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Free tax act 2012 30. Free tax act 2012   How To Figure Your Tax Table of Contents Introduction Figuring Your Tax Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Tax Figured by IRSFiling the Return Introduction After you have figured your income and deductions as explained in Parts One through Five, your next step is to figure your tax. Free tax act 2012 This chapter discusses: The general steps you take to figure your tax, An additional tax you may have to pay called the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and The conditions you must meet if you want the IRS to figure your tax. Free tax act 2012 Figuring Your Tax Your income tax is based on your taxable income. Free tax act 2012 After you figure your income tax and AMT, if any, subtract your tax credits and add any other taxes you may owe. Free tax act 2012 The result is your total tax. Free tax act 2012 Compare your total tax with your total payments to determine whether you are entitled to a refund or if you must make a payment. Free tax act 2012 This section provides a general outline of how to figure your tax. Free tax act 2012 You can find step-by-step directions in the Instructions for Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040. Free tax act 2012 If you are unsure of which tax form you should file, see Which Form Should I Use? in chapter 1. Free tax act 2012 Tax. Free tax act 2012   Most taxpayers use either the Tax Table or the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure their income tax. Free tax act 2012 However, there are special methods if your income includes any of the following items. Free tax act 2012 A net capital gain. Free tax act 2012 (See chapter 16. Free tax act 2012 ) Qualified dividends taxed at the same rates as a net capital gain. Free tax act 2012 (See chapters 8 and 16. Free tax act 2012 ) Lump-sum distributions. Free tax act 2012 (See chapter 10. Free tax act 2012 ) Farming or fishing income. Free tax act 2012 (See Schedule J (Form 1040), Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen. Free tax act 2012 ) Unearned income over $2,000 for certain children. Free tax act 2012 (See chapter 31. Free tax act 2012 ) Parents' election to report child's interest and dividends. Free tax act 2012 (See chapter 31. Free tax act 2012 ) Foreign earned income exclusion or the housing exclusion. Free tax act 2012 (See Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income, or Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, and the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions. Free tax act 2012 ) Credits. Free tax act 2012   After you figure your income tax and any AMT (discussed later), determine if you are eligible for any tax credits. Free tax act 2012 Eligibility information for these tax credits is discussed in chapters 32 through 37 and your form instructions. Free tax act 2012 The following table lists the credits you may be able to subtract from your tax and shows where you can find more information on each credit. Free tax act 2012 CREDITS For information on: See  chapter: Adoption 37 Alternative motor vehicle 37 Alternative fuel vehicle refueling  property 37 Child and dependent care 32 Child tax 34 Credit to holders of tax credit  bonds 37 Education 35 Elderly or disabled 33 Electric vehicle 37 Foreign tax 37 Mortgage interest 37 Prior year minimum tax 37 Residential energy 37 Retirement savings contributions 37   Some credits (such as the earned income credit) are not listed because they are treated as payments. Free tax act 2012 See Payments , later. Free tax act 2012   There are other credits that are not discussed in this publication. Free tax act 2012 These include the following credits. Free tax act 2012 General business credit, which is made up of several separate business-related credits. Free tax act 2012 These generally are reported on Form 3800, General Business Credit, and are discussed in chapter 4 of Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Free tax act 2012 Renewable electricity, refined coal, and Indian coal production credit for electricity and refined coal produced at facilities placed in service after October 22, 2004 (after October 2, 2008, for electricity produced from marine and hydrokinetic renewables), and Indian coal produced at facilities placed in service after August 8, 2005. Free tax act 2012 See Form 8835, Part II. Free tax act 2012 Work opportunity credit. Free tax act 2012 See Form 5884. Free tax act 2012 Credit for employer social security and Medicare taxes paid on certain employee tips. Free tax act 2012 See Form 8846. Free tax act 2012 Other taxes. Free tax act 2012   After you subtract your tax credits, determine whether there are any other taxes you must pay. Free tax act 2012 This chapter does not explain these other taxes. Free tax act 2012 You can find that information in other chapters of this publication and your form instructions. Free tax act 2012 See the following table for other taxes you may need to add to your income tax. Free tax act 2012 OTHER TAXES For information on: See  chapter: Additional taxes on qualified retirement plans and IRAs 10, 17 Household employment taxes 32 Recapture