“Where’s My Refund?”
That’s the question many of us are wondering, as the expected tax refund is needed sooner than later. Luckily the IRS notified us of the delay and gave us the approximate dates on when to expect our refunds.
“The IRS will begin to release EITC/ACTC refunds starting Feb. 15. However, the IRS cautions taxpayers that these refunds likely won’t arrive in bank accounts or debit cards until the week of February 27 -- if there are no processing issues with the tax return and the taxpayer chose direct deposit. This additional period is due to several factors, including banking and financial systems needing time to process deposits.
Where's My Refund? on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go mobile app will be updated with projected deposit dates for early EITC /ACTC refund filers a few days after Feb. 15. Taxpayers will not see a refund date on Where's My Refund? or through their software packages until then. The IRS, tax preparers and tax software will not have additional information on refund dates, so Where’s My Refund? remains the best way to check the status of a refund.
Why Is My Refund Being Held?
Beginning in 2017, if you claim the EITC or ACTC on your tax return, the IRS must hold your refund until Feb. 15. This new law requires the IRS to hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with the EITC or ACTC. Like previous years, some tax refunds may be held if there are questions about the tax return or the IRS needs more information.
Will I Get My Refund on February 15, 2017?
While the IRS will begin to issue EITC/ACTC refunds starting Feb. 15, you should not count on actually seeing your refund until the week of Feb. 27 -- if you chose direct deposit or a debit card and there are no processing issues with your tax return.
Why Does It Take So Long for The Funds to Show Up in My Account?
It takes additional time for refunds to be processed after leaving the IRS, and for financial institutions to accept and deposit them to bank accounts and products like debit cards. Also many financial institutions do not process payments on weekends or holidays, which can affect when refunds reach taxpayers. For EITC and ACTC filers, the three-day holiday weekend involving President’s Day affects their refund timing.
How Do I Check The Status of My Refund?
Where's My Refund on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go mobile app remains the best way to check the status of a refund. Where’s My Refund will be updated with projected deposit dates for early EITC and ACTC refund filers a few days after Feb. 15. Taxpayers will not see a refund date on Where's My Refund or through their software packages until then. The IRS, tax preparers and tax software will not have additional information on refund dates, so taxpayers should not contact or call them about refunds before the end of February.”
Tax Largie, Inc. remains available to assist businesses and individuals to prepare their income tax returns.
Now Accepting 2017 Income Tax Returns
The widely anticipated day has arrived: Tax Season 2017! The IRS began accepting income tax returns today. Remember, most returns will experience delays, especially those with Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit. Overall, taxpayers have until April 18th, 2017 to be considered filed on time and escape penalties and interests.
Earned Income Credit
The tax year 2017 maximum Earned Income Credit amount is $6,318 for taxpayers filing jointly who have 3 or more qualifying children, up from a total of $6,269 for tax year 2016. The revenue procedure has a table providing maximum credit amounts for other categories, income thresholds and phase-outs.
For calendar year 2017, the dollar amount used to determine the penalty for not maintaining minimum essential health coverage is $695.
For tax year 2017, the adjusted gross income amount used by joint filers to determine the reduction in the Lifetime Learning Credit is $112,000, up from $111,000 for tax year 2016.
For tax year 2017, the foreign earned income exclusion is $102,100, up from $101,300 for tax year 2016.
Estates of decedents who die during 2017 have a basic exclusion amount of $5,490,000, up from a total of $5,450,000 for estates of decedents who died in 2016.
Several changes have occurred between 2015 and 2016 tax year. With a new president; new administration; and promised changes to the tax code, we can expect more changes to occur. Strategic tax planning with your tax professional is an excellent way to help you optimize your tax filing experience each year.
TIP: What You Need to Know About Extension to File Tax Returns
Counting today, we have 8 days before the IRS starts accepting tax returns. With that, I would like to clear up a few misconceptions for taxpayers who are planning on filing an extension.
An extension gives you extra time to File your tax return. Yes! However, an extension does NOT give you extra time to pay any taxes due. Any taxes owed – even when you file an extension – will still be due by the due date. An extension can help reduce penalties, but any outstanding balance will still be charged a late payment penalty and interest.
Not everyone qualifies for an extension. For example, taxpayers who were approved for an Offer in Compromise are still required to file by the due date during their five-year probationary period. If you don't file by the due date, the IRS can revoke your offer-in-compromise and re-instate the original amount you owed. Likewise, contributions to a Traditional IRA and/or Roth IRA are due by the original April deadline.
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