Tax Tip: 5 ways to obtain IRS forms and publications
The Internal Revenue Service has free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics. If you need IRS forms, here are five easy methods for getting the information you need.
1) On the Internet
You can access forms and publications on the IRS Web site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at IRS.gov.
2) By Phone
You can call 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM local time -- except Alaska and Hawaii which are Pacific time -- to order current year forms, instructions and publications as well as prior year forms and instructions. You should receive your order within 10 days.
3) At Convenient Locations in Your Community
During the tax filing season, many libraries and post offices offer free tax forms to taxpayers. Some libraries also have copies of commonly requested publications. Many large grocery stores, copy centers and office supply stores have forms you can photocopy or print from a CD.
4) By Mail
Order your tax forms and publications from the IRS National Distribution Center at 1201 N. Mitsubishi Motorway, Bloomington, IL, 61705-6613. You should receive your products 10 days after receipt of your order.
5) Taxpayer Assistance Centers
There are 401 TACs across the country where IRS offers face-to-face assistance to taxpayers, and where taxpayers can pick up many IRS forms and publications. Visit IRS.gov and go to Contact My Local Office on the Individuals page to find a list of TAC locations by state. On the Contact My Local Office page, you can also select TAC Site Search and enter your zip code to find the IRS walk-in office nearest you as well as a list of the services available at specific offices.
Remember that all of the web page addresses for the official IRS website, IRS.gov, begin with http://www.irs.gov. Don' t be confused or misled by Internet sites that end in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov. The address of the official IRS governmental Web site is http://www.irs.gov/.