What resources are available to do your own taxes?


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Numerous resources are available to assist with filing taxes, including Internal Revenue Service publications, free web-based software and printed self-help guides. In addition, the IRS maintains a tax help phone line that individuals can use to seek guidance.

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The IRS is the best resource for tax payers since the IRS is in charge of tax laws and policies and has the final say on the correctness of a return. Every year, the IRS releases formal informational guides that cover virtually every area of income tax, including investment income, disposition of assets, self-employment income and partnership investments.

Instead of filing by themselves on paper forms, many individuals choose to use computer software to prepare and file their taxes. These programs, such as TurboTax, H&R Block and TaxACT, are available for free online for simple returns and for a small fee for more complex returns. Alternately, most online programs are also sold in stores on CD-ROM as an alternative to the web format.

For complex tax questions that do not have an easy answer, the IRS encourages taxpayers to call their help line directly for assistance. Individuals can also contact a qualified tax professional, such as an IRS-Enrolled Agent or a Certified Public Accountant, with tax questions.

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