of an education credit 35 Social security and Medicare tax on wages 5 Social security and Medicare tax on tips 6 Uncollected social security and Medicare tax on tips 6   You also may have to pay AMT (discussed later in this chapter). Free tax act 2012   There are other taxes that are not discussed in this publication. Free tax act 2012 These include the following items. Free tax act 2012 Self-employment tax. Free tax act 2012 You must figure this tax if either of the following applies to you (or your spouse if you file a joint return). Free tax act 2012 Your net earnings from self-employment from other than church employee income were $400 or more. Free tax act 2012 The term “net earnings from self-employment” may include certain nonemployee compensation and other amounts reported to you on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. Free tax act 2012 If you received a Form 1099-MISC, see the Instructions for Recipient on the back. Free tax act 2012 Also see the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax; and Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Free tax act 2012 You had church employee income of $108. Free tax act 2012 28 or more. Free tax act 2012 Additional Medicare Tax. Free tax act 2012 Beginning in 2013, you may be subject to a 0. Free tax act 2012 9% Additional Medicare Tax that applies to Medicare wages, Railroad Retirement Act compensation, and self-employment income over a threshold based on your filing status. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040, line 60 and Form 8959. Free tax act 2012 Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). Free tax act 2012 Beginning in 2013, you may be subject to Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). Free tax act 2012 NIIT is a 3. Free tax act 2012 8% tax on the lesser of net investment income or the excess of your modified adjusted gross income over a threshold amount. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040, line 60 and Form 8960. Free tax act 2012 Recapture taxes. Free tax act 2012 You may have to pay these taxes if you previously claimed an investment credit, a low-income housing credit, a new markets credit, a qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit, an alternative motor vehicle credit, a credit for employer-provided child care facilities, an Indian employment credit, or other credits listed in the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free tax act 2012 Section 72(m)(5) excess benefits tax. Free tax act 2012 If you are (or were) a 5% owner of a business and you received a distribution that exceeds the benefits provided for you under the qualified pension or annuity plan formula, you may have to pay this additional tax. Free tax act 2012 See Tax on Excess Benefits in chapter 4 of Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Free tax act 2012 Uncollected social security and Medicare tax on group-term life insurance. Free tax act 2012 If your former employer provides you with more than $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage, you must pay the employee part of social security and Medicare taxes on those premiums. Free tax act 2012 The amount should be shown in box 12 of your Form W-2 with codes M and N. Free tax act 2012 Tax on golden parachute payments. Free tax act 2012 This tax applies if you received an “excess parachute payment” (EPP) due to a change in a corporation's ownership or control. Free tax act 2012 The amount should be shown in box 12 of your Form W-2 with code K. Free tax act 2012 See the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free tax act 2012 Tax on accumulation distribution of trusts. Free tax act 2012 This applies if you are the beneficiary of a trust that accumulated its income instead of distributing it currently. Free tax act 2012 See Form 4970 and its instructions. Free tax act 2012 Additional tax on HSAs or MSAs. Free tax act 2012 If amounts contributed to, or distributed from, your health savings account or medical savings account do not meet the rules for these accounts, you may have to pay additional taxes. Free tax act 2012 See Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans; Form 8853, Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts; Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs); and Form 5329, Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts. Free tax act 2012 Additional tax on Coverdell ESAs. Free tax act 2012 This applies if amounts contributed to, or distributed from, your Coverdell ESA do not meet the rules for these accounts. Free tax act 2012 See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, and Form 5329. Free tax act 2012 Additional tax on qualified tuition programs. Free tax act 2012 This applies to amounts distributed from qualified tuition programs that do not meet the rules for these accounts. Free tax act 2012 See Publication 970 and Form 5329. Free tax act 2012 Excise tax on insider stock compensation from an expatriated corporation. Free tax act 2012 You may owe a 15% excise tax on the value of nonstatutory stock options and certain other stock-based compensation held by you or a member of your family from an expatriated corporation or its expanded affiliated group in which you were an officer, director, or more-than-10% owner. