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Summertime or anytime: get tax help 24/7 on IRS.gov

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Tax help and information is available whenever needed on IRS.gov. Find publications, handy apps and full instructions on many topics. Here are good reasons to visit IRS.gov this summer:

Use IRS Free File. Taxpayers who still need to file a 2016 return can use IRS Free File to e-file for free. Free File is available through Oct. 16. Those who earned $64,000 or less can prepare and e-file taxes with free tax software. Taxpayers who earned more can use Free File Fillable Forms. This option is the electronic version of IRS paper forms.  

Check on a refund. The Where’s My Refund? tool is a fast and easy way to check on a tax refund. Use the IRS2Go mobile app to access it or click on the “Refunds” tab on IRS.gov.

Try IRS Direct Pay. Taxpayers who owe taxes can pay them with IRS Direct Pay. It’s the safe, easy and free way to pay from a checking or savings account. Just click on the “Pay Your Tax Bill” link on the IRS home page.

Apply to make payments. Those who can’t pay all they owe at once may apply for an Online Payment Agreement. Check out the direct debit payment plan. It has a lower set-up fee and taxpayers will not miss a payment. With a direct debit plan, the IRS will not send a monthly reminder to send a check.

Correct tax withholding. Some people may want to change their tax withholding if they got a big refund or owed more tax than expected. To make a change, taxpayers should complete and give their employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. The IRS Withholding Calculator tool can help with the form.

Check out a charity. The value of gifts donated to a charity may be deductible. Use the Select Check tool to see if the charity qualifies.  

Get answers to tax questions. The Interactive Tax Assistant covers many common tax topics. Type a question or search terms and ITA can lead step-by-step to the answer. The IRS Tax Map gives taxpayers a single point of access to tax law information by subject. It combines web links, tax topics, forms, instructions and publications all into one set of search results.

Get forms and publications. View, download and print federal tax forms and publications on IRS.gov/forms at any time.

Avoid scams. The IRS will never initiate contact using social media or text message. First contact generally comes in the mail. Those wondering if they owe money to the IRS can view their tax account information on IRS.gov to find out.

Remember that all of the web page addresses for the official IRS website, IRS.gov, begin with http://www.irs.gov. Don' t be confused or misled by Internet sites that end in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov. The address of the official IRS governmental Web site is http://www.irs.gov/.

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