IRS Tax Tips 2018-14, January 29, 2018
With the tax filing season kicking off today, the IRS reminds taxpayers about tools that will help answer questions. Taxpayers can access Publication 17, the Interactive Tax Assistant, and Where’s My Refund? on IRS.gov.
This publication covers the general rules for filing a federal income tax return. It explains the tax law to make sure someone pays only the tax they owe and no more. Using eBooks taxpayers can view Publication 17 and other frequently used tax publications on their mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets and eReaders. IRS tax products are generally available online six to eight weeks before paper products are distributed. To view and download tax products, use the ‘Forms and Pubs’ tab on IRS.gov.
The ITA provides answers to several tax law questions. The ITA includes question-and-answer session for a variety of topics. Users simply respond to basic questions to find the answers they need. Topics include:
- Do I Need to File a Tax Return?
- Who Can I Claim as a Dependent?
- How Much Is My Standard Deduction?
- What Is My Filing Status?
- Am I Eligible to Claim an Education Credit?
Taxpayers can use this tool on IRS.gov or with the IRS2Go mobile app for a personalized refund status. Taxpayers can generally check the status of their refund 24 hours after the IRS receives their e-filed return. Where’s My Refund? has the most up-to-date information available. It is updated no more than once a day, so taxpayers don’t need to check more often.