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free tax act 2012 Additional tax on income you received from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan that fails to meet certain requirements. Free tax act 2012 This income should be shown in Form W-2, box 12, with code Z, or in Form 1099-MISC, box 15b. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free tax act 2012 Interest on the tax due on installment income from the sale of certain residential lots and timeshares. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free tax act 2012 Interest on the deferred tax on gain from certain installment sales with a sales price over $150,000. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free tax act 2012 Repayment of first-time homebuyer credit. Free tax act 2012 For more information, see Form 5405, Repayment of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit, and its instructions. Free tax act 2012 Also see the instructions for Form 1040, line 59b. Free tax act 2012 Payments. Free tax act 2012   After you determine your total tax, figure the total payments you have already made for the year. Free tax act 2012 Include credits that are treated as payments. Free tax act 2012 This chapter does not explain these payments and credits. Free tax act 2012 You can find that information in other chapters of this publication and your form instructions. Free tax act 2012 See the following table for amounts you can include in your total payments. Free tax act 2012 PAYMENTS For information on: See  chapter: Child tax credit (additional) 34 Earned income credit 36 Estimated tax paid 4 Excess social security   and RRTA tax withheld 37 Federal income tax withheld 4 Health coverage tax credit 37 Credit for tax on   undistributed capital gain 37 Tax paid with extension 1   Another credit that is treated as a payment is the credit for federal excise tax paid on fuels. Free tax act 2012 This credit is for persons who have a nontaxable use of certain fuels, such as diesel fuel and kerosene. Free tax act 2012 It is claimed on Form 1040, line 70. Free tax act 2012 See Form 4136, Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels. Free tax act 2012 Refund or balance due. Free tax act 2012   To determine whether you are entitled to a refund or whether you must make a payment, compare your total payments with your total tax. Free tax act 2012 If you are entitled to a refund, see your form instructions for information on having it directly deposited into one or more of your accounts, or to purchase U. Free tax act 2012 S. Free tax act 2012 savings bonds instead of receiving a paper check. Free tax act 2012 Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) This section briefly discusses an additional tax you may have to pay. Free tax act 2012 The tax law gives special treatment to some kinds of income and allows special deductions and credits for some kinds of expenses. Free tax act 2012 Taxpayers who benefit from this special treatment may have to pay at least a minimum amount of tax through an additional tax called AMT. Free tax act 2012 You may have to pay the AMT if your taxable income for regular tax purposes, combined with certain adjustments and tax preference items, is more than a certain amount. Free tax act 2012 See Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax — Individuals. Free tax act 2012 Adjustments and tax preference items. Free tax act 2012   The more common adjustments and tax preference items include: Addition of personal exemptions, Addition of the standard deduction (if claimed), Addition of itemized deductions claimed for state and local taxes, certain interest, most miscellaneous deductions, and part of medical expenses, Subtraction of any refund of state and local taxes included in gross income, Changes to accelerated depreciation of certain property, Difference between gain or loss on the sale of property reported for regular tax purposes and AMT purposes, Addition of certain income from incentive stock options, Change in certain passive activity loss deductions, Addition of certain depletion that is more than the adjusted basis of the property, Addition of part of the deduction for certain intangible drilling costs, and Addition of tax-exempt interest on certain private activity bonds. Free tax act 2012 More information. Free tax act 2012   For more information about the AMT, see the instructions for Form 6251. Free tax act 2012 Tax Figured by IRS If you file by April 15, 2014, you can have the IRS figure your tax for you on Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or Form 1040. Free tax act 2012 If the IRS figures your tax and you paid too much, you will receive a refund. Free tax act 2012 If you did not pay enough, you will receive a bill for the balance. Free tax act 2012 To avoid interest or the penalty for late payment, you must pay the bill within 30 days of the date of the bill or by the due date for your return, whichever is later. Free tax act 2012 The IRS can also figure the credit for the elderly or the disabled and the earned income credit for you. Free tax act 2012 When the IRS cannot figure your tax. Free tax act 2012   The IRS cannot figure your tax for you if any of the following apply. Free tax act 2012 You want your refund directly deposited into your accounts. Free tax act 2012 You want any part of your refund applied to your 2014 estimated tax. Free tax act 2012 You had income for the year from sources other than wages, salaries, tips, interest, dividends, taxable social security benefits, unemployment compensation, IRA distributions, pensions, and annuities. Free tax act 2012 Your taxable income is $100,000 or more. Free tax act 2012 You itemize deductions. Free tax act 2012 You file any of the following forms. Free tax act 2012 Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. Free tax act 2012 Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Free tax act 2012 Form 4137, Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income. Free tax act 2012 Form 4970, Tax on Accumulation Distribution of Trusts. Free tax act 2012 Form 4972, Tax on Lump-Sum Distributions. Free tax act 2012 Form 6198, At-Risk Limitations. Free tax act 2012 Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals. Free tax act 2012 Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs. Free tax act 2012 Form 8615, Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income. Free tax act 2012 Form 8814, Parents' Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends. Free tax act 2012 Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. Free tax act 2012 Form 8853, Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts. Free tax act 2012 Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Free tax act 2012 Form 8919, Uncollected Social Security and Medicare Tax on Wages. Free tax act 2012 Filing the Return After you complete the line entries for the tax form you are filing, fill in your name and address. Free tax act 2012 Enter your social security number in the space provided. Free tax act 2012 If you are married, enter the social security numbers of you and your spouse even if you file separately. Free tax act 2012 Sign and date your return and enter your occupation(s). Free tax act 2012 If you are filing a joint return, both you and your spouse must sign it. Free tax act 2012 Enter your daytime phone number in the space provided. Free tax act 2012 This may help speed the processing of your return if we have a question that can be answered over the phone. Free tax act 2012 If you are filing a joint return, you may enter either your or your spouse's daytime phone number. Free tax act 2012 If you want to allow a friend, family member, or any other person you choose to discuss your 2013 tax return with the IRS, check the “Yes” box in the “Third party designee” area on your return. Free tax act 2012 Also enter the designee's name, phone number, and any five digits the designee chooses as his or her personal identification number (PIN). Free tax act 2012 If you check the “Yes” box, you, and your spouse if filing a joint return, are authorizing the IRS to call the designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of your return. Free tax act 2012 Fill in and attach any schedules and forms asked for on the lines you completed to your paper return. Free tax act 2012 Attach a copy of each of your Forms W-2 to your paper return. Free tax act 2012 Also attach to your paper return any Form 1099-R you received that has withholding tax in box 4. Free tax act 2012 Mail your return to the Internal Revenue Service Center for the area where you live. Free tax act 2012 A list of Service Center addresses is in the instructions for your tax return. Free tax act 2012 Form 1040EZ Line Entries Read lines 1 through 8b and fill in the lines that apply to you. Free tax act 2012 Do not complete lines 9 through 12. Free tax act 2012 If you are filing a joint return, use the space to the left of line 6 to separately show your taxable income and your spouse's taxable income. Free tax act 2012 Payments. Free tax act 2012   Enter any federal income tax withheld on line 7. Free tax act 2012 Federal income tax withheld is shown on Form W-2, box 2, or Form 1099, box 4. Free tax act 2012 Earned income credit. Free tax act 2012   If you can take this credit, as discussed in chapter 36, the IRS can figure it for you. Free tax act 2012 Enter “EIC” in the space to the left of line 8a. Free tax act 2012 Enter the nontaxable combat pay you elect to include in earned income on line 8b. Free tax act 2012   If your credit for any year after 1996 was reduced or disallowed by the IRS, you may also have to file Form 8862, Information To Claim Earned Income Credit After Disallowance, with your return. Free tax act 2012 For details, see the Form 1040EZ Instructions. Free tax act 2012 Form 1040A Line Entries Read lines 1 through 27 and fill in the lines that apply to you. Free tax act 2012 If you are filing a joint return, use the space to the left of the entry space for line 27 to separately show your taxable income and your spouse's taxable income. Free tax act 2012 Do not complete line 28. Free tax act 2012 Complete lines 29 through 33 and 36 through 40 if they apply to you. Free tax act 2012 However, do not fill in lines 30 and 38a if you want the IRS to figure the credits shown on