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Tax filing tips 7. Tax filing tips   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Outside the U. Tax filing tips S. Tax filing tips Low Income Taxpayer Clinics 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. Tax filing tips Free help with your tax return. Tax filing tips   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Tax filing tips The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Tax filing tips The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 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Tax filing tips    Beijing, China (86) (10) 8531-3983 Frankfurt, Germany (49) (69) 7535-3811 London, England (44) (20) 7894-0477 Paris, France (33) (1) 4312-2555   Please contact the office for times when assistance will be available. Tax filing tips Mail. Tax filing tips   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Tax filing tips You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Tax filing tips Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Tax filing tips Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613      Outside the U. Tax filing tips S. Tax filing tips If you are outside the United States, you can get tax assistance by writing to the address below. Tax filing tips  Internal Revenue Service International Accounts Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Taxpayer Advocate Service. Tax filing tips   The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Tax filing tips The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 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