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pvaflaglogoTop Ten Ways to Get Help From IRS.gov

When you’re looking for tax information, you want to find it as quickly and easily as possible. That’s why the IRS redesigned its website. It’s now even more user friendly.

Here are the top 10 reasons to visit IRS.gov:

1. Get 24/7 Access.  Whether you do your taxes during the day or burn the midnight oil, IRS.gov has the tax forms and answers you need when you need them. It’s accessible all day, every day. The Interactive Tax Assistant is a helpful tool that will answer many of your tax law questions. Several tax forms, publications and information are also available in Spanish.

2. Use Free File.  Anyone can prepare and e-file their taxes for free with IRS Free File. Offered exclusively at IRS.gov, Free File’s brand name software or fillable forms do the work for you. If you made $57,000 or less, you qualify to use free tax software. If your income is more than $57,000 or you feel comfortable preparing your own tax return, use Free File Fillable Forms. This option provides the electronic versions of IRS paper forms.

3. Try IRS e-file.  Whether you do your own taxes or hire a preparer, IRS e-file is the safest, easiest and most popular way to file a complete and accurate tax return. Since 1990, taxpayers have e-filed more than one billion returns. If you owe taxes, e-file gives you options to file early and pay by the tax deadline. If you are due a refund, you should receive it in less than 21 days.

4. Check Your Refund Status.  You can track your refund using the enhanced “Where’s My Refund?” tool. It’s quick, easy and secure and has a new look this year. You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed return. You can check your refund status four weeks after you mail a paper return. The tool includes a tracker that displays the progress of your return in three stages while it is processed. Once IRS approves your refund, “Where’s My Refund?” will give a date to expect your refund.

5. Make Payments Electronically.  E-payment options are a convenient, safe and secure way to pay taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, use a credit or debit card or enroll in the U.S. Treasury’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.

6. Use the EITC Assistant.  The Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for working people who earned less than $50,270 in 2012. The credit can be worth as much as $5,891. Check your eligibility using the EITC Assistant tool. You may be among the millions of eligible workers who get the EITC this year.

7. Get Tax Forms and Publications.  You can view and download tax forms and publications any time. It’s the easiest way to get IRS forms and publications.

8. Figure the Right Withholding.  The IRS Withholding Calculator will help to ensure you don’t have too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay.

9. Request a Payment Agreement.  Paying all your taxes on time avoids penalties and interest. However, if you cannot pay your taxes in full you may be eligible to use the Online Payment Agreement Application to request an installment agreement.

10. Get the Latest Tax Law Changes.  Learn about tax law changes that may affect your tax return. Special sections of the website highlight changes that affect individual and business taxpayers.

How to Get IRS Forms and Publications

The Internal Revenue Service provides free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics – from tax credits for individuals to a tax guide for small businesses.

Here are four easy ways to obtain tax forms and publications from the IRS:

1. On the Internet.  You can get IRS forms and instructions quickly and easily by visiting the IRS.gov website 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They often appear online before they are available on paper. To view and download tax products, select “Forms and Pubs.”

2. By Telephone.  Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time to order current or prior year forms and instructions or IRS publications. Hours of service in Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific Time. You will receive your order by mail, usually within 7 to 10 days.

3. In IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers.  There are Taxpayer Assistance Centers located across the country where you can pick up many IRS forms and publications. IRS offices also offer face-to-face help for taxpayers who want personal tax assistance.

To find the Center nearest to you, visit IRS.gov and click on “Help & Resources” and then “Contact Your Local IRS Office.” Select your state for a list of offices, as well as a list of services available at each office. You can also find a Center near you by using the “Office Locator” link, which allows you to search by using your zip code.

4. In Your Community.  Many libraries and post offices offer free tax forms during the tax filing season. Some libraries also have copies of commonly requested IRS publications.

For additional information about free IRS tax products and services, see Publication 2053A, Quick and Easy Access to IRS Tax Help and Forms, and Publication 910, IRS Guide to Free Tax Services.

Forms and Publications

Contact the Keystone PVA office for other formsFive Facts Flyer–Portable Document File (.pdf) format
This eight-panel flyer describes five facts about Paralyzed Veterans of America that you may not have known, and clarifies a couple of frequent misconceptions. Learn why PVA, the Keystone Chapter, and the other 33 chapters across the nation comprise a veterans service organization that is surprisingly influential for its size. Members and other supporters of PVA’s work for veterans can print this out or send it along by e-mail to others with whom you would like to share our message.

Membership Application–NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE for now.
Changes are underway. In the meantime, you can get one from the chapter office; call 412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323. Use this form to apply for full, voting membership in Keystone PVA. A full, voting member is one with a documented spinal cord dysfunction and has been discharged honorably from the United States Armed Services. There is no fee to become a full member.

Associate Membership Application–NOT YET AVAILABLE ON-LINE
We’ll put this up soon. In the meantime, you can get one by calling the office. Associate membership is for anyone who wishes to be a member but, because he or she is not a veteran or is not affected by a spinal cord dysfunction, cannot be a full, voting member. The associate membership fee is $25 annually.

After Action Report–MS Word format
After Action Report–Adobe portable document file format
Use this form (your choice of format) to report the volunteer work you have done on behalf of the Keystone PVA each month. Remember that your work gets credit at the national PVA level, and that reporting in a timely manner, before the seventh day of the following month, is very important.

Keystone PVA Operations Manual –portable document file (.pdf) format
This is the chapter’s rule book. It’s 461KB in size in portable document file (.pdf) format, so it may take a minute to download if you use dial-up Internet service.

Prosthetics Delay Report Form –portable document file (.pdf) format
This for veterans to report delays more than 30 days in the delivery of prosthetic devices, such as wheelchairs, to the national PVA office. It’s 520KB in size in portable document file (.pdf) format, so it may take a minute to download if you use dial-up Internet service. The form gives you e-mail and fax information so you can return it; you can also mail it to Sherman Gillums, Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th Street N.W., Washington DC 20006-3517. The form is fillable, that is, if you access it online, you can fill it out right on your computer.

Volunteer Program Report–MS Word format
Volunteer Program Report–Adobe portable document file format
Use this form (your choice of format) to request reimbursement for qualified out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred while doing work on behalf of the Keystone PVA. If you are not sure if an expense is qualified, contact the chapter treasurer.

Volunteer Program Report–extra page–MS Word format
Volunteer Program Report–extra page–Adobe portable document file format
Use this form (your choice of format) if you need an extra page for your Volunteer Program Report

Sponsorship application–MS Word format
Sponsorship application–Adobe portable document file format
If you are a full member, you can use this form (your choice of format) to apply for chapter financial support of a qualifying recreational activity. But don’t send it in without consulting with a chapter officer. The Board always wants a heads-up before considering a new request.

SCI Annual Examination Survey–MS Word format
SCI Annual Examination Survey–Adobe portable document file format
Keystone PVA members should use this form (your choice of format) immediately following your annual SCI exam to provide important feedback on your experience. We will delete your name and the date and time of your visit and return it to the SCI coordinator at the facility at which you had your exam. You will receive two Health and Recreation Points toward your chapter recreational support eligibility by returning this form.