The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began accepting and processing federal tax returns for tax year 2016 on January 23, 2017. You have until April 18, 2017 to file your tax return unless you file for an extension.
If you are unable to file your federal income tax return by the due date, you may be able to get an extension from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But this does not grant you more time to pay your taxes.
You may get a call from someone pretending to be from the IRS who claims you owe taxes. This caller will typically demand immediate payment and threaten you with arrest or lawsuits for not paying. Individuals carrying out this fraud will also make the caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling. Learn the signs to watch out for and how to report IRS imposter scams.
Signs of an IRS Imposter Scam
The IRS will always contact you by mail before calling you about unpaid taxes and will never:
Demand immediate payment
Ask for a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer
Threaten you with arrest or deportation for not paying your taxes
Request personal or financial information by email, texting, or any social media
Report an IRS Imposter Scam
Follow these steps if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS asking for a payment and have not first been contacted by the IRS by mail:
If you owe federal taxes or think you might owe taxes, hang up and get helpful online tools from the IRS. You can also call the IRS about payment questions at 1-800-829-1040 or 1-800-829-4059 (TTY).
The Wage and Tax Statement, commonly known as a W-2 form, is an important document to have at tax time. This form shows the income you earned for the year and the taxes withheld from those earnings. If you have had several jobs over the year, you may have several W-2 forms to file your tax return. Employers must send you your W-2 by January 31 for the earnings from the previous calendar year of work.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides mailing addresses for tax returns, non-return forms, applications, and payments. There are several mailing addresses; the correct one to use depends on the purpose of contact and the region of the country you are in:
Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) - A temporary nine-digit number issued by the IRS to individuals who are in the process of legally adopting a U.S. citizen or resident child, but who cannot get an SSN for that child in time to file their tax return.