Taxpayer Assistance Centers no longer accept returns for filing – you will have to mail your late returns to the correct processing center
There are IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) located all across the country. They can provide you with personal, face-to-face tax assistance if you have a problem that can’t be resolved online or over the phone.
However, you cannot go to a local IRS office with the sole intention of filing your return. The office will not accept it. Instead, they will ask you either to e-file your return if it’s for the current year, or else mail it directly to an IRS Processing Center.
In the old days it used to be that you could turn in a return for filing at one of these local office. But the IRS has seen its budget reduced in recent years and has cut its staff as a result. It’s simply not efficient for the IRS to employ people to do something taxpayers are just as capable of doing themselves.
When should you go to a TAC?
I wouldn’t go to a TAC just for general tax advice that could be gotten online or from a tax agent. Taxpayers Assistance Centers are great if you have already attempted to file your tax return and the IRS has rejected it. Or they have found a problem with it and have contacted you for more information. In these cases, visiting a TAC may be the fastest route to resolving the problem.
Some TAC locations now also verify passports and national ID cards for Form W-7 [Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number].
If you do go to a TAC, make sure to bring a valid photo ID and a Taxpayer Identification Number, such as your Social Security number.
How to find a TAC and where to mail your return
You can find the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center by accessing this map on the IRS website.
You can find the address to mail your return here. There are several different processing centers around the country. Where you mail your return depends on where you live and whether you are including payment.
If you need assistance from the IRS for any reason you can call 1-800-829-1040, Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific Time).
And remember, PriorTax can help you prepare any late tax returns you haven’t taken care of yet.
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