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We ask for the information on this form to carry out U.S. Internal Revenue laws. Sections 6001, 6011, 6012(a) and their regulations require that you give us the information. We need it to ensure that you are complying with these laws and to allow us to figure and collect the right amount of tax. Section 6109 requires you to provide your identifying number. If you do not file a return, do not provide requested information, or provide fraudulent information, you may be subject to penalties and criminal prosecution. We may also have to disallow the exemptions, exclusions, credits, deductions, or adjustments. This could make the tax higher or delay any refund. Interest may also be charged.
This notice applies to all papers you file with us and to any questions we need to ask to complete, correct, or process your return, or to figure and collect your tax, interest, or penalties.
You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law.
Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103. However, section 6103 allows or requires the IRS to disclose the information to others. For example, we may disclose your tax information to the Department of Justice to enforce the tax laws, both civil and criminal, and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths or possessions to carry out their tax laws. We may disclose this information to the Department of Treasury and contractors for tax administration purposes; and to other persons as necessary to obtain information to determine the amount of or to collect the tax you owe. We may disclose this information to the Comptroller General of the United States to permit review of the IRS. We may disclose this information to Committees of Congress; federal, state, and local child support agencies; and to other federal agencies for purposes of determining entitlement for benefits or the eligibility for and the repayment of loans. We may also disclose this information to other countries under a tax treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce federal nontax criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism.
Keep this notice with your records. It may help you if we ask for other information. If you have any questions about the rules for filing and giving information, call or visit any IRS office.
We welcome comments on forms.
If you have suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. You can email us at email@example.com. Please put “Forms Comment” on the subject line. You can also send us comments from
www.irs.gov/formspubs/. Select “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications” under “More Information.” Or you can write to Internal Revenue Service, Tax Products Coordinating Committee, SE:W:CAR:M:T:M:S, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224. Do not send your return to this address. Instead, see Where To File, earlier.
Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax forms and instructions.
Estimates of taxpayer burden. The table below shows burden estimates as of November 2012 for taxpayers filing a 2012 Form 1040NR-EZ tax return. Time spent and out-of-pocket costs are presented separately.
Estimated Average Taxpayer Burden
The average time and costs required to complete and file Form 1040NR-EZ, its schedules, and accompanying forms will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated averages are:
|Average Time Burden (Hours)||Average Cost* (Dollars)|
|*Detail may not add to total due to rounding. Dollars rounded to the nearest $10.|
Reported time and cost burdens are national averages and do not necessarily reflect a “typical” case. Most taxpayers experience lower than average burden, with taxpayer burden varying by taxpayer. The estimated average time burden for all taxpayers filing a Form 1040NR-EZ is 5 hours, with an average cost of $40 per return.
Out-of-pocket costs include any expenses incurred by taxpayers to prepare and submit their tax returns. Examples include tax return preparation and submission fees, postage and photocopying costs, and tax preparation software costs. Tax preparation fees vary widely depending on the tax situation of the taxpayer, the type of professional preparer, and the geographic area.
If you have comments concerning the time and cost estimates below, you can contact us at either one of the addresses shown under We Welcome Comments on Forms on page 19.
|The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here To Help
|Taxpayer Advocate Service
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly, and that you know and understand your rights. We offer free help to guide you through the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems that you haven’t been able to solve on your own. Remember, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all!
TAS can help if you can’t resolve your problem with the IRS and:
If you qualify for our help, we’ll do everything we can to get your problem resolved. You'll be assigned to one advocate who will be with you at every turn. We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Although TAS is independent within the IRS, our advocates know how to work with the IRS to get your problems resolved. And our services are always free.
As a taxpayer, you have rights that the IRS must abide by
in its dealings with you. Our online tax toolkit at
www.TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov can help you understand these rights.
|If you think TAS might be able to help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book and on our website
www.irs.gov/advocate. You can also call our toll-free number at 1-877-777-4778.
To request Taxpayer Advocate Service help worldwide, call the Puerto Rico Taxpayer Advocate office at 1-787-622-8930 (Spanish) or 1-787-622-8940 (English).
TAS also handles large-scale or systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS. Some clinics serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve a tax problem. These clinics provide professional representation before the IRS or in court on audits, appeals, tax collection disputes, and other issues for free or for a small fee. Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in many different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. For more information and to find a clinic near you, see the LITC page on
www.irs.gov/advocate or IRS
Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. This publication is also available by calling 1-800-829-3676 or at your local IRS office.
|Suggestions for Improving the IRS
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
|Have a suggestion for improving the IRS and do not know who to contact? The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is a diverse group of citizen volunteers who listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues, and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. The panel is demographically and geographically diverse, with at least one member from each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Contact TAP at www.improveirs.org or 1-888-912-1227 (toll-free).|
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