Online Tax Q&a

January 18, 1999

It's midnight and I need a tax form and need it fast. Where can I get it?

Visit the Internal Revenue Service Web site -- www.irs. gov -- to download a forgotten or odd-ball federal tax form. You can also have one faxed to you by calling the IRS's fax-on-demand service at 703-368-9694.

For Maryland state tax forms, visit www.marylandtaxes.com, or have forms faxed to you by calling 410-974-3299.

On the Web, tax forms are stored in Adobe portable document format (PDF) so you'll first need to download and install a free Adobe Acrobat Reader, available at www.adobe.com.

I have a question about my tax forms. Whom should I contact?

For federal tax questions, call the IRS help line at 1-800-829-1040. If Maryland taxes have you stumped, call the state's help line at 410-260-7980 or 800-MD TAXES. You can e-mail your tax questions to taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

Where on the Web can I research my tax questions?

First, try Intuit's Turbo Tax Web site at www.turbotax.com, which explains, in clear English, recent changes to the tax law and other tax-related information. The Kiplinger Tax Cut Web site, www. taxcut.com, is also a good bet.

If you need more specific information, try one of these two megasites: Tax Resources on the Web at http://pages.prodigy.net /agkalman/ and Tax Sites at www.taxsites.com.

Pub Date: 01/18/99

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