Before You Call The IRS Check List
Complete this checklist to confirm you are ready to contact a live person at the IRS. This checklist will help you determine if you are missing any important information before calling the IRS. At the end of this checklist, you will be given the secret prompts to getting a live (person) at the IRS. The checklist will save you time to make your conversation with an IRS agent a little more pleasant.
Reaching A Human Being At The IRS!
Want to speak to a human being at IRS? We will show you how to get a I.R.S. live person on the phone! YES, it can be done. All you have to do is Read Carefully and follow the Procedure provided on this page, its FREE. But you don't have to take my word for it, just read the comments from other people who have successfully reached a LIVE AGENT from the IRS by following my secret.
- Step 1. If you are getting ready to call the IRS, it is best to call them during less peak times on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Step 2. Normal business hours are: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm
- Step 3. Have your social Security Number Ready
- Step 4. Dial 1-800-829-1040
- Step 5. Press 1 for English
- Step 6. Note them
- Step 7. Listen to the prompts - The system has been upgraded that you can no longer press 0 for an agent.
- Prompt #1 for tax transcripts to get a prior year AGI Prompt
- Prompt #2 - For questions about your refund or check the status of your refund Prompt
- Prompt #3 - For other automated service If you need to check the status of your refund or need to get a copy of tax transcript for prior years, your best bet is to visit the IRS website and get it online. Its free and convenient. Here is the link to the official government IRS website: https://www.irs.gov
If you are interested in contacting the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) regarding your personal taxes you should have Your Social Security Number ready before you call in. Otherwise, no one at the IRS will be able to assist you with your taxes without your social security number. When you call, be sure to have your Social Security Number.
WARNING: Before You Call
Before you call the IRS, make sure you can answer the following questions:
1. Do you have your Social Security. Yes?
2. What if I don't have my social security number? Your social security number is required before you call the IRS.
3. What if I don't have a social security number? If you don't have a social security number the IRS also issues TIN (Tax Identification Number) if you have a TIN, the IRS will accept your TIN. however, if you don't have a TIN or a social security number, the IRS agent will not be able to assist you.
Why is it so difficult to reach an agent?
One of the most difficult things to do in America is doing your taxes, its very complicated. Whats more complicated is contacting the IRS for assistance? You have to understand, the IRS is probably under budget and perhaps they don't have enough representatives to answer your questions. Most of the questions you may have can be answer on the website at the IRS.gov or if you follow the prompts correctly, you can get the information you are looking for. Sometimes, we have unique circumstance or issues we have to talk to a live person to be able to resolve. Taxes are a serious part of life and there are big consequences if we don't take action. We know how important it is to get a live person at the IRS, sometimes, your life depends on it.
This is the new procedure as of 2016.: 1) Dial 800-829-1040 2) Dial 1 for English 3) DIal 2 for information about your personal taxes 4) Follow the prompts to enter your personal information and press ### (three times)
*NOTE: if these steps do not work for you, continue to read the 'Other Options' section below. One way or another, you will get a live agent.
NEVER GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANY ONE ON THE PHONE. THERE ARE NUMEROUS SCAMS WHERE PEOPLE MAY TELL YOU THAT THEY ARE FROM THE IRS, BUT THEY ARE NOT. THESE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO STEAL YOUR INFORMATION OR YOUR IDENTITY. THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU AT RANDOM ON THE PHONE, INSTEAD, THE IRS WILL SEND YOU A LETTER OVER THE MAIL.
IF YOU RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM THE IRS SAYING THEY ARE TAKING YOU TO COURT IF YOU DON'T PAY MONEY, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY. IF THEY KEEP CALLING YOU, CALL THE POLICE TO INVESTIGATE. THE IRS WILL NOT CALL YOU AT RANDOM TO TELL YOU THEY ARE SUING YOU. THEY WILL ALWAYS SEND YOU A LETTER IF YOU OWE MONEY. IF YOU OWE MONEY TO THE IRS, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO CALL YOU TO ASK YOU FOR MONEY... LEGALLY THEY CAN JUST TAKE YOUR MONEY.. BUT THEY WONT DO IT BEFORE WORKING WITH YOU. SO DON'T FALL FOR THESE SCAMS. AS AMERICANS, WE ARE SMARTER THAN THAT.
The IRS is always changing its automated phone system, we try to keep up to the latest changes. If you tried the above steps and did not work, its probably because they found out about our secret. Try these steps. They work. call 800.829.1040 and then follow these prompts: 1, 2, 2, 4, 1 if the above options do not work, try these options instead: call 800.829.1040 and then follow these prompts: 1, 2, 1, 4, 2 or 1,5,3
If none of these methods worked, read the comments below from other people who found a way. The IRS is constantly changing their system, so the above methods may not work. but we try to update frequently when a new method has been discovered.
another trick that used to work, i would just keep pressing the # sign on my telephone keypad, but i am not sure it that still works UPDATE: checkout Sally's method in the comments section below, alot of people found it works.
Please Read This
This is the best advice you will get from anywhere on the internet. Once you have a human being on the phone. It is extremely important that you remain calm and courteous . The worst thing you can do is be rude to the IRS person. Remember your goal. Your goal is to get someone on the phone, I will get you that far, but you have to be smart, releasing your anger and your frustration to a person on the phone is not going to achieve your goal. My advice is, once you speak to a live person using our method, be nice, talk with a smile and you will see it will get your further. Imagine yourself having to answer the phone EVERY single day, listening to people complaining about their problems.
The best strategy is to be courteous and friendly, even if the IRS person is a jerk. This is not about them, this is about YOU, and how you can achieve your goal. So why am I telling you all this. Based on our experience, when you yell, scream, humiliate or complaint to a person who has no power to change the system, it is just best not to deal with that person. What is the easy and fastest way for and IRS agent to not deal with an angry person??, hang up to the caller!!!. Many good tax paying citizens complain that the IRS hang up on them. Unfortunately, you want to speak to a human being, and human being are not like machines, they have feelings. So REMEMBER, BE NICE, IT WILL TAKE YOUR FURTHER IN YOU GOAL.
How to Fix It
How can one individual fix this problem with getting a live person at the IRS? Next time you vote, remember today and what an awful experience it has been. As of Feb. 22, 2016, this page has been seeing 128,726 times. That's 128,726 live persons who have had a difficult time reaching a live person at the IRS. You are not alone in this. Write to your senator and your representatives in congress. Get involved. Remember also, that staffing more people means, the IRS has to spend more money, more money, means higher taxes. If the IRS was a corporation, you can be assured, they would have outsourced these jobs to India. Thankfully, this is the federal government, so you can be assured that the person who answers your call, will be an American Citizen just making a living.
if you found a better way to reach a person at the I.R.S, please let us know in the comments section below. also, if you would be so kind, while you are on hold, may you please leave me your comments. I would like to know if you were successful in getting through an agent. Your input helps us a lot.