Tax Season Opens Jan. 31; Changes to IRS Service Options

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					IRS Tax Tips                                                                     January 30, 2014
Useful Links:                Issue Number:        IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2014-03
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                              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

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