Archive | February 2012

IRS Forms and Publications

Visit the IRS Forms and Publications web page to download forms and publications, including ones from past years, immediately:

http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html

 

To order IRS forms and publications, by telephone, call, 1-800-829-3676 to place your order.

 

To order IRS forms and publications, including ones from past years, by U. S. mail:.

You can order many of the tax forms and publications you need for your 2011 tax return through the IRS Web page:

http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/page/0,,id=10768,00.html

[The IRS] will process and ship your order by U.S. mail when the products become available. Most products will be available in January, 2012, but delivery dates could be impacted by late tax legislation.

How to Order

You may order up to 10 different products and you will receive two copies of each ordered form and one copy of each ordered publication. We will automatically include applicable instructions in your order. (If you need more than the quantity allowed, please call 1-800-829-3676 to place your order.)

To place an order, enter the product number or a keyword in the search box. For example, if you need Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, you could search for 2441, child, dependent, etc. Your search will produce a list of products matching the search criteria. Check the box next to the product and follow the instructions to finish your order or select more products.

Please allow 7 to 15 days for us to process and ship your order. If a product is not available when you place your order, we will send it as soon as it becomes available. Please do not place another order.

 

From IRS web page: http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/page/0,,id=10768,00.html

IRS Telephone Assistance

IRS Telephone Assistance

Live Telephone Assistance
When calling, you may ask questions to help you prepare your tax return, or ask about a notice you have received. Please be aware that     when you conclude your discussion, our system will not permit you to return to your original responder.

Telephone Assistance for Individuals:
Toll-Free, 1-800-829-1040

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. your local time     (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).

Telephone Assistance for Businesses:
Toll-Free, 1-800-829-4933

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. your local time     (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).

Telephone Assistance for Exempt Organizations, Retirement Plan Administrators, and Government Entities:
Toll-Free, 1-877-829-5500

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Local Time. 

Telephone Assistance for people with hearing impairments:
Toll-Free 1-800-829-4059 (TDD)
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. your local time     (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).
For further information, see
Tax Topic 102 [See: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc102.html]

Telephone Assistance for Individuals who believe they may be a victim of Identity Theft: No Tax Administration Impact – Did not receive a notice from the IRS. Toll-Free 1-800-908-4490 (Automated and live assistance)
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. your local time     (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time). For additional information, refer to our
Identity Theft and Your Tax Records page. [See:  http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=186436,00.html]

From IRS Site:  http://www.irs.gov/help/article/0,,id=96730,00.html

Information about the Local IRS Office in Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN

Local IRS Office

22 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103

(901) 544-3243

Hours:  Monday-Friday – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Services Provided

 
 

• Accepting Check, Money Order, or Cash Payments (Exact Change is Required)

• Account Inquiries (help with letters, notices and levies on your wages or bank account)

• Adjustments (changes to tax account information or payments)

• Alien Clearances (Sailing Permits)

• Application for Taxpayer Assistance Order (ATAO)

• Copies of Tax Returns & Transcripts (Usually available for current year and three prior years)

• Help with preparing Form 2290 (Heavy Vehicle Use Tax)

• Multilingual Assistance (over 150 languages translated)

• Federal Tax Return Preparation (If you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit or your Income is $50,000.00 or less): 

Tax Preparation Criteria

The following Criteria is required in order for IRS to prepare your Federal Tax Return:

• You, your spouse and any dependents must be U.S. Citizens, Resident Aliens or have a valid Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) • Returns will only be prepared for taxpayers with a total income of $50,000 or less • If filing a Married Filing Joint return, you and your spouse must be present • If filing a Married Filing Separately return and your or your spouse live in a Community Property state, we CANNOT prepare your return • Social Security Number (SSN) information presented must match the SSN on all Wage & Income statements (i.e. Form W-2, Form 1098, Form 1099-R, Form 1099, etc.) • If your SSN information does not match your Wage & Income statements, you will need to contact the issuer to correct those statements • Verified ITIN taxpayers are exempt from this requirement

You must bring the following (if applicable) in order to have your Federal Tax Return prepared:

