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Myfreetax 11. Myfreetax   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. Myfreetax Free help with your tax return. Myfreetax   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Myfreetax The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Myfreetax The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Myfreetax To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Myfreetax gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Myfreetax   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Myfreetax To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Myfreetax aarp. Myfreetax org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Myfreetax For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Myfreetax gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Myfreetax Internet. Myfreetax    IRS. Myfreetax gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Myfreetax Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Myfreetax gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Myfreetax The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Myfreetax The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Myfreetax Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Myfreetax No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Myfreetax New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Myfreetax  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Myfreetax gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Myfreetax You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Myfreetax The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Myfreetax Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Myfreetax gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Myfreetax Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Myfreetax Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Myfreetax Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Myfreetax gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Myfreetax You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Myfreetax It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Myfreetax Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Myfreetax gov. Myfreetax Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Myfreetax gov for more information. Myfreetax Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Myfreetax Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Myfreetax gov. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Myfreetax gov. Myfreetax Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Myfreetax gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Myfreetax Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Myfreetax Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Myfreetax gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Myfreetax An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Myfreetax Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Myfreetax gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Myfreetax If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Myfreetax Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Myfreetax Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Myfreetax Go to IRS. Myfreetax gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Myfreetax Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Myfreetax Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Myfreetax Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Myfreetax Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Myfreetax gov and choose from a variety of options. Myfreetax Phone. Myfreetax    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Myfreetax Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Myfreetax Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Myfreetax gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Myfreetax Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Myfreetax Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Myfreetax Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Myfreetax Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Myfreetax Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Myfreetax You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Myfreetax It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Myfreetax 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). Myfreetax You should receive your order within 10 business days. Myfreetax Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Myfreetax The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Myfreetax These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Myfreetax Walk-in. Myfreetax   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Myfreetax Products. Myfreetax You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Myfreetax Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Myfreetax Services. Myfreetax You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Myfreetax An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Myfreetax Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Myfreetax gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Myfreetax Mail. Myfreetax   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Myfreetax You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Myfreetax Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Myfreetax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Myfreetax The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Myfreetax Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Myfreetax   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Myfreetax 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. Myfreetax You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Myfreetax You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Myfreetax   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. Myfreetax Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Myfreetax Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Myfreetax Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Myfreetax We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Myfreetax   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. Myfreetax   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Myfreetax If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Myfreetax Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Myfreetax   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. Myfreetax Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Myfreetax Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Myfreetax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Myfreetax Publication 587 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Myfreetax Tax questions. Myfreetax Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 587, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Myfreetax irs. Myfreetax gov/pub587. Myfreetax What's New The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. Myfreetax The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. Myfreetax For more information, see Using the Simplified Method under Figuring the Deduction, later. Myfreetax Reminders Photographs of missing children. Myfreetax  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Myfreetax Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Myfreetax You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Myfreetax Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide information on figuring and claiming the deduction for business use of your home. Myfreetax The term “home” includes a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, or similar property which provides basic living accommodations. Myfreetax It also includes structures on the property, such as an unattached garage, studio, barn, or greenhouse. Myfreetax However, it does not include any part of your property used exclusively as a hotel, motel, inn, or similar establishment. Myfreetax Qualifying for a Deduction gives the requirements for qualifying to deduct expenses for the business use of your home (including special rules for employees and special rules for storing inventory or product samples). Myfreetax For special rules that apply to daycare providers, see Daycare Facility . Myfreetax After you determine that you qualify for the deduction, Figuring the Deduction explains the expenses you can deduct using either your actual expenses or the simplified method. Myfreetax The simplified method is an alternative to calculating and substantiating actual expenses. Myfreetax Where To Deduct explains where a self-employed person, employee, or partner will report the deduction. Myfreetax This publication also includes information on the following. Myfreetax Selling a home that was used partly for business. Myfreetax Deducting expenses for furniture and equipment used in your business. Myfreetax Records you should keep. Myfreetax Finally, this publication contains worksheets to help you figure the amount of your deduction if you use your home in your farming business and you are filing Schedule F (Form 1040), you use your home for work as an employee, or you are a partner and the use of your home resulted in unreimbursed ordinary and necessary expenses that you are required to pay under the partnership agreement. Myfreetax If you used your home for business and you are filing Schedule C (Form 1040), you will use either Form 8829 or the Simplified Method Worksheet in your Instructions for Schedule C. Myfreetax The rules in this publication apply to individuals. Myfreetax If you need information on deductions for renting out your property, see Publication 527, Residential Rental Property. Myfreetax Comments and suggestions. Myfreetax   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Myfreetax   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Myfreetax NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Myfreetax Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Myfreetax   You can send your comments from www. Myfreetax irs. Myfreetax gov/formspubs/. Myfreetax Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Myfreetax ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Myfreetax Ordering forms and publications. Myfreetax   Visit www. Myfreetax irs. Myfreetax gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Myfreetax Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Myfreetax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Myfreetax   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Myfreetax gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Myfreetax We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Myfreetax Useful Items - You may want to see: Publications 523 Selling Your Home 551 Basis of Assets 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records 946 How To Depreciate Property Forms (and Instructions) Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss from Business 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 8829 Expenses for Business Use of Your Home  See How To Get Tax Help , near the end of this publication for information about getting publications and forms. Myfreetax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications