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Irse file 18. Irse file   Alimony Table of Contents IntroductionSpouse or former spouse. Irse file Divorce or separation instrument. Irse file Useful Items - You may want to see: General RulesMortgage payments. Irse file Taxes and insurance. Irse file Other payments to a third party. Irse file Instruments Executed After 1984Payments to a third party. Irse file Exception. Irse file Substitute payments. Irse file Specifically designated as child support. Irse file Contingency relating to your child. Irse file Clearly associated with a contingency. Irse file How To Deduct Alimony Paid How To Report Alimony Received Recapture Rule Introduction This chapter discusses the rules that apply if you pay or receive alimony. Irse file It covers the following topics. Irse file What payments are alimony. Irse file What payments are not alimony, such as child support. Irse file How to deduct alimony you paid. Irse file How to report alimony you received as income. Irse file Whether you must recapture the tax benefits of alimony. Irse file Recapture means adding back in your income all or part of a deduction you took in a prior year. Irse file Alimony is a payment to or for a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation instrument. Irse file It does not include voluntary payments that are not made under a divorce or separation instrument. Irse file Alimony is deductible by the payer and must be included in the spouse's or former spouse's income. Irse file Although this chapter is generally written for the payer of the alimony, the recipient can use the information to determine whether an amount received is alimony. Irse file To be alimony, a payment must meet certain requirements. Irse file Different requirements generally apply to payments under instruments executed after 1984 and to payments under instruments executed before 1985. Irse file This chapter discusses the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Irse file If you need the rules for payments under pre-1985 instruments, get and keep a copy of the 2004 version of Publication 504. Irse file That was the last year the information on pre-1985 instruments was included in Publication 504. Irse file Use Table 18-1 in this chapter as a guide to determine whether certain payments are considered alimony. Irse file Definitions. Irse file   The following definitions apply throughout this chapter. Irse file Spouse or former spouse. Irse file   Unless otherwise stated, the term “spouse” includes former spouse. Irse file Divorce or separation instrument. Irse file   The term “divorce or separation instrument” means: A decree of divorce or separate maintenance or a written instrument incident to that decree, A written separation agreement, or A decree or any type of court order requiring a spouse to make payments for the support or maintenance of the other spouse. Irse file This includes a temporary decree, an interlocutory (not final) decree, and a decree of alimony pendente lite (while awaiting action on the final decree or agreement). Irse file Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 504 Divorced or Separated Individuals General Rules The following rules apply to alimony regardless of when the divorce or separation instrument was executed. Irse file Payments not alimony. Irse file   Not all payments under a divorce or separation instrument are alimony. Irse file Alimony does not include: Child support, Noncash property settlements, Payments that are your spouse's part of community income, as explained under Community Property in Publication 504, Payments to keep up the payer's property, or Use of the payer's property. Irse file Payments to a third party. Irse file   Cash payments, checks, or money orders to a third party on behalf of your spouse under the terms of your divorce or separation instrument can be alimony, if they otherwise qualify. Irse file These include payments for your spouse's medical expenses, housing costs (rent, utilities, etc. Irse file ), taxes, tuition, etc. Irse file The payments are treated as received by your spouse and then paid to the third party. Irse file Life insurance premiums. Irse file   Alimony includes premiums you must pay under your divorce or separation instrument for insurance on your life to the extent your spouse owns the policy. Irse file Payments for jointly-owned home. Irse file   If your divorce or separation instrument states that you must pay expenses for a home owned by you and your spouse, some of your payments may be alimony. Irse file Mortgage payments. Irse file   If you must pay all the mortgage payments (principal and interest) on a jointly-owned home, and they otherwise qualify as alimony, you can deduct one-half of the total payments as alimony. Irse file If you itemize deductions and the home is a qualified home, you can claim one-half of the interest in figuring your deductible interest. Irse file Your spouse must report one-half of the payments as alimony received. Irse file If your spouse itemizes deductions and the home is a qualified home, he or she can claim one-half of the interest on the mortgage in figuring deductible interest. Irse file Taxes and insurance. Irse file   If you must pay all the real estate taxes or insurance on a home held as tenants in common, you can deduct one-half of these payments as alimony. Irse file Your spouse must report one-half of these payments as alimony received. Irse file If you and your spouse itemize deductions, you can each claim one-half of the real estate taxes and none of the home insurance. Irse file    If your home is held as tenants by the entirety or joint tenants, none of your payments for taxes or insurance are alimony. Irse file But if you itemize deductions, you can claim all of the real estate taxes and none of the home insurance. Irse file Other payments to