When tax season is in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service receives millions of calls and thousands of taxpayer visits daily. For faster service, avoid peak times like Monday and Friday mornings when wait times are usually longest. Better yet, get the help you need online 24/7 without delay at IRS.gov.
The IRS website has a wealth of information, including hundreds of publications and guides on almost any tax-related topic. The instructions for a particular form can often provide the answers you need. The Interactive Tax Assistant can also help. It's a tax law resource that asks a series of questions and provides you with responses to common tax law questions.
Many taxpayers call the IRS's main help line when they could easily help themselves at www.irs.gov or get services more directly from automated or specialized phone lines.
Some taxpayers prefer face-to-face tax help. The IRS sponsors Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly sites in local communities. To find the closest site, search "VITA" on www.irs.gov or call 1-800-906-9887. Call 1-888-227-7669 to find TCE sites through AARP, an IRS partner. The IRS also has Taxpayer Assistance Centers located throughout the country. To find IRS offices, use the locator tool found through "Contact Your Local IRS Office" on www.irs.gov. Be sure to check office hours and services offered before visiting your local IRS office.
There may be some circumstances when you need to call the IRS main taxpayer assistance line, which is 1-800-829-1040. Here are a couple of tips on when to call:
December 10 (Employees who work for tips)
If you received $20 or more in tips during November, report them to your employer - Details
December 16 (Corporations)
Deposit the fourth installment of estimated income tax for 2013 - Details
December 25 (Everyone)
Federal Holiday (Christmas Day) - Details