New IRS Tax Practitioner Hotline Available

The IRS has launched a new service especially for tax practitioners - a nationwide telephone hotline that will take the place of local practitioner hotline services that have been available in the past.

IRS personnel who are specially trained to handle practitioners' account related questions will staff the new toll-free service.

The telephone number for the nationwide hotline, called Practitioner Priority Service, is 1-866-860-4259. The hotline service is being phased in throughout the country this spring and won't be fully operational until April 1, 2002. The phase-in schedule appears below:

Operational now:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California (area codes 408, 415, 510, 530, 650, 707, 916, 925 only)
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida (area codes 305, 561, 786, 863, 941, 954 only)
Hawaii
Idaho
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Washington

Operational February 18:
Colorado
Georgia
Illinois
Kansas
Maryland
Missouri
Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota
Washington D.C.
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Operational April 1:
California (remaining area codes)
Florida (remaining area codes)
Iowa
Maine
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
Texas
Vermont

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