a third party. Irse file   If you made other third-party payments, see Publication 504 to see whether any part of the payments qualifies as alimony. Irse file Instruments Executed After 1984 The following rules for alimony apply to payments under divorce or separation instruments executed after 1984. Irse file Exception for instruments executed before 1985. Irse file   There are two situations where the rules for instruments executed after 1984 apply to instruments executed before 1985. Irse file A divorce or separation instrument executed before 1985 and then modified after 1984 to specify that the after-1984 rules will apply. Irse file A temporary divorce or separation instrument executed before 1985 and incorporated into, or adopted by, a final decree executed after 1984 that: Changes the amount or period of payment, or Adds or deletes any contingency or condition. Irse file   For the rules for alimony payments under pre-1985 instruments not meeting these exceptions, get the 2004 version of Publication 504 at www. Irse file irs. Irse file gov/pub504. Irse file Example 1. Irse file In November 1984, you and your former spouse executed a written separation agreement. Irse file In February 1985, a decree of divorce was substituted for the written separation agreement. Irse file The decree of divorce did not change the terms for the alimony you pay your former spouse. Irse file The decree of divorce is treated as executed before 1985. Irse file Alimony payments under this decree are not subject to the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Irse file Example 2. Irse file Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that the decree of divorce changed the amount of the alimony. Irse file In this example, the decree of divorce is not treated as executed before 1985. Irse file The alimony payments are subject to the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Irse file Alimony requirements. Irse file   A payment to or for a spouse under a divorce or separation instrument is alimony if the spouses do not file a joint return with each other and all the following requirements are met. Irse file The payment is in cash. Irse file The instrument does not designate the payment as not alimony. Irse file Spouses legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance are not members of the same household. Irse file There is no liability to make any payment (in cash or property) after the death of the recipient spouse. Irse file The payment is not treated as child support. Irse file Each of these requirements is discussed below. Irse file Cash payment requirement. Irse file   Only cash payments, including checks and money orders, qualify as alimony. Irse file The following do not qualify as alimony. Irse file Transfers of services or property (including a debt instrument of a third party or an annuity contract). Irse file Execution of a debt instrument by the payer. Irse file The use of the payer's property. Irse file Payments to a third party. Irse file   Cash payments to a third party under the terms of your divorce or separation instrument can qualify as cash payments to your spouse. Irse file See Payments to a third party under General Rules, earlier. Irse file   Also, cash payments made to a third party at the written request of your spouse may qualify as alimony if all the following requirements are met. Irse file The payments are in lieu of payments of alimony directly to your spouse. Irse file The written request states that both spouses intend the payments to be treated as alimony. Irse file You receive the written request from your spouse before you file your return for the year you made the payments. Irse file Payments designated as not alimony. Irse file   You and your spouse can designate that otherwise qualifying payments are not alimony. Irse file You do this by including a provision in your divorce or separation instrument that states the payments are not deductible as alimony by you and are excludable from your spouse's income. Irse file For this purpose, any instrument (written statement) signed by both of you that makes this designation and that refers to a previous written separation agreement is treated as a written separation agreement (and therefore a divorce or separation instrument). Irse file If you are subject to temporary support orders, the designation must be made in the original or a later temporary support order. Irse file   Your spouse can exclude the payments from income only if he or she attaches a copy of the instrument designating them as not alimony to his or her return. Irse file The copy must be attached each year the designation applies. Irse file Spouses cannot be members of the same household. Irse file    Payments to your spouse while you are members of the same household are not alimony if you are legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Irse file A home you formerly shared is considered one household, even if you physically separate yourselves in the home. Irse file   You are not treated as members of the same household if one of you is preparing to leave the household and does leave no later than 1 month after the date of the payment. Irse file Exception. Irse file   If you are not legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, a payment under a written separation agreement, support decree, or other court order may qualify as alimony even if you are members of the same household when the payment is made. Irse file Table 18-1. Irse file Alimony Requirements (Instruments Executed After 1984) Payments ARE alimony if all of the following are true: Payments are NOT alimony if any of the following are true: Payments are required by a divorce or separation instrument. Irse file Payments are not required by a divorce or separation instrument. Irse file Payer and recipient spouse do not file a joint return with