IRS Tax Tips March 19, 2010
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Taxpayer Assistance Centers allow taxpayers to access good old-fashioned face-to-
News Essentials face assistance from the Internal Revenue Service. No Recorded menus. No hold
Here are 10 reasons visiting an IRS TAC may be a great way for you to get
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1. Face-to-Face Assistance No appointment is necessary – just walk in.
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However, we may schedule you for a subsequent day appointment when you
visit our office. If your circumstances require an appointment, such as for an
IRS Guidance ongoing tax account problem, you may call a local phone number and leave
a message on our recorded system. We will return your call within two
Media Contacts business days to schedule an appointment for you for a future date, generally
within five business days. Phone numbers are on the IRS Web site, and in
local directories under U.S. Government.
Facts & Figures 2. Multilingual Assistance If someone you know does not speak English, don’t
let a language barrier prevent them from getting the face-to-face tax
Problem Alerts assistance they need. Multilingual services are offered to taxpayers in over
150 languages at IRS TACs. These services are provided through bilingual
employees and an over-the-phone interpreter.
Around The Nation 3. Free Federal Tax Return Preparation Your local TAC will prepare basic tax
returns for those who qualify for EITC or those whose income is less than
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4. Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return Your local TAC can
help you prepare Form 2290, accept your payment, and provide the needed
receipts for you to take when registering your vehicle.
5. Individual Taxpayer Identification Number If you are not eligible for a
Social Security Number but need to file a tax return, bring the completed tax
The Newsroom return, Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification
Topics Number and certified identification documents to your local TAC to apply for
your ITIN and file your return. For more information, see Publication 519,
U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.
Electronic IRS Press Kit 6. Alien Clearances Before leaving the United States, most aliens must obtain
a certificate of tax compliance. This document, also known as the sailing
Tax Tips 2009 permit or departure permit, must be secured from the IRS before leaving the
U.S. You can get the permit from your local TAC. For more information, see
Publication 513, Tax Information for Visitors to the United States.
7. Payments You can make payments at an IRS TAC. Be sure you know the
tax period and type of tax the payment covers. If you received a notice from
the IRS, be sure to bring it with you.
Fact Sheets 8. Tax Forms Most IRS forms and many publications are available at your local
9. Tax Return and Tax Account Transcripts If you need a copy of your tax
Armed Forces return for financial aid or to obtain a mortgage, a tax return or tax account
transcript will generally meet the requirements of these lending institutions.
Disaster Relief Visit a TAC for free transcripts, which are generally available for the current
and past three years.
10. Current Year Tax Law Issues To receive assistance in determining how the
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tax law applies to you, such as the new First Time Homebuyer Credit, visit
your local TAC.
TAC locations, business hours and an overview of services are available at IRS.gov.
More Topics.. Just go to the Individuals tab and click on the link for Contact My Local Office in the
left tool bar section under IRS Resources.
IRS Resources Links:
Compliance & Enforcement Contact My Local Office
Publication 513, Tax Information for Visitors to the United States
Contact My Local Office Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return
Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
e-file Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
Tax Information for Individuals
Forms & Pubs The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center
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