IRS Tax Tips January 30, 2014 Useful Links: Issue Number: IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2014-03 IRS.gov Home Inside This Issue 1040 Central Help For Hurricane Victims Tax Season Opens Jan. 31; Changes to IRS Service Options News Essentials The 2014 tax filing season opens on Friday Jan. 31. That is the first day What's Hot that the IRS will accept 2013 federal income tax returns. News Releases If you are working on your taxes and need tax help, the IRS website has the tax help and information you need. IRS - The Basics Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to explore the various self-service, IRS Guidance technology-based options that exist for tax help and tax return preparation on IRS.gov. Taxpayers should be aware that due to limited Media Contacts resources, individualized tax help on IRS toll-free lines and Taxpayer Assistance Centers has changed beginning this year. More information Facts & Figures on service changes for the 2014 tax season is available on IRS.gov. Problem Alerts The quickest way to get information and help is through IRS.gov. The Around The Nation web site is available 24/7, so you can get tax help any time you need. You may wish to bookmark 1040 Central as your go-to page for tax e-News Subscriptions help. This web page has information and links to many helpful tools, products and services that will help you prepare and file your tax return. They include: The Newsroom Topics Tax Forms and Publications. Download tax forms and publications. Many publications are also available in Spanish. Tax Tips IRS Tools. You’ll find several tools and self-service options on IRS.gov to help you with your taxes. Here are just a few: Radio PSAs o Use the Interactive Tax Assistant to answer many of your tax questions. Fact Sheets o Find out if you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Armed Forces Credit by using the EITC Assistant. o Use the AMT Assistant tool to find out if you may need Disaster Relief to pay Alternative Minimum Tax. o Track your refund using the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool. Scams / Consumer Alerts When you are ready to file your tax return beginning Jan. 31, there are several, free options that you should consider. Taxpayers who have Tax Shelters visited IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers in prior years for free tax preparation should be aware that, beginning this year, these offices are no longer offering this service. Other options for free tax preparation include: IRS Resources Use Free File to e-file for free. Most people e-file their tax Compliance & Enforcement News return these days. Everyone can use IRS Free File to prepare and Contact My Local Office e-file their federal taxes for free. The only way to use this program is through the IRS website. If you made $58,000 or Filing Options less, you can use free tax software. If your income is more than $58,000 and you feel comfortable doing your own taxes, use Forms & Pubs Free File Fillable Forms. This option has the electronic versions of IRS paper forms. Frequently Asked Questions Get taxes done with VITA or TCE. You may be able to get free tax preparation at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or News Tax Counseling for the Elderly site. IRS-trained volunteers can help you get the tax credits and deductions you’re entitled to Taxpayer Advocate claim. The VITA program generally offers free tax return preparation and e-filing to people who earn $52,000 or less. The Where to File TCE program offers help mainly to people 60 or older. IRS Social Media Thousands of free tax preparation sites around the nation will open in late Jan. and early Feb. Visit IRS.gov to find the one nearest you. IRS YouTube Videos: Welcome to Free File – English Do It Yourself Free Tax Preparation – English | Spanish | ASL IRS Information Available in Spanish – English | Spanish | ASL How to Get 1040 Forms - English | Spanish | ASL IRS Podcasts: Do It Yourself Free Tax Preparation – English | Spanish IRS Information Available in Spanish – English | Spanish How to Get 1040 Forms - English | Spanish Back to Top Thank you for subscribing to IRS Tax Tips, an IRS e-mail service. For more information on federal taxes please visit IRS.gov. This message was distributed automatically from the IRS Tax Tips mailing list. Please Do Not Reply To This Message.