While this number may not provide the same thrills of calling the number etched on the bathroom stall it could end up saving you money. This is the toll-free number for the IRS tax question line. With this number you can be put in touch with someone right at the IRS who can assist you with your own personal tax situation if you have any questions.
This is particularly a nice resource if you are someone who does taxes on your own and don’t want to pay for those wasteful additional services many of the tax software packages provide where it can cost upwards of $49-$99 to interact with a human to go over your return. This is a free service. Granted, they won’t be able to go over your return line by line and check for errors, but they can help assist you with many questions that can come up with even a simple return. Checking for clarification on an issue could save you money, or even more importantly, keep you from an audit.
Even though it isn’t currently tax season, you can still get some common questions answered and begin preparing ahead of time. This could help reduce a lot of stress that can come from waiting until the last minute.
Another helpful resource can be found by calling TeleTax at 1-800-829-4477. Calling this number you can hear pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics or to check on the status of your refund. TeleTax topics, which range from IRS assistance, to who must file, are listed on pages 8 and 9 of the Form 1040 instruction booklet. The topic list is extensive and could provide a quick answer to a question you may have.
In addition, IRS Publication 910 provides a guide to all available free tax services. This will outline various phone numbers, newsletters, IRS service centers and even workshops to help educate you further on taxes. Bookmark these pages and write down the phone numbers so that you’re prepared once tax time comes. It could end up saving you money.
Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle
My name is Jeremy Vohwinkle, and I’ve spent a number of years working in the finance industry providing financial advice to regular investors and those participating in employer-sponsored retirement plans.
One note to make on the IRS help line. You cannot take their advice to court nor can it be used in an audit. If you have something that is difficult, it is probably worth the money to find a good EA or tax prep company that will stand behind the return and the deduction in question.
If you call three times you can get three different answers too. The tax law is a very complicated beast. On most returns it is fairly straight forward and easy to apply. It gets complicated at times though.
I would suggest every one take a tax class. They are offered every fall by the major tax companies. I know Liberty Tax offers them both in office and online. They do have a cost for books but the value you get from understanding your taxes better can serve you well. Plus if you like doing them you can possibly get a job working for them during tax season to earn some extra money.
Interesting - I didn't know that the IRS had a 1-800 hotline number. I have some tax questions that I'd like to ask. Thanks for the information.
Great information. I published some similar information back in during the tax season and some people found it very helpful.