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Vita irs org Publication 531 - Main Content Table of Contents Keeping a Daily Tip RecordElectronic tip record. Vita irs org Reporting Tips to Your EmployerElectronic tip statement. Vita irs org Final report. Vita irs org Tip Rate Determination and Education Program Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return Allocated Tips How To Get Tax Help Keeping a Daily Tip Record Why keep a daily tip record. Vita irs org   You must keep a daily tip record so you can: Report your tips accurately to your employer, Report your tips accurately on your tax return, and Prove your tip income if your return is ever questioned. Vita irs org How to keep a daily tip record. Vita irs org   There are two ways to keep a daily tip record. Vita irs org You can either: Write information about your tips in a tip diary, or Keep copies of documents that show your tips, such as restaurant bills and credit or debit card charge slips. Vita irs org You should keep your daily tip record with your tax or other personal records. Vita irs org You must keep your records for as long as they are important for administration of the federal tax law. Vita irs org For information on how long to keep records, see How Long to Keep Records in chapter 1 of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax. Vita irs org    If you keep a tip diary, you can use Form 4070A, Employee's Daily Record of Tips. Vita irs org To get Form 4070A, ask the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or your employer for Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer. Vita irs org Publication 1244 is also available at www. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov/pub1244. Vita irs org Publication 1244 includes a 1-year supply of Form 4070A. Vita irs org Each day, write in the information asked for on the form. Vita irs org A filled-in Form 4070A is shown on the following page. Vita irs org   In addition to the information asked for on Form 4070A, you also need to keep a record of the date and value of any noncash tips you get, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. Vita irs org Although you do not report these tips to your employer, you must report them on your tax return. Vita irs org   If you do not use Form 4070A, start your records by writing your name, your employer's name, and the name of the business (if it is different from your employer's name). Vita irs org Then, each workday, write the date and the following information. Vita irs org Cash tips you get directly from customers or from other employees. Vita irs org Tips from credit and debit card charge customers that your employer pays you. Vita irs org The value of any noncash tips you get, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. Vita irs org The amount of tips you paid out to other employees through tip pools or tip splitting, or other arrangements, and the names of the employees to whom you paid the tips. Vita irs org Please click here for the text description of the image. Vita irs org Sample Filled-in Form 4070A from Publication 1244 Electronic tip record. Vita irs org   You can use an electronic system provided by your employer to record your daily tips. Vita irs org If you do, you must receive and keep a paper copy of this record. Vita irs org Service charges. Vita irs org    Do not write in your tip diary the amount of any service charge that your employer adds to a customer's bill and then pays to you and treats as wages. Vita irs org This is part of your wages, not a tip. Vita irs org The following factors determine if you have a tip or service charge: The payment is made free from compulsion; The customer has the right to determine the amount of payment; The payment is not subject to negotiation or dictated by employer policy; and The customer generally has the right to determine who receives the payment. Vita irs org See examples below. Vita irs org Example 1. Vita irs org Good Food Restaurant adds an 18% charge to the bill for parties of 6 or more customers. Vita irs org Jane's bill for food and beverages for her party of 8 includes an amount on the tip line equal to 18% of the charges for food and beverages, and the total includes this amount. Vita irs org Because Jane did not have an unrestricted right to determine the amount on the “tip line,” the 18% charge is considered a service charge. Vita irs org Do not include the 18% charge in your tip diary. Vita irs org Service charges that are paid to you are considered wages, not tips. Vita irs org Example 2. Vita irs org Good Food Restaurant includes sample calculations of tip amounts at the bottom of its bills for food and beverages provided to customers. Vita irs org David's bill includes a blank “tip line,” with sample tip calculations of 15%, 18%, and 20% of the charges for food and beverages at the bottom of the bill beneath the signature line. Vita irs org Because David is free to enter any amount on the “tip line” or leave it blank, any amount he includes is considered a tip. Vita irs org Be sure to include this amount in your tip diary. Vita irs org Sample Filled-in Form 4070 from Publication 1244 Please click here for the text description of the image. Vita irs org Filled-in Form 4070 Reporting Tips to Your Employer Why report tips to your employer. Vita irs org   You must report tips to your employer so that: Your employer can withhold federal income tax and social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes, Your employer can report the correct amount of your earnings to the Social Security Administration or Railroad Retirement Board (which affects your benefits when you retire or if you become disabled, or your family's benefits if you die), and You can avoid the penalty for not reporting tips to your employer (explained later). Vita irs org What tips to report. Vita irs org   Report to your employer only cash, check, and debit and credit card tips you receive. Vita irs org   If your total tips for any 1 month from any one job are less than $20, do not report the tips for that month to that employer. Vita irs org   If you participate in a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement, report only the tips you receive and retain. Vita irs org Do not report to your employer any portion of the tips you receive