The following article was published by the IRS.
As people get ready to file their 2020 tax return, the IRS reminds taxpayers they can find answers to their tax questions from the safety of their home using IRS online tools and resources. These IRS.gov tools are easy to use and available 24 hours a day.
Interactive Tax Assistant. This tool has recently been updated with answers to even more tax questions. It can also help a taxpayer determine if a type of income is taxable. Many people experienced changes to income and other life events in 2020. This tool can help them find tax credits and deductions.
Taxpayers may qualify for the child tax credit and child and dependent care credit. Those who are not eligible for the child tax credit might be able to claim the credit for other dependents. Individuals paying higher education costs for themselves, a spouse or a dependent, may be eligible to save some money with education tax credits or deductions. Additionally, low- to moderate-income taxpayers may quality for the earned income tax credit.
Where's My Refund? Taxpayers who have filed a return and are waiting for their refund can use Where's My Refund? to check the status of a refund payment. This tool is available at IRS.gov or through the IRS2Go app. Updates are available within 24 hours after the IRS receives an e-filed return or four weeks after the agency receives a mailed paper return.
Taxpayers should file electronically and choose direct deposit for the most accurate and fastest way to get their refund. People who don't have a bank account can visit the FDIC website for information and help opening an account online.
View federal tax account information online. Individuals can visit IRS.gov to set up their account. If they already have a username and password, they can log into view their federal tax account balance, payment history and key information from their most recent tax return as originally filed. Before accessing their account for the first time, taxpayers must authenticate their identity through the secure access process.
Pay a tax bill. The IRS offers several ways for taxpayers to pay their taxes including online, by phone or through the IRS2Go app. Direct pay is free and a safe way to pay taxes or estimated tax directly from a checking or savings account. Direct Pay has five simple steps to pay in a single online session and is also available with the IRS2Go mobile app.