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IRS Commissioner Koskinen on YouTube

As the tax filing season for 2013 enters a very busy time period, the IRS reports that it is receiving very heavy call volume. Early filers who are desiring tax refunds quite often use the President's Day holiday period to complete their tax returns.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen stated, "The entire week of the President's holiday marks a peak time in the number of calls to the IRS, and we encourage taxpayers to visit www.irs.gov as the best place to get quick help."

There are six specific common questions that taxpayers have for the IRS.

1. Where is my Refund – The "Where is my refund?" tool on www.irs.gov or the IRS2Go smartphone application provide up-to-date information.

2. No W-2 – Employers are required to send out IRS Form W-2 by January 31. If employees do not have the form by mid-February, they should contact their employer. In some cases, the IRS will send the employer a letter requesting a W-2.

3. Need Prior Tax Return – If there is a requirement to obtain a lost tax return, then a taxpayer may order that on the website with Form 4506-T. That also can be ordered on the IRS2Go smartphone app.

4. Tax Question – The search function on www.irs.gov may be helpful. Recorded answers are also available on TeleTax at 1-800-829-4477.

5. Unable to Pay – There is an Online Payment Agreement on www.irs.gov. For major tax obligations, there also is an Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier.

6. Need Additional Help – The 13,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) centers are listed on www.irs.gov.

IRS Commissioner Koskinen has also prepared a three minute video that is available on the IRS website or on the IRS YouTube channel. In the video, Koskinen states, "We want to provide you with the assistance you need to get your taxes filed accurately and on time. And we will work hard to issue refunds quickly while increasing our efforts to stop tax fraud and identity thieves."

Published February 14, 2014

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