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Tax table 6. Tax table How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents 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. Tax table Free help with your tax return. Tax table You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Tax table The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Tax table The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Tax table 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. Tax table In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Tax table To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Tax table gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Tax table As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Tax table To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Tax table aarp. Tax table org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Tax table For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Tax table gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Tax table Internet. Tax table IRS. Tax table gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tax table Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 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Tax table The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Tax table Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Tax table No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Tax table 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. Tax table When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Tax table New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Tax table Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Tax table gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Tax table You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Tax table The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Tax table 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. Tax table 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. Tax table You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Tax table Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Tax table gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Tax table Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Tax table Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Tax table Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Tax table 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. Tax table Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Tax table gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Tax table You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Tax table It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Tax table Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Tax table gov. Tax table Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Tax table gov for more information. Tax table Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Tax table Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Tax table gov. Tax table 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. Tax table Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Tax table gov. Tax table Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Tax table gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Tax table Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Tax table Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Tax table gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Tax table An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Tax table Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Tax table gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Tax table If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Tax table Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Tax table Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Tax table Go to IRS. Tax table gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Tax table Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Tax table Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Tax table Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Tax table Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Tax table gov and choose from a variety of options. Tax table Phone. Tax table You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Tax table Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Tax table Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Tax table gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Tax table 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. Tax table The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Tax table Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Tax table Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Tax table Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Tax table 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. Tax table 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. Tax table The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Tax table Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Tax table 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. Tax table The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Tax table Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Tax table 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. Tax table Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Tax table You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Tax table It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Tax table 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). Tax table You should receive your order within 10 business days. Tax table Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Tax table 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. Tax table Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Tax table The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Tax table These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Tax table Walk-in. Tax table You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Tax table Products. Tax table You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Tax table Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Tax table Services. Tax table You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Tax table An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Tax table Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Tax table gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Tax table Mail. Tax table You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Tax table You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Tax table Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Tax table Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Tax table The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Tax table Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Tax table What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Tax table 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. Tax table You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Tax table You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Tax table 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. Tax table Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Tax table Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Tax table Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Tax table We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Tax table 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. Tax table How else does TAS help taxpayers? TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Tax table If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Tax table 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. Tax table Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Tax table Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Tax table Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
