IRS Boosts Customer Service, But Needs More Funding

IRS Boosts Customer Service, But Needs More Funding

IRS Boosts Customer Service, But Needs More Funding

Federal taxes are due on April 17 and state taxes are due Sunday.

By law, anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal taxes for money must have a valid 2018 preparer tax I.D. number, or PTIN.

He added, "That's where the threat comes out: either they are going to foreclose on your house, deport you, take your driver's license away, send the police to kick your door down".

We asked tax experts Sudhir Kaushik and Archit Gupta Founder & CEO, ClearTax to spell out the steps one needs to take to ensure one gets the refund in good time.

Whether you're planning to pay a preparer or file yourself, start by gathering everything you need, so nothing's left off of your tax return.

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Additionally, the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax help to people who make less than $54,000 a year and individuals with a disability or limited English-speaking abilities, according to the IRS website.

He said the additional funding has led to the hiring of more temporary telephone operators, which also cuts down on wait times. By doing so, the tax return appears to be self-prepared, with no indication that a paid tax preparer was used in completing the tax return - helping keep the return preparer under the radar.

With the average respondent receiving a tax refund of $3,119.43 (for reference, recent IRS data pegged the national tax refund average at $3,120), this will likely be the largest paycheck many poll participants will receive throughout the entire year.

The government also won't force you to pay only by a prepaid card.

Taxpayers can use Free File to request an extension electronically or submit a paper Form 4868, according to the IRS.

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What if I can't afford to pay my tax bill in one payment? The IRS will automatically count it as an extension.

Additionally, you may face criminal prosecution for not filing, and you owe more than $25,000, you might receive a visit from an IRS agent trying to collect payment.

Other ways to avoid mistakes are mailing paper returns to the right address to avoid processing delays. "Trying to use terminology or fake constitutional claims to elude paying taxes often ends up in court, with the taxpayer having to pay penalties or worse, possibly jail time".

To get local post office hours, Fetterly suggested that customers go to, click on the "mail and ship" option, and scroll to the last selection, USPS locations, and enter your zip code.

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