A Helping Hand from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service offers free tax help to taxpayers worldwide.

IRS Publication 910, Guide to Free Tax Services, describes a number of tax materials and services that are available year-round through the IRS and tells how, when, and where you can get them. Publication 910 includes the IRS Internet address and telephone and fax numbers for information on filing options; a brief description of 100 tax publications with related IRS forms; an index of 1000 tax topics with reference to related publications for details; and tax education and assistance programs. This guide also provides directions on how to access recorded tax information and automated refund information. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to order a free copy of Publication 910.

Learn about the following programs and more in Publication 910.

* Taxpayer Advocate Service

Taxpayer advocates independently represent the interests of taxpayers by helping to resolve tax problems that have not been fixed through normal channels. The advocate has the authority to cut through red tape and intercede for those who are experiencing a hardship because of a tax problem. If you have an unresolved tax problem, call the National Taxpayer Advocate's toll-free help line at 1-877-777-4778.

* Volunteer Tax Help

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs have specially-trained volunteers to prepare basic tax returns. VITA and TCE volunteers help older individuals, those with special needs, and non-English speaking taxpayers with their taxes. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 for the VITA or TCE location nearest you.

* Braille and Large-Print Materials

Federal tax materials in Braille are available at Regional Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Materials in Braille include Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax; Publication 334, Tax Guide For Small Business, and Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, and Schedules A and B, with instructions. Large-print copies of Form 1040, with schedules and instructions, are in Publication 1614. Large-print copies of Form 1040A, Schedules 1, 3 and EIC, and instructions are in Publication 1615. The copies can be used as worksheets to figure tax, but can't be filed as tax returns.

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