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IRS Hosts Open Houses Around the Country

irs2This Saturday, the Internal Revenue Service offices will be open nationwide to help taxpayers with questions they may have about tax breaks or with setting up payment arrangements.

“We are holding these special open houses to give taxpayers who are struggling in these difficult economic times more opportunity to work directly with IRS employees to resolve their tax issues,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “We will host more than 180 open houses this Saturday.”

During the expanded open-house hours on Saturday, taxpayers will be able to address economic-hardship issues, make payment arrangements or get help claiming any of the special tax breaks in last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including the Homebuyer Tax Credit, the American Opportunity Credit, the Making Work Pay Credit and the Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.

In addition to IRS help, community organizations partner with the IRS. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs assist people who earned $49,000 or less and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs assist individuals 60 and over with their 2009 income tax return preparation and electronic filing. Many of these sites have Saturday hours while others offer assistance at various times during the week.

In addition to the open houses this Saturday, the IRS will open many of its offices on three additional Saturdays in the spring and early summer.

A complete list of open offices and more information can be found on the IRS website.

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