Whatever you may think of the IRS – and thanks to the excessive 2020 shut-down in reaction to COVID the Service today is totally FU-ed – the website www.irs.gov remains an excellent resource for tax planning and preparation.
At irs.gov you can –
* Access, download and print current and past year federal tax forms and instructions - click here.
* Check the status of a refund going back several years (once the return has actually been processed by the IRS) - click here.
* Keep up-to-date on changes to federal tax law and IRS rules and regulations - click here.
* Get answers to your tax questions via FAQs on specific tax topics - click here.
* Calculate the amount of sales tax deduction to claim on Schedule A - click here.
And the website of your state tax agency also has similar resources. Some states, such as New Jersey, will allow you to electronically submit your state tax returns directly to the appropriate agency free of charge without the need for flawed and expensive commercial software. You can find links to the tax agencies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia here.