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Sunday February 25, 2018

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IRS Tips for Tax Filing Season

As tax filing season moves forward, the IRS published two letters this week with tips for taxpayers.

In IR-2018-31, the IRS reminded taxpayers that late February is usually the peak time for calls to the Service. As a result, there may be delays in speaking to a representative. Using www.irs.gov may be a quick and convenient way to obtain help.

The redesigned website has new tools to answer your questions. For a good place to start, check out the website's Interactive Tax Assistant, Tax Topics, Frequently Asked Questions, Tax Trails and IRS Tax Map.

If you have already filed your return, check "Where's My Refund" for your status. The application will show: (1) Return Received, (2) Refund Approved and (3) Refund Sent.

The website also has complete answers to filing requirements, credits and deductions. Contact your employer if you have not received a Form W-2. If you do not receive it by the end of February, you can ask the IRS to contact your employer.

If you are using software to file your return, you will need your adjusted gross income from 2016 for your electronic signature. Taxpayers who have changed to a different software product will need a copy of their 2016 return to complete the electronic signing process. The use of your adjusted gross income from a prior year to validate your electronic signature provides protection against identity thieves who might try to file and claim your refund.

Published February 23, 2018

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