Serving Bullitt and Jefferson counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Southern Indiana.
Edited from the IRS Newswire –IR-2018-1
The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Jan. 29, with nearly 155 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2018. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17 this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15.
Although the IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper tax returns Jan. 29, paper returns will begin processing later in mid-February as system updates continue. The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically for faster refunds.
The IRS set the Jan. 29 opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems in advance of the opening and to assess the potential impact of tax legislation on 2017 tax returns.
By law, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. While the IRS will process those returns when received, it cannot issue related refunds before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on Feb. 27, 2018, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return. The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they should keep copies of their prior-year tax returns for at least three years..
April 17 Filing Deadline
The filing deadline to submit 2017 tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, 2018, rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2018, April 15 falls on a Sunday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday – April 16. However, Emancipation Day – a legal holiday in the District of Columbia – will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 17, 2017. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation. NOTE: Louisvile area Tax-Aide sites will finish their service on Saturday, April 14.
Refunds in 2018
Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund. The IRS expects more than four out of five tax returns will be prepared electronically using tax software.
The IRS still anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, but there are some important factors to keep in mind for taxpayers.
By law the IRS cannot issue refunds before mid-February for tax returns that claim the EITC or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). The IRS must hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC. This change helps ensure taxpayers receive the refund they deserve and gives the agency more time to detect and prevent errors and fraud.
The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be in taxpayer bank accounts or debit cards starting Feb. 27, 2018, if they chose direct deposit and there are no issues with the tax return.
The Where's My Refund? ıtool on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go phone app will be updated with projected deposit dates for early EITC and ACTC refund filers in late February. Taxpayers will not see a refund date on Where's My Refund? ıor 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.
Volunteer Portal Down In Early February
The Volunteer Portal will be under scheduled maintenance from 9:00 PM ET Thursday, February 1 through 6:00 AM ET Sunday, February 4. The Volunteer Portal will not be made available during the maintenance window. Please return to the Volunteer Portal after 6:00 AM ET Sunday, February 4 to resume logging into the Volunteer Portal.
Edited from IRS Tax Tip 2018-04
As taxpayers prepare for the start of filing season, they should consider a direct deposit of any refunds due. It’s easy, safe, fast — and the best way to get a refund. That’s why 80 percent of taxpayers choose it every year.
IRS Direct Deposit:
Important Changes for 2017
Due Date is Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Standard Deduction if not itemizing:
Retirement Savings Contribution Credit Income Limits Increased
Maximum Earned Income Credit Increased
Earned Income Amount Increased for Eligibility
Investment Income Limited
Standard Mileage Rates
Itemized Medical Deductions
Education Benefits Being Phased Out
Eligible Long-Term Care Premium Limits Increased
Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
Health Savings Account (HAS) Deduction
Deduction Amount and Modified AGI Limit for Traditional IRA Contributions
PATH Act provisions that have expired and no longer available:
Note: There may be additional changes made by Congress up until the end of the year.
Some Refunds Delayed in 2018
The IRS wants taxpayers to be aware of several factors that could affect the timing of their tax refunds next year. Due to a December 2015 law, the IRS cannot issue refunds on tax returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit before mid-February. Under the change required by Congress in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, the IRS must hold the entire refund – even the portion not associated with the EITC and ACTC.
This law change, which went into effect in 2017, helps ensure that taxpayers get the refund they are owed by giving the IRS more time to help detect and prevent fraud.
What Taxpayers Can Do Now Before Filing Their Return in 2018
While taxpayers will not start filing their tax returns for a few months, there are a few things they can do to make the process easier next year. Here are two things that could affect the 2017 returns they will file in 2018.
Tax-Aide is looking for Volunteers
We are looking for compassionate and friendly individuals to join our volunteer team. Training is provided as well as support to help you learn new skills, and you will get a great feeling from helping those in need.
Volunteers fill a variety of roles:
Counselors work with taxpayers directly by filling out tax returns. If you have no previous experience, you’ll get the training you need and will also receive IRS certification.
Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers, help organize their paper work, and manage the overall flow of service.
Technology Coordinators manage computer equipment, ensure taxpayer data is secure, and provide technical assistance to volunteers.
Leadership and Administrative volunteers make sure program operations run smoothly, manage volunteers, and maintain quality control.
Speak a second language? Bilingual speakers are needed in all roles, especially dedicated interpreters who can assist other volunteers.
Introductory and review training is provided for all volunteers beginning in November. Detailed face-to-face classes will meet in January. All tests are “open book”. Much of the training is available “on line ” so internet access is needed by all volunteers.
Those interested in learning more can find general information at www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org, via phone 502-394-3443 or via email to LouTaxAide@gmail.com. Persons outside the Louisville Metro area will be referred to their nearest District Coordinator.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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