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Hrblock online 6. Hrblock online   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Hrblock online Free help with your tax return. Hrblock online   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Hrblock online The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Hrblock online The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Hrblock online To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Hrblock online gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Hrblock online   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Hrblock online To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Hrblock online aarp. Hrblock online org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Hrblock online For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Hrblock online gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Hrblock online Internet. Hrblock online    IRS. Hrblock online gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hrblock online Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Hrblock online Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Hrblock online Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Hrblock online gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Hrblock online The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Hrblock online Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Hrblock online You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Hrblock online The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Hrblock online Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Hrblock online No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Hrblock online New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Hrblock online  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Hrblock online gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Hrblock online You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Hrblock online The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Hrblock online Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Hrblock online gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Hrblock online Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Hrblock online Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Hrblock online Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Hrblock online gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Hrblock online You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Hrblock online It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Hrblock online Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Hrblock online gov. Hrblock online Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Hrblock online gov for more information. Hrblock online Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Hrblock online Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Hrblock online gov. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Hrblock online gov. Hrblock online Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Hrblock online gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Hrblock online Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Hrblock online Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Hrblock online gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Hrblock online An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Hrblock online Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Hrblock online gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Hrblock online If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Hrblock online Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Hrblock online Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Hrblock online Go to IRS. Hrblock online gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Hrblock online Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Hrblock online Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Hrblock online Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Hrblock online Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Hrblock online gov and choose from a variety of options. Hrblock online Phone. Hrblock online    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Hrblock online Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Hrblock online Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Hrblock online gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Hrblock online Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Hrblock online Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Hrblock online Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Hrblock online Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Hrblock online Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Hrblock online You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Hrblock online It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Hrblock online 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). Hrblock online You should receive your order within 10 business days. Hrblock online Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Hrblock online The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Hrblock online These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Hrblock online Walk-in. Hrblock online   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Hrblock online Products. Hrblock online You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Hrblock online Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Hrblock online Services. Hrblock online You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Hrblock online An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Hrblock online Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Hrblock online gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Hrblock online Mail. Hrblock online   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Hrblock online You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Hrblock online Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Hrblock online Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Hrblock online The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Hrblock online Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Hrblock online   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Hrblock online 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. Hrblock online You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Hrblock online You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Hrblock online   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. 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Mission
The mission of the Office of Governmental Liaison and Disclosure is to improve tax administration by efficiently partnering with other government agencies and by effectively administering the Disclosure statutes.

IRS Information Sharing Programs
The IRS information sharing program saves government resources by partnering with agencies at all levels of government to enhance voluntary compliance with tax laws.

Congressional Affairs Program
The Congressional Affairs Program manages relationships with congressional representatives and staff.

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The IRS Freedom of Information Program website contains information on contacting local IRS Disclosure Offices.

Disclosure - Protecting Federal Tax Information: A Message From The IRS
This video on disclosure awareness discusses what access to Federal Tax Information (FTI) is and how to guard it. It also covers how the disclosure of that information is protected by law.

Disclosure - Protecting Federal Tax Information: A Pocket Guide for Government Employees (PDF)
Publication 4761, Protecting Federal Tax Information: A Pocket Guide for Government Employees, is for federal, state and local agency employees who receive and use federal tax information (FTI). It provides basic disclosure concepts and warns of civil and criminal sanctions for misuse of FTI. It can be ordered by government agencies.

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The Safeguards program and staff are responsible for ensuring that federal, state and local agencies receiving federal tax information protect it as if the information remained in IRS’s hands.

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