that you pass on to other employees. Vita irs org However, you must report tips you receive from other employees. Vita irs org   Do not report the value of any noncash tips, such as tickets or passes, to your employer. Vita irs org You do not pay social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on these tips. Vita irs org How to report. Vita irs org   If your employer does not give you any other way to report your tips, you can use Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer. Vita irs org Fill in the information asked for on the form, sign and date the form, and give it to your employer. Vita irs org A sample filled-in Form 4070 is shown above. Vita irs org To get a 1-year supply of the form, ask the IRS or your employer for Publication 1244. Vita irs org   If you do not use Form 4070, give your employer a statement with the following information. Vita irs org Your name, address, and social security number. Vita irs org Your employer's name, address, and business name (if it is different from your employer's name). Vita irs org The month (or the dates of any shorter period) in which you received tips. Vita irs org The total tips required to be reported for that period. Vita irs org You must sign and date the statement. Vita irs org Be sure to keep a copy with your tax or other personal records. Vita irs org   Your employer may require you to report your tips more than once a month. Vita irs org However, the statement cannot cover a period of more than 1 calendar month. Vita irs org Electronic tip statement. Vita irs org   Your employer can have you furnish your tip statements electronically. Vita irs org When to report. Vita irs org   Give your report for each month to your employer by the 10th of the next month. Vita irs org If the 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, give your employer the report by the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Vita irs org Example. Vita irs org You must report your tips received in September 2014 by October 10, 2014. Vita irs org Final report. Vita irs org   If your employment ends during the month, you can report your tips when your employment ends. Vita irs org Penalty for not reporting tips. Vita irs org   If you do not report tips to your employer as required, you may be subject to a penalty equal to 50% of the social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes you owe on the unreported tips. Vita irs org (For information about these taxes, see Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, later. Vita irs org ) The penalty amount is in addition to the taxes you owe. Vita irs org   You can avoid this penalty if you can show reasonable cause for not reporting the tips to your employer. Vita irs org To do so, attach a statement to your return explaining why you did not report them. Vita irs org Giving your employer money for taxes. Vita irs org   Your regular pay may not be enough for your employer to withhold all the taxes you owe on your regular pay plus your reported tips. Vita irs org If this happens, you can give your employer money until the close of the calendar year to pay the rest of the taxes. Vita irs org   If you do not give your employer enough money, your employer will apply your regular pay and any money you give to the taxes, in the following order. Vita irs org All taxes on your regular pay. Vita irs org Social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on your reported tips. Vita irs org Federal, state, and local income taxes on your reported tips. Vita irs org    Any taxes that remain unpaid can be collected by your employer from your next paycheck. Vita irs org If withholding taxes remain uncollected at the end of the year, you may be subject to a penalty for underpayment of estimated taxes. Vita irs org See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information. Vita irs org    Uncollected taxes. Vita irs org You must report on your tax return any social security and Medicare taxes, or railroad retirement taxes that remained uncollected at the end of 2013. Vita irs org These uncollected taxes will be shown on your 2013 Form W-2. Vita irs org See Reporting uncollected social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, later. Vita irs org Tip Rate Determination and Education Program Your employer may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Vita irs org The program was developed to help employees and employers understand and meet their tip reporting responsibilities. Vita irs org There are two agreements under the program: the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). Vita irs org A variation of the TRAC program, the Employer Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment, (EmTRAC) was designed to allow employers in the food and beverage industry to design and receive approval for their own TRAC programs. Vita irs org For information on the EmTRAC program, see Notice 2001-1, which is on page 261 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-2 at www. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-02. Vita irs org pdf. Vita irs org If you are employed in the gaming industry, your employer may participate in the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement Program. Vita irs org See Revenue Procedure 2007-32, 2007-22 I. Vita irs org R. Vita irs org B. Vita irs org 1322, available at www. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07_22. Vita irs org pdf. Vita irs org Your employer can provide you with a copy of any applicable agreement. Vita irs org To find out more about these agreements, visit IRS. Vita irs org gov and enter “restaurant tip reporting” in the search box. Vita irs org You may also call 1-800-829-4933, visit www. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov/localcontacts for the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in your area, or send an email to Tip. Vita irs org Program@irs. Vita irs org gov and request information on this program. Vita irs org Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return How to report tips. Vita irs org   Report your tips with your wages on Form 1040, line 7; Form 1040A, line 7; Form 1040EZ, line 1; Form 1040NR, line 8; or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 3. Vita irs org What tips to report. Vita irs org   Generally, you must report all tips you received in 2013 on your tax return, including both cash tips and noncash tips. Vita irs org Any tips you reported to your employer as required in 2013 are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. Vita irs org Add to the amount in box 1 only the tips you did not report to your employer. Vita irs org   However, any tips you received in 2013 that you reported to your employer as required after 2013 but before January 11, 2014, are not included in the wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2. Vita irs org Do not include the amount of these tips on your 2013 tax return. Vita irs org Instead, include them on your 2014 tax return. Vita irs org Tips you received in 2012 that you reported to your employer as required after 2012 but before January 11, 2013, are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2. Vita irs org Although these tips were received in 2012, you must report them on your 2013 tax return. Vita irs org   If you participate in a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement, report only the tips you receive and retain. Vita irs org Do not report on your income tax return any portion of the tips you receive that you pass on to other employees. Vita irs org However, you must report tips you receive from other employees. Vita irs org    If you received $20 or more in cash and charge tips in a month and did not report all of those tips to your employer, see Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer, later. Vita irs org    If you did not keep a daily tip record as required and an amount is shown in box 8 of your Form W-2, see Allocated Tips, later. Vita irs org   If you kept a daily tip record and reported tips to your employer as required under the rules explained earlier, add the following tips to the amount in box 1 of your Form W-2. Vita irs org Cash and charge tips you received that totaled less than $20 for any month. Vita irs org The value of noncash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. Vita irs org Example. Vita irs org Ben Smith began working at the Blue Ocean Restaurant (his only employer in 2013) on June 30 and received $10,000 in wages during the year. Vita irs org Ben kept a daily tip record showing that his tips for June were $18 and his tips for the rest of the year totaled $7,000. Vita irs org He was not required to report his June tips to his employer, but he reported all of the rest of his tips to his employer as required. Vita irs org Ben's Form W-2 from Blue Ocean Restaurant shows $17,000 ($10,000 wages + $7,000 reported tips) in box 1. Vita irs org He adds the $18 unreported tips to that amount and reports $17,018 as wages on his tax return. Vita irs org Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer. Vita irs org    If you received $20 or more in cash and charge tips in a month from any one job and did not report all of those tips to your employer, you must report the social security, Medicare, and Additional Medicare taxes on the unreported tips as additional tax on your return. Vita irs org To report these taxes, you must file a return even if you would not otherwise have to file. Vita irs org You must use Form 1040, Form 1040NR, Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-SS, or 1040-PR (as appropriate) for this purpose. Vita irs org (You cannot file Form 1040EZ or Form 1040A. Vita irs org )    Use Form 4137, Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income, to figure social security and Medicare taxes. Vita irs org Enter the tax on your return as instructed, and attach the completed Form 4137 to your return. Vita irs org Use Form 8959 to figure Additional Medicare Tax. Vita irs org If you are subject to the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, you cannot use Form 4137 to pay railroad retirement tax on unreported tips. Vita irs org To get railroad retirement credit, you must report tips to your employer. Vita irs org Reporting uncollected social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips reported to your employer. Vita irs org    You may have uncollected taxes if your regular pay was not enough for your employer to withhold all the taxes you owe and you did not give your employer enough money to pay the rest of the taxes. Vita irs org For more information, see Giving your employer money for taxes , under Reporting Tips to Your Employer, earlier. Vita irs org   If your employer could not collect all the social security and Medicare taxes, or railroad retirement taxes you owe on tips reported for 2013, the uncollected taxes will be shown in box 12 of your Form W-2 (codes A and B). Vita irs org You must report these amounts as additional tax on your return. Vita irs org   If you worked in the U. Vita irs org S. Vita irs org possessions and received Form W-2AS, Form W-2CM, Form W-2GU, or Form W-2VI, any uncollected taxes on tips will be shown in box 12 with codes A and B. Vita irs org If you received Form 499R-2/W-2PR, any uncollected taxes will be shown in boxes 22 and 23. Vita irs org Unlike the uncollected portion of the regular (1. Vita irs org 45%) Medicare tax, the uncollected Additional Medicare Tax is not reported on Form W-2. Vita irs org   To report these uncollected taxes, you must file a return even if you would not otherwise have to file. Vita irs org You can report these taxes on Form 1040, in the space next to line 60; Form 1040NR, line 59; Form 1040-SS, Part I, line 6; or Form 1040-PR, Part I, line 6. Vita irs org See the instructions for the appropriate form and line number indicated, and Form 8959. Vita irs org (You cannot file Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, or Form 1040NR-EZ. Vita irs org ) Self-employed persons. Vita irs org    If you receive tips as a self-employed person, you should report these tips as income on Schedule C or C-EZ. Vita irs org See Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for more information on reporting business income. Vita irs org Allocated Tips If your employer allocated tips to you, they are shown separately in box 8 of your Form W-2. Vita irs org They are not included in box 1 with your wages and reported tips. Vita irs org If box 8 is blank, this discussion does not apply to you. Vita irs org What are allocated tips. Vita irs org   These are tips that your