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IRS Phone Number: Stimulus Check Help, Customer Service

The main IRS phone number is 800-829-1040, but here's a list of under-the-radar IRS phone numbers that could get you the help you really need.
May 22, 2020
Income Taxes, Personal Taxes, Taxes
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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. 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.

Stimulus check wrong amount or never received800-919-9835Learn more about this topic
Self-employed taxpayers with account or tax law questions800-829-4933Learn more about this topic
Identity and refund theft victims800-908-4490Learn more about this topic
Disaster victims866-562-5227Learn more about this topic
Overseas taxpayers267-941-1000Learn more about this topic
Balance due questions800-829-0922; 800-829-7650; 800-829-3903Learn more about this topic
Estate and gift tax questions866-699-4083Learn more about this topic here and here
Excise tax questions866-699-4096
Report phishing and other scams; see if an IRS agent's name and badge number are legit800-366-4484Learn more about this topic
Check status of a tax refund800-829-1954Learn more about this topic
Check status of a tax refund being held866-897-3315Learn more about this topic
Check status of an amended tax return866-464-2050Learn more about this topic
Order a tax transcript800-908-9946Learn more about this topic
Make a payment using Electronic Federal Tax Payment System800-555-4477
800-244-4829 (Spanish)
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Report incorrect income on a substitute return866-681-4271Learn more about this topic
Verify, payoff or resolve a tax lien800-913-6050Learn more about this topic
See if bankruptcy changed your tax debt800-973-0424Learn more about this topic
Innocent spouse relief866-681-4271Learn more about this topic
Lost ITIN documents800-908-9982Learn more about this topic
Status of application for Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number737-800-5511Learn more about this topic
Taxpayer Advocate Service877-777-4778Learn more about this topic
International Taxpayer Advocate, English787-522-8601
International Taxpayer Advocate, Spanish787-522-8600
For the hearing impaired (TTY/TDD)800-829-4059
Schedule an appointment with a local IRS office844-545-5640
Whistleblower hotline800-829-0433
Tax preparers and tax pros with account or tax law questions800-829-8374
Tax preparers and tax pros with e-filing questions866-255-0654
Tax practitioner priority service866-860-4259
Overseas tax professionals512-416-7750;
Corporate taxpayers, partnerships and nonprofits866-255-0654
Nonprofits with tax law or filing questions877-829-5500
Government and tax-exempt entities877-829-5500
International businesses that want an Employer Identification Number (EIN)267-941-1099
Domestic employers, payers and transmitters who need e-filing tech support866-455-7438
International employers, payers and transmitters who need e-filing tech support304-263-8700

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.

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