IRS local offices reopen this year; use website to find closest; appointment needed; masks required; VITA/TCE programs; services available online.
The IRS is reopening its local offices for the first time in two years to support taxpayers as they submit their returns. The number of offices varies depending on the population and geography of the state. People can find their nearest office by using the IRS’s website, where they can find the office’s address, hours of operation, and contact information. People must call and make an appointment and should bring a government-issued photo ID, taxpayer identification number, and any other necessary documentation. To keep the IRS safe from COVID-19, masks are required in areas with high transmission rates or for unvaccinated people.
The IRS also offers two programs to help low-and-middle income taxpayers, those with disabilities, seniors, and those with limited English-speaking abilities. The VITA and TCE programs provide basic tax return preparation services, as well as support to seniors on pensions and retirement-related issues. Volunteers in these programs have been certified by the IRS and are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations.
The IRS has also emphasized its online services, which include making a payment or setting up a payment plan for one’s tax bill, as well as checking the status of one’s refund. These services can help people avoid unnecessary appointments.
In conclusion, the IRS’s local offices are reopening this year to support taxpayers with their returns. People can find the nearest office by using the IRS’s website, and they should call and make an appointment and bring the necessary documents. The IRS also offers two programs to help those who are low-income, disabled, seniors, and those with limited English-speaking abilities. Additionally, the IRS has online services that can help people avoid unnecessary appointments.