employer assigned to you in addition to the tips you reported to your employer for the year. Vita irs org Your employer will have done this only if: You worked in an establishment (restaurant, cocktail lounge, or similar business) that must allocate tips to employees, and The tips you reported to your employer were less than your share of 8% of food and drink sales. Vita irs org No income, social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes are withheld on allocated tips. Vita irs org How were your allocated tips figured. Vita irs org   The tips allocated to you are your share of an amount figured by subtracting the reported tips of all employees from 8% (or an approved lower rate) of food and drink sales (other than carryout sales and sales with a service charge of 10% or more). Vita irs org Your share of that amount was figured using either a method provided by an employer-employee agreement or a method provided by IRS regulations based on employees' sales or hours worked. Vita irs org For information about the exact allocation method used, ask your employer. Vita irs org Must you report your allocated tips on your tax return. Vita irs org   You must report tips you received in 2013 (including both cash and noncash tips) on your tax return as explained in What tips to report , earlier. Vita irs org Any tips you reported to your employer in 2013 as required (explained under Reporting Tips to Your Employer , earlier) are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. Vita irs org Add to the amount in box 1 only the tips you did not report to your employer as required. Vita irs org This should include any allocated tips shown in box 8 on your Form(s) W-2, unless you have adequate records to show that you received less tips in the year than the allocated amount. Vita irs org   See What tips to report under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, and Keeping a Daily Tip Record , earlier. Vita irs org How to report allocated tips. Vita irs org   If you received any tips in 2013 that you did not report to your employer as required (including allocated tips that you are required to report on your tax return), add these tips to the amount in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2 and report this amount as wages on Form 1040, line 7; Form 1040NR, line 8; or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 3. Vita irs org (You cannot file Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ). Vita irs org    Because social security, Medicare, or Additional Medicare taxes were not withheld from the allocated tips, you must report those taxes as additional tax on your return. Vita irs org Complete Form 4137 and include the allocated tips on line 1 of the form as provided in its instructions. Vita irs org See Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, earlier. Vita irs org How to request an approved lower rate. Vita irs org   Your employer can use a tip rate lower than 8% (but not lower than 2%) to figure allocated tips only if the IRS approves the lower rate. Vita irs org Either the employer or the employees can request approval of a lower rate by filing a petition with the IRS. Vita irs org The petition must include specific information about the establishment that will justify the lower rate. Vita irs org A user fee must be paid with the petition. Vita irs org    An employee petition can be filed only with the consent of a majority of the directly tipped employees (waiters, bartenders, and others who receive tips directly from customers). Vita irs org The petition must state the total number of directly tipped employees and the number of employees consenting to the petition. Vita irs org Employees filing the petition must promptly notify the employer, and the employer must promptly give the IRS a copy of all Forms 8027, Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips, filed for the establishment for the previous 3 years. Vita irs org   For more information about how to file a petition and what information to include, see Allocation of Tips in the Instructions for Form 8027. Vita irs org How To Get Tax Help Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. Vita irs org Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. Vita irs org Free help with your tax return. Vita irs org   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Vita irs org The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Vita irs org The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Vita irs org 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. Vita irs org Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. Vita irs org To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Vita irs org gov or call 1-800-906-9887. Vita irs org   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Vita irs org To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Vita irs org aarp. Vita irs org org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Vita irs org   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Vita irs org gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Vita irs org Internet. Vita irs org IRS. Vita irs org gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are — every day, every night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Vita irs org Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Vita irs org Go to IRS. Vita irs org gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Vita irs org Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Vita irs org gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Vita irs org Check the status of your 2013 refund with Where's My Refund? Go to IRS. Vita irs org gov or the IRS2Go app, and click on Where's My Refund? You'll get a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Vita irs org If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Vita irs org Check the status of your amended return. Vita irs org Go to IRS. Vita irs org gov and enter Where's My Amended Return in the search box. Vita irs org Download forms, instructions, and publications, including some accessible versions. Vita irs org Order free transcripts of your tax returns or tax account using the Order a Transcript tool on IRS. Vita irs org gov or IRS2Go. Vita irs org Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and past