Tax Tip: Forms and Publications - How To Order
If you know what form or publication you need, call the IRS toll-free forms number at 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). If you're not sure what to order, get Publication 910 , "Guide to Free Tax Services," which lists publications and related forms, with descriptions and a subject matter index.
Two other helpful publications are Publication 2053 , "Quick and Easy Access to IRS Tax Help and Forms/Fax Forms List." This four-page publication explains how to obtain forms and publications via personal computer, phone, walk-in, mail, or CD-ROM and includes a detailed list of forms available by fax. Publication 2053A  is a shortened version, omitting the three-page "Tax Products by Fax" list.
Personal computer users may download forms and publications from the IRS Web site . This site also has links to state tax forms and to forms that you can fill in online and then print.
During the tax-filing season, many libraries and some post offices offer free tax forms to taxpayers. Some libraries also have copies of commonly-requested publications. Braille materials for the blind are also available. Many large grocery stores, copy centers, and office supply stores have forms you can photocopy or print from a CD-ROM.
Current tax forms, instructions and publications, as well as prior-year tax materials are available on CD-ROM. Publication 1796, "Federal Tax Products on CD-ROM," can be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) for $21, plus a $5 handling fee for phone orders. Call 1-877-CDFORMS (1-877-233-6767), or save the handling fee by ordering online at www.irs.gov/cdorders .
Finally, you can get that last-minute or forgotten form by fax by dialing 703-368-9694 (not a toll-free call) from your fax machine and following the voice prompts to have the form you need faxed back to you.
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