Feature Articles: Taxes
Toll Free Telephone Service from IRS
Reviewed and used with special permission from the IRS by: Brenda Procter, M.S., State Specialist & Instructor Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri Extension
Free tax help from the IRS is just a phone call away. The IRS provides various services through its toll-free telephone numbers. You can order forms and publications, listen to prerecorded tax information, check on the status of your refund, or ask questions about your tax return. Some of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can call the IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals,
1-800-829-1040, to get answers to your federal tax
questions. Forms, publications and other helpful
information are also available around-the-clock at the
IRS Web site at www.irs.gov.
You can check the status of your refund by calling
the Refund Hotline at 1-800-829-1954. You will need to
know your filing status and the exact whole-dollar
amount of your expected refund.
You can listen to recorded messages covering more
than 100 tax topics, by calling the IRS TeleTax number,
1-800-829-4477. Topics include items such as: "Who Must
File?," "Highlights of Tax Changes," "Education
Credits," "Individual Retirement Accounts," "Earned
Income Tax Credit," "Should I Itemize?," "What to Do if
You Can't Pay Your Tax" and more.
TeleTax will also let you check the status of your
income tax refund. You will need to provide the filing
status you used on the return and the dollar amount of
the expected refund. Automated refund information is
generally available four to five weeks after you have
filed your tax return.
Hearing-impaired individuals with access to TTY/TDD
equipment may call 1-800-829-4059 to ask questions or to
order forms and publications.
For more information about services provided by the
IRS, review the Form 1040 instruction packet or
Publication 910, "Guide to Free Tax Services." Call the
number listed above for ordering forms and publications,
or download a copy from the IRS Web site at
www.irs.gov. The IRS
Web site also provides a wealth of useful information
for both individual and business taxpayers. Check it out
- it's worth a visit.
Source: IRS TAX TIP 2004-14
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009