IRS Highlights Website and Online Tools
The IRS reminded taxpayers that their website ( www.irs.gov) provides millions of visitors with the answers they need to fit their busy summer schedules. Taxpayers who requested an extension to October 15 or missed the May 17 deadline can still prepare and e-file tax returns for free with the IRS Free File tool. Further, taxpayers can view, download or print tax products, and do the following:
Use the “File” tab on the home page for most federal income tax
needs. Access the Interactive Tax Assistant tool that can answer many
tax law questions.
See their tax account with the View Your Account tool. With this, they can find information such as a payoff amount, the balance for each tax year owed, up to 24 months of their payment history and key information from their current tax year return as originally filed.
Use the Get Transcript tool to view, print or download their tax transcripts after the IRS has processed the return.
Find the most up-to-date information about tax refunds using the Where’s My Refund? tool on the IRS website and on the official IRS mobile app, IRS2Go. Taxpayers can start checking on the status of their refund 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return.
Additionally, many pages on the IRS website are now available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Haitian, Creole, and Chinese—simplified and traditional. Earlier this year, the agency posted a Spanish language version of Form 1040 PDF and the related instructions.
Moreover, at the online Alternative Media Center (AMC), taxpayers can find a variety of accessible products like screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays, and screen magnifying software. These products include tax forms, instructions, and publications that can be downloaded or viewed online as Section 508 compliant PDF, HTML, eBraille, text, and large print. However, every product is not available in all formats. For example, tax forms are not available as HTML. To request paper copies of tax forms, instructions or publications in Braille or large print, taxpayers must call the tax form telephone number at 800-829-3676.
Coronavirus Tax Relief Information
Further, the IRS has published ready-to-use articles, e-posters, videos, and much more on the website about Economic Impact Payments, the Recovery Rebate Credit, and the Advance Child Tax Credit. The IRS placed a special emphasis on partnering with organizations that work with groups focusing on veterans, homeless and low-income taxpayers as well as non-English speaking audiences to share information. In all, the IRS worked with thousands of partners across the country reaching organizations representing hundreds of millions of taxpayers.
IRS Tax Withholding Estimator
Finally, the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator helps employees assess their income tax, credits, adjustments and deductions and determine whether they need to change their withholding by submitting a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. However, taxpayers should remember that, if needed, they should submit their new W-4 to their employer, not the IRS.