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Aarp tax filing 18. Aarp tax filing   Alimony Table of Contents IntroductionSpouse or former spouse. Aarp tax filing Divorce or separation instrument. Aarp tax filing Useful Items - You may want to see: General RulesMortgage payments. Aarp tax filing Taxes and insurance. Aarp tax filing Other payments to a third party. Aarp tax filing Instruments Executed After 1984Payments to a third party. Aarp tax filing Exception. Aarp tax filing Substitute payments. Aarp tax filing Specifically designated as child support. Aarp tax filing Contingency relating to your child. Aarp tax filing Clearly associated with a contingency. Aarp tax filing How To Deduct Alimony Paid How To Report Alimony Received Recapture Rule Introduction This chapter discusses the rules that apply if you pay or receive alimony. Aarp tax filing It covers the following topics. Aarp tax filing What payments are alimony. Aarp tax filing What payments are not alimony, such as child support. Aarp tax filing How to deduct alimony you paid. Aarp tax filing How to report alimony you received as income. Aarp tax filing Whether you must recapture the tax benefits of alimony. Aarp tax filing Recapture means adding back in your income all or part of a deduction you took in a prior year. Aarp tax filing Alimony is a payment to or for a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation instrument. Aarp tax filing It does not include voluntary payments that are not made under a divorce or separation instrument. Aarp tax filing Alimony is deductible by the payer and must be included in the spouse's or former spouse's income. Aarp tax filing Although this chapter is generally written for the payer of the alimony, the recipient can use the information to determine whether an amount received is alimony. Aarp tax filing To be alimony, a payment must meet certain requirements. Aarp tax filing Different requirements generally apply to payments under instruments executed after 1984 and to payments under instruments executed before 1985. Aarp tax filing This chapter discusses the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Aarp tax filing If you need the rules for payments under pre-1985 instruments, get and keep a copy of the 2004 version of Publication 504. Aarp tax filing That was the last year the information on pre-1985 instruments was included in Publication 504. Aarp tax filing Use Table 18-1 in this chapter as a guide to determine whether certain payments are considered alimony. Aarp tax filing Definitions. Aarp tax filing   The following definitions apply throughout this chapter. Aarp tax filing Spouse or former spouse. Aarp tax filing   Unless otherwise stated, the term “spouse” includes former spouse. Aarp tax filing Divorce or separation instrument. Aarp tax filing   The term “divorce or separation instrument” means: A decree of divorce or separate maintenance or a written instrument incident to that decree, A written separation agreement, or A decree or any type of court order requiring a spouse to make payments for the support or maintenance of the other spouse. Aarp tax filing This includes a temporary decree, an interlocutory (not final) decree, and a decree of alimony pendente lite (while awaiting action on the final decree or agreement). Aarp tax filing Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 504 Divorced or Separated Individuals General Rules The following rules apply to alimony regardless of when the divorce or separation instrument was executed. Aarp tax filing Payments not alimony. Aarp tax filing   Not all payments under a divorce or separation instrument are alimony. Aarp tax filing Alimony does not include: Child support, Noncash property settlements, Payments that are your spouse's part of community income, as explained under Community Property in Publication 504, Payments to keep up the payer's property, or Use of the payer's property. Aarp tax filing Payments to a third party. Aarp tax filing   Cash payments, checks, or money orders to a third party on behalf of your spouse under the terms of your divorce or separation instrument can be alimony, if they otherwise qualify. Aarp tax filing These include payments for your spouse's medical expenses, housing costs (rent, utilities, etc. Aarp tax filing ), taxes, tuition, etc. Aarp tax filing The payments are treated as received by your spouse and then paid to the third party. Aarp tax filing Life insurance premiums. Aarp tax filing   Alimony includes premiums you must pay under your divorce or separation instrument for insurance on your life to the extent your spouse owns the policy. Aarp tax filing Payments for jointly-owned home. Aarp tax filing   If your divorce or separation instrument states that you must pay expenses for a home owned by you and your spouse, some of your payments may be alimony. Aarp tax filing Mortgage payments. Aarp tax filing   If you must pay all the mortgage payments (principal and interest) on a jointly-owned home, and they otherwise qualify as alimony, you can deduct one-half of the total payments as alimony. Aarp tax filing If you itemize deductions and the home is a qualified home, you can claim one-half of the interest in figuring your deductible interest. Aarp tax filing Your spouse must report one-half of the payments as alimony received. Aarp tax filing If your spouse itemizes deductions and the home is a qualified home, he or she can claim