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H&r blocks 13. H&r blocks   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents 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. H&r blocks Free help with your tax return. H&r blocks   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. H&r blocks The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. H&r blocks The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. H&r blocks To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. H&r blocks gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. H&r blocks   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. H&r blocks To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. H&r blocks aarp. H&r blocks org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. H&r blocks For more information on these programs, go to IRS. H&r blocks gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. H&r blocks Internet. H&r blocks    IRS. H&r blocks gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. H&r blocks Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. H&r blocks gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. H&r blocks The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H&r blocks The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H&r blocks Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. H&r blocks No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. H&r blocks New subject areas are added on a regular basis. H&r blocks  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. H&r blocks gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. H&r blocks You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. H&r blocks The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. H&r blocks Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. H&r blocks gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. H&r blocks Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. H&r blocks Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. H&r blocks Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. H&r blocks gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. H&r blocks You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H&r blocks It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H&r blocks Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. H&r blocks gov. H&r blocks Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. H&r blocks gov for more information. H&r blocks Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. H&r blocks Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. H&r blocks gov. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. H&r blocks gov. H&r blocks Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. H&r blocks gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. H&r blocks Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. H&r blocks Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. H&r blocks gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. H&r blocks An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H&r blocks Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. H&r blocks gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. H&r blocks If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. H&r blocks Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. H&r blocks Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). H&r blocks Go to IRS. H&r blocks gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. H&r blocks Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. H&r blocks Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. H&r blocks Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. H&r blocks Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. H&r blocks gov and choose from a variety of options. H&r blocks    Phone. H&r blocks You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. H&r blocks Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. H&r blocks Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. H&r blocks gov, or download the IRS2Go app. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H&r blocks Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. H&r blocks Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. H&r blocks Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. H&r blocks Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H&r blocks Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. H&r blocks You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H&r blocks It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H&r blocks Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). H&r blocks You should receive your order within 10 business days. H&r blocks Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. H&r blocks If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. H&r blocks Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. H&r blocks The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. H&r blocks These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. H&r blocks    Walk-in. H&r blocks You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. H&r blocks Products. H&r blocks You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. H&r blocks Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. H&r blocks Services. H&r blocks You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. H&r blocks An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H&r blocks Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. H&r blocks gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. H&r blocks    Mail. H&r blocks You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. H&r blocks You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. H&r blocks Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. H&r blocks Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. H&r blocks The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. H&r blocks Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. H&r blocks   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. H&r blocks 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. H&r blocks You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. H&r blocks You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. H&r blocks   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. H&r blocks Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. H&r blocks Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. H&r blocks Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. H&r blocks We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. H&r blocks   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 Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. H&r blocks   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. 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H&r blocks Part Six -   Figuring Your Taxes and Credits The eight chapters in this part explain how to figure your tax and how to figure the tax of certain children who have more than $2,000 of unearned income. H&r blocks They also discuss tax credits that, unlike deductions, are subtracted directly from your tax and reduce your tax dollar for dollar. H&r blocks Chapter 36 discusses the earned income credit. H&r blocks Chapter 37 discusses a wide variety of other credits, such as the adoption credit. H&r blocks Table of Contents 30. H&r blocks   How To Figure Your TaxIntroduction Figuring Your Tax Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Tax Figured by IRSFiling the Return 31. H&r blocks   Tax on Unearned Income of Certain ChildrenWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Which Parent's Return To UseParents Who Do Not File a Joint Return Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and DividendsEffect of Making the Election Figuring Child's Income Figuring Additional Tax Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned IncomeProviding Parental Information (Form 8615, lines A–C) Step 1. H&r blocks Figuring the Child's Net Unearned Income (Form 8615, Part I) Step 2. H&r blocks Figuring Tentative Tax at the Parent's Tax Rate (Form 8615, Part II) Step 3. H&r blocks Figuring the Child's Tax (Form 8615, Part III) 32. H&r blocks   Child and Dependent Care CreditReminders Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Tests To Claim the CreditQualifying Person Test Earned Income Test Work-Related Expense Test Joint Return Test Provider Identification Test How To Figure the CreditFiguring Total Work-Related Expenses Earned Income Limit Dollar Limit Amount of Credit How To Claim the CreditTax credit not refundable. H&r blocks Employment Taxes for Household Employers 33. H&r blocks   Credit for the Elderly or the DisabledIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Are You Eligible for the Credit?Qualified Individual Income Limits How to Claim the CreditCredit Figured for You Credit Figured by You 34. H&r blocks   Child Tax CreditIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Child Amount of CreditLimits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Additional Child Tax Credit Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040)Part I Parts II–IV 35. H&r blocks   Education CreditsIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Who Can Claim an Education Credit Qualified Education ExpensesNo Double Benefit Allowed Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses 36. H&r blocks   Earned Income Credit (EIC)What's New Reminders Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Do You Qualify for the Credit?If Improper Claim Made in Prior Year Part A. H&r blocks Rules for EveryoneRule 1. H&r blocks Your AGI Must Be Less Than: Rule 2. H&r blocks You Must Have a Valid Social Security Number (SSN) Rule 3. H&r blocks Your Filing Status Cannot Be Married Filing Separately Rule 4. H&r blocks You Must Be a U. H&r blocks S. H&r blocks Citizen or Resident Alien All Year Rule 5. H&r blocks You Cannot File Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ Rule 6. H&r blocks Your Investment Income Must Be $3,300 or Less Rule 7. H&r blocks You Must Have Earned Income Part B. H&r blocks Rules If You Have a Qualifying ChildRule 8. H&r blocks Your Child Must Meet the Relationship, Age, Residency, and Joint Return Tests Rule 9. H&r blocks Your Qualifying Child Cannot Be Used By More Than One Person To Claim the EIC Rule 10. H&r blocks You Cannot Be a Qualifying Child of Another Taxpayer Part C. H&r blocks Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying ChildRule 11. H&r blocks You Must Be at Least Age 25 but Under Age 65 Rule 12. H&r blocks You Cannot Be the Dependent of Another Person Rule 13. H&r blocks You Cannot Be a Qualifying Child of Another Taxpayer Rule 14. H&r blocks You Must Have Lived in the United States More Than Half of the Year Part D. H&r blocks Figuring and Claiming the EICRule 15. H&r blocks Your Earned Income Must Be Less Than: IRS Will Figure the EIC for You How To Figure the EIC Yourself ExamplesExample 1. H&r blocks John and Janet Smith (Form 1040A) Example 2. H&r blocks Kelly Green (Form 1040EZ) 37. H&r blocks   Other CreditsWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Nonrefundable CreditsAdoption Credit Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit Credit to Holders of Tax Credit Bonds Foreign Tax Credit Mortgage Interest Credit Nonrefundable Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit Residential Energy Credits Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit) Refundable CreditsCredit for Tax on Undistributed Capital Gain Health Coverage Tax Credit Credit for Excess Social Security Tax or Railroad Retirement Tax Withheld Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications