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Pennsylvania Tax Offices are here to help if you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you’re more comfortable talking with someone face-to-face, no appointment is necessary.

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Harrisburg Horsham Johnstown King of Prussia Lancaster
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Scranton State College Bellefonte Washington Wilkes Barre
York Chester Norristown Sunbury Greenburg
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  1. According to the IRS – Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

    Includes errors
    Is incomplete
    Is affected by identity theft or fraud
    Includes a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit or an Additional Child Tax Credit. See Q&A below.
    Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
    Needs further review in general
    We will contact you by mail when we need more information to process your return. https://www.irs.gov/refunds/tax-season-refund-frequently-asked-questions

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I forgot to include my 1099R forms, what should I do?

Q) I forgot to include my 1099R forms when I sent in my paper claim, what should I do? A) Since you have already mailed the return, just hang on to them until the IRS receives your return. They will contact you if they need those. They only request them if they have tax withholdingsContinue Reading

If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS

If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS, it will explain the reason for the correspondence and provide instructions. Many of these letters and notices can be dealt with simply, without having to call or visit an IRS office. The notice you receive covers a very specific issue about your account or taxContinue Reading

What is a Partnership?

A partnership is the relationship existing between two or more persons who join to carry on a trade or business. Each person contributes money, property, labor or skill, and expects to share in the profits and losses of the business. A partnership must file an annual information return to report the income, deductions, gains, losses,Continue Reading

What is a split refund?

Q) What is a split refund? A) The IRS allows your refund to be split. A split refund lets you divide your refund, in any proportion you want, and direct deposit the funds into up to three different accounts with U.S. financial institutions. To allocate a split refund. you should use Form 8888 (PDF), Allocation of Refund, to request to haveContinue Reading

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I filed an E-1040 with TaxAct, forget to submit Form 8938. I have the 8938 form where do I send it?

Q) I filed an E-1040 with TaxAct. All the figures and computations were correct, so the IRS should have no trouble accepting the filed forms. I did, however, forget to submit Form 8938, which merely indicates how much money I have in a foreign bank. I have the 8938 form, so I just need to knowContinue Reading

Is an S corporation required to pay quarterly estimated tax?

Q) Is an S corporation required to pay quarterly estimated tax? A) According to the IRS: Sometimes an S corporation must make estimated tax payments. An S corporation must make installment payments of estimated tax if the total of the following taxes is $500 or more: The tax on built-in gains, The excess net passive-incomeContinue Reading

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I claim my daughter as a dependent, she is in college can she claim her own personal exemption.

Q) I claim my daughter as a dependent, she is in college can she claim her own personal exemption. A) According the IRS; If you can claim an exemption for your daughter as a dependent on your income tax return, she cannot claim her own personal exemption on her income tax return. If an individual is filingContinue Reading

I received notice stating I owe 1400 back taxes, how can I setup payment plan

Q) I received a notice stating i owe 1400 back taxes from 2009 they are giving me until the 30th of this month to pay.how can i setup a payment plan A) According to the IRS website; You can make monthly payments through an installment agreement if you’re not financially able to pay your tax debt immediately.Continue Reading

How Do I Make My Quarterly Payments?

Estimated tax is the method used to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and income tax, because you do not have an employer withholding these taxes for you. Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals (PDF), is used to figure these taxes. Form 1040-ES contains a worksheet that is similar to Form 1040. You will need your priorContinue Reading

Been over than 21 days IRS received my return, not gotten my refund, why?

Q) Been over than 21 days IRS received my return, not gotten my refund, why? A) According to the IRS – IRS works hard to issue refunds as quickly as possible, but some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return: includes errors, is incomplete, needs further review, is impacted byContinue Reading

I never filed my 2015 taxes. How would I go about filing?

Q) I never filed my 2015 taxes as I did not have the money to pay to have them filed. I need to get that taken care of as soon as possible and have my 2015 taxes filed and was recommended to come into the IRS office and do that since it can’t be filed electronicallyContinue Reading

My wife and I both need to apply for replacement Social Security cards – ours are misplaced or lost?

Q) My wife and I both need to apply for replacement Social Security cards – ours are misplaced or lost? I also need to get my 2013 IRS W2 posted. I have a copy from my employer for the SSA. How do we go about accomplishing both of these tasks? Thanks! A) According to the Social SecurityContinue Reading

I filed electronically (e-filing) but my tax return was rejected. What do I do now?

Q) I filed electronically (e-filing) but my tax return was rejected. What do I do now? A) According to the IRS – There must be an error on your return. Please review the following: You should receive an explanation of why the return was rejected. If a mistake was made when entering a social security number, aContinue Reading

I have a IRS payment plan..can’t afford to pay my plan at this time

Q) I have a payment plan with you I have had my hours cut at work and I can’t afford to pay my plan at this time.I don’t know what to do next. A) According to the IRS website you can review your current tax repayment plan. Reviewing a Payment Plan You can view detailsContinue Reading

Can you request a copy of a previous tax return at a local IRS location?

Q) Can you request a copy of a previous tax return at a local IRS location or does the official form have to be submitted and mailed off? A) According to the IRS website. Taxpayers who need certain prior year tax return information can obtain it from the IRS. Here are nine things to know ifContinue Reading

How do partnerships file and pay quarterly estimated tax payments?

