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Gambling winnings and losses

Gambling winnings are fully taxable and must be reported on your tax return. You must file Form 1040 and include all of your winnings. Gambling income includes, among other things, winnings from lotteries, raffles, horse races, and casinos. It includes cash winnings and also the fair market value of prizes such as cars and trips.…


Online Payment Agreement with IRS

The Internal Revenue Service introduced several new features to the interactive Online Payment Agreement application which will make it easier for taxpayers and their authorized representatives to make changes to existing installment agreements. The system will now permit: Individuals to revise their payment due dates and/or amounts on existing agreements. Individuals to revise existing extensions…


Help from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

If you have tried to resolve tax problems with the IRS and are still having problems or facing economic harm, you have somewhere to turn: seek the free assistance of the Taxpayer Advocate Service. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers in these circumstances or those who…


Tax Appeal Rights

If you disagree with the IRS about the amount of your tax liability or about proposed collection actions, you have the right to ask the IRS Appeals Office to review your case. IRS Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, explains some of your most important taxpayer rights. During their contact with taxpayers, IRS employees…


What to do if you receive an IRS notice

For more information about IRS notices and bills, see IRS Publication 594, What You Should Know about the IRS Collection Process. Information about penalties and interest charges is available in IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax. Each year, the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers to request payment of taxes, notify…


Amending Your Tax Return

The IRS usually corrects math errors or requests missing forms – such as W-2s or schedules – when processing an original return. In these instances, do not amend your return. However, you should file an amended return if any of the following were reported incorrectly: Your filing status Your dependents Your total income Your deductions…


Where is My Tax Refund?

If you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be issued about six to eight weeks after the IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund is issued in about half that time — even faster if you choose direct deposit. You can check on the status of your…


Tax Payment Options Available

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who owe but can’t pay in full that several options are available to help them meet their tax obligations and save money by the April 15 filing deadline. Taxpayers should file their return on time, pay as much as they can with their return. Interest and penalties add up…