Get Free Face-to-Face Tax Assistance, IRS Opens Saturday Assistance Centers! 

Free Face-to-Face Tax Assistance

Tax season can be a stressful time for many Americans, especially for those who may have questions or issues with their tax returns. However, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is taking extra steps to assist taxpayers this season by offering free face-to-face tax assistance at many Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) on selected Saturdays in February, March, April, and May.

Free Face-to-Face Tax Help
Free Face-to-Face Tax Assistance from IRS (Photo: Rodnae Productions)

According to a published article in Go Banking Rates, on these special Saturdays, individuals can receive assistance without an appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free face-to-face tax assistance services offered are the same as those typically provided during the week, except for making cash payments. Taxpayers can receive help with setting up an online account, getting an Identity Protection PIN, and resolving tax problems, bills, or IRS audits. If an IRS employee specializing in these services is not available, individuals will receive a referral for these services.

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Prepare Necessary Documents

It is important to come prepared to the TACs with current government-issued photo ID, Social Security cards, and/or ITINs for household members, any IRS letters or notices received, and related documents. Individuals who plan to request identity verification services must bring two forms of identification and a copy of the tax return filed for the year in question if they filed a return. IRS staff may also request a current mailing address and bank account information for payments or refunds via direct deposit.

While tax return preparation is not a typical service provided by IRS TACs, free resources are available to help individuals prepare and file their 2022 tax returns. Those who earned $73,000 or less in 2022 can use IRS Free File. Free help is also available at volunteer income tax assistance centers (VITAs) or tax counseling for the elderly location (TCE) sites, with an income limit of $60,000 or less for VITA assistance in 2022.

These extra steps taken by the IRS to assist taxpayers during tax season demonstrate their commitment to helping Americans navigate the often confusing world of taxes. Individuals can use the IRS webpage or contact their local IRS office for services provided at specific TACs.

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