GET TAX HELP (800) 536-0734

How Much Do I Owe the IRS? 

How Much Do I Owe the IRS? 

Discovering that you owe back taxes to the IRS can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Whether due to oversight, financial hardship, or other circumstances, it’s essential to address this issue promptly and accurately. However, determining the exact amount of back taxes owed can be complex. In this article, we’ll outline steps and resources to help you navigate the process of finding out how much you owe the IRS in back taxes. 

View Your IRS Online Account 

The IRS offers taxpayers access to their own IRS online account where they can view information related to their tax obligations. One of the key things you can access here is your tax balance. If you haven’t already done so, you can visit the IRS website and create an account. You’ll need to provide personal information to verify your identity and create login credentials. While the actual process of creating an IRS online account might seem tedious, the IRS takes extra precautions to safeguard your identity.  

Upon logging in, you’ll see the total amount owed and balance details. Here, you should be able to see the total amount you owe the IRS, including any penalties and interest that may have accrued. Your balance is broken down by tax year for added convenience.  Depending on your tax situation and the amount owed, the IRS online account portal may also provide information about payment options. This could include setting up a payment plan, making a one-time payment, or exploring other payment arrangements. 

Call the IRS 

The IRS has dedicated phone lines and representatives available to assist taxpayers with inquiries about their tax accounts, including outstanding tax liabilities. Before calling the IRS, gather any relevant documents, such as tax returns, notices, or correspondence from the IRS. Having this information on hand will help the representative accurately assess your tax situation. If you’re calling on behalf of someone else, you’ll need authorization to discuss their account plus their personal information.  

IRS phone wait times can be long, especially during tax time. It’s recommended to contact the IRS via your online account if possible. The IRS can be reached via telephone Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm local time. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii should follow Pacific time. Residents of Puerto Rico may call from 8am to 8pm local time. Here are the phone numbers: 

  • Individuals: 800-829-1040 
  • Businesses: 800-829-4933  

There are also a few phone lines with their own specific hours. 

  • Non-Profits: 877-829-5500 from 8am to 5pm local time 
  • Estates and Gift Taxes: 866-699-4083 from 10am to 2pm Eastern time 
  • Excise Taxes: 866-699-4096 from 8am to 6pm Eastern time 
  • Hearing Impaired: TTY/TDD 800-829-4059 

Tax Help for Those Who Owe 

Once you’ve determined the amount of back taxes owed, it’s crucial to develop a plan to address your tax debt and prevent further penalties and interest accrual. Depending on your financial situation, you may consider setting up an installment agreement, making an offer in compromise, or exploring other options available through the IRS. For individuals with complex tax situations or those who need assistance navigating the process of resolving back taxes, hiring a tax professional may be beneficial. Tax professionals, such as enrolled agents or tax attorneys, can provide personalized guidance, negotiate with the IRS on your behalf, and help develop a plan to address your tax debt effectively. Optima Tax Relief is the nation’s leading tax resolution firm with over $1 billion in resolved tax liabilities.  

If You Need Tax Help, Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation