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Instructions for Form 1040
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How To Get Tax Help(p92)

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If you have questions about a tax issue, need help preparing your tax return, or want to download free publications, forms, or instructions, go to IRS.gov and find resources that can help you right away.
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Preparing and filing your tax return.(p92)
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Find free options to prepare and file your return on IRS.gov or in your local community if you qualify.
In general, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited-English-speaking taxpayers who need help preparing their own tax returns. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older. TCE volunteers specialize in answering questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.
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Getting answers to your tax law questions. On IRS.gov get answers to your tax questions anytime, anywhere.
  • Go to www.irs.gov/Help-&-Resources for a variety of tools that will help you with your taxes.
  • Enter ITA in the search box on IRS.gov for the Interactive Tax Assistant, a tool that will ask you questions on a number of tax law topics and provide answers. You can print the entire interview and the final response.
  • Enter Pub 17 in the search box on IRS.gov to get Pub. 17, Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals, which features details on tax-saving opportunities, 2015 tax changes, and thousands of interactive links to help you find answers to your questions.
  • Additionally, you may be able to access tax law information in your electronic filing software.
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Tax forms and publications.(p92)
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You can download or print all of the forms and publications you may need on www.irs.gov/formspubs. Otherwise, you can go to www.irs.gov/orderforms to place an order and have forms mailed to you. You should receive your order within 10 business days.
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Direct deposit.(p92)
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The fastest way to receive a tax refund is by combining direct deposit and IRS e-file. Direct deposit securely and electronically transfers your refund directly into your financial account. Eight in 10 taxpayers use direct deposit to receive their refund. The majority of refunds are received within 21 days or less.
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Getting a transcript or copy of a return.(p92)
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Using online tools to help prepare your return.(p92)
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Go to IRS.gov and click on the Tools bar to use these and other self-service options.
For help with the alternative minimum tax, go to IRS.gov/AMT.
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Understanding identity theft issues.(p93)
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Checking on the status of a refund.(p93)
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Making a tax payment.(p93)
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The IRS uses the latest encryption technology so electronic payments are safe and secure. You can make electronic payments online, by phone, or from a mobile device. Paying electronically is quick, easy, and faster than mailing in a check or money order. Go to www.irs.gov/payments to make a payment using any of the following options.
IRS2Go provides access to mobile-friendly payment options like IRS Direct Pay, offering you a free, secure way to pay directly from your bank account. You can also make debit or credit card payments through an approved payment processor. Simply download IRS2Go from Google Play, the Apple App Store, or the Amazon Appstore, and make your payments anytime, anywhere.
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What if I can’t pay now?(p93)
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Click on the Pay Your Tax Bill icon on IRS.gov for more information about these additional options.
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Checking the status of an amended return.(p93)
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Go to IRS.gov and click on the Tools tab and then Where’s My Amended Return?
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Understanding an IRS notice or letter.(p93)
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Enter Understanding your notice in the search box on IRS.gov to find additional information about your IRS notice or letter.
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Visiting the IRS.(p93)
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Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center using the Office Locator tool on IRS.gov. Enter office locator in the search box. Or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Before you visit, use the Locator tool to check hours and services available.
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Watching IRS videos.(p93)
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The IRS Video portal www.irsvideos.gov contains video and audio presentations for individuals, small businesses, and tax professionals. You’ll find video clips of tax topics, archived versions of panel discussions and Webinars, and audio archives of tax practitioner phone forums.
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Getting tax information in other languages.(p93)
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For taxpayers whose native language isn't English, we have the following resources available.
  1. Taxpayers can find information on IRS.gov in the following languages.
    1. Spanish.
    2. Chinese.
    3. Vietnamese.
    4. Korean.
    5. Russian.
  2. The IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers provide over-the-phone interpreter service in over 170 languages, and the service is available free to taxpayers.