If there’s one thing almost every taxpayer can agree on, it’s that taxes are confusing. The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t always make tax liability clear, and many consumers feel a general sense of dread and uncertainty when it comes to filing their tax returns.
Thankfully, you don’t need to go it alone. Plenty of IRS tax resources are available to you online and in person to help you better understand your tax returns, navigate audits and tax debt, and comprehend tax law. Review the types of IRS assistance and resources available below, then consult an IRS tax attorney for personalized assistance.
Use the IRS Free File Program
Tax forms aren’t the most user-friendly documents in the world, and sitting down to fill out your tax returns can be confusing, no matter how many times you’ve done it. That’s why the IRS offers a free file program for taxpayers who meet certain income thresholds.
This program provides an easier method of submitting tax returns. Instead of filling out the actual tax forms, you’ll respond to simple questions about your financial situation. These free programs also help you minimize your tax liability and maximize your deductions.
You can access these tools for free through the IRS Free File program if your adjusted gross income is under $73,000.
Seek Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Certain taxpayers can receive free, in-person tax preparation help in their local areas through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This program is available to people who make $55,000 or less annually, individuals with limited English proficiency, and the elderly.
The IRS website features numerous free resources and answers to any questions you may have about your tax return or tax liability. You can also access free downloadable forms and step-by-step instructions to help you file your tax return.
Consult the Armed Forces Tax Council
If you’re a current or former military member, you must understand a few unique tax considerations. The Armed Forces Tax Council oversees worldwide military tax programs that can connect you to a tax professional who can provide military-specific tax guidance.
Hire a Paid Tax Preparer
If you simply don’t want to deal with filing your tax return yourself, you can turn to a paid tax preparer to take the responsibility off your shoulders.
Qualified experts can become a paid tax preparer, such as an IRS tax attorney, CPA, financial advisor, or even your friend or family member, but they must receive an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) to file your return for you legally. You can check this directory to find a qualified tax preparer in your area or contact Levy & Associates for more information.
Once the tax preparer completes your tax return, they will review it with you and provide a copy for your records. You are still responsible for the information on your tax return, so ensure it’s accurate and correct before signing it.
Note the Where’s My Refund? Tool
Are you wondering when you should expect your tax refund to hit your account? The IRS has a Where’s My Refund? tool that allows you to see the amount you’ll get back in your refund and its current status. Just provide your Social Security Number or ITIN to check the status of your refund.
Hire an IRS Tax Attorney
Some tax issues, like audits and tax fraud charges, require more serious assistance from legal professionals. If you’re facing a tax problem and are unsure how to proceed, contact an IRS tax attorney through Levy & Associates, Inc., today for compassionate and expert assistance. Call 800-TAX-LEVY or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation.