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IRS Online Services

November 3, 2015

To make it easier for taxpayers to file, report, and make inquiries, the IRS offers various online services such as Where’s My Refund?, Online Payment, and Withholding Calculator. These services can help individuals to prepare their taxes accurately, pay easily, and obtain information quickly.

Where’s my Refund?

Through Where’s My Refund?, taxpayers can find out when their tax refund will reach them. They can also receive information about the status of their return, and the expected date of their funds. Taxpayers can check the status of their refund at the IRS website within 24 hours of electronically filing their tax return, and four weeks after mailing their paper return.

Get Transcript

Want to check a tax account transaction of a past year? Get Transcript provides you with line-by-line tax return information for any tax year. To get a copy of your return, you need to file Form 4506, Request for Copy of Return.

If you wish to get a transcript by mail, you will need to share your Social Security Number or your Individual Tax Identification Number with the IRS, along with your date of birth and mailing address from your latest tax return.

Withholding Calculator

If you get your taxes withheld by your employer, you can use the Withholding Calculator at the IRS website to calculate your withholdings. Accurately accessing the amount to be withheld is vital to avoiding underpayment or significant overpayment. A major change in the withholding amount indicates that you need to provide a new Form W-4 to your employer.

OIC Pre-Qualifier

The Offer in Compromise (OIC) pre-qualifier tool helps taxpayers determine their eligibility for the Offer in Compromise program. It allows electronic preparation and submission of an OIC request to the IRS.

The tool asks various questions related to the eligibility. It also calculates the possible minimum amount of the offer, evaluates potential eligibility for “doubt as to collectability”, and directs taxpayers that qualify to Form 656-B, Offer in Compromise.

Online Payment

Taxpayers can now pay their tax bill directly from their bank accounts, debit or credit card by using IRS Direct Pay. Other ways to make a payment include:

  • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) –appropriate for businesses, enrollment is required
  • Electronic Funds Withdrawal – to be used during e-filing

After making the tax payment, you receive instant confirmation. Using this service, you can also look up payments, modify or cancel them two business days before your payment date.

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