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File extension Publication 531 - Main Content Table of Contents Keeping a Daily Tip RecordElectronic tip record. File extension Reporting Tips to Your EmployerElectronic tip statement. File extension Final report. File extension Tip Rate Determination and Education Program Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return Allocated Tips How To Get Tax Help Keeping a Daily Tip Record Why keep a daily tip record. File extension   You must keep a daily tip record so you can: Report your tips accurately to your employer, Report your tips accurately on your tax return, and Prove your tip income if your return is ever questioned. File extension How to keep a daily tip record. File extension   There are two ways to keep a daily tip record. File extension You can either: Write information about your tips in a tip diary, or Keep copies of documents that show your tips, such as restaurant bills and credit or debit card charge slips. File extension You should keep your daily tip record with your tax or other personal records. File extension You must keep your records for as long as they are important for administration of the federal tax law. File extension For information on how long to keep records, see How Long to Keep Records in chapter 1 of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax. File extension    If you keep a tip diary, you can use Form 4070A, Employee's Daily Record of Tips. File extension To get Form 4070A, ask the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or your employer for Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer. File extension Publication 1244 is also available at www. File extension irs. File extension gov/pub1244. File extension Publication 1244 includes a 1-year supply of Form 4070A. File extension Each day, write in the information asked for on the form. File extension A filled-in Form 4070A is shown on the following page. File extension   In addition to the information asked for on Form 4070A, you also need to keep a record of the date and value of any noncash tips you get, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. File extension Although you do not report these tips to your employer, you must report them on your tax return. File extension   If you do not use Form 4070A, start your records by writing your name, your employer's name, and the name of the business (if it is different from your employer's name). File extension Then, each workday, write the date and the following information. File extension Cash tips you get directly from customers or from other employees. File extension Tips from credit and debit card charge customers that your employer pays you. File extension The value of any noncash tips you get, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. File extension The amount of tips you paid out to other employees through tip pools or tip splitting, or other arrangements, and the names of the employees to whom you paid the tips. File extension Please click here for the text description of the image. File extension Sample Filled-in Form 4070A from Publication 1244 Electronic tip record. File extension   You can use an electronic system provided by your employer to record your daily tips. File extension If you do, you must receive and keep a paper copy of this record. File extension Service charges. File extension    Do not write in your tip diary the amount of any service charge that your employer adds to a customer's bill and then pays to you and treats as wages. File extension This is part of your wages, not a tip. File extension The following factors determine if you have a tip or service charge: The payment is made free from compulsion; The customer has the right to determine the amount of payment; The payment is not subject to negotiation or dictated by employer policy; and The customer generally has the right to determine who receives the payment. File extension See examples below. File extension Example 1. File extension Good Food Restaurant adds an 18% charge to the bill for parties of 6 or more customers. File extension Jane's bill for food and beverages for her party of 8 includes an amount on the tip line equal to 18% of the charges for food and beverages, and the total includes this amount. File extension Because Jane did not have an unrestricted right to determine the amount on the “tip line,” the 18% charge is considered a service charge. File extension Do not include the 18% charge in your tip diary. File extension Service charges that are paid to you are considered wages, not tips. File extension Example 2. File extension Good Food Restaurant includes sample calculations of tip amounts at the bottom of its bills for food and beverages provided to customers. File extension David's bill includes a blank “tip line,” with sample tip calculations of 15%, 18%, and 20% of the charges for food and beverages at the bottom of the bill beneath the signature line. File extension Because David is free to enter any amount on the “tip line” or leave it blank, any amount he includes is considered a tip. File extension Be sure to include this amount in your tip diary. File extension Sample Filled-in Form 4070 from Publication 1244 Please click here for the text description of the image. File extension Filled-in Form 4070 Reporting Tips to Your Employer Why report tips to your employer. File extension   You must report tips to your employer so that: Your employer can withhold federal income tax and social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes, Your employer can report the correct amount of your earnings to the Social Security Administration or Railroad Retirement Board (which affects your benefits when you retire or if you become disabled, or your family's benefits if you die), and You can avoid the penalty for not reporting tips to your employer (explained later). File extension What tips to report. File extension   Report to your employer only cash, check, and debit and credit card tips you receive. File extension   If your total tips for any 1 month from any one job are less than $20, do not report the tips for that month to that employer. File extension   If you participate in a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement, report only the tips you receive and retain. File extension Do not report to your employer any portion of the tips you receive that you pass on to other employees. File extension However, you must report tips you receive from other employees. File extension   Do not report the value of any noncash tips, such as tickets or passes, to your employer. File extension You do not pay social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on these tips. File extension How to report. File extension   If your employer does not give you any other way to report your tips, you can use Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer. File extension Fill in the information asked for on the form, sign and date the form, and give it to your employer. File extension A sample filled-in Form 4070 is shown above. File extension To get a 1-year supply of the form, ask the IRS or your employer for Publication 1244. File extension   If you do not use Form 4070, give your employer a statement with the following information. File extension Your name, address, and social security number. File extension Your employer's name, address, and business name (if it is different from your employer's name). File extension The month (or the dates of any shorter period) in which you received tips. File extension The total tips required to be reported for that period. File extension You must sign and date the statement. File extension Be sure to keep a copy with your tax or other personal records. File extension   Your employer may require you to report your tips more than once a month. File extension However, the statement cannot cover a period of more than 1 calendar month. File extension Electronic tip statement. File extension   Your employer can have you furnish your tip statements electronically. File extension When to report. File extension   Give your report for each month to your employer by the 10th of the next