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Wednesday, March 5, 2008; 10:02 AM

The IRS has several ways to help you file your taxes and resolve your tax problems, including:.

Taxpayer Advocate

A Taxpayer Advocate can help you resolve problems by serving as a liaison between you and the IRS.

  • Taxpayer Advocate Services: 1-877-777-4778
  • IRS: 800-829-1040
  • TTY/TDD: 800-829-4059
  • State by state contacts
  • or refer to Publication 1546 (pdf)The IRS Publication 910, Guide to Free Tax Services, lists all services, free publications, and assistance programs available from the IRS.
  • Free Tax Services

    The IRS Publication 910 (pdf), Guide to Free Tax Services, lists all services, free publications, and assistance programs available from the IRS.

    Online

    http://www.irs.gov/

    The site provides e-file options that lists certified electronic tax preparers and several Web pages with essential information such as 1040 Central and a page devoted to hurricane victims.

    Phone

  • To order free publications, instructions and forms: 800-TAX-FORM or 800-829-3676
  • To ask questions: 800-829-1040
  • For teletax topics: 800-829-4477
  • TTY/TDD: 800-829-4059
  • Walk-in

    Check your local post office, IRS office and library for forms, instructions, and publications.

    CD-ROM

    You can purchase Federal Tax Products on CD-ROM, Publication 1796, from National Technical Information Services by calling 877-233-6767 or order it from the IRS Web site.

    Additional Help

    You may qualify for free tax assistance if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • If you earn $39,000 or less, you can participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
  • People Age 60 and older should seek out the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program.
  • Military Personnel and their families can access the Armed Forces Tax Council, which services the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

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