Q) How do partnerships file and pay quarterly estimated tax payments? A) According to the IRS: Partnerships file Form 1065 (PDF), U.S. Return of Partnership Income, to report income and expenses. A partnership does not pay tax on its income but “passes through” any profits or losses to its partners.  Generally, the partnership is required to prepare and give partners a ScheduleContinue Reading

I messed up my 2016 federal tax form and asked for assistance

Q) I messed up my 2016 federal tax form and asked for assistance from the local IRS people. They told me to go to a $200-$500 tax adviser. I guess paying too much tax ain’t their concern. A) According to the IRS: You can fix mistakes or omissions on your tax return by filing anContinue Reading

What are the penalties for filing and paying my taxes late?

Q) What are the penalties for filing and paying my taxes late? A) According to the IRS, Interest is compounded daily and charged on any unpaid tax from the due date of the return (without regard to any extension of time to file) until the date of payment. The interest rate is the federal short-term rate plusContinue Reading

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Why is my refund different than the amount expected on tax return I filed?

Q) Why is my refund different than the amount expected on tax return I filed? A) According to the IRS – If you owe past-due federal tax, state income tax, state unemployment compensation debts, child support, spousal support, or certain federal nontax debts, such as student loans, all or part of your refund may be used (offset)Continue Reading

I am 78 yrs old, I have a ROTH IRA and plan to cash it out, will this be considered an income?

Q) I am 78 yrs old, I have a ROTH IRA and plan to cash it out, will this be considered an income, subject to tax. Will it increase my gross income and bump me to the next taxable bracket? A) Please discuss this with your tax accountant. In general you can withdraw contributions youContinue Reading

What are My Self-Employed Tax Obligations?

As a self-employed individual, generally you are required to file an annual return and pay estimated tax quarterly. Self-employed individuals generally must pay self-employment tax (SE tax) as well as income tax. SE tax is a Social Security and Medicare tax primarily for individuals who work for themselves. It is similar to the Social SecurityContinue Reading

How do I qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit?

Q) How do I qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit? A) According to the IRS – EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EIC is a tax credit to help you keep more of what you earned. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not oweContinue Reading

What is the phone number for the IRS so I may talk to someone

Q) What is the phone number for the IRS so I may talk to someone A) IRS Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time. Puerto Rico phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time. Individuals:Continue Reading

Can I get copies of my prior year Forms W-2 from the IRS

Q)  Can I get copies of my prior year Forms W-2 from the IRS A) According to the IRS: The quickest way to obtain a copy of a prior year Form W-2 is through your employer.  If that is not possible: You can order copies of your entire return (attachments include Form W-2) from the IRS forContinue Reading

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How much does an student have to make before filing income tax return?

Q) How much does an student have to make before filing income tax return? A) According to the IRS: If you are an unmarried dependent student, you must file a tax return if your earned and/or unearned income exceeds certain limits. To find these limits refer to Dependents under Who Must File, in Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction and Filing Information.Continue Reading

Do we take the standard deduction for our house interest payments or do we take 20% of the actual tax amount paid

Q) We live in Grand junction Colorado and bought a house here. We have a mcc a mortgage credit certificate that says we can deduct 20% from our interest paid on our first mortgage. The interest paid is less than the standard deduction. Do we take the standard deduction or do we take 20% of theContinue Reading

I am trying to figure out who has been claiming my child and getting eic for her

Q) I am trying to figure out who has been claiming my child and getting eic for her A) According to the IRS ..… suspect or know of an individual or a business that is not complying with the tax laws on issues such as: False Exemptions or DeductionsKickbacksFalse/Altered DocumentFailure to Pay TaxUnreported IncomeOrganized CrimeFailure to WithholdContinue Reading

How can I check the status of my amended return?

Q) How can I check the status of my amended return? A) You can check the status of your Form 1040X (PDF), Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, using the “Where’s My Amended Return?” (WMAR) online tool or the toll-free telephone number 866-464-2050 three weeks after you file your amended return.  Both tools are available in English and Spanish andContinue Reading

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How do I sign my tax return when I (e-filing) using online filing software?

Q)  How do I sign my tax return when I e-file using online filing software? A) According to the IRS  – You sign your tax return using the Self-Select PIN method.  The Self-Select PIN method allows taxpayers to electronically sign their individual income tax return by selecting a five-digit personal identification number (PIN).  The PIN is anyContinue Reading

Should self-employment taxes be paid quarterly or yearly?

Q) Should self-employment taxes be paid quarterly or yearly? A) According to the IRS: If you are required to make estimated tax payments, the self-employment tax is paid by making quarterly estimated tax payments which include both income tax and social security tax.  

Been trying to get “return transcript” for year ended 12/31/15

Q) Been trying to get “return transcript” for year ended 12/31/15 to apply for financial aid for daughter’s college. Efiled 12/31/15 return in late Feb., recd refund in mid-March. Irs.gov is telling me i) tax year 2015 cannot be ordered and ii) address does not match their records. I’ve been living at same address forContinue Reading

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