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How do I contact the IRS and speak to a person? Here all the phone numbers you need

If you need to speak with the IRS, these are the best options to be assisted by a person within the United States Internal Revenue Service.

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Navigating the complexities of tax issues can be daunting, and sometimes you need to speak directly with a representative from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to resolve your concerns.

Whether you have questions about your tax return, need to clarify a notice, or require assistance with a payment, knowing how to contact the IRS and speak to a person is essential. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to do just that, along with the phone numbers you need.

General IRS contact information

The primary phone number for the IRS is 1-800-829-1040. This number is available from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time, Monday through Friday. When you call this number, you will be guided through an automated menu to help direct your call to the appropriate department. Those located in Alaska and Hawaii would need to follow Pacific time.

Best times to call

The IRS phone lines are typically busiest on Mondays and Tuesdays, so it’s advisable to call later in the week if possible. Additionally, calling early in the morning before 10:00 AM can help you avoid longer wait times. Wait times during Filing Season (January-April) can average 3 minutes or more depending on the phone line and 11 minutes during the Post-filing Season (May-December).

Information you need when calling

To ensure a smooth conversation with the IRS representative, have the following information ready:

  • Your Social Security number and Date of Birth.
  • Your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number will be asked if you don’t have a Social Security Number.
  • Your marital or Filing status (e.g., single, married filing jointly).
  • Your previous year’s tax return. 
  • Any correspondences (letters, notices, etc.) from the IRS pertaining to your question.
  • If you are calling on behalf of someone else, you will need their information as well as a valid Form 8821 or Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative to discuss the issue.
  • If you are calling for a deceased taxpayer, you will need their death certificate and either a court approval letter or IRS Form 56 and Notice concerning Fiduciary Relationship to speak to the IRS on behalf of the deceased.

Other IRS contact numbers

Depending on your specific needs, you may need to contact different departments within the IRS. Here are some additional phone numbers that might be useful:

  • Individuals: 1-800-829-1040 (7am – 7pm)
  • Refund Hotline: 1-800-829-1954
  • Business and Specialty Tax Line: 1-800-829-4933 (7am – 7pm)
  • Taxpayer Advocate Service: 1-877-777-4778
  • IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit: 1-800-908-4490
  • IRS Forms and Publications: 1-800-829-3676 
  • For Callers who have hearing disabilities: 1-800-829-4059
  • Estate and gift taxes: 1-866-699-4083 (10am – 2pm)

Online resources and local offices

If you prefer not to wait on hold, the IRS offers a variety of online tools and resources that can help you find answers to your tax questions. Visit the IRS website to:

  • File a return
  • Get a tax transcript
  • Check refund status
  • Make payments and manage penalties
  • Correct or amend a return
  • Report identity theft, fraud, and scams

Additionally, you can visit your local IRS office for in-person assistance. Use the IRS Office Locator tool on their website to find the nearest office to you.

Free tax return help

The IRS also provides free tax return preparation assistance for qualifying taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. These services are available to individuals who earn $64,000 or less, have disabilities, need language support, or are 60 years or older. Qualified taxpayers are also entitled to unemployment compensation from the IRS.

Contacting the IRS and speaking to a person can be a time-consuming process, but with the right information and preparation, you can navigate the system more efficiently. Keep this guide handy, and you’ll be better equipped to handle any tax-related issues that come your way. Remember, the IRS is there to help, and utilizing their resources can make managing your taxes a smoother experience.

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