Serving Bullitt and Jefferson counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Southern Indiana.
New Volunteers Welcome
If you are looking for a great short-term volunteer commitment, be sure to consider helping with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Help is needed once or twice a week for the 10-11 week season that begins Feb 1, 2018.
Complete training is provided for those wishing to help in a variety of roles, particularly preparers (counselors) and site assistants (client facilitators) who welcome clients and help them prepare for assistance with their tax returns.
Brief (about an hour or so) orientation and information sessions are available in Sept, Oct and Nov that provide a face-to-face opportunity to learn more and have your questions answered. Optional dates available will be announced in early fall. Better yet, advise us of your interest now and we will contact you with further details. Email LouTaxAide@gmail.com or call 502-394-3443 today!
Some Refunds to be Delayed
IRS News Release IR-2016-167, Dec. 9, 2016 points out that selected refunds will be delayed until Feb 15 and may not arrive until the week of the 27th. They also announced today that the tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds. The deadline this season will be April 18.
The IRS reminds taxpayers that a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until Feb. 15. In addition, the IRS wants taxpayers to be aware it will take several days for these refunds to be released and processed through financial institutions. Factoring in weekends and the President’s Day holiday, the IRS cautions that many affected taxpayers may not have actual access to their refunds until the week of Feb. 27.
The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they should keep copies of their prior-year tax returns for at least three years. Taxpayers who are changing tax software products this filing season will need their adjusted gross income from their 2015 tax return in order to file electronically. The Electronic Filing Pin is no longer an option. Taxpayers can visit IRS.Gov/GetReady for more tips on preparing to file their 2016 tax return.
Editor’s Note: Tax-Aide clients need to be aware that the IRS has changed software suppliers for the VITA/TCE programs (which includes Tax-Aide) from TaxWise to TaxSlayer so prior year information will not be carried forward, thus requiring preparers to enter all information from scratch. Waiting time may be longer for service by our volunteers in light of the additional entries required.
From the IRS Newswire Issue Number: IR-2016-51
Tax Time Guide: Check Refund Status Online With Where’s My Refund?
When Will I Get My Refund
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers that they can quickly check the status of their tax return and refund through “Whereﾒs My Refund? on IRS.gov.
Initial information will normally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer’s e-filed return or four weeks after the taxpayer mails a paper return to the IRS. The system updates only once every 24 hours, usually overnight, so there’s no need to check more often.
So far, taxpayers have used Where’s My Refund? more times this year, an increase of nearly 35 percent over last year at this time.
Taxpayers should have their Social Security number, filing status and exact refund amount when accessing Where’s My Refund?” Those without Internet access can access this tool by calling 800-829-1954, 24 hours a day.
IRS Tax Tip 2016-44
If you can’t pay your taxes in full, the IRS will work with you. Past due debts like taxes owed, however, can reduce your federal tax refund. The Treasury Offset Program can use all or part of your federal refund to settle certain unpaid federal or state debts, to include unpaid individual shared responsibility payments. Here are five facts to know about tax refund offsets.
1. Bureau of the Fiscal Service. The Department of Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, or BFS, runs the Treasury Offset Program.
2. Offsets to Pay Certain Debts. The BFS may also use part or all of your tax refund to pay certain other debts such as:
3. Notify by Mail. The BFS will mail you a notice if it offsets any part of your refund to pay your debt. The notice will list the original refund and offset amount. It will also include the agency that received the offset payment. It will also give the agency’s contact information.
4. How to Dispute Offset. If you wish to dispute the offset, you should contact the agency that received the offset payment. Only contact the IRS is your offset payment was applied to a federal tax debt.
5. Injured Spouse Allocation. You may be entitled to part or the entire offset if you filed a joint tax return with your spouse. This rule applies if your spouse is solely responsible for the debt. To get your part of the refund, file Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation. If you need to prepare a Form 8379, you can prepare and e-file your tax return for free using IRS Free File.
Health Care Law: Refund Offsets and the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment
While the law prohibits the IRS from using liens or levies to collect any individual shared responsibility payment, if you owe a shared responsibility payment, the IRS may offset your refund against that liability.
Tax-Aide offices are open February 1 - April 15. Tax-Aide does not have copies of your return – see below for further information.
For assistance in the interim, please contact your local IRS or State Department of Revenue office. Their address and phone numbers are listed in the blue pages of the phone book.
Taxpayer Advocate Service operates independently of all other IRS Offices and reports directly to Congress. It protects taxpayers’ rights and ensures that all taxpayers are treated fairly, and that they know and understand their rights under the IRS’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. For additional information, go to taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov or contact the Louisville office at 502-912-5050 or 877-777-4778.
If several weeks have passed since you filed your KY return and you haven’t received your refund, you can check about the status in any of three ways:
(502) 564-1600 (Automated Line)
(502) 564-4581 (Live Representative)
You will need you Social Security number and the exact amount of the refund.
Back copies of previously-filed tax returns and all attachments, including Forms W-2, can be requested by filing Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return. Alternatively, transcripts showing most line items on these returns can be ordered on-line, by calling 1-800-908-9946 or by using Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.
To learn more about volunteering with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, check out the rest of the web site and then register on the “Contacts” tab. Most volunteers are involved for only the 10-11 week tax season each year – a great short-term commitment!
You may prefer to call 502-394-3443 or e-mail email@example.com. Your contact will then be referred to the District Coordinator in your area of KY or Southern Indiana. Out of state inquiries will be forwarded to the appropriate state leaders for further contact and information.
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