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Contact the IRS: IRS phone number(s) and where to go for tax help

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Are you wondering how to contact the IRS? There are a few reasons why calling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) directly would be necessary — like questioning a general inquiry or tax refund, making a payment arrangement, or even responding to a tax notice.

Bear in mind that contacting IRS customer service phone lines can sometimes be time-consuming, as they receive a high volume of taxpayer inquiries each day. For this reason, it’s advisable to get tax help from a professional to steer you in the right direction, meaning you may not need to you contact IRS representatives. H&R Block has more than 10,000 office locations around the country staffed with tax experts who can help you with any tax issue or question! Scroll down to the specific details below for more guidance.

IRS website information

Before contacting a tax professional or IRS, you could start with online help. Visit the Internal Revenue Service website at www.irs.gov to find:

  • Taxpayer forms, worksheets, and publications needed to complete your tax return
  • FAQs and advice for taxpayers
  • Information on new or amended tax laws
  • Links and additional information for state taxes
  • Online tools and tax calculators
  • Taxpayer tax refund status

IRS phone number details

There are several Internal Revenue Service phone number details to consider. Here are additional IRS phone numbers for more assistance for important tax-related matters. The IRS numbers to use to contact the IRS vary based on specific tax-related need. Here are the specific IRS phone numbers:

  • IRS customer service — 800-829-1040 (This option works best for less complex inquiries)
  • Lost IRS check — 800-829-1954
  • Refund status IRS number — 800-829-4477 or 800-829-1954
  • Forms and publications — 800-829-3676
  • Refunds and offsets to IRS liabilities — 800-304-3107, option 1 (You’ll be directed to the Bureau of Fiscal Service)
  • Business tax return IRS number – 800-829-4933
  • Taxpayer advocate service IRS number — 877-777-4778
  • For toll-free help from the IRS call 800-829-1040 with any federal tax questions.

IRS payment phone number(s)

To pay tax by credit card, call any of these non-governmental third-party sites:

  • 800-555-3453
  • 800-555-4477
  • 303-967-5916 from outside the U.S.

For more information and payment instructions, view the Treasury.gov website.

In-person options

You can also visit your local IRS office for answers to tax inquiries. Find the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center closest to you.

How H&R Block can help so you don’t have to contact the IRS

Let’s face it — IRS wait times can be long. What if we told you there was a way to avoid having to call the IRS altogether?

H&R Block is always available to help to avoid the direct need to contact the IRS. Here are a few ways we can lend a guiding hand.

Help with your tax filing

Tax preparation is our favorite. Our tax pros can help with a range of tax questions, like determining your eligibility for various tax relief like credits and deductions, amending your tax returns (via Form 1040-X), filing back taxes, or helping file IRS statements and tax forms throughout the year.

When you file with us online or file with a tax pro, we’ll help you maximize your tax refund, guaranteed.

Help with tax problems

H&R Block tax pros can help you if you encounter IRS issues – like paying unpaid balances or addressing an IRS notice, penalty, or a  tax audit. Our tax pros will expertly guide you through the process by helping you understand the IRS inquiry and file the necessary documents to respond. Learn more at our Audits and Tax Notices page and contact your local H&R Block to make an appointment.

No matter the tax-related situation, H&R Block can help. With our expertise, you can significantly simplify complex tax situations and help you comply with the IRS!

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