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Tax table 11. Tax table Your Rights as a Taxpayer Table of Contents Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and RefundsBy mail. Tax table By interview. Tax table Repeat examinations. Tax table The first part of this chapter explains some of your most important rights as a taxpayer. Tax table The second part explains the examination, appeal, collection, and refund processes. Tax table Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Protection of your rights. Tax table IRS employees will explain and protect your rights as a taxpayer throughout your contact with us. Tax table Privacy and confidentiality. Tax table The IRS will not disclose to anyone the information you give us, except as authorized by law. Tax table You have the right to know why we are asking you for information, how we will use it, and what happens if you do not provide requested information. Tax table Professional and courteous service. Tax table If you believe that an IRS employee has not treated you in a professional, fair, and courteous manner, you should tell that employee's supervisor. Tax table If the supervisor's response is not satisfactory, you should write to the IRS director for your area or the center where you file your return. Tax table Representation. Tax table You can either represent yourself or, with proper written authorization, have someone else represent you in your place. Tax table Your representative must be a person allowed to practice before the IRS, such as an attorney, certified public accountant, or enrolled agent. Tax table If you are in an interview and ask to consult such a person, then we must stop and reschedule the interview in most cases. Tax table You can have someone accompany you at an interview. Tax table You can make sound recordings of any meetings with our examination, appeal, or collection personnel, provided you tell us in writing 10 days before the meeting. Tax table Payment of only the correct amount of tax. Tax table You are responsible for paying only the correct amount of tax due under the law—no more, no less. Tax table If you cannot pay all of your tax when it is due, you may be able to make monthly installment payments. Tax table Help with unresolved tax problems. Tax table The Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you if you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve a problem with the IRS. Tax table Your local Taxpayer Advocate can offer you special help if you have a significant hardship as a result of a tax problem. Tax table For more information, call toll free 1-877-777-4778 (1-800-829-4059 for TTY/TDD) or write to the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS office that last contacted you. Tax table Appeals and judicial review. Tax table If you disagree with us about the amount of your tax liability or certain collection actions, you have the right to ask the Appeals Office to review your case. Tax table You can also ask a court to review your case. Tax table Relief from certain penalties and interest. Tax table The IRS will waive penalties when allowed by law if you can show you acted reasonably and in good faith or relied on the incorrect advice of an IRS employee. Tax table We will waive interest that is the result of certain errors or delays caused by an IRS employee. Tax table Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and Refunds Examinations (audits). Tax table We accept most taxpayers' returns as filed. Tax table If we inquire about your return or select it for examination, it does not suggest that you are dishonest. Tax table The inquiry or examination may or may not result in more tax. Tax table We may close your case without change; or, you may receive a refund. Tax table The process of selecting a return for examination usually begins in one of two ways. Tax table First, we use computer programs to identify returns that may have incorrect amounts. Tax table These programs may be based on information returns, such as Forms 1099 and W-2, on studies of past examinations, or on certain issues identified by compliance projects. Tax table Second, we use information from outside sources that indicates that a return may have incorrect amounts. Tax table These sources may include newspapers, public records, and individuals. Tax table If we determine that the information is accurate and reliable, we may use it to select a return for examination. Tax table Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, explains the rules and procedures that we follow in examinations. Tax table The following sections give an overview of how we conduct examinations. Tax table By mail. Tax table We handle many examinations and inquiries by mail. Tax table We will send you a letter with either a request for more information or a reason why we believe a change to your return may be needed. Tax table You can respond by mail or you can request a personal interview with an examiner. Tax table If you mail us the requested information or provide an explanation, we may or may not agree with you, and we will explain the reasons for any changes. Tax table Please do not hesitate to write to us about anything you do not understand. Tax table By interview. Tax table If we notify you that we will conduct your examination through a personal interview, or you request such an interview, you have the right to ask that the examination take place at a reasonable time and place that is convenient for both you and the IRS. Tax table If our examiner proposes any changes to your return, he or she will explain the reasons for the changes. Tax table If you do not agree with these changes, you can meet with the examiner's supervisor. Tax table Repeat examinations. Tax table If we examined your return for the same items in either of the 2 previous years and proposed no change to your tax liability, please contact us as soon as possible so we can see if we should discontinue the examination. Tax table Appeals. Tax table If you do not agree with the examiner's proposed changes, you can appeal them to the Appeals Office of the IRS. Tax table Most differences can be settled without expensive and time-consuming court trials. Tax table Your appeal rights are explained in detail in both Publication 5, Your Appeal Rights and How To Prepare a Protest If You Don't Agree, and Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund. Tax table If you do not wish to use the Appeals Office or disagree with its findings, you may be able to take your case to the U. Tax table S. Tax table Tax Court, U. Tax table S. Tax table Court of Federal Claims, or the U. Tax table S. Tax table District Court where you live. Tax table If you take your case to court, the IRS will have the burden of proving certain facts if you kept adequate records to show your tax liability, cooperated with the IRS, and meet certain other conditions. Tax table If the court agrees with you on most issues in your case and finds that our position was largely unjustified, you may be able to recover some of your administrative and litigation costs. Tax table You will not be eligible to recover these costs unless you tried to resolve your case administratively, including going through the appeals system, and you gave us the information necessary to resolve the case. Tax table Collections. Tax table Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process, explains your rights and responsibilities regarding payment of federal taxes. Tax table It describes: What to do when you owe taxes. Tax table It describes what to do if you get a tax bill and what to do if you think your bill is wrong. Tax table It also covers making installment payments, delaying collection action, and submitting an offer in compromise. Tax table IRS collection actions. Tax table It covers liens, releasing a lien, levies, releasing a levy, seizures and sales, and release of property. Tax table Your collection appeal rights are explained in detail in Publication 1660, Collection Appeal Rights. Tax table Innocent spouse relief. Tax table Generally, both you and your spouse are responsible, jointly and individually, for paying the full amount of any tax, interest, or penalties due on your joint return. Tax table To seek relief from any liability related to your spouse (or former spouse), you must file a claim on Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. Tax table In some cases, Form 8857 may need to be filed within 2 years of the date on which the IRS first attempted to collect the tax from you. Tax table Do not file Form 8857 with your Form 1040. Tax table For more information, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, and Form 8857 or you can call the Innocent Spouse office toll-free at 1-855-851-2009. Tax table Refunds. Tax table You can file a claim for refund if you think you paid too much tax. Tax table You must generally file the claim within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Tax table The law generally provides for interest on your refund if it is not paid within 45 days of the date you filed your return or claim for refund. Tax table Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, has more information on refunds. Tax table If you were due a refund but you did not file a return, you must file within 3 years from the date the return was due (including extensions) to get that refund. Tax table Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications