Tax Tip: Navigating the IRS Web Site

Need a tax form? Have a question about changes to tax law? Want to find the nearest IRS walk-in site? Now anyone with a personal computer and Internet access can point and click their way to trouble-free tax filing at www.irs.gov.

The award-winning IRS Web site at www.irs.gov offers a wealth of resources for making tax time, well, a little less taxing. A user-friendly format allows even novice web surfers to quickly find the information they need. With the help of the site's interactive features, you can calculate proper withholding amounts, learn if the interest you pay is fully deductible or determine whether you're eligible to claim the child and dependent care credit.

The site also provides instructions for obtaining copies of prior-year tax returns and has a handy tax event calendar. You can even get help with a particular tax question.

Millions of taxpayers visited the IRS site in 2000, downloading nearly 150 million forms, publications and a variety of topic-oriented tax information. With the click of a mouse you can access:

  • tax forms, instructions, and publications

  • the latest tax information and tax law changes.

  • tax tables and rate schedules.

  • Publication 17, "Your Federal Income Tax."

  • all TeleTax topics.

  • answers to the most frequently asked tax questions.

  • a library of tax regulations in plain English.

  • the weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin, which contains all the latest revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, announcements, proposed regulations and final regulations.
  • In addition, the IRS Web site offers information on the many benefits of electronic filing. More than 35 million taxpayers e-filed their returns in 2000. They learned that e-file is accurate, convenient and cuts the wait time for refunds.

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