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Nothing sends fear through the hearts of man than the words "You are being Audited by the IRS." But relax. Less than one percent of tax returns are audited. To put your mind at ease, it is best to be as truthful as possible. In order to better serve you, the IRS has improved their telephone answering service accuracy rating to a resounding 91%! An outside source hired to evaluate customer satisfaction found that 94% of the callers were satisfied with the IRS service. In 2005, the toll-free hotline received 59,098,251 calls. According to headquarters, it is best to call later in the week and in the evening to have shorter wait times. You can call the IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals at 800-829-1040 to get answers to your federal tax questions.
If you decide to have someone else prepare your return, make sure you go with a reputable person. Last year close to 200 investigations were begun on suspected abusive return preparers. You are responsible for the accuracy of your returns. Some tips on choosing a tax preparer include:
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Now, the IRS takes your money every year, but you can actually get some back if you turn in a tax cheat. Obviously some proof is required or the IRS would spend months investigating mothers-in-law across the country. But if you do know of someone not paying their fair share, you can receive up to 15% of the money recovered - up to $10 million if you were wondering and they have a minimum pay out of $100. Just complete Form 211 Application for Reward for Original Information. You can also call 800-829-0433 to make a report of a tax cheat. For more information check out Publication 733: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p733.pdf
It's not really a grant, but it looks like a grant, it walks like a grant and it even smells like a grant. They are called tax credits. It is extra money the IRS will give you that's better than a refund because they will give it to you even if you don't pay any taxes. You just have to have some income and the less income you have the bigger the check you get. You can make up to $38,368 and still be eligible. 20 to 25% of those who qualify do not apply. Get a copy of IRS Publication 596, Earned Income Tax Credit by calling 800-829-3676 or go to: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p596.pdf
You filed your tax return and you're expecting a refund. You have just one question and you want the answer now - Where's My Refund? Whether you split your refund among several accounts, opted for direct deposit to one account or asked IRS to mail you a check, you can track your refund through this secure website. You can get refund information even if you filed just to request the telephone excise tax refund.
To get to your personal refund information, be ready to enter your:
If you don't receive your refund within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date shown on Where's My Refund, you can start a refund trace online. If Where's My Refund? shows that the IRS was unable to deliver your refund, you can change your address online. Where's My Refund? will prompt you when these features are available for your situation.Check it out online at: https://sa2.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp
Don't miss out. The IRS is currently sitting on 95,746 checks worth of $92.2 million dollars. The average check is worth $963. Call 800-829-1954 if you think one of those lonely checks may be yours!
Taxes are due this year on APRIL 17th. If you need help completing forms or have questions, be sure to contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 or go online to www.irs.gov