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Chapter 13 How To Get Tax Help p58 If you have questions about a tax issue, need help preparing your tax return, or want to download free publications, forms, or instructions, go to IRS.
Tax reform. Go to IRS. Select business topics using our A—Z listing, or by business type such as sole proprietor, corporation, etc. We also provide links to major business subjects, such as Business Expenses, which provide a gateway to all related information on those subjects.
Small Business Forms and Publications. You can download forms and publications for small business and self-employed individuals. Find out about EINs or apply for one online. Starting, Operating, or Closing a Business. Important tax information related to the various stages of owning a business. Employment Taxes. Independent Contractor Self-Employed or Employee. It is critical that you, the employer, correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.
Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center. The basics on self-employment, filing requirements, and reporting responsibilities for independent contractors. Information Return Filing Requirements. If you made or received a payment as a small business or self-employed individual, you are most likely required to file an information return with the IRS.
IRS Video Portal. Video, webinars, and audio presentations for small businesses, individuals, and tax pros. Small Business Events. Workshops and webinars on a variety of topics for small businesses. Choose from a variety of products, including the Tax Calendar desktop tool, to help you learn about business taxes on your own time, and at your own pace. Subscribe to e-News. A free electronic mail service keeping you up to date on tax topics.
The Tax Counseling for the Elderly TCE program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older.
TCE volunteers specialize in answering questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. You can go to IRS. Free File. See if you qualify to use brand-name software to prepare and e-file your federal tax return for free.
A paid tax return preparer is primarily responsible for the overall substantive accuracy of your tax return and, by law, is required to sign the return and include their preparer tax identification number PTIN on it. Although the tax return preparer signs the return, you are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of every item reported on your return.
Anyone paid to prepare tax returns for others should have a thorough understanding of tax matters and is required to have a PTIN. You may want to ask friends, co-workers, or your employer for help in selecting a competent tax return preparer. You can locate the closest Authorized IRS e-file Providers in your area where you can electronically file your tax return.
The inclusion in this database does not constitute any endorsement by the IRS of the e-file Providers listed in this database or any of the products or services that they provide. You should always be sure to conduct your own due diligence when selecting an e-file Provider. Choose a tax return preparer you will be able to contact in case the IRS examines your return and has questions regarding how your return was prepared.
The third party authorization checkbox on Form gives the designated party the authority to receive and inspect returns and return information for 1 year from the original due date of your return without regard to extensions. You can extend the authority to receive and inspect returns and return information to a third party using Form , Tax Information Authorization. The following points will assist you when selecting a tax return preparer. All paid tax return preparers are required to have a PTIN.
You can check with the Better Business Bureau to find out if a preparer has a questionable history. Check for disciplinary actions and the license status for credentialed preparers. For attorneys, check with the State Bar Association. Ask about service fees. Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or those who say they can get larger refunds than others can.
Always make sure any refund due is sent directly to you or deposited into your bank account. Ask to e-file your return. Make sure your preparer offers IRS e-file. The IRS has safely processed more than 1. Make sure the preparer is available. You need to ensure that you can contact the tax preparer after you file your return. The due date for partnerships and S corporations using a calendar year is March 15, You may need to contact the preparer if questions come up about your tax return at a later time.
Provide tax records. A good preparer will ask to see your records and receipts. These may include tax deductions, tax credits, and other items. Do not use a preparer who is willing to e-file your return using your last pay stub instead of your Form W This is against IRS e-file rules.
Never sign a blank tax return. Do not use a tax preparer who asks you to sign a blank tax form. Review your return before signing. Before you sign your tax return, review it thoroughly. Ask questions if something is not clear to you. Preparer must sign returns and include their PTIN. A paid preparer must sign returns and include his or her PTIN as required by law. The preparer also must give you a copy of the return. Report abusive tax preparers to the IRS.
You can report abusive tax preparers and suspected tax fraud to the IRS. If you suspect a return preparer filed or changed the return without your consent, you should also file Form A, Return Preparer Fraud or Misconduct Affidavit.
You can download and print these forms from IRS. If you need a paper form mailed to you, go to IRS. Getting answers to your tax law questions. You can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. You may also be able to access tax law information in your electronic filing software. You can also download and view popular tax publications and instructions including the instructions on mobile devices such as an eBook at no charge.
Or you can go to IRS. Access your online account individual taxpayers only. View the amount you owe, pay online, or set up an online payment agreement. Access your tax records online. Review the past 18 months of your payment history. Direct deposit securely and electronically transfers your refund directly into your financial account. Eight in 10 taxpayers use direct deposit to receive their refunds. This applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with these credits.
IRS transcripts are best and most often used to validate past income and tax filing status for mortgage, student, and small business loan applications, and to help with tax preparation. Taxpayers can also use transcripts to obtain their prior-year adjusted gross income AGI , which they need in order to e-file their tax returns.
You can get a transcript by mail to view your tax account transactions or line-by-line tax return information for a specific tax year. The method you used to file your return and whether you have a refund or balance due affects your current tax year transcript availability. Generally, these transcript types are available for the current tax year and 3 prior years.
The quickest way to get a copy of your tax transcript is to go to IRS. To order your transcript, you can choose from one of the following convenient options. Download the free IRS2Go app to your mobile device and use it to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account.
Call the automated transcript toll-free line at to receive your transcript by mail. Transcripts arrive in 5 to 10 calendar days at the address we have on file for you. The IRS never sends email requesting that you obtain or access your transcripts. Using online tools to help prepare your return. See Preparing and filing your tax return , earlier, for more information.
See your tax return instructions to determine where to mail your completed paper tax return. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
Get a Copy of Your W‐2 from the IRS
Since you filed a W-2 for each employer when you filed your taxes, the name and address of those employers will be included on the W-2s you submitted with your tax return each year, along with dates of employment. If you use online tax preparation services, you can often review old tax returns by logging onto your account. If you need names and addresses of employers to fill out your employment history, you can find them on your tax returns, which you need Form to request. You can download Form , fill it out on your computer, and print it off, or you can print it and fill it out by hand.
Fillable Form 1099-R Distributions
Help answer questions Learn more. The portal will tell you which years are available. Wait 5 to 10 days for the transcript to arrive pkb mail. There are many different types of tax transcripts. If you would like a copy, file Form instead. Once you have filled out all of the information, you will receive a PDF. Choose why you need the transcript.
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If all you need is the wage information, you may be able to use a transcript rather than official copies of your returns. Keep in mind it may take up to 75 days for the IRS to mail your tax returns to you. Request a copy or transcript of your return. You can get wage information from the IRS for taxes filed within the past 10 tax years.