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The IRS reminds Taxpayers of the 2017 IRS Tax Refund Delay.

The IRS sent out a memo on Tuesday reminding the taxpayers of the upcoming 2017 IRS Tax Refund Delay.

As the holidays approach, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to remember that a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds until mid-February in 2017 for people claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. In addition, new identity theft and refund fraud safeguards put in place by the IRS and the states may mean some tax returns and refunds face additional review. The 2017 IRS Tax Refund Delay will affect millions of taxpayers filing a 2016 tax return. Read more »

When is the first day to file taxes 2017?

The IRS have yet to release an official first day to file taxes 2017, but we estimate January 24th, 2017 to be the first day to file in 2017.

Per the 2017 Refund Schedule, the IRS will begin accepting 2016 Tax Returns on January 23rd, 2017. In previous years, we have seen the IRS announce their official start date for the upcoming tax season in December. As soon as we have the official date, we will update this post. Please bookmark and share to get the word out. This is the answer to “When is the first day to file taxes 2017?”. Read more »

2016 IRS Tax Schedule for 2015 Tax Year

Tax Season 2015This is a refund cycle chart for 2016 IRS Tax Schedule. Direct Deposit and Check date’s below. Please see disclaimer. 2016 tax refund schedule is listed below for information purposes.  Find out when you’re state income tax refund will be in. The I.R.S will begin accepting tax returns January 11th, 2016.

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Walmart will turn tax refunds into immediate green this year by offering cash refunds at all of its stores, the retailer said Tuesday.

Walmart is partnering with 25,000 tax-preparation locations in all 50 states to give consumers the option to receive their tax refund as cash, and at a lower price than it can sometimes cost to get a paper check refund. Walmart won’t charge customers to pick up their refunds, but tax preparers could charge up to a $7 fee to filers who opt for the service. Read more »

Want to get your 2014 tax return back quick? E-File now.

 2014 Tax Return Back QuickThe IRS recommends filing as early as possible and e filing to speed up the process. This way no matter the delay, you will first in line to have your tax return processed and receive your 2015 tax refund promptly. IRS have released most tax forms to handle most situations, but even if they haven’t released your form you can still e file with most tax softwares. If you plan to e file with a local company then you will need to wait until the official start of 2015 IRS Tax Season, January 20th 2015.  2014 Tax Return Back Quick Today! Read more »

Tax Year 2015: Things you should starting preparing for now.

Because of inflation adjustments required by law, the standard deduction, personal exemption and many other important tax numbers for the coming year will increase. Here are a few changes that will affect federal income-tax returns for the 2015 tax year, to be filed in 2016:

The basic standard deduction for 2015 will increase to $6,300 for single taxpayers (and married people filing separate returns) from $6,200 for this year. For married couples filing jointly, it will rise to $12,600 from $12,400 this year.

But before you automatically choose the standard deduction, check to see whether you would be better off itemizing your deductions, such as charitable gifts.

The standard deduction for those who qualify as “head of household” will rise to $9,250 from $9,100.

The amount and income thresholds for the earned income tax credit, a program designed to help the working poor, will change. For example, the Internal Revenue Service said the 2015 maximum earned income credit amount will be $6,242 for taxpayers filing jointly and who have three or more qualifying children, up from a total of $6,143 for tax year 2014.

Tax Year 2015

Planning to move and work overseas? For 2015, the foreign earned-income exclusion will be $100,800, up from $99,200 for 2014.

The personal exemption will be $4,000 for 2015, up from $3,950 for 2014. But, as the IRS points out, this is subject to a phaseout that begins with “adjusted gross incomes of $258,250 ($309,900 for married couples filing jointly).” The exemption “phases out completely at $380,750 ($432,400 for married couples filing jointly.)”

People who make more than a certain amount get hit by a limitation on itemized deductions. For next year, that limit begins with incomes of $258,250 or more, or $309,900 for married couples filing jointly.

The federal estate-tax exclusion will rise to $5.43 million next year from $5.34 million this year.

Separately, many upper-income workers will owe slightly more next year in Social Security taxes. The reason: The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will increase to $118,500 in 2015 from $117,000 this year, the Social Security Administration said. That reflects an increase in average wages.

Of the approximately 168 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes next year, about 10 million will pay higher taxes because of this change, the SSA says.

