Checking the Status Online of Your Tax Refunds

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Checking the Status Online of Your Tax Refunds

It might feel good to know that there is a tax refund waiting for you. Congrats! The most common question asked by every expectant taxpayer is; “Where is my refund?” Check status of your refund online.

The quickest and easiest way to check your tax refund is asking the IRS through their web site www.IRS.gov. There is a link called “Where’s My Refund?” on the home page itself. It’s fairly simple to use this service. You only need to have your tax return copy so as to be able to provide the … Read the rest

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Checking the Status Online of Your Tax Refunds

It might feel good to know that there is a tax refund waiting for you. Congrats! The most common question asked by every expectant taxpayer is; “Where is my refund?” Check status of your refund online.

The quickest and easiest way to check your tax refund is asking the IRS through their web site www.IRS.gov. There is a link called “Where’s My Refund?” on the home page itself. It’s fairly simple to use this service. You only need to have your tax return copy so as to be able to provide the required data for getting the refund status. To be specific, you will need your social security number, the filing status, and the refund amount. The basic reason for asking about this information is for your personal security; the agency tries to make sure that it is dealing with a genuine taxpayer. Moreover, your return also should have all this information. Otherwise, there might be something wrong.

After inputting all this information, a results page should appear that will show certain messages like:

(i) Return received and it is under processing

(ii) It might show you the expected date for direct deposit of refund or the mailing date

(iii) Refund not issued because of some delivery problem

Sometimes, it might tell you that your return is reviewed by the IRS due to some error or doubtful entry. In situations like this, you should rush on to some expert tax professional and get your return reviewed to make it error-free.

How long should you wait before checking?

In case of electronic filing, the refund status normally becomes accessible after 48 to 72 hours from the actual time of filing your returns. As the return comes into the data base in electronic format, so the system should get very quickly updated. In case of non-electronic filing of your returns, you won’t be able to check status of your return before 3 weeks or sometimes even more. As the IRS receives a lot of returns in paper format, so it takes a plenty of time to enter all the data into the data base.

How much time does it normally take to receive your refund?

The time needed for issuing a refund depends upon the way the return is filed. In case you filed a paper return and sent through regular mail, then the refund could be expected within 6 to 8 weeks after the IRS receives your return. And in case of electronic return filing, you can expect the same within 3 to 4 weeks time. In case you gave preference for direct deposit of the refund in your bank account, then simply take off 1 week from the above calculations.

Earned Income Credit Missed by Many

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Earned Income Credit Missed by Many

One of the best tax credits available today is the Earned Income Credit but many individuals don’t claim it even when they qualify. These individuals may not have qualified last year but their financial, marital, or dependent situation may have changed making them now qualified.

The tax credit maximum is $5,657 this year and depends on your income and how many dependent children you have in your household. Plus the credit is refundable, which means you can get a refund above the tax your into the treasury during the tax year. Make sure … Read the rest

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Earned Income Credit Missed by Many

One of the best tax credits available today is the Earned Income Credit but many individuals don’t claim it even when they qualify. These individuals may not have qualified last year but their financial, marital, or dependent situation may have changed making them now qualified.

The tax credit maximum is $5,657 this year and depends on your income and how many dependent children you have in your household. Plus the credit is refundable, which means you can get a refund above the tax your into the treasury during the tax year. Make sure not to file separately from your spouse as this will disqualify you automatically.

Having a valid social security number and earned income are two important first steps. And combat pay is considered earned income for qualify for the earned income tax credit. The easiest way to determine if you qualify is by using the EITC assistant at the IRS.gov website. Make sure to apply for this tax credit when you file your taxes if you determine that you are qualified.

IRS Forms to Complete your Return

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IRS Forms to Complete your Return

The IRS has all the tax forms you will need to complete your return and has provided a number of different ways for you to obtain those tax forms. The first stop should by IRS.gov where you can download PDF versions of all forms anytime, any day.

You can also call the IRS and request tax forms at 1-800-829-3676. They offer convenient times for you to call and can also ship to you publications and prior year tax forms if you need them. Don’t wait until the end of the tax season as delivery … Read the rest

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IRS Forms to Complete your Return

The IRS has all the tax forms you will need to complete your return and has provided a number of different ways for you to obtain those tax forms. The first stop should by IRS.gov where you can download PDF versions of all forms anytime, any day.

You can also call the IRS and request tax forms at 1-800-829-3676. They offer convenient times for you to call and can also ship to you publications and prior year tax forms if you need them. Don’t wait until the end of the tax season as delivery could take two weeks.

Just like with the phone orders to the IRS, you can place mail orders to the IRS for tax forms and publications. The wait will be a little longer than the phone orders as mail orders start to be processed when they arrive at the processing center. Mail your forms order to the IRS at 1201 N Mitsubishi Motorway, Bloomington, IL 61705-6613.

You have probably seen the forms outside of libraries during the tax season or at the post office when dropping off your mail. But other local locations like copy centers, grocery stores, and office supply stores might have copies for you or can make copies of tax forms from digital copies that they keep. Plus the IRS has established a number of Tax Assistance Centers across the country. Contact the IRS directly to find out if a center is in your area.

Find Tax Help in Spanish

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Find Tax Help in Spanish

The IRS is providing many resources this tax season for those that speak Spanish and have had trouble understanding tax information in English in the past. Many of the services provided in English are now available in Spanish.

The best place to start is on the IRS website at IRS.gov/espanol. You can find tax information, avoiding tax scam documents, disaster relief pages, and identity safety helpful tools. Also on the website you will find the IRS federal tax e-File options, available in both Spanish and English.

The IRS has a wealth of video content … Read the rest

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Find Tax Help in Spanish

The IRS is providing many resources this tax season for those that speak Spanish and have had trouble understanding tax information in English in the past. Many of the services provided in English are now available in Spanish.

The best place to start is on the IRS website at IRS.gov/espanol. You can find tax information, avoiding tax scam documents, disaster relief pages, and identity safety helpful tools. Also on the website you will find the IRS federal tax e-File options, available in both Spanish and English.

The IRS has a wealth of video content hosted on YouTube will all kinds of tips and helpful courses. There are many videos in Spanish. And if you are more comfortable with the telephone, there is a telephone automated service that provides all kinds of important tax information through pre-recorded instructions. The number is 1-800-829-4477. Talk directly to Spanish speaking IRS tax experts at 1-800-829-1040 x8.

Tax forms are available in Spanish and the federal agency has a newsroom where all releases are available in multiple languages. And finally, don’t be afraid of seeking out IRS Tax Assistance Centers (TAC) because many have bilingual tax assistance in person or through an interpreter on the phone.