each other. Irse file Payer and recipient spouse file a joint return with each other. Irse file Payment is in cash (including checks or money orders). Irse file Payment is: Not in cash, A noncash property settlement, Spouse's part of community income, or To keep up the payer's property. Irse file Payment is not designated in the instrument as not alimony. Irse file Payment is designated in the instrument as not alimony. Irse file Spouses legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance are not members of the same household. Irse file Spouses legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance are members of the same household. Irse file Payments are not required after death of the recipient spouse. Irse file Payments are required after death of the recipient spouse. Irse file Payment is not treated as child support. Irse file Payment is treated as child support. Irse file These payments are deductible by the payer and includible in income by the recipient. Irse file These payments are neither deductible by the payer nor includible in income by the recipient. Irse file Liability for payments after death of recipient spouse. Irse file   If any part of payments you make must continue to be made for any period after your spouse's death, that part of your payments is not alimony, whether made before or after the death. Irse file If all of the payments would continue, then none of the payments made before or after the death are alimony. Irse file   The divorce or separation instrument does not have to expressly state that the payments cease upon the death of your spouse if, for example, the liability for continued payments would end under state law. Irse file Example. Irse file You must pay your former spouse $10,000 in cash each year for 10 years. Irse file Your divorce decree states that the payments will end upon your former spouse's death. Irse file You must also pay your former spouse or your former spouse's estate $20,000 in cash each year for 10 years. Irse file The death of your spouse would not terminate these payments under state law. Irse file The $10,000 annual payments may qualify as alimony. Irse file The $20,000 annual payments that do not end upon your former spouse's death are not alimony. Irse file Substitute payments. Irse file   If you must make any payments in cash or property after your spouse's death as a substitute for continuing otherwise qualifying payments before the death, the otherwise qualifying payments are not alimony. Irse file To the extent that your payments begin, accelerate, or increase because of the death of your spouse, otherwise qualifying payments you made may be treated as payments that were not alimony. Irse file Whether or not such payments will be treated as not alimony depends on all the facts and circumstances. Irse file Example 1. Irse file Under your divorce decree, you must pay your former spouse $30,000 annually. Irse file The payments will stop at the end of 6 years or upon your former spouse's death, if earlier. Irse file Your former spouse has custody of your minor children. Irse file The decree provides that if any child is still a minor at your spouse's death, you must pay $10,000 annually to a trust until the youngest child reaches the age of majority. Irse file The trust income and corpus (principal) are to be used for your children's benefit. Irse file These facts indicate that the payments to be made after your former spouse's death are a substitute for $10,000 of the $30,000 annual payments. Irse file Of each of the $30,000 annual payments, $10,000 is not alimony. Irse file Example 2. Irse file Under your divorce decree, you must pay your former spouse $30,000 annually. Irse file The payments will stop at the end of 15 years or upon your former spouse's death, if earlier. Irse file The decree provides that if your former spouse dies before the end of the 15-year period, you must pay the estate the difference between $450,000 ($30,000 × 15) and the total amount paid up to that time. Irse file For example, if your spouse dies at the end of the tenth year, you must pay the estate $150,000 ($450,000 − $300,000). Irse file These facts indicate that the lump-sum payment to be made after your former spouse's death is a substitute for the full amount of the $30,000 annual payments. Irse file None of the annual payments are alimony. Irse file The result would be the same if the payment required at death were to be discounted by an appropriate interest factor to account for the prepayment. Irse file Child support. Irse file   A payment that is specifically designated as child support or treated as specifically designated as child support under your divorce or separation instrument is not alimony. Irse file The amount of child support may vary over time. Irse file Child support payments are not deductible by the payer and are not taxable to the recipient. Irse file Specifically designated as child support. Irse file   A payment will be treated as specifically designated as child support to the extent that the payment is reduced either: On the happening of a contingency relating to your child, or At a time that can be clearly associated with the contingency. Irse file A payment may be treated as specifically designated as child support even if other separate payments are specifically designated as child support. Irse file Contingency relating to your child. Irse file   A contingency relates to your child if it depends on any event relating to that child. Irse file It does not matter whether the event is certain or likely to occur. Irse file Events relating to your child include the child's: Becoming employed, Dying, Leaving the household, Leaving school, Marrying, or Reaching a specified age or income level. Irse file Clearly associated with a contingency. Irse file   Payments that would otherwise qualify as alimony are presumed