If youâ€™re someone who finds yourself in need of tax help–and who hasnâ€™t, from time to time–youâ€™re much luckier than you realize. In past generations, getting tax help meant calling an expensive accountant, tax advisor, or even attorney; or heading for a bookstore to purchase a tax manual understandable only to the person who wrote it; or buttonholing someone at work who claimed to have been through a similar tax dilemma and survived. But with the arrival of the Internet, tax help can be as close as your computer monitor.
Even if you are someone to whom the Internet is still unexplored territory, however, and you need tax help as soon as you can get it, because the IRS has been sending some very disturbing letters, you can still turn to the World Wide Web for assistance. How?
Internet Tax Help Resources
You can follow in the footsteps of your ancestors and turn to the Internet for information on local tax attorneys, tax advisors, and tax accountants. The Internet is a treasure trove of professional directories which can guide you to the websites of hundreds of tax professionals so that you can make arrangements for a consultation. You may even end up hiring one of them to represent you in any official proceedings the IRS chooses to institute against you.
The tax help available from tax attorneys and tax advisors can include suggestions on the correct way to present your assets to the IRS, and how to have the best chance of minimizing and interest and penalty fees they may levy against you.
The Internet is also a great place to find groups of people having online discussions in â€œforumsâ€ devoted to various tax topics. All you have to do is register as a member with these forums, and post a question on the topic with which you need tax help. Other members will respond, and some of them can even offer professional advice.
You can find â€œeBooksâ€, electronic books devoted to tax help on the Internet and download them to your personal computer to study in depth. While some of them are offered at no charge, you may have to pay for others. So spend some time looking them over and decide which ones are likely to offer the sort of tax help you need before you actually pay for any of them.
Even if you donâ€™t need immediate tax help, familiarizing yourself with the tax help resources available on the Internet is always a good idea, because youâ€™ll never be at a loss when tax troubles do come your way!