Top 10 Reasons To Visit IRS.gov

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By Gregg Semanick, IRS NJ Spokesperson

If you have a tax question or need a tax form – there’s no need to leave the comfort of your home. All you need is a computer and Internet access because IRS.gov has a wealth of information.

Here are the top 10 reasons to visit IRS.gov.

  1. Unlimited access – get answers 24 hours a day seven days a week. There’s no need to wait to get a tax form or an answer to a tax question – visit the IRS website anytime. IRS.gov is accessible all day, every day.
  2. Find out all about electronic filing.  You can e-file your 2009 federal income tax return through October 15, 2010 from the comfort of your home.  Available in English or Spanish, E-file is fast, easy and there are free options for everyone.
  3. Check the status of your tax refund. Whether you chose direct deposit or asked IRS to mail you a check, you can check the status of your refund through Where’s my Refund? at IRS.gov.
  4. Find out how to make payments electronically. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, use a credit or debit card, or enroll in the U.S. Treasury’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System to pay your federal taxes. Electronic payment options are a convenient, safe and secure way to pay taxes.
  5. Get tax forms and publications. You can view and download tax forms and publications directly from IRS.gov at any hour of the day or night.
  6. Calculate the right amount of withholding on your W-4. The IRS Withholding Calculator at IRS.gov will help you ensure that you don’t have too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay.
  7. Request a payment agreement. Paying your taxes in full and on time avoids unnecessary penalties and interest. However, if you cannot pay your balance in full you may be eligible to use the Online Payment Agreement Application to request an installment agreement.
  8. Get help in difficult financial times.  Events such as a job loss, debt forgiveness or tapping into a retirement fund can have a tax impact. Find answers to these questions and more on the home page of IRS.gov.
  9. Get information about the latest tax law changes. Learn about tax law changes that may affect your tax return. Special sections of the website highlight changes that affect individual or business taxpayers.  Learn about the benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or the Affordable Care Act provisions
  10. Get information about careers at the IRS. No matter what your professional specialty, the IRS can offer you a variety of full-time career or seasonal job opportunities.

To assist Spanish speaking taxpayers, the IRS provides a wide range of free products and services on its Spanish Language website IRS.gov/espanol.

Remember the address of the official IRS Web site is www.irs.gov.   Don’t be confused by internet sites that end in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov.


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