As Tuesday’s tax deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers that IRS.gov is available for immediate tax help to avoid long hold times on the IRS help line.
As the tax deadline nears and the demand for IRS tax help by phone is higher, the IRS encourages taxpayers to make IRS.gov their first stop when questions arise, as the website offers answers to many of the most common questions, like "Where’s My Refund?", how to make tax payments and how to get forms and instructions. Other self-service tools provide users with around the clock help.
Last year, taxpayers submitted more than 5 million tax returns on the filing deadline day. The IRS also expects more than 14 million requests for an additional six months to file their tax return – with many of those coming in the final days and hours before the midnight Tuesday deadline.
The IRS reminds taxpayers anyone can receive a six-month extension to file their tax return by using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Even with an extension, taxpayers should remember that the extension does not affect any tax they owe. Tax payments are due on or before the April 17 tax deadline.
Did you know you can get fast answers about your refund by using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on IRS.gov and through the IRS2Go app?
More than 70 percent of taxpayers will receive a refund this year. The Internal Revenue Service issues nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, and the fastest way to get a refund is to use IRS e-file and direct deposit.
Questions about tax refunds are the most frequent reason people call the IRS. But the time around Presidents Day is a peak period for telephone calls to the IRS, resulting in longer than normal hold times. IRS telephone assistors can only research a refund’s status if it has been 21 days or more since the taxpayer filed electronically, six weeks since they mailed a paper return or if “Where’s My Refund?” directs a taxpayer to call.