Note: The links are here for informational purposes only. They are not an endorsement of the services or information provided (especially considering how many mistakes the IRS own personnel makes when they give out live advice for even simple issues).
GENERAL TAX INFORMATION
Three valuable links you should know before doing anything else with your tax problem. Knowledge is power, and self education can save you thousands of dollars in your income tax bill.
- http://www.irs.gov – Obviously! Yes, I realize it’s pretty unwieldy (they throw a lot of information at you) but it’s a good source of information.
- IRS updates – Tax tips for next year. Straight from the horse’s mouth.
- Tax Filing Countdown – Mark your calendars! Tax time is coming.
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TAXES
These links will give you plenty of information about filing your taxes… Probably in greater detail than you need.
- www.irs.gov/formspubs/ – This is the main resource page in which they try to corral their overwhelming number of forms and documents and resources and memos and publications into one place. You might need an advanced degree in astrophysics to understand most of it (and, perhaps, a crystal ball), but you can probably find what you’re looking for here.
- www.irs.gov/taxtopics – This is a good resource page pulling together a multitude of topics about your income tax and how the federal government collects taxes.
- www.irs.gov/faqs – This is the FAQ page. It’s divided into two sections. The first section is the “Top Frequently Asked Questions”, and it’s okay. More helpful is the second section, “Frequently Asked Question Categories”. As long as you know the category, you can drill down to the answer you need.
- www.irs.gov/localcontacts – If the first three links are as obtuse as most people think they are, you have local tax offices who can help you. Click to this link to find them.
- Tax Refunds Online– Links to all 50 states where you can apply to get your tax refund fast.
- History of IRS and US Income Tax– See the genesis of the Internal Revenue Service and learn how the the current tax code was created.
- IRS Forms – These are the most common forms we use when solving our clients’ IRS tax problems.
- www.hrblock.com/taxes/tax_calculators – A number of calculators and interactive tools to help you estimate various tax-related numbers.
INFORMATION TO HELP YOU FILE
Be aware that tax filing companies might not always find the deductions you deserve nor might they be fully qualified to answer your tax questions, but they offer a fast, basic solution to tax filing.
- www.hrblock.com – H&R Block One of the most popular “retail”-style companies helping individuals file their income taxes. They hire temporary workers during tax season to handle the massive increase in tax preparation who may not know as much as CPA’s.
- turbotax.intuit.com – TurboTax is a well known tax filing software company for individuals and small businesses. This can help you manage your records and organize receipts for tax purposes.