial assets. Hr block state tax Any foreign business you control, reportable on Form 5471, Information Return of U. Hr block state tax S. Hr block state tax Persons With Respect To Certain Foreign Corporations, or Form 8865, Return of U. Hr block state tax S. Hr block state tax Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships. Hr block state tax Certain transfers of property to a foreign corporation or partnership, reportable on Form 926, Return by a U. Hr block state tax S. Hr block state tax Transferor of Property to a Foreign Corporation, or certain distributions to a foreign person, reportable on Form 8865. Hr block state tax Your ownership interest in certain foreign financial assets, temporarily reportable on Form 8275 or 8275-R. Hr block state tax    Instead of, or in addition to, Form 8275 or 8275-R, you may have to file Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets, with your tax return. Hr block state tax See the Instructions for Form 8938 for details. Hr block state tax    Your acquisition, disposition, or substantial change in ownership interest in a foreign partnership, reportable on Form 8865. Hr block state tax Creation or transfer of money or property to certain foreign trusts, reportable on Form 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts. Hr block state tax Penalty for incorrect appraisals. Hr block state tax   The person who prepares an appraisal of the value of property may have to pay a penalty if: He or she knows, or reasonably should have known, that the appraisal would be used in connection with a return or claim for refund; and The claimed value of the property on a return or claim for refund based on that appraisal results in a substantial valuation misstatement or a gross valuation misstatement as discussed earlier. Hr block state tax For details on the penalty amount and exceptions, see Publication 561. Hr block state tax Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction. Hr block state tax   If you fail to include any required information regarding a reportable transaction (discussed earlier) on a return or statement, you may have to pay a penalty of 75% of the decrease in tax shown on your return as a result of such transaction (or that would have resulted if the transaction were respected for federal tax purposes). Hr block state tax For an individual, the minimum penalty is $5,000 and the maximum is $10,000 (or $100,000 for a listed transaction). Hr block state tax This penalty is in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed. Hr block state tax   The IRS may rescind or abate the penalty for failing to disclose a reportable transaction under certain limited circumstances but cannot rescind the penalty for failing to disclose a listed transaction. Hr block state tax For information on rescission, see Revenue Procedure 2007-21 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-9 available at www. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov/irb/2007-09_IRB/ar12. Hr block state tax html. Hr block state tax Accuracy-related penalty for a reportable transaction understatement. Hr block state tax   If you have a reportable transaction understatement, you may have to pay a penalty equal to 20% of the amount of that understatement. Hr block state tax This applies to any item due to a listed transaction or other reportable transaction with a significant purpose of avoiding or evading federal income tax. Hr block state tax The penalty is 30% rather than 20% for the part of any reportable transaction understatement if the transaction was not properly disclosed. Hr block state tax You may not have to pay the 20% penalty if you meet the strengthened reasonable cause and good faith exception. Hr block state tax The reasonable cause and good faith exception does not apply to any part of a reportable transaction understatement attributable to one or more transactions that lack economic substance. Hr block state tax   This penalty does not apply to the part of an understatement on which the fraud penalty, gross valuation misstatement penalty, or penalty for nondisclosure of noneconomic substance transactions is imposed. Hr block state tax Civil fraud penalty. Hr block state tax   If any underpayment of tax on your return is due to fraud, a penalty of 75% of the underpayment will be added to your tax. Hr block state tax Joint return. Hr block state tax   The fraud penalty on a joint return applies to a spouse only if some part of the underpayment is due to the fraud of that spouse. Hr block state tax Failure to pay tax. Hr block state tax   If a deficiency is assessed and is not paid within 10 days of the demand for payment, an investor can be penalized with up to a 25% addition to tax if the failure to pay continues. Hr block state tax Whether To Invest In light of the adverse tax consequences and the substantial amount of penalties and interest that will result if the claimed tax benefits are disallowed, you should consider tax shelter investments carefully and seek competent legal and financial advice. Hr block state tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Hr block state tax 7. Hr block state tax   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Hr block state tax Free help with your tax return. Hr block state tax   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Hr block state tax The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Hr block state tax The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Hr block state tax Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Hr block state tax In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Hr block state tax To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Hr block state tax gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Hr block state tax   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Hr block state tax To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Hr block state tax aarp. Hr block state tax org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Hr block state tax For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Hr block state tax gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Hr block state tax Internet. Hr block state tax    IRS. Hr block state tax gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hr block state tax Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Hr block state tax Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Hr block state tax Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Hr block state tax gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Hr block state tax The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Hr block state tax Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Hr block state tax You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Hr block state tax The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Hr block state tax Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Hr block state tax No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Hr block state tax The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Hr block state tax When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Hr block state tax New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Hr block state tax  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Hr block state tax gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Hr block state tax You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Hr block state tax The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Hr block state tax When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Hr block state tax Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Hr block state tax You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Hr block state tax Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Hr block state tax gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Hr block state tax Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Hr block state tax Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Hr block state tax Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Hr block state tax If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. Hr block state tax Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Hr block state tax gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Hr block state tax You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Hr block state tax It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Hr block state tax Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Hr block state tax gov. Hr block state tax Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Hr block state tax gov for more information. Hr block state tax Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Hr block state tax Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Hr block state tax gov. Hr block state tax Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Hr block state tax Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Hr block state tax gov. Hr block state tax Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Hr block state tax gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Hr block state tax Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Hr block state tax Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Hr block state tax gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Hr block state tax An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Hr block state tax Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Hr block state tax gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Hr block state tax If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Hr block state tax Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Hr block state tax Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Hr block state tax Go to IRS. Hr block state tax gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Hr block state tax Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Hr block state tax Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Hr block state tax Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Hr block state tax Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Hr block state tax gov and choose from a variety of options. Hr block state tax Phone. Hr block state tax    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Hr block state tax Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Hr block state tax Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Hr block state tax gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Hr block state tax Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Hr block state tax The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Hr block state tax Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Hr block state tax Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Hr block state tax Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Hr block state tax Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Hr block state tax If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Hr block state tax The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Hr block state tax Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Hr block state tax Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Hr block state tax The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Hr block state tax Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Hr block state tax Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Hr block state tax Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Hr block state tax You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Hr block state tax It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Hr block state tax Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Hr block state tax You should receive your order within 10 business days. Hr block state tax Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Hr block state tax If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Hr block state tax Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Hr block state tax The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Hr block state tax These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Hr block state tax Walk-in. Hr block state tax   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Hr block state tax Products. Hr block state tax You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Hr block state tax Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Hr block state tax Services. Hr block state tax You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Hr block state tax An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Hr block state tax Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Hr block state tax gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Hr block state tax Mail. Hr block state tax   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Hr block state tax You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Hr block state tax Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Hr block state tax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Hr block state tax The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Hr block state tax Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Hr block state tax   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Hr block state tax We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Hr block state tax You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Hr block state tax You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Hr block state tax   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Hr block state tax Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Hr block state tax Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Hr block state tax Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Hr block state tax We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Hr block state tax   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Hr block state tax   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Hr block state tax If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Hr block state tax Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Hr block state tax   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. Hr block state tax Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Hr block state tax Visit www. Hr block state tax TaxpayerAdvocate. Hr block state tax irs. Hr block state tax gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Hr block state tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications