I was going to write a follow-up post to last year's discovery that most tax forms, including the 1040s, are not available in Spanish, but that wasn't producing anything except frustration and anger, so instead I present to you a list of resources that CAN help a Spanish-speaker do his or her taxes. Please feel free to share this with anyone who might find it useful, and to add comments if I am missing any good resources:
-The major 1040 forms are NOT available in Spanish. 1040-PR, which is in Spanish, applies to Puerto Rico only.
-The IRS maintains a separate Spanish-language version of its website, http://www.irs.gov/Spanish (or irs.gov/espanol)
-The toll-free IRS cusstomer service phone line offers service from Spanish-speaking IRS representatives. It is 800-829-1040, then press 8 for Spanish.
-A longer list of Spanish-language resources is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tax-Help-en-Espanol.
-The list of IRS forms in Spanish with Spanish-language descriptions can be found at http://www.irs.gov/Spanish/Formularios-para-Contribuyentes and the list of publications in Spanish at http://www.irs.gov/Spanish/Publicaciones. The (SP) or (ENG/SP) designation indicates the language of the document.
-Despite the fact that the IRS hasn't found time to translate Form 1040, it has found the time to create an English/Spanish glossary of tax terms, which it calls "Publication 850." This document can be found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p850.pdf
-Pub 17, the overview of American taxation (English title: "Your Federal Taxes") is available in Spanish: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17sp.pdf