Thursday, January 5, 2012

Free Tax Advice From the IRS' Taxpayer Advocate

Death and taxes; two things no one escapes. I know that we are just a few days into a new year, but in my opinion it is never too early to start getting yourself organized for tax season.  If the idea of tackling your taxes sends shivers up your spine or causes you to want to bury your head in the sand, take a deep breath and know that you are not alone out there in the world of IRS publications.  Have you heard of the Taxpayer Advocate?  If not, keep reading.

Last fall, while attending a continue legal education seminar (I am an estate planning attorney as well as a writer on frugal living), I became aware of the Taxpayer Advocate.   Apparently there is a branch of the IRS devoted to giving you a voice, free of charge, with America's most hated federal government office.   In a few weeks you will be finding end of the year tax forms in your mail box.  And while we are in the depth of winter the clock is ticking towards April 15th - tax day.  Included on the web page is a list of low income tax clinics.

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And for the social networking set, you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube -- I am NOT joking!

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