Need last-minute tax help? Get it free.

April 15, 2008 9:18:26 AM PDT
For tax filers, the witching hour is fast approaching. You have until midnight Tuesday to get those returns off to the Internal Revenue Service. You may be surprised to know you can actually get something for nothing from the IRS: free advice.

Waiting until the last minute can be stressful, and most people think getting help with your taxes at crunch time can be very expensive.

But that's wrong. There are many easy-to-access free tax help resources out there. And many of them can save you time and money, even at the last minute.

Tax experts say the first place you should look for free help is the IRS. The agency's Web site has a bevy of great tips, easy-to-use tax calculators and printable versions of every tax form you could possibly need.

The IRS even offers toll-free phone help for individual taxpayers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Just pick up the phone and dial 1-800-829-1040.

If you want help from someone other than Uncle Sam, that's often available too.

Many national consumer organizations, like AARP, offer tax advice. Click here and search for tax tips at the AARP Web site.