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The official IRS phone number is 800-829-1040, but that’s not the only number you can dial to get help. Few people know there are other IRS phone numbers to try. We’ve gathered a range of them to so that you can reach precisely the people you need. We’ve also included links to our articles on a number of topics, which might save you a call.
IRS phone number list: Find the number specific to your tax issue
Other tips for calling the IRS
- The IRS operates Taxpayer Assistance Center offices in every state. To see their addresses and phone numbers, click on your state on the list of Taxpayer Assistance locations. Note: you can’t just show up at an office any time. You have to make an appointment by calling 844-545-5640.
- Every state also has at least one local Taxpayer Advocate center that is independent of the local IRS office and reports to the National Taxpayer Advocate. You can see the addresses and phone numbers for every Taxpayer Advocate office here.
Watch out for IRS phone scams
You can call every IRS phone number you want, but the IRS will rarely call you. It initiates most contacts, including demands for payment, through regular mail from the U.S. Postal Service. In special circumstances, the agency will call or come to a home or business when:
- A taxpayer has an overdue tax bill.
- To secure a delinquent tax return.
- To secure a delinquent employment tax payment.
- To tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.
Avoid tax scams. The IRS does not:
- Call you to demand payment.
- Initiate contact with you via email, text or social media.
- Ask you to pay your tax bill with prepaid cards, gift cards or wire transfers.
- Threaten to call the police, immigration officers or other people to arrest you.
- Revoke your driver’s license, business license or immigration status.
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