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2008 tax forms 1040 5. 2008 tax forms 1040   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. 2008 tax forms 1040 Free help with your tax return. 2008 tax forms 1040   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 2008 tax forms 1040 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 2008 tax forms 1040 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 2008 tax forms 1040 To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 2008 tax forms 1040   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 2008 tax forms 1040 To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 2008 tax forms 1040 aarp. 2008 tax forms 1040 org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 2008 tax forms 1040 For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 2008 tax forms 1040 Internet. 2008 tax forms 1040    IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2008 tax forms 1040 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 2008 tax forms 1040 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 2008 tax forms 1040 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 2008 tax forms 1040 Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 2008 tax forms 1040 No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 2008 tax forms 1040 New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 2008 tax forms 1040  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 2008 tax forms 1040 You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 2008 tax forms 1040 The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 2008 tax forms 1040 Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 2008 tax forms 1040 Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 2008 tax forms 1040 Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 2008 tax forms 1040 Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? 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information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 2008 tax forms 1040 Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 2008 tax forms 1040 Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 2008 tax forms 1040 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 2008 tax forms 1040 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 2008 tax forms 1040 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). 2008 tax forms 1040 You should receive your order within 10 business days. 2008 tax forms 1040 Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 2008 tax forms 1040 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 2008 tax forms 1040 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 2008 tax forms 1040 Walk-in. 2008 tax forms 1040   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 2008 tax forms 1040 Products. 2008 tax forms 1040 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 2008 tax forms 1040 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 2008 tax forms 1040 Services. 2008 tax forms 1040 You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 2008 tax forms 1040 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 2008 tax forms 1040 Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 2008 tax forms 1040 Mail. 2008 tax forms 1040   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 2008 tax forms 1040 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 2008 tax forms 1040 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 2008 tax forms 1040 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 2008 tax forms 1040 The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 2008 tax forms 1040   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. 2008 tax forms 1040 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 2008 tax forms 1040   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. 2008 tax forms 1040 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. 2008 tax forms 1040 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 2008 tax forms 1040 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 2008 tax forms 1040   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. 2008 tax forms 1040   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. 2008 tax forms 1040 If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. 2008 tax forms 1040 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. 2008 tax forms 1040 Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. 2008 tax forms 1040 Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 2008 tax forms 1040 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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IRS Urges Taxpayers to Avoid Becoming Victims of Tax Scams

IR-2011-73, July 11, 2011

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to guard against being misled by unscrupulous individuals trying to persuade them to file false claims for tax credits or rebates.

The IRS has noted an increase in tax-return-related scams, frequently involving unsuspecting taxpayers who normally do not have a filing requirement in the first place. These taxpayers are led to believe they should file a return with the IRS for tax credits, refunds or rebates for which they are not really entitled. Many of these recent scams have been targeted in the South and Midwest.

Most paid tax return preparers provide honest and professional service, but there are some who engage in fraud and other illegal activities.   Unscrupulous promoters deceive people into paying for advice on how to file false claims. Some promoters may charge unreasonable amounts for preparing legitimate returns that could have been prepared for free by the IRS or IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance partners. In other situations, identity theft is involved.

Taxpayers should be wary of any of the following:

  • Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on excess or withheld Social Security benefits.
  • Claims that Treasury Form 1080 can be used to transfer funds from the Social Security Administration to the IRS enabling a payout from the IRS.
  • Unfamiliar for-profit tax services teaming up with local churches.
  • Home-made flyers and brochures implying credits or refunds are available without proof of eligibility.
  • Offers of free money with no documentation required.
  • Promises of refunds for “Low Income – No Documents Tax Returns.”
  • Claims for the expired Economic Recovery Credit Program or Recovery Rebate Credit. 
  • Advice on claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit based on exaggerated reports of self-employment income.

In some cases non-existent Social Security refunds or rebates have been the bait used by the con artists.  In other situations, taxpayers deserve the tax credits they are promised but the preparer uses fictitious or inflated information on the return which results in a fraudulent return.

Flyers and advertisements for free money from the IRS, suggesting that the taxpayer can file with little or no documentation, have been appearing in community churches around the country. Promoters are targeting church congregations, exploiting their good intentions and credibility. These schemes also often spread by word of mouth among unsuspecting and well-intentioned people telling their friends and relatives. 
Promoters of these scams often prey upon low income individuals and the elderly. 

They build false hopes and charge people good money for bad advice.  In the end, the victims discover their claims are rejected or the refund barely exceeds what they paid the promoter.  Meanwhile, their money and the promoters are long gone.

Unsuspecting individuals are most likely to get caught up in scams and the IRS is warning all taxpayers, and those that help others prepare returns, to remain vigilant. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Anyone with questions about a tax credit or program should visit www.IRS.gov, call the IRS toll-free number at 800-829-1040 or visit a local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.

For questions about rebates, credit and benefits from other federal agencies contact the relevant agency directly for accurate information. 

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