IRS Has Gone High-Tech in Past Few Years

Article by Barry K. Rothman

The IRS has made some changes to how users file and inquire about their taxes in past few years. They have gone more high-tech by allowing online filings and even requiring certain employers with high revenue or high number of employees to file online. A certified IRS lawyer has become much more important as regulations hit the tax preparation industry, but the individual may feel more empowered with these high-tech changes.

Tax return preparation:

A tax attorney may soon be required to hold certification, to keep consumers safe from over-inflated claims. The IRS has been directing customers to certified partners for preparation, as opposed to the IRS offices. This is to cut down on the foot traffic and resources in the 250 offices around the nation. Taxpayers have the advantage of shopping for the provider that is best for them, and the IRS will continue its free filing program. Consumers can deduct the money from preparation, and federal filing for most tax returns is free.

Transcript service:

Tax payers who need to show proof of last year’s statement will find some relief from the IRS website. Users will be able to “Get Transcript” copies that they can show to a lawyer or other tax preparer to certify last year’s forms. This is also useful for businesses looking to estimate taxes for the year ahead. Forms will require a social security number or EIN, but downloading these forms is free.

Tax law questions:

Simple tax law questions can be answered through the tax codes listed on the IRS website. The IRS maintains helpful FAQs that break down concepts like deductions and business tax for individuals seeking the DIY method of tax preparation. OF course, more complex questions do arise. The IRS will begin referring tax payers to other resources to find the answers they seek. These resources may include a tax attorney lawyer, or a certified tax professional. It’s helpful to talk to someone knowledgeable with the laws, especially as requirements change for tax-free and tax-deferred holdings.

Individuals holding money offshore are especially recommended to contact a tax professional, as requirements have changed, and they will need to get current with back taxes owed.

Tax refund inquiries:

By far, the most frequent inquiry received by the IRS is the status of a refund. Rather than devote customer service manpower to answering this question, the government has chosen an automated response. Tax payers can now utilize the “Where is My Refund” form to locate returns that have not been received. The IRS2Go mobile app also offers this service in both English and Spanish.

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