IRS Phone Number: Stimulus Check Help, Customer Service

The main IRS phone number is 800-829-1040, but these other IRS phone numbers could also get you the help you need.

Tina OremJuly 2, 2020

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Note: On May 18, the IRS added 3,500 phone reps to answer stimulus check questions. The IRS phone number for stimulus check questions is in the table below. It starts out automated, but the IRS claims you will have the option of talking to a human at the end of the message. 

Due to coronavirus, the IRS has dialed back a number of taxpayer services, including unstaffing or understaffing various IRS phone numbers. However, the IRS has been recalling workers in phases since late April.

For questions that aren't about stimulus checks, you can try calling the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which is an independent organization within the IRS set up to help taxpayers work with the IRS. You can see the phone number for Taxpayer Advocate offices here.

The official IRS phone number is 800-829-1040, but that’s not the only IRS number you can dial to get help or speak to a live person. Few people know there are other IRS phone numbers to try. We've gathered a range of them to so that you can reach precisely the people you need. We've also included links to our articles on a number of topics, which might save you a call.

There's more than one IRS phone number

You're welcome to call the main IRS number, but one of these special lesser-known IRS phone numbers might get you help faster.



Stimulus check wrong amount or never received


Self-employed taxpayers with account or tax law questions


Identity and refund theft victims


Disaster victims


Overseas taxpayers


Balance due questions

800-829-0922; 800-829-7650; 800-829-3903

Estate and gift tax questions


Learn more about this topic here and here

Excise tax questions


Report phishing and other scams; see if an IRS agent's name and badge number are legit


Check status of a tax refund


Check status of a tax refund being held


Check status of an amended tax return


Order a tax transcript


Make a payment using Electronic Federal Tax Payment System

800-555-4477 800-244-4829 (Spanish)

Report incorrect income on a substitute return


Verify, payoff or resolve a tax lien


See if bankruptcy changed your tax debt


Innocent spouse relief


See which debts will offset your tax refund

800-304-3107 (866-297-0517 TTY/TDD)

Lost ITIN documents


Status of application for Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number


Taxpayer Advocate Service


International Taxpayer Advocate, English


International Taxpayer Advocate, Spanish


For the hearing impaired (TTY/TDD)


Schedule an appointment with a local IRS office


Whistleblower hotline


Ask IRS to mail you paper tax forms



Tax preparers and tax pros with account or tax law questions


Tax preparers and tax pros with e-filing questions


Tax practitioner priority service


Overseas tax professionals

512-416-7750; 267-941-1000

Corporate taxpayers, partnerships and nonprofits


Nonprofits with tax law or filing questions


Government and tax-exempt entities


International businesses that want an Employer Identification Number (EIN)


Domestic employers, payers and transmitters who need e-filing tech support


International employers, payers and transmitters who need e-filing tech support


You can also call your local IRS office

The IRS operates local Taxpayer Assistance Center offices in every state. To see their local addresses and phone numbers, click on your state on the list of Taxpayer Assistance locations. Note: you can’t just show up at a local IRS office any time. You have to make an appointment. That IRS number is 844-545-5640. (As we note at the top of this page, due to coronavirus, the IRS has dialed back a number of taxpayer services, including staffing phone lines. However, the IRS has been recalling workers in phases since late April. Staring June 29, 2020, the IRS began reopening its Taxpayer Assistance Centers to the public in phases.) 

Try calling the Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that can help people with tax problems they can't resolve on their own. Every state has at least one local Taxpayer Advocate Service center that is independent of the local IRS office, and it reports to the national Taxpayer Advocate Service.  You can see the local addresses and phone numbers for every local Taxpayer Advocate Service office here.

Watch out for IRS phone scams

You can call every IRS phone number you want, but the IRS will rarely call you. It initiates most contacts, including demands for payment, through regular mail from the U.S. Postal Service. In special circumstances, the agency will call or come to a home or business when:

  • A taxpayer has an overdue tax bill.

  • To secure a delinquent tax return.

  • To secure a delinquent employment tax payment.

  • To tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.

Avoid tax scams (here's how to spot them). The IRS does not:

  • Call you to demand payment.

  • Initiate contact with you via email, text or social media.

  • Ask you to pay your tax bill with prepaid cards, gift cards or wire transfers.

  • Threaten to call the police, immigration officers or other people to arrest you.

  • Revoke your driver’s license, business license or immigration status.

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