March 23, 2000
Time Running Short to Get Tax forms
WASHINGTON - With the filing deadline a little more than three weeks away,
people needing tax forms should act soon to request them, the Internal Revenue
Service advised. The IRS has forms available by computer, fax, or mail, as well as at
its local offices. Taxpayers should especially check to see if they’ll need items that are
not in the standard tax packages.
For example, those claiming tax credits for college tuition and related expenses
use Form 8863, "Education Credits." The Hope Credit is for students in the first two
years of college. The Lifetime Learning Credit applies to any level of post-secondary
education. The education credits are not available to taxpayers whose income is more
than $50,000 ($100,000 on a joint return).
Taxpayers with more than two children cannot claim the full $500 per child tax
credit if the credit would exceed their tax. But they may qualify for the "Additional Child
Tax Credit," and would need to complete Form 8812. The child tax credit worksheet in
the instruction booklet indicates whether this additional credit may apply.
Taxpayers looking for extra time to file must request it by the regular deadline.
This year, they may either use Form 4868 or make an extension-related payment by
credit card by calling (toll-free) 1-888-2PAY-TAX (1-888-272-9829).
The IRS Web site -- www.irs.gov -- has forms and publications for downloading.
The IRS forms line -- 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) -- is open 24 hours a day,
seven days a week until April 17.
IRS TaxFax -- at 703-368-9694 -- offers 100 forms and their instructions by
return fax. Users may find the order numbers in the tax instruction booklet, or may
have the system fax a list of available items.
In addition to regular weekday hours, more than 270 of IRS’s 400 local offices
are open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through April 15. Taxpayers may
pick up forms or publications, or meet with IRS assistors. They may call the toll-free,
24-hour help line at 1-800-829-1040 to find the nearest IRS office.
Many banks, post offices and public libraries also stock some of the
common taxforms. Libraries may also have reproducible forms for photocopying, along with a
reference set of IRS tax information publications.
2000 FILING SEASON STATISTICS
Cumulative through the week ending 3/19/99 and 3/17/00
Individual Income Tax Returns
Total Receipts 57,285,000 58,701,000 2.5
Total Processed 47,626,000 51,728,000 8.6
TOTAL 22,861,000 26,625,000 16.5
TeleFile (phone) 4,525,000 4,083,000 - 9.8
Computer 18,336,000 22,542,000 22.9
Tax Professionals 16,769,000 19,483,000 16.2
Self-prepared 1,567,000 3,059,000 95.2
Refunds Certified by the Martinsburg Computing Center:
Number 43,639,000 47,299,000 8.4
Amount of principal $70.223 bil. $80.632 bil. 14.8
Average refund $1609 $1705 5.9
Direct Deposit Refunds:
Number 17,818,000 21,523,000 20.8
Amount $37.264 bil. $46.398 bil. 24.5
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