to be reduced at a time clearly associated with the happening of a contingency relating to your child only in the following situations. Irse file The payments are to be reduced not more than 6 months before or after the date the child will reach 18, 21, or local age of majority. Irse file The payments are to be reduced on two or more occasions that occur not more than 1 year before or after a different one of your children reaches a certain age from 18 to 24. Irse file This certain age must be the same for each child, but need not be a whole number of years. Irse file In all other situations, reductions in payments are not treated as clearly associated with the happening of a contingency relating to your child. Irse file   Either you or the IRS can overcome the presumption in the two situations above. Irse file This is done by showing that the time at which the payments are to be reduced was determined independently of any contingencies relating to your children. Irse file For example, if you can show that the period of alimony payments is customary in the local jurisdiction, such as a period equal to one-half of the duration of the marriage, you can overcome the presumption and may be able to treat the amount as alimony. Irse file How To Deduct Alimony Paid You can deduct alimony you paid, whether or not you itemize deductions on your return. Irse file You must file Form 1040. Irse file You cannot use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Irse file Enter the amount of alimony you paid on Form 1040, line 31a. Irse file In the space provided on line 31b, enter your spouse's social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Irse file If you paid alimony to more than one person, enter the SSN or ITIN of one of the recipients. Irse file Show the SSN or ITIN and amount paid to each other recipient on an attached statement. Irse file Enter your total payments on line 31a. Irse file You must provide your spouse's SSN or ITIN. Irse file If you do not, you may have to pay a $50 penalty and your deduction may be disallowed. Irse file For more information on SSNs and ITINs, see Social Security Number (SSN) in chapter 1. Irse file How To Report Alimony Received Report alimony you received as income on Form 1040, line 11. Irse file You cannot use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Irse file You must give the person who paid the alimony your SSN or ITIN. Irse file If you do not, you may have to pay a $50 penalty. Irse file Recapture Rule If your alimony payments decrease or end during the first 3 calendar years, you may be subject to the recapture rule. Irse file If you are subject to this rule, you have to include in income in the third year part of the alimony payments you previously deducted. Irse file Your spouse can deduct in the third year part of the alimony payments he or she previously included in income. Irse file The 3-year period starts with the first calendar year you make a payment qualifying as alimony under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance or a written separation agreement. Irse file Do not include any time in which payments were being made under temporary support orders. Irse file The second and third years are the next 2 calendar years, whether or not payments are made during those years. Irse file The reasons for a reduction or end of alimony payments that can require a recapture include: A change in your divorce or separation instrument, A failure to make timely payments, A reduction in your ability to provide support, or A reduction in your spouse's support needs. Irse file When to apply the recapture rule. Irse file   You are subject to the recapture rule in the third year if the alimony you pay in the third year decreases by more than $15,000 from the second year or the alimony you pay in the second and third years decreases significantly from the alimony you pay in the first year. Irse file   When you figure a decrease in alimony, do not include the following amounts. Irse file Payments made under a temporary support order. Irse file Payments required over a period of at least 3 calendar years that vary because they are a fixed part of your income from a business or property, or from compensation for employment or self-employment. Irse file Payments that decrease because of the death of either spouse or the remarriage of the spouse receiving the payments before the end of the third year. Irse file Figuring the recapture. Irse file   You can use Worksheet 1 in Publication 504 to figure recaptured alimony. Irse file Including the recapture in income. Irse file   If you must include a recapture amount in income, show it on Form 1040, line 11 (“Alimony received”). Irse file Cross out “received” and enter “recapture. Irse file ” On the dotted line next to the amount, enter your spouse's last name and SSN or ITIN. Irse file Deducting the recapture. Irse file   If you can deduct a recapture amount, show it on Form 1040, line 31a (“Alimony paid”). Irse file Cross out “paid” and enter “recapture. Irse file ” In the space provided, enter your spouse's SSN or ITIN. Irse file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Irse file 7. Irse file   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Outside the U. Irse file S. Irse file Low Income Taxpayer Clinics 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. Irse file Free help with your tax return. Irse file   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Irse file The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Irse file The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Irse file 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. Irse file In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Irse file To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Irse file gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Irse file   