We are from the government and we are here to help you. Most people would run screaming at this point. In this case, it is good news. The IRS is offer free tax help
The tax code is huge. Throw in the regulations interpreting the code and it is gargantuan. Each of us is assumed to understand each and every provision under law. Nobody does and nobody really believes anyone could. So, how do we solve the dilemma? Well, the IRS offers free tax help that you can access in just about any way possible.
If you prefer communicating through the web, the IRS has you covered. They actually have an excellent website. You can visit it to find out information on just about anything. For questions on your 1040 form, the best option is to go to the “1040 Central" section. It covers just about everything you can think of in relation to the 1040 beast.
If you can’t find an answer online, you can actually call up the IRS. The very notion of this usually would put the fear of God in any person. In this case, however, you are calling them so there is nothing to fear. It is when they call you that it is time to move the family to Canada. Regardless, you can call 800-829-1040 for personal tax issues or 800-829-4933 for business tax issues. Of course, keep in mind the IRS often gives the wrong advice!
Can you visit an IRS office to talk to someone about a tax issue or form you don’t understand? Not really. If you owe back taxes or are getting scary letters from the IRS, you can contact a local Taxpayer Assistance Center. Keep in mind, however, that the “assistance" often comes with a lot of glaring and questions regarding why you haven’t paid up.
A quick word about tax forms. You can get tax forms at most major libraries and post offices. You can also get them at local IRS offices, but they are usually picked over pretty quickly.
Richard A. Chapo is with BusinessTaxRecovery.com - providing daily tax tips .