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