one-half of the interest on the mortgage in figuring deductible interest. Aarp tax filing Taxes and insurance. Aarp tax filing   If you must pay all the real estate taxes or insurance on a home held as tenants in common, you can deduct one-half of these payments as alimony. Aarp tax filing Your spouse must report one-half of these payments as alimony received. Aarp tax filing If you and your spouse itemize deductions, you can each claim one-half of the real estate taxes and none of the home insurance. Aarp tax filing    If your home is held as tenants by the entirety or joint tenants, none of your payments for taxes or insurance are alimony. Aarp tax filing But if you itemize deductions, you can claim all of the real estate taxes and none of the home insurance. Aarp tax filing Other payments to a third party. Aarp tax filing   If you made other third-party payments, see Publication 504 to see whether any part of the payments qualifies as alimony. Aarp tax filing Instruments Executed After 1984 The following rules for alimony apply to payments under divorce or separation instruments executed after 1984. Aarp tax filing Exception for instruments executed before 1985. Aarp tax filing   There are two situations where the rules for instruments executed after 1984 apply to instruments executed before 1985. Aarp tax filing A divorce or separation instrument executed before 1985 and then modified after 1984 to specify that the after-1984 rules will apply. Aarp tax filing A temporary divorce or separation instrument executed before 1985 and incorporated into, or adopted by, a final decree executed after 1984 that: Changes the amount or period of payment, or Adds or deletes any contingency or condition. Aarp tax filing   For the rules for alimony payments under pre-1985 instruments not meeting these exceptions, get the 2004 version of Publication 504 at www. Aarp tax filing irs. Aarp tax filing gov/pub504. Aarp tax filing Example 1. Aarp tax filing In November 1984, you and your former spouse executed a written separation agreement. Aarp tax filing In February 1985, a decree of divorce was substituted for the written separation agreement. Aarp tax filing The decree of divorce did not change the terms for the alimony you pay your former spouse. Aarp tax filing The decree of divorce is treated as executed before 1985. Aarp tax filing Alimony payments under this decree are not subject to the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Aarp tax filing Example 2. Aarp tax filing Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that the decree of divorce changed the amount of the alimony. Aarp tax filing In this example, the decree of divorce is not treated as executed before 1985. Aarp tax filing The alimony payments are subject to the rules for payments under instruments executed after 1984. Aarp tax filing Alimony requirements. Aarp tax filing   A payment to or for a spouse under a divorce or separation instrument is alimony if the spouses do not file a joint return with each other and all the following requirements are met. Aarp tax filing The payment is in cash. Aarp tax filing The instrument does not designate the payment as not alimony. Aarp tax filing Spouses legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance are not members of the same household. Aarp tax filing There is no liability to make any payment (in cash or property) after the death of the recipient spouse. Aarp tax filing The payment is not treated as child support. Aarp tax filing Each of these requirements is discussed below. Aarp tax filing Cash payment requirement. Aarp tax filing   Only cash payments, including checks and money orders, qualify as alimony. Aarp tax filing The following do not qualify as alimony. Aarp tax filing Transfers of services or property (including a debt instrument of a third party or an annuity contract). Aarp tax filing Execution of a debt instrument by the payer. Aarp tax filing The use of the payer's property. Aarp tax filing Payments to a third party. Aarp tax filing   Cash payments to a third party under the terms of your divorce or separation instrument can qualify as cash payments to your spouse. Aarp tax filing See Payments to a third party under General Rules, earlier. Aarp tax filing   Also, cash payments made to a third party at the written request of your spouse may qualify as alimony if all the following requirements are met. Aarp tax filing The payments are in lieu of payments of alimony directly to your spouse. Aarp tax filing The written request states that both spouses intend the payments to be treated as alimony. Aarp tax filing You receive the written request from your spouse before you file your return for the year you made the payments. Aarp tax filing Payments designated as not alimony. Aarp tax filing   You and your spouse can designate that otherwise qualifying payments are not alimony. Aarp tax filing You do this by including a provision in your divorce or separation instrument that states the payments are not deductible as alimony by you and are excludable from your spouse's income. Aarp tax filing For this purpose, any instrument (written statement) signed by both of you that makes this designation and that refers to a previous written separation agreement is treated as a written separation agreement (and therefore a divorce or separation instrument). Aarp tax filing If you are subject to temporary support orders, the designation must