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2015 IRS Tax Schedule for 2014 Tax Year

Tax Season 2015This is a schedule for 2015 IRS Refund Cycle Chart. Direct Deposit and Check date’s below. Please see disclaimer. 2015 tax refund schedule is listed below for information purposes. This is just for the first week. Find out when you’re state income tax refund will be in. The I.R.S will begin accepting tax returns January 20th, 2015. The IRS begin accepting some 2014 tax returns for test purposes starting January 12th, 2015

 

UPDATE 12/29/2014. The Tax Delay is over. The IRS have announced the official start to Tax Season 2015. Read more.

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Why is my 2014 tax return still processing?

2015 IRS Tax Refund Schedule wrong for you?

By the stats, the current tax season has been quite a success. The Internal Revenue Service is reporting that, despite an abbreviated season, they are processing tax returns and issuing tax refunds at a much faster pace than last year. Why is my 2014 refund still processing?

Of course, all of the numbers in the world don’t matter when the one number you’re counting on – your own refund – is affected.

This season, I’ve heard from a number of taxpayers experiencing tax refund delays (though certainly nothing near last year’s education credit snafu). Initially, the trouble seemed to focus on those 1121 codes. The IRS was made aware of the problem and did issue a statement, saying:

A very small percentage of taxpayers may see an 1121 reference number if they check “Where’s My Refund?” after they initially were provided a projected refund date by the tool. The IRS is aware of this situation, and emphasizes that the small group of taxpayers who see this reference number should continue checking Where’s My Refund for an update. If we need more information to process their return, we will contact them — usually by mail.

Most of the taxpayers who reached out to me regarding the 1121 issue have since reported that they’ve either received their refunds or updated information about the delay.

However, shortly after the 1121 issue was made public, the focus from taxpayers on social media – and in emails, direct messages and private messages to me – has zeroed in on another code that’s popping up over and over: TC 570. There is a notable difference between the 1121 code and the TC 570: the latter is not an explicit refund code. It appears not on the “Where’s My Refund?” tool but on a taxpayer’s transcript. That’s an important distinction.

I reached out to IRS to find out whether there was any sort of systemic issue causing taxpayers to see a TC 570 on their transcript. So far, the answer to that question is no. The IRS is, however, clearly aware of the concerns and had this to say:

A Transaction Code 570 can mean different things in different cases so a taxpayer should not try to draw a conclusion based on the presence of a TC 570. The Transaction Code 570 will stop a refund from being issued until the impact of the action being taken on the account and the refund is determined and processed. Transaction Codes are used internally by the IRS to identify a transaction, adjust and research tax accounts and to maintain a history of actions posted to a taxpayer’s account. While they are reflected on transcripts they are not reflected on most public facing documents or tools like Where’s My Refund because they are difficult to interpret and can have different meaning depending on the case and associated codes and files. Again, the best way for taxpayers to check the status of their refund is by going to Where’s My Refund.

It’s a statement worth repeating. The IRS uses a lot of internal codes on transcripts and they can mean different things. And what it means exactly isn’t always apparent to the person taking the call at IRS. Does that suck? Of course it does. Trust me. I’ve been on the end of those calls trying to decipher what’s going on for taxpayers. And I totally believe that taxpayers are calling IRS and getting two or three different answers about the status of their refund. And I believe that taxpayers deserve a better answer.

But I would caution taxpayers not to try and pick apart their tax transcripts in an effort to find answers. There is no “one size fits all” answer to the TC 570 – not even in the best of circumstances. It does not necessarily equate, as some have surmised, an audit. Nor does it means, as others have posited, that the refund is subject to an offset. It could mean those things – but again, you’re not going to be able to tell from a glimpse at your transcript this early in the season.

Those codes? They don’t always mean what you think they mean.

I know that isn’t the answer that taxpayers want to hear. And trust me, I am continuing to pester IRS about these issues (believe me when I say that they have my number). But it’s not a certainty that a TC 570 on your transcript is anything sinister at this stage of the season. The data doesn’t appear to support it. And if there’s a real problem with your specific return, you’ll hear from IRS.

