Helping your clients understand taxes is a challenge, especially when English isn’t their primary language. However, help is on its way. The IRS provides many free products and services in Spanish and other languages on IRS.gov, and here are some other ways to get your clients help:
- Get answers 24/7.Clients can go to the IRS website at any time. The site offers tax help in Spanish to individuals and businesses. Help is also available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian.
- Use IRS e-file. If your clients still need to file their 2015 taxes, they should choose to e-file their tax return. IRS e-file is safe, easy and the most accurate way to file. It is available through Oct. 17. Visit IRS.gov and choose the appropriate language pull-down from the top right-hand corner.
- Get tax forms and publications. View and download several tax forms and publications. Many items are translated and available on the webpage for each language’s webpage.
- Check out IRS2Go. The free IRS app is available in English and Spanish. Use it with an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device. With IRS2Go, clients can get their refund status, make a payment, find free tax preparation assistance, watch IRS YouTube videos, get tax news updates and follow the IRS.
- Request an interpreter. Your clients can access oral interpreters in more than 300 languages, when interacting face-to-face, or over the phone, with IRS employees, through the use of the over-the-phone interpreter services (OPIs).
- Get healthcare tax information. The IRS website also has information about the Affordable Care Act tax provisions to educate individuals and businesses on how the healthcare law may affect them. Your clients will find information about the law and its provisions, legal guidance, frequently asked questions, and links to additional resources. Links to information in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian are available.
- Use IRS online tools. Clients can check the status of their refund, make a payment or use the Get Transcript tool. All provide step-by-step instructions in various languages.
- Get the latest IRS news. Clients can get the most up-to-date IRS information in Spanish on the IRS website. Don’t forget to sign up to get Spanish tax tips by email.
- Connect with the IRS on Twitter. Get the latest IRS tax news and information in Spanish through Twitter @IRSenEspanol.