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Tax information can be difficult to understand in any language, but it can be even more difficult if the information is not in your first language. To assist Spanish-speaking taxpayers, the IRS provides a wide range of free products and services on its Spanish language website IRS.gov/espanol.
Here are eight features "en español" you can find this summer:
1. Get answers 24 hours a day seven days a week
Whether you just arrived in the United States, have tax questions, are wondering how identity theft affects your taxes, or need a form, IRS.gov/espanol provides a wealth of information on these topics and much more. IRS.gov/espanol is accessible all day, every day for individuals and businesses.
2. Get tax forms and publications
You can view and download several tax forms and publications in Spanish directly from IRS.gov/espanol at any hour of the day or night.
3. Find out all about electronic filing
You can e-file your 2009 federal income tax return through October 15, 2010, from the comfort of your home. Available in English or Spanish, e-filing is fast and easy, and there are free options for everyone.
4. Check the status of your tax refund
Whether you chose direct deposit or asked the IRS to mail you a check, you can check the status of your refund through the online tool "¿Dónde está mi reembolso?" on their secure website.
5. Find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
EITC is a refundable tax credit for people who work but don’t earn much income. Find out if you are eligible by answering some questions and providing basic income information using "Asistente EITC."
6. Get help in difficult financial times
Events such as a job loss, debt forgiveness or tapping into a retirement fund can have a tax impact. Find answers to these questions and more in "Centro Tributario para Asistir a Contribuyentes Desempleados" or by typing the keywords "Qué pasa si" into the search box.
7. Get updated information on tax laws that could affect you
Recent tax law changes could significantly affect you or your business. Learn about the benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or the Affordable Care Act provisions in "Noticias en Español."
8. Get up-to-date at the "Multimedia Center"
Video tax tips and audio podcasts on various IRS topics can be found in English and in Spanish with the keywords "Centro Multimediático."