Did you know the IRS is available to give you free tax advice? It might seem shocking since most people feel the IRS is only out to get you or subject you to a tax audit, but they really are able to help you. That’s why they have a toll-free help line you can call at 1-800-829-1040.
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 through you still have a few weeks to complete your taxes, this could help reduce a lot of stress that can come from waiting until the last minute. And if you’re still waiting to get started you may want to jump on one of the free online filing options at TurboTax or H&R Block to get started.
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.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.