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Here's where to go for help with your tax return

By HELEN HUNTLEY
Published January 23, 2005


BY TELEPHONE

IRS toll-free numbers

1-800-829-1040: ask questions (7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 29 to April 9, 7 a.m. to midnight April 14 and 15).

1-800-829-4933: ask questions related to business returns or accounts.

1-800-829-3676: request forms and publications by mail. IRS Publication 17, "Your Federal Income Tax," is particularly helpful.

1-800-829-4477: listen to recordings on tax topics.

1-800-829-1954: check on a refund two weeks after electronic filing or six weeks after paper filing.

1-877-777-4778: resolve problems when other channels have failed.

1-800-829-4059: use TTY/TDD machines

IN PERSON

IRS offices

9450 Koger Blvd., St. Petersburg, (727) 570-5552

3848 W Columbus Ave., Tampa, (813) 348-1831

Both are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Phone lines offer recorded information and the ability to leave a message to schedule an appointment.

Volunteers also are available to assist with tax preparation at many libraries, banks and senior centers in the Tampa Bay area. For information about a location near you, call toll-free 1-800-829-1040.

ONLINE

IRS Web site

www.irs.gov: find forms, publications, answers to frequently asked questions and check the status of your return. There also are links to sites for free electronic filing.

[Last modified January 31, 2005, 12:22:26]


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