month. File extension If the 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, give your employer the report by the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. File extension Example. File extension You must report your tips received in September 2014 by October 10, 2014. File extension Final report. File extension   If your employment ends during the month, you can report your tips when your employment ends. File extension Penalty for not reporting tips. File extension   If you do not report tips to your employer as required, you may be subject to a penalty equal to 50% of the social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes you owe on the unreported tips. File extension (For information about these taxes, see Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, later. File extension ) The penalty amount is in addition to the taxes you owe. File extension   You can avoid this penalty if you can show reasonable cause for not reporting the tips to your employer. File extension To do so, attach a statement to your return explaining why you did not report them. File extension Giving your employer money for taxes. File extension   Your regular pay may not be enough for your employer to withhold all the taxes you owe on your regular pay plus your reported tips. File extension If this happens, you can give your employer money until the close of the calendar year to pay the rest of the taxes. File extension   If you do not give your employer enough money, your employer will apply your regular pay and any money you give to the taxes, in the following order. File extension All taxes on your regular pay. File extension Social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on your reported tips. File extension Federal, state, and local income taxes on your reported tips. File extension    Any taxes that remain unpaid can be collected by your employer from your next paycheck. File extension If withholding taxes remain uncollected at the end of the year, you may be subject to a penalty for underpayment of estimated taxes. File extension See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information. File extension    Uncollected taxes. File extension You must report on your tax return any social security and Medicare taxes, or railroad retirement taxes that remained uncollected at the end of 2013. File extension These uncollected taxes will be shown on your 2013 Form W-2. File extension See Reporting uncollected social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, later. File extension Tip Rate Determination and Education Program Your employer may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. File extension The program was developed to help employees and employers understand and meet their tip reporting responsibilities. File extension There are two agreements under the program: the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). File extension A variation of the TRAC program, the Employer Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment, (EmTRAC) was designed to allow employers in the food and beverage industry to design and receive approval for their own TRAC programs. File extension For information on the EmTRAC program, see Notice 2001-1, which is on page 261 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-2 at www. File extension irs. File extension gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-02. File extension pdf. File extension If you are employed in the gaming industry, your employer may participate in the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement Program. File extension See Revenue Procedure 2007-32, 2007-22 I. File extension R. File extension B. File extension 1322, available at www. File extension irs. File extension gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07_22. File extension pdf. File extension Your employer can provide you with a copy of any applicable agreement. File extension To find out more about these agreements, visit IRS. File extension gov and enter “restaurant tip reporting” in the search box. File extension You may also call 1-800-829-4933, visit www. File extension irs. File extension gov/localcontacts for the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in your area, or send an email to Tip. File extension Program@irs. File extension gov and request information on this program. File extension Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return How to report tips. File extension   Report your tips with your wages on Form 1040, line 7; Form 1040A, line 7; Form 1040EZ, line 1; Form 1040NR, line 8; or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 3. File extension What tips to report. File extension   Generally, you must report all tips you received in 2013 on your tax return, including both cash tips and noncash tips. File extension Any tips you reported to your employer as required in 2013 are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. File extension Add to the amount in box 1 only the tips you did not report to your employer. File extension   However, any tips you received in 2013 that you reported to your employer as required after 2013 but before January 11, 2014, are not included in the wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2. File extension Do not include the amount of these tips on your 2013 tax return. File extension Instead, include them on your 2014 tax return. File extension Tips you received in 2012 that you reported to your employer as required after 2012 but before January 11, 2013, are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2. File extension Although these tips were received in 2012, you must report them on your 2013 tax return. File extension   If you participate in a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement, report only the tips you receive and retain. File extension Do not report on your income tax return any portion of the tips you receive that you pass on to other employees. File extension However, you must report tips you receive from other employees. File extension    If you received $20 or more in cash and charge tips in a month and did not report all of those tips to your employer, see Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer, later. File extension    If you did not keep a daily tip record as required and an amount is shown in box 8 of your Form W-2, see Allocated Tips, later. File extension   If you kept a daily tip record and reported tips to your employer as required under the rules explained earlier, add the following tips to the amount in box 1 of your Form W-2. File extension Cash and charge tips you received that totaled less than $20 for any month. File extension The value of noncash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. File extension Example. File extension Ben Smith began working at the Blue Ocean Restaurant (his only employer in 2013) on June 30 and received $10,000 in wages during the year. File extension Ben kept a daily tip record showing that his tips for June were $18 and his tips for the rest of the year totaled $7,000. File extension He was not required to report his June tips to his employer, but he reported all of the rest of his tips to his employer as required. File extension Ben's Form W-2 from Blue Ocean Restaurant shows $17,000 ($10,000 wages + $7,000 reported tips) in box 1. File extension He adds the $18 unreported tips to that amount and reports $17,018 as wages on his tax return. File extension Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer. File extension    If you received $20 or more in cash and charge tips in a month from any one job and did not report all of those tips to your employer, you must report the social security, Medicare, and Additional Medicare taxes on the unreported tips as additional tax on your return. File extension To report these taxes, you must file a return even if you would not otherwise have to file. File extension You must use Form 1040, Form 1040NR, Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-SS, or 1040-PR (as appropriate) for this purpose. File extension (You cannot file Form 1040EZ or Form 1040A. File extension )    Use Form 