those lines. Free tax act 2012 Also, enter any write-in information that applies to you in the space to the left of line 41. Free tax act 2012 Do not complete lines 34, 35, and 42 through 46. Free tax act 2012 Payments. Free tax act 2012   Enter any federal income tax withheld that is shown on Form W-2, box 2, or Form 1099, box 4, on line 36. Free tax act 2012 Enter any estimated tax payments you made on line 37. Free tax act 2012 Credit for child and dependent care expenses. Free tax act 2012   If you can take this credit, as discussed in chapter 32, complete Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, and attach it to your return. Free tax act 2012 Enter the amount of the credit on line 29. Free tax act 2012 The IRS will not figure this credit. Free tax act 2012 Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Free tax act 2012   If you can take this credit, as discussed in chapter 33, the IRS can figure it for you. Free tax act 2012 Enter “CFE” in the space to the left of line 30 and attach Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040), Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, to your paper return. Free tax act 2012 On Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040), check the box in Part I for your filing status and age. Free tax act 2012 Complete Part II and Part III, lines 11 and 13, if they apply. Free tax act 2012 Earned income credit. Free tax act 2012   If you can take this credit, as discussed in chapter 36, the IRS can figure it for you. Free tax act 2012 Enter “EIC” to the left of the entry space for line 38a. Free tax act 2012 Enter the nontaxable combat pay you elect to include in earned income on line 38b. Free tax act 2012    If you have a qualifying child, you must fill in Schedule EIC (Form 1040A or 1040), Earned Income Credit, and attach it to your paper return. Free tax act 2012 If you do not provide the child's social security number on Schedule EIC, line 2, the credit will be reduced or disallowed unless the child was born and died in 2013. Free tax act 2012   If your credit for any year after 1996 was reduced or disallowed by the IRS, you may also have to file Form 8862 with your return. Free tax act 2012 For details, see the Form 1040A Instructions. Free tax act 2012 Form 1040 Line Entries Read lines 1 through 43 and fill in the lines that apply to you. Free tax act 2012 Do not complete line 44. Free tax act 2012 If you are filing a joint return, use the space under the words “Adjusted Gross Income” on the front of your return to separately show your taxable income and your spouse's taxable income. Free tax act 2012 Read lines 45 through 71. Free tax act 2012 Fill in the lines that apply to you, but do not fill in lines 54, 61, and 72. Free tax act 2012 Also, do not complete line 55 and lines 73 through 77. Free tax act 2012 Do not fill in line 53, box “c,” if you are completing Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040), or line 64a if you want the IRS to figure the credits shown on those lines. Free tax act 2012 Payments. Free tax act 2012   Enter any federal income tax withheld that is shown on Form W-2, box 2, or Form 1099, box 4, on line 62. Free tax act 2012 Enter any estimated tax payments you made on line 63. Free tax act 2012 Credit for child and dependent care expenses. Free tax act 2012   If you can take this credit, as discussed in chapter 32, complete Form 2441 and attach it to your paper return. Free tax act 2012 Enter the amount of the credit on line 48. Free tax act 2012 The IRS will not figure this credit. Free tax act 2012 Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Free tax act 2012   If you can take this credit, as discussed in chapter 33, the IRS can figure it for you. Free tax act 2012 Enter “CFE” on the line next to line 53, check box “c,” and attach Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040) to your paper return. Free tax act 2012 On Schedule R (Form 1040A or 1040), check the box in Part I for your filing status and age. Free tax act 2012 Complete Part II and Part III, lines 11 and 13, if they apply. Free tax act 2012 Earned income credit. Free tax act 2012   If you can take this credit, as discussed in chapter 36, the IRS can figure it for you. Free tax act 2012 Enter “EIC” on the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 64a. Free tax act 2012 Enter the nontaxable combat pay you elect to include in earned income on line 64b. Free tax act 2012   If you have a qualifying child, you must fill in Schedule EIC (Form 1040A or 1040), Earned Income Credit, and attach it to your paper return. Free tax act 2012 If you do not provide the child's social security number on Schedule EIC, line 2, the credit will be reduced or disallowed unless the child was born and died in 2013. Free tax act 2012   If your credit for any year after 1996 was reduced or disallowed by the IRS, you may also have to file Form 8862 with your return. Free tax act 2012 For details, see the Form 1040 Instructions. Free tax act 2012 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Free tax act 2012 12. Free tax act 2012   How To Get More Information Table of Contents Internal Revenue ServiceLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) Small