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Internal Revenue Service FAQs

Where’s my refund?

The IRS has provided this link to check on the status of your refund. This site updates every 24 hours.


What is the phone number to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?

For general personal tax information: 1-800-829-1040.

Please be advised that IRS customer service representatives are regularly directing inquiries for certain issues to their website. 

Automated collections for businesses (if your account has been referred for collection): 1-800-829-3903.  This link will direct you to a list of phone numbers to call for specific situations.

What is the IRS website?


Go directly to the IRS Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I find IRS tax forms and instructions?

(Form 1040, Form W-4, etc.)

Go to:


What is E-Filing? Are there benefits to E-Filing my return?

E-filing means sending your tax return to the IRS over the internet in encrypted digital form.

E-Filing is faster than sending your return by mail. In addition, you can verify that the IRS has received your information within 24 hours. If a circumstance arises where your Social Security Number has been used incorrectly by someone else on a tax return we will know within 24 hours of filing your return. If you filed the traditional way it could take months to be alerted to such an error. Efiling also allows you to set up automated estimated tax payments – this cannot be done when paper-filing. 


When are my Federal Taxes due?

The IRS calendar can be found here


What are the IRS approved Standard Mileage Rates?

Current and historical IRS Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Charitable Activity, and Medical & Moving can be found here


What is the State Sales Tax Deduction?

The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 gave taxpayers the option to claim state and local sales taxes when they itemize deductions. A series of legislation has extended the availability of this deduction, though if not renewed by Congress, it can expire at any time.

If you are itemizing your deductions on your federal income taxes, you can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as a deduction on Schedule A. You cannot deduct both.

Am I eligible to claim the State Sales Tax Deduction?

You may be eligible to deduct either your actual expenses or use the optional sales tax tables available on the IRS website, plus the general sales tax paid on certain specified items, such as:

  • A motor vehicle, but only up to the amount of tax paid at the general sales tax rate; and

  • An aircraft, boat, home (including mobile or prefabricated), or, in certain cases, a substantial addition to or major renovation of a home, if the tax rate is the same as the general sales tax rate.


How do I claim the State Sales Tax Deduction?

The IRS offers a standard deduction based on your income level and number of exemptions, or you may chose to calculate your receipts for the year. You do not need to calculate your standard deduction prior to bringing your information to Bayley Davis. If you wish to use your receipts you should total and include that with your tax information. To find more information or to calculate your standard deduction please use the calculator located on the IRS website.


How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect my taxes?

The penalty for failure to maintain "minimal essential" health insurance coverage will be assessed on your Federal Tax Return. Your insurance provider will send you a form 1095- A, B, or C (depending on the agency). Individuals who do not have minimum essential coverage and do not qualify for an exemption may be liable for the individual shared responsibility payment. Click here for more information on how the ACA may affect you

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