three years. Vita irs org Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Vita irs org gov. Vita irs org 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. Vita irs org Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Vita irs org gov. Vita irs org Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Vita irs org gov or IRS2Go. Vita irs org Stop by most business days for face-to-face tax help, no appointment necessary — just walk in. Vita irs org An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Vita irs org Before you visit, check the Office Locator for the address, phone number, hours of operation and the services provided. Vita irs org If you have an ongoing tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Vita irs org Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Vita irs org Locate the nearest volunteer help site with the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Vita irs org gov. Vita irs org Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Vita irs org The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Vita irs org Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and some provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Vita irs org AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program as part of the TCE program. Vita irs org Visit AARP's website to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Vita irs org Research your tax questions. Vita irs org Search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Vita irs org Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Vita irs org Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Vita irs org Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. Vita irs org Phone. Vita irs org You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Vita irs org Download the free IRS2Go mobile app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Vita irs org Use it to watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, check your refund status, 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. Vita irs org Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887. Vita irs org Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Vita irs org The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Vita irs org Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Vita irs org Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Vita irs org Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Vita irs org Call to check the status of your 2013 refund, 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477. Vita irs org The automated Where's My Refund? information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Vita irs org If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Vita irs org Before you call, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Vita irs org Where's My Refund? can give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Vita irs org Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Vita irs org Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Vita irs org Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Vita irs org You should receive your order within 10 business days. Vita irs org Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. Vita irs org Follow the prompts to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. 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Vita irs org Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Vita irs org Services. Vita irs org You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Vita irs org An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Vita irs org If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Vita irs org No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Vita irs org Before visiting, check www. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Vita irs org Mail. Vita irs org You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Vita irs org You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Vita irs org  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Vita irs org Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Vita irs org   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Vita irs org Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Vita irs org What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Vita irs org 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. Vita irs org You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Vita irs org You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Vita irs org   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. Vita irs org Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Vita irs org Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Vita irs org Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Vita irs org We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Vita irs org 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 www. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Vita irs org How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Vita irs org If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov/sams. Vita irs org Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Vita irs org   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. Vita irs org Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Vita irs org Visit www. Vita irs org TaxpayerAdvocate. Vita irs org irs. Vita irs org gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Vita irs org Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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The Office of Commissioner of Internal Revenue was created by Congress on July 1, 1862. The Bureau of Internal Revenue was created to collect taxes used to finance the Civil War. The income tax was abolished after 10 years but the agency remained to collect other revenues. The income tax was reinstated in 1913. See History of the IRS for more information.

Commissioners are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The IRS Commissioner and the IRS Chief Counsel are the only appointees within the agency. All other employees are career civil servants. Since the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, commissioners have been appointed to a five-year term.

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