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SnaptaxSnaptax 7. Snaptax 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. Snaptax Free help with your tax return. Snaptax You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Snaptax The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Snaptax The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Snaptax 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. 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Snaptax The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Snaptax Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Snaptax No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Snaptax 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. Snaptax When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Snaptax New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Snaptax Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Snaptax gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Snaptax You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Snaptax The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Snaptax 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. Snaptax 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. Snaptax You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Snaptax Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Snaptax gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Snaptax Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 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Snaptax gov for more information. Snaptax Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Snaptax Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Snaptax gov. Snaptax 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. Snaptax Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Snaptax gov. Snaptax Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Snaptax gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Snaptax Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Snaptax Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Snaptax gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Snaptax An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Snaptax Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Snaptax gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Snaptax If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Snaptax Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Snaptax Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Snaptax Go to IRS. Snaptax gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Snaptax Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Snaptax Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Snaptax Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Snaptax Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Snaptax gov and choose from a variety of options. Snaptax Phone. Snaptax You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Snaptax Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Snaptax Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Snaptax gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Snaptax 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. Snaptax The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Snaptax Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Snaptax Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 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Snaptax Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Snaptax 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. Snaptax Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Snaptax You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Snaptax It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Snaptax 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). Snaptax You should receive your order within 10 business days. Snaptax Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Snaptax 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. Snaptax Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Snaptax The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Snaptax These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Snaptax Walk-in. Snaptax You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Snaptax Products. Snaptax You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Snaptax Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Snaptax Services. 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We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Snaptax 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. Snaptax You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Snaptax You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Snaptax 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. Snaptax Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Snaptax Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Snaptax Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Snaptax We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Snaptax 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. Snaptax How else does TAS help taxpayers? TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Snaptax If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Snaptax Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Snaptax 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. Snaptax Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Snaptax Visit www. Snaptax TaxpayerAdvocate. Snaptax irs. Snaptax gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 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