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Irse file To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Irse file aarp. Irse file org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Irse file For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Irse file gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Irse file Internet. Irse file    IRS. Irse file gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Irse file Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 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Irse file Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Irse file Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Irse file Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Irse file 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. Irse file 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. Irse file The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Irse file Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Irse file 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. Irse file The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Irse file Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Irse file 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. Irse file Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Irse file You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Irse file It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Irse file 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). Irse file You should receive your order within 10 business days. Irse file Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Irse file 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. Irse file Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Irse file The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Irse file These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Irse file    Outside the U. Irse file S. Irse file If you are outside the United States, taxpayer assistance is available by calling the following U. Irse file S Embassies or consulates. Irse file    Beijing, China (86) (10) 8531-3983 Frankfurt, Germany (49) (69) 7535-3823 London, England (44) (20) 7894-0477 Paris, France (33) (1) 4312-2555   If you cannot contact one of these offices, taxpayer assistance is also available at (267) 941-1000 (not a toll free call). Irse file   If you are in a U. Irse file S. Irse file territory (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U. Irse file S. Irse file Virgin Islands) and have a tax question, you can call 1-800-829-1040. Irse file Walk-in. Irse file   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Irse file Products. Irse file You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Irse file Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Irse file Services. Irse file You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Irse file An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Irse file Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Irse file gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Irse file    Outside the U. Irse file S. Irse file If you are outside the United States during the filing period (January to mid-June), you can get the necessary federal tax forms and publications from most U. Irse file S. Irse file Embassies and consulates. Irse file   Walk-in taxpayer assistance is available at the following U. Irse file S. Irse file Embassies or consulates. Irse file    Beijing, China (86) (10) 8531-3983 Frankfurt, Germany (49) (69) 7535-3811 London, England (44) (20) 7894-0477 Paris, France (33) (1) 4312-2555   Please contact the office for times when assistance will be available. Irse file Mail. Irse file   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Irse file You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Irse file Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Irse file Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613      Outside the U. Irse file S. Irse file If you are outside the United States, you can get tax assistance by writing to the address below. Irse file  Internal Revenue Service International Accounts Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Taxpayer Advocate Service. Irse file   The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Irse file The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Irse file Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Irse file   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Irse file 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. Irse file You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Irse file You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Irse file   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. Irse file Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Irse file Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Irse file Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Irse file We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Irse file   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. Irse file  How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Irse file If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Irse file Outside the U. Irse file S. Irse file   If you live outside of the United States, you can call the Taxpayer Advocate at (787) 522-8601 in English or (787) 522-8600 in Spanish. Irse file You can contact the Taxpayer Advocate at: Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service City View Plaza, 48 Carr 165, Guaynabo, P. Irse file R. Irse file 00968-8000 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics 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. Irse file Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Irse file Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Irse file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications