The main IRS phone number is 800-829-1040, but that’s not the only IRS number you can call for help or to speak to a live person. Here's a list of other IRS phone numbers to try so 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.
Note: Due to coronavirus, the IRS 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 also 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 numbers for Taxpayer Advocate offices here.
How to contact IRS customer service
You're welcome to call the main IRS number, but one of these special lesser-known IRS phone numbers might get you help faster.
IRS PHONE NUMBER
Stimulus check wrong amount or never received
Self-employed taxpayers with account or tax law questions
Identity and refund theft victims; get a new IP PIN
Balance due questions
800-829-0922; 800-829-7650; 800-829-3903
Estate and gift tax questions
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
Ask IRS to mail you paper tax forms
Find a free tax clinic near you
FOR TAX PROS AND OTHER PEOPLE
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
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
Other ways to reach a real person at the IRS
You can try these local options for getting help.
Visit 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.
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.
State tax department phone numbers
If it's a state tax issue you need help with, tap to see a list of phone numbers for state tax departments.
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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