be made in the original or a later temporary support order. Aarp tax filing   Your spouse can exclude the payments from income only if he or she attaches a copy of the instrument designating them as not alimony to his or her return. Aarp tax filing The copy must be attached each year the designation applies. Aarp tax filing Spouses cannot be members of the same household. Aarp tax filing    Payments to your spouse while you are members of the same household are not alimony if you are legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Aarp tax filing A home you formerly shared is considered one household, even if you physically separate yourselves in the home. Aarp tax filing   You are not treated as members of the same household if one of you is preparing to leave the household and does leave no later than 1 month after the date of the payment. Aarp tax filing Exception. Aarp tax filing   If you are not legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, a payment under a written separation agreement, support decree, or other court order may qualify as alimony even if you are members of the same household when the payment is made. Aarp tax filing Table 18-1. Aarp tax filing Alimony Requirements (Instruments Executed After 1984) Payments ARE alimony if all of the following are true: Payments are NOT alimony if any of the following are true: Payments are required by a divorce or separation instrument. Aarp tax filing Payments are not required by a divorce or separation instrument. Aarp tax filing Payer and recipient spouse do not file a joint return with each other. Aarp tax filing Payer and recipient spouse file a joint return with each other. Aarp tax filing Payment is in cash (including checks or money orders). Aarp tax filing Payment is: Not in cash, A noncash property settlement, Spouse's part of community income, or To keep up the payer's property. Aarp tax filing Payment is not designated in the instrument as not alimony. Aarp tax filing Payment is designated in the instrument as not alimony. Aarp tax filing Spouses legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance are not members of the same household. Aarp tax filing Spouses legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance are members of the same household. Aarp tax filing Payments are not required after death of the recipient spouse. Aarp tax filing Payments are required after death of the recipient spouse. Aarp tax filing Payment is not treated as child support. Aarp tax filing Payment is treated as child support. Aarp tax filing These payments are deductible by the payer and includible in income by the recipient. Aarp tax filing These payments are neither deductible by the payer nor includible in income by the recipient. Aarp tax filing Liability for payments after death of recipient spouse. Aarp tax filing   If any part of payments you make must continue to be made for any period after your spouse's death, that part of your payments is not alimony, whether made before or after the death. Aarp tax filing If all of the payments would continue, then none of the payments made before or after the death are alimony. Aarp tax filing   The divorce or separation instrument does not have to expressly state that the payments cease upon the death of your spouse if, for example, the liability for continued payments would end under state law. Aarp tax filing Example. Aarp tax filing You must pay your former spouse $10,000 in cash each year for 10 years. Aarp tax filing Your divorce decree states that the payments will end upon your former spouse's death. Aarp tax filing You must also pay your former spouse or your former spouse's estate $20,000 in cash each year for 10 years. Aarp tax filing The death of your spouse would not terminate these payments under state law. Aarp tax filing The $10,000 annual payments may qualify as alimony. Aarp tax filing The $20,000 annual payments that do not end upon your former spouse's death are not alimony. Aarp tax filing Substitute payments. Aarp tax filing   If you must make any payments in cash or property after your spouse's death as a substitute for continuing otherwise qualifying payments before the death, the otherwise qualifying payments are not alimony. Aarp tax filing To the extent that your payments begin, accelerate, or increase because of the death of your spouse, otherwise qualifying payments you made may be treated as payments that were not alimony. Aarp tax filing Whether or not such payments will be treated as not alimony depends on all the facts and circumstances. Aarp tax filing Example 1. Aarp tax filing Under your divorce decree, you must pay your former spouse $30,000 annually. Aarp tax filing The payments will stop at the end of 6 years or upon your former spouse's death, if earlier. Aarp tax filing Your former spouse has custody of your minor children. Aarp tax filing The decree provides that if any child is still a minor at your spouse's death, you must pay $10,000 annually to a trust until the youngest child reaches the age of majority. Aarp tax filing The trust income and corpus (principal) are to be used for your children's benefit. Aarp tax filing These facts indicate that the payments to be made after your former spouse's death are a substitute for $10,000 of the $30,000 annual payments. Aarp tax filing Of each of the $30,000 annual payments, $10,000 is not alimony. Aarp tax filing Example 2. Aarp tax filing Under your