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IRS Opens Toll-Free Disaster Relief Phone Line for Taxpayers

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2001 – The Internal Revenue Service announced Sept. 24 a special toll-free telephone number, 1-866-562-5227, set up for taxpayers whose ability to meet their federal tax obligations has been affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.

"This special number will help people cut through the red tape and get their tax questions answered quickly," IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti said. "We don't want lingering tax questions to burden anyone during this challenging time."

The phone line is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in English and 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Spanish, Eastern time.

"We wanted to provide specialized assistance to the people directly impacted by these tragic events," said Ron Watson, Director, Customer Account Services for the IRS Wage and Investment Division.

Because of the unusual nature of the tragic events of Sept. 11, it is impossible for the IRS to know every circumstance that might affect taxpayers, officials said.

For more information on tax extensions and other tax issues, visit the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov. Taxpayers with questions not related to the terrorist attacks should visit the IRS Web site or call the regular IRS toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040.

(From an Internal Revenue Service announcement.)

 

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