4137, Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income, to figure social security and Medicare taxes. File extension Enter the tax on your return as instructed, and attach the completed Form 4137 to your return. File extension Use Form 8959 to figure Additional Medicare Tax. File extension If you are subject to the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, you cannot use Form 4137 to pay railroad retirement tax on unreported tips. File extension To get railroad retirement credit, you must report tips to your employer. File extension Reporting uncollected social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips reported to your employer. File extension    You may have uncollected taxes if your regular pay was not enough for your employer to withhold all the taxes you owe and you did not give your employer enough money to pay the rest of the taxes. File extension For more information, see Giving your employer money for taxes , under Reporting Tips to Your Employer, earlier. File extension   If your employer could not collect all the social security and Medicare taxes, or railroad retirement taxes you owe on tips reported for 2013, the uncollected taxes will be shown in box 12 of your Form W-2 (codes A and B). File extension You must report these amounts as additional tax on your return. File extension   If you worked in the U. File extension S. File extension possessions and received Form W-2AS, Form W-2CM, Form W-2GU, or Form W-2VI, any uncollected taxes on tips will be shown in box 12 with codes A and B. File extension If you received Form 499R-2/W-2PR, any uncollected taxes will be shown in boxes 22 and 23. File extension Unlike the uncollected portion of the regular (1. File extension 45%) Medicare tax, the uncollected Additional Medicare Tax is not reported on Form W-2. File extension   To report these uncollected taxes, you must file a return even if you would not otherwise have to file. File extension You can report these taxes on Form 1040, in the space next to line 60; Form 1040NR, line 59; Form 1040-SS, Part I, line 6; or Form 1040-PR, Part I, line 6. File extension See the instructions for the appropriate form and line number indicated, and Form 8959. File extension (You cannot file Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, or Form 1040NR-EZ. File extension ) Self-employed persons. File extension    If you receive tips as a self-employed person, you should report these tips as income on Schedule C or C-EZ. File extension See Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for more information on reporting business income. File extension Allocated Tips If your employer allocated tips to you, they are shown separately in box 8 of your Form W-2. File extension They are not included in box 1 with your wages and reported tips. File extension If box 8 is blank, this discussion does not apply to you. File extension What are allocated tips. File extension   These are tips that your employer assigned to you in addition to the tips you reported to your employer for the year. File extension Your employer will have done this only if: You worked in an establishment (restaurant, cocktail lounge, or similar business) that must allocate tips to employees, and The tips you reported to your employer were less than your share of 8% of food and drink sales. File extension No income, social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes are withheld on allocated tips. File extension How were your allocated tips figured. File extension   The tips allocated to you are your share of an amount figured by subtracting the reported tips of all employees from 8% (or an approved lower rate) of food and drink sales (other than carryout sales and sales with a service charge of 10% or more). File extension Your share of that amount was figured using either a method provided by an employer-employee agreement or a method provided by IRS regulations based on employees' sales or hours worked. File extension For information about the exact allocation method used, ask your employer. File extension Must you report your allocated tips on your tax return. File extension   You must report tips you received in 2013 (including both cash and noncash tips) on your tax return as explained in What tips to report , earlier. File extension Any tips you reported to your employer in 2013 as required (explained under Reporting Tips to Your Employer , earlier) are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. File extension Add to the amount in box 1 only the tips you did not report to your employer as required. File extension This should include any allocated tips shown in box 8 on your Form(s) W-2, unless you have adequate records to show that you received less tips in the year than the allocated amount. File extension   See What tips to report under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, and Keeping a Daily Tip Record , earlier. File extension How to report allocated tips. File extension   If you received any tips in 2013 that you did not report to your employer as required (including allocated tips that you are required to report on your tax return), add these tips to the amount in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2 and report this amount as wages on Form 1040, line 7; Form 1040NR, line 8; or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 3. File extension (You cannot file Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ). File extension    Because social security, Medicare, or Additional Medicare taxes were not withheld from the allocated tips, you must report those taxes as additional tax on your return. File extension Complete Form 4137 and include the allocated tips on line 1 of the form as provided in its instructions. File extension See Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, earlier. File extension How to request an approved lower rate. File extension   Your employer can use a tip rate lower than 8% (but not lower than 2%) to figure allocated tips only if the IRS approves the lower rate. File extension Either the employer or the employees can request approval of a lower rate by filing a petition with the IRS. File extension The petition must include specific information about the establishment that will justify the lower rate. File extension A user fee must be paid with the petition. File extension    An employee petition can be filed only with the consent of a majority of the directly tipped employees (waiters, bartenders, and others who receive tips directly from customers). File extension The petition must state the total number of directly tipped employees and the number of employees consenting to the petition. File extension Employees filing the petition must promptly notify the employer, and the employer must promptly give the IRS a copy of all Forms 8027, Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips, filed for the establishment for the previous 3 years. File extension   For more information about how to file a petition and what information to include, see Allocation of Tips in the Instructions for Form 8027. File extension How To Get Tax Help Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. File extension Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. File extension Free help with your tax return. File extension   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. File extension The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. File extension The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. File extension 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. File extension Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. File extension To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. File extension gov or call 1-800-906-9887. File extension   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. File extension To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. File extension aarp. File extension org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. File extension   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. File extension gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. File extension Internet. File extension IRS. File extension gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are — every day, every night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. File extension Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). File extension Go to IRS. File extension gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. File extension Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. File extension gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. File extension Check the status of your 2013 refund with Where's My Refund? Go to IRS. File extension gov or the IRS2Go app, and click on Where's My Refund? You'll get a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. File extension If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. File extension Check the status of your amended return. File extension Go to IRS. File extension gov and enter Where's My Amended Return in the search box. File extension Download forms, instructions, and publications, including some accessible versions. File extension Order free transcripts of your tax returns or tax account using the Order a Transcript tool on IRS. File extension gov or IRS2Go. File extension Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and past three years. File extension Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. File extension gov. File extension 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. File extension Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. File extension gov. File extension Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center using the Office Locator tool on IRS. File extension gov or IRS2Go. File extension Stop by most business days for face-to-face tax help, no appointment necessary — just walk in. File extension An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. File extension Before you visit, check the Office Locator for the address, phone number, hours of operation and the services provided. File extension If you have an ongoing tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. File extension Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. File extension Locate the nearest volunteer help site with the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. File extension gov. File extension Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. File extension The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. File extension Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and some provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. File extension AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program as part of the TCE program. File extension Visit AARP's website to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. File extension Research your tax questions. File extension Search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. File extension Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. File extension Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. File extension Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. File extension Phone. File extension You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. File extension Download the free IRS2Go mobile app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. File extension Use it to watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, check your refund status, 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. File extension Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887. File extension Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. File extension The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. File extension Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. File extension Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. File extension Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. File extension Call to check the status of your 2013 refund, 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477. File extension The automated Where's My Refund? information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. File extension If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. File extension Before you call, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. File extension Where's My Refund? can give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. File extension Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. File extension Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. File extension Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). File extension You should receive your order within 10 business days. File extension Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. File extension Follow the prompts to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. File extension Call for TeleTax topics, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. File extension Call to ask tax questions, 1-800-829-1040. File extension Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. File extension The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. File extension These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service available at www. File extension gsa. File extension gov/fedrelay. File extension Walk-in. File extension You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person, face-to-face. File extension Products. File extension You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. File extension Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. File extension Services. File extension You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. File extension An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. File extension If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. File extension No appointment is necessary—just walk in. File extension Before visiting, check www. File extension irs. File extension gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. File extension Mail. File extension You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. File extension You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. File extension  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. File extension Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. File extension   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. File extension Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. File extension What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. File extension 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. File extension You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. File extension You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. File extension   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. File extension Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. File extension Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. File extension Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. File extension We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. File extension 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 www. File extension irs. File extension gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. File extension How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. File extension If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. File extension irs. File extension gov/sams. File extension Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. File extension   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. File extension Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. File extension Visit www. File extension TaxpayerAdvocate. File extension irs. File extension gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. File extension Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Tips to help you pick the phone service plan that's right for you.

  • General Tips
    Questions to consider when choosing your telephone service provider(s) and other options available to you.
  • Cell Phones and Wireless Devices
    What to consider when chosing a service plan for your cell phone or wireless communications plans.
  • Phone Scams
    How to avoid telephone billing fraud, cramming and slamming.

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