divorce decree, you must pay your former spouse $30,000 annually. Aarp tax filing The payments will stop at the end of 15 years or upon your former spouse's death, if earlier. Aarp tax filing The decree provides that if your former spouse dies before the end of the 15-year period, you must pay the estate the difference between $450,000 ($30,000 × 15) and the total amount paid up to that time. Aarp tax filing For example, if your spouse dies at the end of the tenth year, you must pay the estate $150,000 ($450,000 − $300,000). Aarp tax filing These facts indicate that the lump-sum payment to be made after your former spouse's death is a substitute for the full amount of the $30,000 annual payments. Aarp tax filing None of the annual payments are alimony. Aarp tax filing The result would be the same if the payment required at death were to be discounted by an appropriate interest factor to account for the prepayment. Aarp tax filing Child support. Aarp tax filing   A payment that is specifically designated as child support or treated as specifically designated as child support under your divorce or separation instrument is not alimony. Aarp tax filing The amount of child support may vary over time. Aarp tax filing Child support payments are not deductible by the payer and are not taxable to the recipient. Aarp tax filing Specifically designated as child support. Aarp tax filing   A payment will be treated as specifically designated as child support to the extent that the payment is reduced either: On the happening of a contingency relating to your child, or At a time that can be clearly associated with the contingency. Aarp tax filing A payment may be treated as specifically designated as child support even if other separate payments are specifically designated as child support. Aarp tax filing Contingency relating to your child. Aarp tax filing   A contingency relates to your child if it depends on any event relating to that child. Aarp tax filing It does not matter whether the event is certain or likely to occur. Aarp tax filing Events relating to your child include the child's: Becoming employed, Dying, Leaving the household, Leaving school, Marrying, or Reaching a specified age or income level. Aarp tax filing Clearly associated with a contingency. Aarp tax filing   Payments that would otherwise qualify as alimony are presumed to be reduced at a time clearly associated with the happening of a contingency relating to your child only in the following situations. Aarp tax filing The payments are to be reduced not more than 6 months before or after the date the child will reach 18, 21, or local age of majority. Aarp tax filing The payments are to be reduced on two or more occasions that occur not more than 1 year before or after a different one of your children reaches a certain age from 18 to 24. Aarp tax filing This certain age must be the same for each child, but need not be a whole number of years. Aarp tax filing In all other situations, reductions in payments are not treated as clearly associated with the happening of a contingency relating to your child. Aarp tax filing   Either you or the IRS can overcome the presumption in the two situations above. Aarp tax filing This is done by showing that the time at which the payments are to be reduced was determined independently of any contingencies relating to your children. Aarp tax filing For example, if you can show that the period of alimony payments is customary in the local jurisdiction, such as a period equal to one-half of the duration of the marriage, you can overcome the presumption and may be able to treat the amount as alimony. Aarp tax filing How To Deduct Alimony Paid You can deduct alimony you paid, whether or not you itemize deductions on your return. Aarp tax filing You must file Form 1040. Aarp tax filing You cannot use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Aarp tax filing Enter the amount of alimony you paid on Form 1040, line 31a. Aarp tax filing In the space provided on line 31b, enter your spouse's social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Aarp tax filing If you paid alimony to more than one person, enter the SSN or ITIN of one of the recipients. Aarp tax filing Show the SSN or ITIN and amount paid to each other recipient on an attached statement. Aarp tax filing Enter your total payments on line 31a. Aarp tax filing You must provide your spouse's SSN or ITIN. Aarp tax filing If you do not, you may have to pay a $50 penalty and your deduction may be disallowed. Aarp tax filing For more information on SSNs and ITINs, see Social Security Number (SSN) in chapter 1. Aarp tax filing How To Report Alimony Received Report alimony you received as income on Form 1040, line 11. Aarp tax filing You cannot use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Aarp tax filing You must give the person who paid the alimony your SSN or ITIN. Aarp tax filing If you do not, you may have to pay a $50 penalty. Aarp tax filing Recapture Rule If your alimony payments decrease or end during the first 3 calendar years, you may be subject to the recapture rule. Aarp tax filing If you are subject to this rule, you have to include in income in the third year part of the alimony payments you previously deducted. Aarp tax filing Your spouse can deduct in the third year part of the alimony payments he or she previously included in income. Aarp tax filing The 3-year period starts with the first