Thursday, August 1, 2013


Whatever you may think of the IRS and its treatment of taxpayers, the Service does have an excellent, informative, and helpful website.

At you can –

  check the status of a refund requested on a current or amended return,

  download current and prior year IRS forms and publications,

  order a transcript or copy of a tax return,

  apply for a federal Employer Identification Number for your business,

  determine how many exemptions to claim on your federal Form W-4,

  apply for a payment agreement if you owe the IRS $50,000 or less, 

  get detailed information on a variety of tax topics,

  calculate your available deduction for state and local sales tax paid, and

  find a local IRS office.

FYI, every Friday William Perez posts an IRS Update, which lists new or updated pages or files on for the week, at  

And, while the New Jersey Division of Taxation may be incompetent and unfair in many areas, it, too, has an excellent website.

Many of the same things you can do at the IRS website, including checking the status of a refund and downloading publications and current and prior year forms, instructions,  can be done on the state level at  The site also has information, forms, and instructions for the property tax relief programs.

Businesses can file returns and pay state payroll taxes, sales taxes, and other state taxes and fees online at the NJDOT website.  NJ requires that most of these returns be filed online – paper returns are no longer accepted.

NJ also has an excellent special portal for businesses -

Each state tax agency has a website that provides similar state-specific resources and information.  Click here for links to the tax agencies of each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

When visiting the NJDOT website be sure to click on “Unclaimed Property” at the bottom of the left hand index to see if the there is money being held for you or a family member by NJ or another state.


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