Set a Date with the IRS

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    The Internal Revenue Service has announced a special event called Solution Saturday. This program offers personalized tax help for over four million taxpayers in the metro Detroit area, one of only five cities around the country sponsoring the event.

    For this special Saturday event in Detroit, taxpayers are encouraged to schedule appointments as soon as possible by calling (313) 628-3120. Appointment lines will open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. While appointments are highly recommended, individuals without an appointment can also visit the IRS Detroit office on Solution Saturday.

    According to Luis D. Garcia, IRS media relations spokesperson, many people are not aware that the penalty for not filing is far heavier than the penalty for not paying. Garcia also said the IRS can prepare and file one’s tax return so at least the larger part of the burden is lifted.

    In addition to the specialized tax help on Solution Saturday, IRS employees will set up information booths at each location. These booths will offer information on getting the most out of the new tax credits created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, starting a new business, dealing with difficult tax issues, and navigating the many helpful IRS programs.

    According to Rick Byrd, IRS wage and investment commissioner, Solution Saturday will be another way taxpayers can gain access to the help they need to solve their issues.

    Foreclosure, bankruptcy, payment plans, penalties, past-due tax returns and other complex tax issues can be a challenge for taxpayers. Many of these issues require contact with specific IRS departments and tax experts. Solution Saturday brings together IRS employees from across the agency to work face-to-face with taxpayers to address unique tax problems or issues.

    In addition to Solution Saturday, people can get help from the IRS website at IRS.gov, or by calling 1-800-TAX-1040.

    The Detroit IRS Offices Hosting Solution Saturday will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 7.

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