Tip of the Month for February 2002

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Relief Is Only A Phone Call Away
We hope you never need this info, but if you’re a taxpayer and have exhausted all the normal channels of petition with the IRS, don’t despair. Call the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Established in 1997 by President Clinton, this service is composed of Citizen Advocacy panels, on e in each of the IRS regions. This service is independent of the IRS. To contact them, you can call their toll-free telephone number 24/7: 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TTD: 1-800-829-4059. Their web site is: You can also purchase Publication 1546, The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS from the IRS or download it by clicking on Help is on the way.

So, Taxes are No Game?

Well, the IRS doesn’t agree. Try the Braintaxer, an online, interactive game for the avid taxpayer. Pit your wits against Mr. Toby Rich, Ms. Penny Wise, and the lovely Gigi Mall. And what do you win? Well, they didn’t go so far as to disburse tax credits for correct answers, but we bet you’ll wind up knowing a heck of a lot more about taxes than when you started.

Is The Internet Secure? Get over it.

I suppose innovations are often, if not always, viewed with suspicion. Such as the Model T by the horse and buggy person, the flying machines by the earth-minded. Such seems to be the case with the security of the Internet by the paper-minded. The IRS is eager to have as many people as possible file their taxes electronically. Why? It’s easier, faster, just as secure (I hope that’s right) and it costs YOU, the taxpayer, less money. For more information you can click here to go to the IRS e-file page page where they will tell you all about it. Live a little.

Cool Withholding Calculator

If you are an employee and you want to figure out your withholding or you’re an employer who wants to do a little quick figuring, check out the IRS Withholding Calculator. Here you can put in your information (but don’t worry, it doesn’t save your information) and figure out what your withholding is likely to be. It’s fun. It’s accurate. It’s free. What more do you want?


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