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Federal tax return 2012 11. Federal tax return 2012   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. Federal tax return 2012 Free help with your tax return. Federal tax return 2012   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Federal tax return 2012 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Federal tax return 2012 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Federal tax return 2012 To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Federal tax return 2012   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Federal tax return 2012 To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Federal tax return 2012 aarp. Federal tax return 2012 org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Federal tax return 2012 For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Federal tax return 2012 Internet. Federal tax return 2012    IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Federal tax return 2012 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Federal tax return 2012 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Federal tax return 2012 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Federal tax return 2012 Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Federal tax return 2012 No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Federal tax return 2012 New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Federal tax return 2012  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 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Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov. Federal tax return 2012 Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Federal tax return 2012 Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Federal tax return 2012 Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Federal tax return 2012 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Federal tax return 2012 Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Federal tax return 2012 If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Federal tax return 2012 Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Federal tax return 2012 Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Federal tax return 2012 Go to IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Federal tax return 2012 Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Federal tax return 2012 Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Federal tax return 2012 Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Federal tax return 2012 Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov and choose from a variety of options. Federal tax return 2012 Phone. Federal tax return 2012    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Federal tax return 2012 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Federal tax return 2012 Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Federal tax return 2012 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Federal tax return 2012 Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Federal tax return 2012 Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Federal tax return 2012 Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Federal tax return 2012 Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Federal tax return 2012 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Federal tax return 2012 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Federal tax return 2012 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). Federal tax return 2012 You should receive your order within 10 business days. Federal tax return 2012 Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Federal tax return 2012 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Federal tax return 2012 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Federal tax return 2012 Walk-in. Federal tax return 2012   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Federal tax return 2012 Products. Federal tax return 2012 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Federal tax return 2012 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Federal tax return 2012 Services. Federal tax return 2012 You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Federal tax return 2012 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Federal tax return 2012 Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Federal tax return 2012 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Federal tax return 2012 Mail. Federal tax return 2012   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Federal tax return 2012 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Federal tax return 2012 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Federal tax return 2012 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Federal tax return 2012 The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Federal tax return 2012 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Federal tax return 2012   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Federal tax return 2012 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. Federal tax return 2012 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Federal tax return 2012 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Federal tax return 2012   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. Federal tax return 2012 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Federal tax return 2012 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Federal tax return 2012 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Federal tax return 2012 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Federal tax return 2012   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. Federal tax return 2012   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Federal tax return 2012 If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Federal tax return 2012 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Federal tax return 2012   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. Federal tax return 2012 Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Federal tax return 2012 Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Federal tax return 2012 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Tax Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces

For federal tax purposes, the U.S. Armed Forces includes officers and enlisted personnel in all regular and reserve units controlled by the Secretaries of Defense, the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Coast Guard is also included, but not the U.S. Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross. However, these and other support personnel may qualify for certain tax deadline extensions because of their service in a combat zone.

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Consumer Alert

June 2012

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees. The email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email address. The email states that those receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to obtain additional funds from the IRS. Email recipients are then asked to send various VA and IRS documents containing their personal and financial information, such as copies of VA award letters or their income tax returns, to an address in Florida.

The information on these documents is then used by the scammers to commit identity theft. Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards or apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name.

For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft.


Tax Laws Affecting the Military

These tax laws provide some special benefits for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in combat zones.


Combat Zones


Publications

  • Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide, addresses a wide range of issues that may affect members of the military:
    • Online — browse the publication to find specific information;
    • Portable Document Format (PDF) — download a copy to read later or print select pages;
    • Hardcopy — order a paper copy by calling 1-800-829-3676. 


News Releases (IR) and Fact Sheets (FS) 

  • IR-2010-47 — Haiti Relief Workers Qualify for Combat Zone Extension; Military Personnel and Designated Civilians Have at Least 180 Days to File and Pay
  • IR-2007-46 — Free Online Tax Filing Available to Many Military Members
  • IR-2006-152 — Active Duty Reservists Get Relief on Retirement Plan Payments; Refunds of 10-Percent Tax Available Back to 2001, New Law Says
  • IR-2006-129 — New Law Expands IRA Options for Military; Many Can Still Contribute for 2004 and 2005
  • IR-2003-132 — IRS Helps Military Personnel Get New Law's Tax Breaks
  • IR-2003-63 — New Tax Scam Targets Families of Armed Forces Members
  • IR-2003-43 — Tax Assistance for Military Families; IRS.gov Page for Armed Forces
  • FS-2003-11 — Information for Taxpayers Serving in the Armed Forces
  • IR-2002-18 — Tax Relief for Troops in the Afghanistan Combat Zone.


Legal Guidance

  • Revenue Ruling 2009-11 — Differential Wage Payments to Active Duty Members of the Uniformed Services
  • Notice 2003-21 — Tax Relief for Those Involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Notice 2002-17 — Tax Relief for Those Involved in Operation Enduring Freedom.


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