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Having trouble filling out your return? You can go straight to the Internal Revenue Service this Saturday for help.

More than 180 IRS offices will be open on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., local time, to help taxpayers.

Businesswoman holding now open sign

"We are holding these special open houses to give taxpayers who are struggling in these difficult economic times more opportunity to work directly with IRS employees to resolve their tax issues," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

During the Saturday hours, taxpayers will be able to talk with IRS employees about economic hardship issues, make payment arrangements or get help claiming new tax breaks created as part of last year's stimulus bill.

In addition to this weekend's open houses, the IRS will open many of its offices on three additional Saturdays in the spring and early summer. Stay tuned for details.

Other tax help venues: If you can't make it to an IRS office this weekend, the agency also works with community organizations to provide additional taxpayer assistance.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs help people who earned $49,000 or less last year.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteers help folks age 60 and older prepare and e-file their returns.

Find a partner location where you can get tax help by calling 1-800-906-9887.

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