• Valid, government issued (i.e. not expired) photo identification for you and your spouse • You and your spouse’s name, address and phone number • Copies of ALL Forms W-2, 1098, 1099-R, 1099 and the amount of any other income received by you and your spouse • One of the following for you, your spouse and any other persons listed on your tax return:      1. Social Security Number Card or Letter*      2. Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) Card or Letter*      3. Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Card or Letter*      (You must have been issued an ITIN by IRS to quality for e-file)      * Official Social Security Administration or IRS ITIN assignment letters are acceptable. • Date of birth for your, your spouse and your dependents • If claiming the Child / Dependent Care Credit, the care provider’s address and Tax Identification Number (TIN) • Form 8332, Release of Claim to Exemption for Child of Divorced or Separated Parents, or copy of divorce decree if you are the non-custodial parent claiming a child as a dependent • Proof of Account Number and Routing Number of the financial institution for a direct debit or a direct deposit of an anticipated refund into your checking and/or savings account

Additional Information: • All current year tax returns will be electronically filed# • A 5-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be required for all e-filed returns, if applicable # 1st Time Homebuyer returns requiring the new Form 5405 must be paper filed.

Form and Schedules that IRS will prepare: • Form 1040 • Form 1040EZ • Form 1040A • Form 1040X – 1040X returns cannot be e-filed • Schedules A, B – Interest and Dividends; ordinary and qualified • Schedules C-EZ • Schedules D – Cancellation of debt income only; No business or farm expenses • Schedule R • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – ITIN taxpayers are not eligible for EITC • Schedule SE with Schedule C-EZ only • Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (Form 982) • Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates and Trusts (Form 2210)    – Cancellation of debt income only • Dependent Care (Form 2441) • Moving Expenses (Form 3903) • Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income (Form 4137) • Casualties and Thefts (Form 4684) • Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Form 5329) • First-Time Homebuyer Credit (Form 5405) • Residential Energy Credit (Form 5695) • Nondeductible IRAs and Coverdell ESAs (Form 8606) • Additional Child Tax Credit (Form 8812) • Exclusion of Interest from Series EE and U.S. Savings Bonds (Form 8815) • Adoption Credit (Form 8839) • Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts (Form 8853) • Education Credit (Form 8863) • Retirement Savings Credit (Form 8880) • Health Insurance Credit for Eligible Recipients (Form 8885) • Direct Deposit of Refund (Form 8888) • Health Savings Accounts (Form 8889) • Tuition and Fees Deduction (Form 8917) • Social Security Worksheets

Tax Preparation Criteria Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 24, 2012

  Return preparation is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only.

• Payment Arrangements

• Procedural Inquiries

• Solutions to Tax Issues

• Tax Forms (based on availability)

• Tax Law Assistance (answers related to your individual Federal Tax     Return)

• Taxpayer Identification Numbers

*No State Return Preparation

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 26, 2012

From Taxpayer Assistance Center Office Locator  http://www.irs.gov/app/officeLocator/index.jsp

OnCopyright Education Certificate Program

http://www.copyright.com/content/cc3/en/toolbar/education/certificate_program.html

“Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is pleased to offer the OnCopyright Education Certificate Program. Developed for professionals who deal with copyright issues on a day-to-day basis, the program is comprised of industry-specific courses that target a variety of user communities and the challenges faced in managing copyright. “–From the website.

National Archives Announces Website for Free 1940 Census Release Online on April 2, 2012: 1940census.archives.gov

http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-70.html

“Today the National Archives, with its partner Archives.com, launched its new website http://www.1940census.archives.gov/ in preparation for its first-ever online U.S. census release, which will take place on April 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. (EST). The public is encouraged to bookmark the website now in order to more quickly access the 1940 census data when it goes live. No other website will host the 1940 census data on its April 2 release date.”–From the Press Relase from the National Archives.

Welcome To The United States : A Guide For New Immigrants

http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/M-618.pdf

A guide from the USCIS that contains a wide variety of information and referrals to help new immigrants to the United States.

“Libraries Make Room For High-Tech ‘Hackerspaces’

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/10/143401182/libraries-make-room-for-high-tech-hackerspaces

Interesting article from NPR on how some libraries are creating “hackerspaces” for their customers.

Social Pulse

http://www.reuters.com/social

Social Pulse is a social media dashboard, from Reuters, that shows what is newswothy on the social networks, with an emphasis on business news.

Book Burning, 213 B. C. – 2011 A. D.

http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/burnedbooks/

This is a companion website to an exhibit, at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, on books that have been burned from antiquity to the present day.