calendar year you make a payment qualifying as alimony under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance or a written separation agreement. Aarp tax filing Do not include any time in which payments were being made under temporary support orders. Aarp tax filing The second and third years are the next 2 calendar years, whether or not payments are made during those years. Aarp tax filing The reasons for a reduction or end of alimony payments that can require a recapture include: A change in your divorce or separation instrument, A failure to make timely payments, A reduction in your ability to provide support, or A reduction in your spouse's support needs. Aarp tax filing When to apply the recapture rule. Aarp tax filing   You are subject to the recapture rule in the third year if the alimony you pay in the third year decreases by more than $15,000 from the second year or the alimony you pay in the second and third years decreases significantly from the alimony you pay in the first year. Aarp tax filing   When you figure a decrease in alimony, do not include the following amounts. Aarp tax filing Payments made under a temporary support order. Aarp tax filing Payments required over a period of at least 3 calendar years that vary because they are a fixed part of your income from a business or property, or from compensation for employment or self-employment. Aarp tax filing Payments that decrease because of the death of either spouse or the remarriage of the spouse receiving the payments before the end of the third year. Aarp tax filing Figuring the recapture. Aarp tax filing   You can use Worksheet 1 in Publication 504 to figure recaptured alimony. Aarp tax filing Including the recapture in income. Aarp tax filing   If you must include a recapture amount in income, show it on Form 1040, line 11 (“Alimony received”). Aarp tax filing Cross out “received” and enter “recapture. Aarp tax filing ” On the dotted line next to the amount, enter your spouse's last name and SSN or ITIN. Aarp tax filing Deducting the recapture. Aarp tax filing   If you can deduct a recapture amount, show it on Form 1040, line 31a (“Alimony paid”). Aarp tax filing Cross out “paid” and enter “recapture. Aarp tax filing ” In the space provided, enter your spouse's SSN or ITIN. Aarp tax filing Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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In many states, consumers can choose their telephone and energy service provider. Contact your state utility commission to find out whether you have a choice. Some commissions will provide a list of service providers and advice on making a choice, and most state utility commissions will take any complaints you have concerning utility sales and service.

Starting Utility Service

When you move into a new home or apartment, you may also be required to have the utilities (electricity, gas, water, waste removal, and cable) turned on in your name. Your city or county government may handle some services, such as water, sewer, and garbage collection. If you live in an apartment or are leasing a house from a homeowner, the landlord may handle this for you, but that is not required. If you request service, provide as much advance notice to the utility company as you can, at least one week in advance of the date you need service to start. Also, if you are relocating, don’t forget to have service turned off at your old address. Each company may require you to pay a fee to start service. You may also be required to pay a deposit or allow the company to check your credit to establish service at your home. If any of these companies fails to meet its service requirements, file a complaint with the company; you may be able to get a refund of your installation fee. If that doesn’t work, contact your state’s utility commission.

Billing

Once you have established service, you should start receiving your bills at regular intervals, normally monthly or quarterly. Utility bills are based on the amount of energy or water you actually use. However, if you live in an apartment complex, the amount you pay for some utilities may be prorated or split, based on a mathematical formula, among all of the residents in your community, no matter how energy conscious you are. If the amount of energy varies by season, you may decide to sign up for a budget billing program. These programs allow you to smooth out your monthly payments by paying more in lighter-use months, so your bills are still manageable in months with heavier use. Contact your utility companies to sign up for these programs. To learn ways to save on your energy bill, check with Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to your actual service, you may have other fees on your bill, such as administrative fees, public surcharges, or local taxes. Contact the service provider if you see charges you don’t understand or didn’t authorize, or if you have difficulty making timely payments.
If you have difficulty paying your bills, especially for electricity or gas, help is available. Contact the company to find out if it has a program in place to help consumers. Also, your state’s utility commission may sponsor a program to either reduce your bill or make your payments based on a set amount of your income each month. Programs like these from utility companies and local government are usually based on your income.

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