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As the tax filing deadline nears, people are wondering how to contact the IRS and how to file for a tax refund.
For tax help for individuals, the IRS has set up a help line (800-829-1040) that’s manned from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. (your local time) Monday through Friday.
There’s also a business and specialty tax line (800-829-4933) that’s open the same hours. An additional line is available for deaf people at 800-829-4059.
There’s also Taxpayer Assistance Centers located across the nation. Find one near you here .
To apply for a refund, use Form 843 .
Note: You cannot use Form 843 to request an abatement of income, estate, or gift taxes. Employers cannot use Form 843 to request abatement of FICA tax, RRTA tax, or income tax withholding.
Use Form 843 to claim or request the following.
A refund of tax, other than a tax for which a different form must be used. (See Do not use Form 843 when you must use a different tax form. next.)
An abatement of tax, other than income, estate, or gift tax. Employers cannot use Form 843 to request an abatement of FICA tax, RRTA tax, or income tax withholding.
A refund to an employee of excess social security or RRTA tax withheld by any one employer, but only if your employer will not adjust the overcollection. See the instructions for line 7.
A refund to an employee of social security or Medicare taxes that were withheld in error, but only if your employer will not adjust the overcollection. See the instructions for Line 7. If you are a nonresident alien, see Pub. 519 for specific instructions.
A refund of excess tier 2 RRTA tax when you had more than one railroad employer for the year and your total tier 2 RRTA tax withheld or paid for the year was more than the tier 2 limit. See the instructions for line 3.
A refund or abatement of interest, penalties, or additions to tax, caused by certain IRS errors or delays, or certain erroneous written advice from the IRS.
A refund or abatement of a penalty or addition to tax due to reasonable cause or other reason (other than erroneous written advice provided by the IRS) allowed under the law.
A refund of the penalty imposed under section 6715 for misuse of dyed fuel.
A refund or abatement of tier 1 RRTA tax for an employee representative.