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. The IRS has recalled some workers as of April 27 and is reportedly bringing more back on June 1.
Due to coronavirus, the IRS has dialed back a number of taxpayer services, including unstaffing or understaffing various IRS phone numbers. 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. Their physical offices are closed, but they’re still taking calls. 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 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 phone number, but one of these special lesser-known IRS phone numbers might get you help faster.
|TOPIC||IRS PHONE NUMBER|
|Stimulus check wrong amount or never received||800-919-9835||Learn more about this topic|
|Self-employed taxpayers with account or tax law questions||800-829-4933||Learn more about this topic|
|Identity and refund theft victims||800-908-4490||Learn more about this topic|
|Disaster victims||866-562-5227||Learn more about this topic|
|Overseas taxpayers||267-941-1000||Learn more about this topic|
|Balance due questions||800-829-0922; 800-829-7650; 800-829-3903||Learn more about this topic|
|Estate and gift tax questions||866-699-4083||Learn more about this topic here and here|
|Excise tax questions||866-699-4096|
|Report phishing and other scams; see if an IRS agent's name and badge number are legit||800-366-4484||Learn more about this topic|
|Check status of a tax refund||800-829-1954||Learn more about this topic|
|Check status of a tax refund being held||866-897-3315||Learn more about this topic|
|Check status of an amended tax return||866-464-2050||Learn more about this topic|
|Order a tax transcript||800-908-9946||Learn more about this topic|
|Make a payment using Electronic Federal Tax Payment System||800-555-4477|
|Learn more about this topic|
|Report incorrect income on a substitute return||866-681-4271||Learn more about this topic|
|Verify, payoff or resolve a tax lien||800-913-6050||Learn more about this topic|
|See if bankruptcy changed your tax debt||800-973-0424||Learn more about this topic|
|Innocent spouse relief||866-681-4271||Learn more about this topic|
|Lost ITIN documents||800-908-9982||Learn more about this topic|
|Status of application for Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number||737-800-5511||Learn more about this topic|
|Taxpayer Advocate Service||877-777-4778||Learn more about this topic|
|International Taxpayer Advocate, English||787-522-8601|
|International Taxpayer Advocate, Spanish||787-522-8600|
|For the hearing impaired (TTY/TDD)||800-829-4059|
|Schedule an appointment with a local IRS office||844-545-5640|
|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;|
|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|
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 by calling 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 the phone lines. Taxpayer Assistance Offices are also closed temporarily. The IRS has recalled some workers as of April 27.)
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.