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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 the people you need.
If you're planning to get on the phone, though, keep in mind that the IRS has been struggling to field calls. You might be waiting a while. You might do better to use the IRS website for some services, such as tracking your refund or looking up your amended tax return status.
How to contact IRS customer service
You're welcome to call the main IRS number Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. The agency's average telephone service waiting time is 13 minutes during filing season (January through April) and 19 minutes off-season (May through December). Call volume may be higher on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as around the tax deadline.
If you have a question about any of the topics below, one of these lesser-known IRS phone numbers might get you to help faster. We've also included links to our articles on a number of topics, which might save you a call.
General tax assistance
Schedule an appointment with a local IRS office: 844-545-5640
Learn more about free tax-filing help.
Find a free tax clinic near you: 800-906-9887; 888-227-7669
Learn more about free tax help.
Taxpayer Advocate Service: 877-777-4778
Learn more about a taxpayer's bill of rights.
Interpretation services: 800-829-1040 (Spanish); 833-553-9895 (all other languages)
Learn more about the IRS' multilingual tax resources and interpretation services.
Disaster victims: 866-562-5227
Learn more about getting financial help after a disaster.
Estate and gift tax questions: 866-699-4083
Learn more about inheritance tax and estate tax.
Excise tax questions: 866-699-4096
Learn more about excise taxes.
Help getting an employer identification number: 800-829-4933
Learn more about employer identification numbers.
Status of application for adoption taxpayer Identification number: 737-800-5511
Learn more about tax ID numbers.
Identity and refund theft victims; get a new IP PIN: 800-908-4490
Learn more about identity protection PINs.
Innocent spouse relief: 866-681-4271
Learn more about innocent spouse relief.
Report phishing and other scams; see if an IRS agent's name/badge number are legit: 800-366-4484
Learn more about tax scams.
Whistleblower hotline: 800-829-0433
Check status of an amended tax return: 866-464-2050
Learn more about filing and tracking amended tax returns.
Report incorrect income on a substitute return: 866-681-4271
Learn more about tax penalties.
Tax forms and documents
Ask IRS to mail you paper tax forms: 800-829-3676
Learn more about IRS tax forms.
Order a tax transcript: 800-908-9946
Learn more about requesting tax return and tax transcripts from the IRS.
Lost ITIN documents: 800-908-9982
Learn more about tax identification numbers.
Check status of a tax refund: 800-829-1954
Learn more about tracking the status of your tax refund.
Check status of a tax refund being held: 866-897-3315
Learn more about tax refunds.
See which debts will offset your tax refund: 800-304-3107; 866-297-0517 (TTY/TDD)
Learn more about tax relief.
Payments and balances
Balance due questions: 800-829-0922; 800-829-7650; 800-829-3903
Learn more about IRS payment plans and installment agreements.
Make a payment using Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: 800-555-4477 (English); 800-244-4829 (Spanish)
Learn more about how to make an IRS payment.
See if bankruptcy changed your tax debt: 800-973-0424
Learn more about how bankruptcy works.
Verify, pay off or resolve a tax lien: 800-913-6050
Learn more about tax liens.
Tax assistance for taxpayers who are deaf or hard of hearing: 800-829-4059
Accessibility helpline: 833-690-0598
Ask IRS to mail you large-print or Braille tax forms, publications or notices: 800-829-3676
Help with business tax return: 800-829-0115
Learn more about small business tax preparation.
Self-employed taxpayers with account or tax law questions: 800-829-4933
Learn more about self-employment tax.
International Taxpayer Advocate: 787-522-8601 (English); 787-522-8600 (Spanish)
Overseas taxpayers: 267-941-1000
Learn more about the foreign tax credit.
For tax pros and other people
Tax preparers and tax pros with account or tax law questions: 800-829-8374
Tax preparers and tax pros with e-filing questions: 866-255-0654
Tax practitioner priority service: 866-860-4259
Overseas tax professionals: 512-416-7750; 267-941-1000
Corporate taxpayers, partnerships and nonprofits: 866-255-0654
Nonprofits with tax law or filing questions: 877-829-5500
Government and tax-exempt entities: 877-829-5500
International businesses that want an Employer Identification Number (EIN): 267-941-1099
Domestic employers, payers and transmitters who need e-filing tech support: 866-455-7438
International employers, payers and transmitters who need e-filing tech support: 304-263-8700
When not to call the IRS
For the 2022 tax filing season, the IRS is encouraging people who have simple questions to start on its website, IRS.gov. Because of the high volume of calls inundating the IRS, the agency says its online resources are "the quickest and easiest option for help."
Below are links to some of the digital services offered by the IRS.
There are also several tools that can help you track down your return:
And if you're looking for certain information or records, such as your payment history or a tax transcript, setting up an online account with the agency can help you quickly gain access to these documents.
In 2022, the IRS began rolling out voice bots, or automated assistants, on a number of lines to assist taxpayers with common issues or questions. If you're routed through one of these voice bots when you call the agency, you might be able to get a quick answer to a simple question. If you need more assistance, the agency says you can still speak with a live representative and also check out its self-service options.
Other ways to contact a real person at the IRS
You can try these other options for getting help.
Visit your local IRS office
The IRS operates local Taxpayer Assistance Centers, or TACs, in every state. To see their local addresses and phone numbers, click on your state on the list of Taxpayer Assistance locations. Generally, 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. But these offices will accept walk-ins one Saturday a month. The remaining available days are April 8 and May 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.
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.
Before you call
Once you're on the line with an IRS telephone assistor, you'll need to verify your identity to proceed. Make sure to have the following information handy before you call:
Social Security number or ITIN.
Date of birth.
Prior-year return and the tax return you're inquiring about.
Any IRS correspondence you've received (via email or your online account).
If you're calling on behalf of someone else, or someone who is deceased, you'll need to have a few extra things gathered in addition to the above, including verbal/written authorization, a valid Form 8821 or Form 2848, and relevant paperwork such as a death certificate or court letter. Also be aware that there are some topics that an assistor may not be able to help with. The IRS has more information and resources 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 IRS audit or during criminal investigations.
Avoid tax scams. The IRS does not:
Call you to demand payment.
Initiate contact with you via email, text, social media, or through third-party payment apps.
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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