Business Administration Other Federal Agencies This section describes the help the IRS and other federal agencies offer to taxpayers who operate their own businesses. Free tax act 2012 Internal Revenue Service 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. Free tax act 2012 Free help with your return. Free tax act 2012   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Free tax act 2012 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 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Free tax act 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. Free tax act 2012 You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Free tax act 2012 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Free tax act 2012 Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Free tax act 2012 No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Free tax act 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. Free tax act 2012 When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Free tax act 2012 New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Free tax act 2012  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Free tax act 2012 gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Free tax act 2012 You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Free tax act 2012 The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Free tax act 2012 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. 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Free tax act 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). Free tax act 2012 You should receive your order within 10 business days. Free tax act 2012 Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Free tax act 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. Free tax act 2012 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Free tax act 2012 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Free tax act 2012 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Free tax act 2012    Walk-in. Free tax act 2012 You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Free tax act 2012 Products. Free tax act 2012 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Free tax act 2012 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Free tax act 2012 Services. Free tax act 2012 You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Free tax act 2012 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Free tax act 2012 Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Free tax act 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. Free tax act 2012    Mail. Free tax act 2012 You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Free tax act 2012 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Free tax act 2012  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Free tax act 2012 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Free tax act 2012 The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Free tax act 2012 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Free tax act 2012   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Free tax act 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. Free tax act 2012 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Free tax act 2012 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Free tax act 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. Free tax act 2012 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Free tax act 2012 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Free tax act 2012 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Free tax act 2012 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Free tax act 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. Free tax act 2012   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Free tax act 2012 If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Free tax act 2012 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) 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. Free tax act 2012 Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Free tax act 2012 Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Free tax act 2012 Small Business Administration The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers training and educational programs, counseling services, financial programs, and contract assistance for small business owners. Free tax act 2012 The SBA also has publications and videos on a variety of business topics. Free tax act 2012 The following briefly describes assistance provided by the SBA. Free tax act 2012 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). Free tax act 2012   SBDCs provide counseling, training, and technical services to current and prospective small business owners who cannot afford the services of a private consultant. Free tax act 2012 Help is available when beginning, improving, or expanding a small business. Free tax act 2012 Business Information Centers (BICs). Free tax act 2012   BICs offer a small business reference library, management video tapes, and computer technology to help plan a business. Free tax act 2012 BICs also offer one-on-one assistance. 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