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  • Tax Questions and Answers
    Frequently asked questions that the IRS answers for taxpayers.

  • Federal Tax Help

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    Help Using the IRS.gov Web Site
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    How to Contact the IRS
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    Help With Tax Questions
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    Help Finding a Specific Form or Publication
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    Help Available From the Taxpayer Advocate Service
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    How Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?
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Workshops and Programs

The U.S. Internal Revenue Services offers online and in-person training and workshops to helps small business owners understand their tax obligations.

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  • Small Business Video and Audio Presentations

    These short presentations are dedicated to helping your small business. In addition to these video and audio presentations, please visit the Small Business Tax Workshop Video page for instructional lessons. To view the videos, please download the Flash Player if you don't already have it.

    Accurate Tax Withholding (Video, Transcript)
    ARRA and Net Operating Losses (Video, Transcript)
    Backup Withholding for Form 1099-MISC (Video, Transcript)
    Bartering Income (Video, Transcript)
    Business.gov (Video, Transcript)
    Business Income (Video, Transcript)
    Canceled Debt (Tax Consequences) (Audio, Transcript)
    Choosing a Tax Preparer (Video, Transcript)
    Closing A Business (Video, Transcript)
    COBRA Subsidy (Video, Transcript)
    Correcting Employment Taxes in 2009: Update (Video, Transcript)

    Disaster Planning

    • Continuity Planning and Other Tips to Stay in Business After a Major Disaster (Audio, Transcript)
    • Insurance Coverage and Other Emergency Planning Tips to Help Your Business Survive a Major Disaster (Audio, Transcript)
    • Recordkeeping and Reconstructing Business Records to Help Your Business Survive a Major Disaster (Audio, Transcript)
    Earned Income Tax Credit (Video, Transcript)
    Economic Stimulus Package: Section 179 Depreciation (Video, Transcript)
    Economic Stimulus Package: 50% Special Depreciation (Video, Transcript)
    Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) (Video, Transcript)
    Employer Identification Numbers (Video, Transcript)
    Filing and Paying Timely (Video, Transcript)
    Form 2290 Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (Video, Transcript)
    FBAR Form (Video, Transcript)
    FBAR Update (Video, Transcript)
    Home Office Deduction (Video, Transcript)
    Hobby or Business (Video, Transcript)
    Identity Theft and Your Tax Account (Video, Transcript)
    IRS Letters and Notices (Video, Transcript)
    IRS Resources for Small Businesses (Video, Transcript)
    Money Services Business Manual (Video, Transcript)
    Online Auctions (Video, Transcript)
    Phishing and Tax Scams (Video, Transcript)
    Recordkeeping (Video, Transcript)
    Retirement Plans Employer Information (Video)
    Revised FBAR Form (Video, Transcript)
    Seasonal Businesses (Video, Transcript)
    Small Business Federal Regulatory Fairness Act (SBREFA) (Video, Transcript)
    Small Business Tax Workshops (Video, Transcript)
    Schedule C: First Time Filers (Audio, Resources, Transcript)
    Schedule C: Who needs to file and how to do it (Video, Transcript)
    Tax Calendar (2009) (Video, Transcript)
    Tip Reporting (Video, Transcript)

    Tax professionals, also see the Tax Practitioner Video and Audio Presentations page.

    Online Learning and Educational Products

    Small Business Video and Audio Presentations
    Short presentations dedicated to helping your small business.

    Small Business/Self-Employed Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop
    Topics include: What you need to know about Federal Taxes and your new business, how to set up and run your business so paying taxes isn't a hassle, Federal Unemployment Taxes, and much more.

    The Small Business Resource Guide
    The current inventory of the 2008 Small Business Resource Guide (SBRG) CD-ROM has been depleted and will not be reprinted. For a limited time an online version of the 2009 guide will be available at www.sbrg.irs.gov.

    Small Business Products Online Ordering
    Looking for a tool to help you meet your tax requirements? Choose from our free products, developed especially for the Small Business/Self-Employed person, and obtain updated information on existing products. Order today online or by calling (800) 829-3676.

    Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed (Publication 1518)
    The Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed is filled with useful information on general business taxes, IRS and SSA customer assistance, electronic filing and paying options, retirement plans, business publications and forms, common tax filing dates, and Federal legal holidays.

    Rate Our Products and this Web site
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    Tax Scams - How to Recognize and Avoid Them
    To help the public recognize and avoid abusive tax schemes, the IRS offers an abundance of educational materials. Participating in an illegal scheme to avoid paying taxes can result in imprisonment and fines, as well as the repayment of taxes owed with penalties and interest. Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of these “too good to be true” tax scams.

    Basic Tools for Tax Professionals
    This tool is to help practitioners find information needed to better serve their clients. A one stop shop.

    SBA's Small Business Training Network
    This site is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise.

    SBA Offers Spanish Online Classes
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering an interactive online course for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs on its Spanish language Web site.

    EL SBA Ofrece Clases en Español por Internet
    La Agencia Federal Para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA) está ofreciendo un curso interactivo en su página Web dirigido a empresarios de habla española.

    Understanding Taxes
    The Understanding Taxes (UT) program features over 1,100 pages of content designed to make learning taxes interactive, relevant, and educational. Understanding Taxes makes real world connections to classroom instruction. It is a great resource for high schools, community colleges, and the general public for learning more about the history, theory, and application of taxes in the United States.

    Link and Learn Taxes
    This web-based program is the core curriculum through which IRS Partners and Volunteers are given quality baseline training in tax return preparation. This fun, interactive course teaches you the basics to accurately prepare income tax returns for individuals AND obtain your volunteer certification along the way-at your own pace!

    SBTV.com is a television network on the Web devoted exclusively to providing engaging streaming video content to small businesses. It provides technical information on how to run your business, inspirational stories from entrepreneurs across the country, information about small business conferences and events, and resources to help solve day-to-day business challenges.

    Tax Talk Today
    Tax Talk Today is “the tax show for the tax pro.” The free, live Internet program features industry tax professionals and top IRS representatives in lively discussions and answering e-mail questions from viewers. The show includes late-breaking news from the IRS, making Tax Talk Today a ‘you heard it here first’ source of news about IRS initiatives, rules and decisions.

  • Small Business Tax Workshops, Phone Forums and Webinars

    The Virtual Small Business Workshop is available on DVD and online in streaming video if you are unable to attend a workshop in person.

    Small business workshops are designed to help the small business owner understand and fulfill their Federal Tax responsibilities. Workshops are sponsored and presented by IRS partners who are Federal Tax specialists. Workshop topics vary from a general overview of taxes to more specific topics such as recordkeeping and retirement plans. Although most are free, some workshops have fees associated with them. Any fees charged for a workshop are paid to the sponsoring organization, not the IRS.

    Small business phone forums enable the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to address issues involving small businesses without having to leave your home or office. The programs are designed to provide presentations on key topics. The phone forums are free of charge. These forums can be held either at the local or national level.

    Small Business Phone Forums and Webinars

    Small Business Tax Workshops

    If you live near a state line, please look for workshops in nearby cities of the bordering state.

    References/Related Topics

  • For workshops and training opportunities regarding state taxes, visit the State Tax Guide.

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