- This includes the Interactive Tax Assistant tax-law resource and theFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.
- Publication 17 is a comprehensive, encyclopedia-like tax reference tool for individuals.
- The IRS Tax Map allows searches by topic or keyword for single-point access to tax law information.
March 28, 2018
IRS TAX TOOLS YOU CAN USE ON LINE TO FIND ANSWERS TO YOUR TAX QUESTIONS
Where’s my refund?
By using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on IRS.gov and on the official IRS mobile app, IRS2Go, taxpayers can easily find the most up-to-date information about their tax refund. Taxpayers can start checking on the status of their return after the IRS acknowledges receipt of a taxpayer’s e-filed return or four weeks after the taxpayer mailed in a paper return. The system is updated daily, so there’s no need to check more often.
Getting a tax return transcript?
Those who need a copy of their tax return can use the online tool, Get Transcript. It’s free and available on IRS.gov. Taxpayers can view, print or download their tax transcripts for the most current tax year after the IRS has processed the tax return.
Instant answers to tax law questions.
Many tax law questions can be answered quickly when using any of several tools on IRS.gov:
Need to make a payment?
IRS Direct Pay offers taxpayers the fastest and easiest way to pay what they owe. This free online system allows individuals to securely pay their tax bills or make quarterly estimated tax payments directly from checking or savings accounts without fees or pre-registration. See IRS.gov/Payments for information on this and other payment options.
Can’t pay a tax bill?
For taxpayers concerned about a tax bill they can’t pay, the Online Payment Agreement tool can help determine if they qualify for a payment plan with the IRS.
The Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier can help determine if a taxpayer qualifies for an Offer in Compromise. An Offer in Compromise is an agreement with the IRS that settles a person’s tax liability for less than the full amount owed.
Questions about an amended return?
The “Where’s My Amended Return?” tool provides the status of an amended tax return, Form 1040X. Taxpayers can check on the current year 1040X and up to three prior years. Allow up to three weeks after filing to check on the initial status, and up to 16 weeks for processing.
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