From IRS forms to directories of tax officials, the Internet provides a wealth of information to help you through this season. Keep in mind, the Internet will not replace sound advice from your accountant.
If you need to reach an IRS official you can go to 126.96.36.199/irsindex.htm. There, you will find IRS officials listed at district, regional and national offices plus a code and subject directory.
H&R Block has some excellent tools on their website. If you go to www.hrblock.com/taxes/tools/refund_estimator_2000.html, you will find a refund estimator that will help you to calculate your 2000 refund. Use their 2001 calculator to help you to plan for next year! They offer an option for filing online.
H&R Block also sponsors Yahoo’s tax center at taxes.yahoo.com/index.html, which is loaded with tax tips about charitable contributions, divorce, property, retirement planning and investments.
Money.com offers an online course for preparing your taxes at www.money.com/money/101/lessons/19/intro.html. The course includes a glossary of tax terms, paying taxes, filing a return and preparing for an audit. At www.money.com/money/magazine/linebyline/, Money.com takes you line by line though filing the 1040 form.
For California taxes, you can access the government website at www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/00_forms/. They also have an automatic tax table and rate schedule at http://www.ftb.ca.gov/taxtab/index.asp.
For a Valley wide list of local accountants offering services, go to the Chamber website (www.bigbearchamber.com), click on “Business Directory” and then click on “Accountants”. Although the Internet can provide forms and instruction, your accountant knows you and your individual needs.