MOUNTAINSIDE — The Internal Revenue Service has free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics available through various options.
“Due to the continued growth in electronic filing, the availability of free options available for taxpayers to get forms and efforts to reduce costs; the IRS no longer automatically mails paper tax packages that typically arrive in mailboxes during January,” said IRS Spokesperson Gregg Semanick.
In early October 2010, the IRS sent a postcard to individuals who filed paper returns last year and did not use a tax preparer or tax software. Only 8 percent of individuals who filed tax returns last year received tax packages in the mail. The postcard information explained how to get tax forms for filing tax year 2010 returns.
“Taxpayers can access and request tax forms and publications from the convenience of their home,” said Semanick.
Taxpayers can access tax forms, instructions and publications on the IRS website 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at http://www.irs.gov.
Taxpayers can call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to request tax forms, instructions and publications by mail. Usually within 10 days taxpayers will receive their order by mail.
Taxpayers can also pick up many IRS forms, instructions and publications at IRS offices. The location of IRS offices can be found on the IRS website home page by accessing “Contact IRS.”
In addition to IRS offices, many libraries and post offices may offer free tax forms during the tax season.
Instead of requesting and using paper forms, the IRS encourages taxpayers to take advantage of IRS e-file. IRS offers an electronic Free File program on the IRS website for filers with an income of $58,000 or less. Traditional paper filers may consider the Free File Fillable Forms program available to all filers on the IRS website. Taxpayers can also use the IRS e-file program at nominal of low cost. IRS e-file is safe, secure, fast and easy. Taxpayers can receive their refunds in as few as 10 days by combining electronic filing with direct deposit. For more information on IRS e-file and Free File go to the IRS web site, at www.irs.gov.
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