And yes, there have been problems. I have confirmed reports that a glitch in at least one program has resulted in the issuance of paper checks instead of direct deposit. Errors – mostly transposition of numbers – have slowed processing of other returns. There have been bounces for bad addresses. Returns have been held because of prior years when no returns were filed. And yes, identity theft continues to be a big problem especially when SocialSecurity numbers for dependents have appeared on more than one return. Clearly, not everyone is having a smooth tax season.

By the numbers, however, most taxpayers are getting their refunds as quickly as anticipated. On average, the IRS expects to issue tax refund checks to 9 of 10 taxpayers in 21 days or less. Those are pretty good odds. But that still means that 1 in 10 taxpayers will receive refund checks after that 21 day window. That sounds like a pretty small number until you calculate the total against the number of refunds issued. The IRS expects to process about 140 million tax returns this season. In 2013, they issued more than 100 million tax refund checks. If 1 in 10 taxpayers get their refunds after 21 days, that still works out to about 10 million taxpayers. That’s more than the individual populations of 42 states. It’s more than the combination populations of Alabama and South Carolina, the 23rd and 24th most populous states. So, yes, it’s a lot. But the number of taxpayers who do receive their refunds within that 21 day window? That’s more than the combined populations of our most populous states (California, Texas and Florida) or more astoundingly, the combined population of 25 of our least populous states.

Does that help those taxpayers who are depending on refund checks that have not yet been deposited? Of course not. I know you want your money. And I know that in many cases, you’re depending on that money. But work through the right channels. Keep checking the “Where’s My Refund?” tool for information. If you are advised to call the IRS, do so. If you get mail from IRS, open it. But at this stage, it truly is a waiting game. If I hear anything further (and I am pursuing these issues), rest assured that I will post it as soon as it becomes available.

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Need help preparing your 2015 Tax Return? Visit Hot Springs Tax Services.

Millions of taxpayers have already received big refund checks, as the 2014 tax filing season seems to be humming along without a hitch. IRS issuing many refund checks already.

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it issued $64.5 billion in refunds to 19.5 million taxpayers as of Feb. 7, a total dollar amount that was up 24% from the same time last year. The average refund check issued this year, $3,317, is also 4.6% larger than last year.

It’s not too surprising that this filing season is running more smoothly than last year, when the IRS lagged the previous year’s pace for issuing refunds throughout most of the filing season. The agency had to put off accepting certain tax forms until as late as March because it was updating its systems following the tax-code revamps caused by the fiscal-cliff legislation.

But taxpayers are also submitting their returns more quickly. The IRS received more than 27 million returns as of Feb. 7, up 2.5% from the same time in 2013. Nearly 96% of those were filed electronically. Samuel Hale, 21, a college student near Fort Worth, Texas, says his refund was deposited into his checking account Friday morning, a week after he filed his return electronically using online software. “I was very surprised,” says Hale, who couldn’t file his return until April last year because of a missing W-2 form.

In an interesting shift, the data shows more taxpayers are doing their own returns so far this tax season. Roughly half of the returns submitted, or 13.3 million, were self prepared, up 14.7% from last year. Typically, about 60% of returns are handled by a tax pro, according to IRS data.

Of course, not all taxpayers have been able to file their returns yet. Some people are still waiting on paperwork from their brokers, employers or colleges that they need to report all income and claim certain tax breaks. And some people aren’t eager to file their returns. Taxpayers who need to cut a check to the IRS generally wait until closer to April 15 to file.

Taxpayers can track their refunds using the  “Where’s My Refund?” tool starting 24 hours after filing electronically, or four weeks after mailing in a return. About 90% of refunds are issued within 21 days, though some may be delayed if there is an issue with the return.

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First IRS 2014 Direct Deposits Just Went Out.

February 6th, 2014, 12:00A.M. the I.R.S. sent out thousands of tax payments to individuals who filed before January 31st, 2014. Some individuals who filed before January 31st, 2014 were not included in this due to the overflow of individuals who submitted their returns. Those individuals should watch the Where’s My Refund page and expect a payout on the next payout day being “on or before February 13th, 2014.”

Also a very important note: “if your payment was sent to like turbotax type where it has to go through another bank to take out fees then you have to wait until that bank opens and they will process them. Some banks are not open yet so check your accounts later this morning or afternoon.”

Please reply to this post when you submitted, were accepted, approved, and if you received your refund last night.