March 11, 1992
Time Running Short to Get Tax Forms
WASHINGTON - With a little over a month left before the filing
deadline, the Internal Revenue Service urges those who need federal
tax forms or publications to order now to receive them in time.
Order blanks are in the tax instructions and the IRS offers a
toll-free number: 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).
The IRS has filled 8.6 million orders this year. It may take
two weeks to receive requested materials, so orders should be mailed
or called in soon. Many public libraries stock common tax forms and
have reproducible forms for photocopying, as well as a reference
set of IRS publications.
The IRS has over 100 free booklets, from the comprehensive
Publication 17, "Your Federal Income Tax," to specific topics such
as Publication 596, "Earned Income Credit." The tax instructions
give some available titles and Publication 910, "Guide to Free Tax
Services," has a full, descriptive listing.
People needing help with their tax returns should look for the
IRS-trained volunteers who offer free assistance in many
communities. Last year, 88,000 participants in the Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
programs helped 3.1 million taxpayers. VITA volunteers prepare basic
tax returns for people with special needs, including disabled,
elderly, or dual-language taxpayers. TCE provides help for those
aged 60 or older. Both programs offer assistance at convenient
neighborhood locations, such as schools, churches, libraries and
community centers. For information on volunteer sites, call --
toll-free -- 1-800-829-1040.
Over 47 million tax returns had been filed as of March 6th,
nearly 5 percent more than this time last year. Twenty-three million
refunds -- worth $23.5 billion -- have been processed. At $1,020,
the average refund is up 11.3 percent.
Previous | Next
1992 IRS News Releases | News Releases Main | Home