Income tax time can be very stressful if you are struggling to shuffle confusing numbers and fill in cumbersome forms. You may wonder where to turn to find help in the tax field. Perhaps you have received a letter from the IRS. No matter what your situation, your first step may be as easy as searching the IRS Website online.
The IRS has a long and easy to understand help section in a question and answer format. If you need help finding certain federal income tax forms, this site will lead you to the correct form to download or print.
If you have questions about tax exemptions and credits, you can also find information online. The IRS website will guide you through the next steps if the IRS requires information from you.
There are also a number of programs available online. These feature a variety of forms and calculators to help prepare your tax form for you. Some programs include hints, prompts and questions to help you maximize your tax savings. Many include calculators for various deductions, credits or tax rates. You may want to check software review sites to see how the programs worked for other taxpayers.
Sometimes you can calculate and file your taxes free online. You will need to earn less than a certain amount to qualify for free income tax help. Some communities offer free clinics at tax time. You can find locations of local clinics on line, or through your local tax office. Your local radio station or newspaper may also have information on free clinics.
If you owe money and you cannot pay, you may be able to get help setting up a payment plan. Often contractors and self-employed people pay on a quarterly basis. You may want to hire an accountant or tax expert to help your file your tax return depending how complex your situation is. A tax lawyer may be able to help you sort through your tax situation. Often you can get tax help through your employer's human resources or accounting departments. Do not wait to find the help you need. You should file your tax return on time to avoid penalties and interest.