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1040ez on line 7. 1040ez on line   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Outside the U. 1040ez on line S. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line Free help with your tax return. 1040ez on line   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 1040ez on line The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 1040ez on line The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 1040ez on line To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040ez on line gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 1040ez on line   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 1040ez on line To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 1040ez on line aarp. 1040ez on line org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 1040ez on line For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 1040ez on line gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 1040ez on line Internet. 1040ez on line    IRS. 1040ez on line gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1040ez on line Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 1040ez on line gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 1040ez on line The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040ez on line The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040ez on line Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 1040ez on line No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 1040ez on line New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 1040ez on line  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 1040ez on line gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 1040ez on line You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 1040ez on line The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 1040ez on line Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 1040ez on line gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 1040ez on line Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 1040ez on line Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 1040ez on line Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. 1040ez on line gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 1040ez on line You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040ez on line It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040ez on line Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 1040ez on line gov. 1040ez on line Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 1040ez on line gov for more information. 1040ez on line Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 1040ez on line Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 1040ez on line gov. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 1040ez on line gov. 1040ez on line Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 1040ez on line gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 1040ez on line Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 1040ez on line Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040ez on line gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 1040ez on line An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040ez on line Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 1040ez on line gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 1040ez on line If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 1040ez on line Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 1040ez on line Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 1040ez on line Go to IRS. 1040ez on line gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 1040ez on line Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 1040ez on line Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 1040ez on line Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 1040ez on line Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 1040ez on line gov and choose from a variety of options. 1040ez on line Phone. 1040ez on line    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 1040ez on line Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040ez on line Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040ez on line gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040ez on line Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 1040ez on line Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 1040ez on line Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040ez on line Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040ez on line Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 1040ez on line 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. 1040ez on line Call the Amended 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publications. 1040ez on line The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 1040ez on line These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 1040ez on line    Outside the U. 1040ez on line S. 1040ez on line If you are outside the United States, taxpayer assistance is available by calling the following U. 1040ez on line S Embassies or consulates. 1040ez on line    Beijing, China (86) (10) 8531-3983 Frankfurt, Germany (49) (69) 7535-3823 London, England (44) (20) 7894-0477 Paris, France (33) (1) 4312-2555   If you cannot contact one of these offices, taxpayer assistance is also available at (267) 941-1000 (not a toll free call). 1040ez on line   If you are in a U. 1040ez on line S. 1040ez on line territory (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U. 1040ez on line S. 1040ez on line Virgin Islands) and have a tax question, you can call 1-800-829-1040. 1040ez 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