If you are seeking tax help, the first thing you need is to be informed. If you feel uncertain about a specific aspect of taxes, or if you just generally feel uncertain about the entire process, there are a variety of ways to learn what you need to know. One of those is to visit the IRS website or acquire the latest official publications that contain instructions on all of the various tax laws and conditions that apply to each particular filing.
Aside from information itself, you also need to have all of the correct paperwork at your disposal. Much of what you require can be obtained on your own by visiting the IRS website. They are open 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. The URL is http://www.irs.gov. This is an ideal place to start.
You may also look up Taxpayer Assistance Centers directly to get your answers and information. In the US, there are 401 TAC’s that can assist taxpayers in person. They also provide much of the forms and other publications you may need, related to the IRS. To locate a TAC in your area, simply go to http://www.irs.gov, locate the Individuals page and then find Contact My Local Office. Once there, you are able to search for a TAC based on your zip code. This enables you to locate the closest IRS office that allows walk-ins in your area. A listing of what services are offered at each location is also provided for your convenience.
Your local community will also have resources that may be of assistance. For instance, post offices and libraries often provide tax forms free of charge to taxpayers during tax season. The local library may also carry tax related publications that are sought regularly. In addition to these, there are also stores that may have forms available to print from disc or via copy machine; i.e., office supply stores, copy centers, grocery stores, etc.
It is also possible to order the necessary forms by phone to be sent to you in the mail. Simply dial 1-800-TAX-FORM to obtain instructions, publications, forms for the current years, and forms and instructions for prior tax years. Your forms will arrive via mail generally in about 10 days. It is advisable to wait until after the first week or two of each new year before ordering forms for that year’s tax season to ensure the tax related products are available when you order them.
If you are unable to find what you need through a local office, or have any trouble with the mail and phone ordering, the best thing you can do is contact the IRS directly. Again, visit the website http://www.irs.gov, learn as much as you can there, and do not hesitate to contact your local office. You may call ahead to check on their business hours and to ask any tax help questions. You may also inquire on what you may need to bring in the event you do a walk-in visit to their office.