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Will calling the IRS help me get my tax refund any faster?

Tax_questionQ) Will calling the IRS help me get my tax refund any faster?

A) According the the IRS: Calling the IRS will not speed up your refund. Our phone and walk-in representatives can only research the status of your refund if it has been 21 days or more since you filed electronically, more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return, or Where’s My Refund? directs you to contact us. If we need more information to process your tax return, we will contact you by mail. Otherwise Where’s My Refund? has the most up to date information available about your refund. Use the IRS2Go mobile app or use the Where’s My Refund? tool. Both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.




 

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  1. 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:
    800-829-1040
    Businesses:
    800-829-4933
    People with hearing impairments:
    800-829-4059 (TDD)

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Do I have to pay taxes on my social security benefits?

Q) Do I have to pay taxes on my social security benefits? A) According to the IRS: Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. They do not include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. The amount of social security benefits that must be included on your income tax return and usedContinue Reading

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I filed my 2016 taxes late and I’ve tried getting my transcript

Q) Hello my name is Jerry, and I’m calling about my 2016 taxes. I filed my 2016 taxes late and I’ve tried getting my transcript so I can attend college. I kept getting letters saying that the IRS had no record of my 2016 taxes. After I completed my FAFSA, the University said that VeritaxContinue Reading

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 I filed for 2016 & was on the Apple plan & did not know I would receive a tax form for it.

Q) I filed for 2016 & was on the Apple plan & did not know I would receive a tax form for it. I have moved from where I was living after I filed & you are supposed to be on the plan for 6 or more months of the year you are filling for. WellContinue Reading

If I file electronically (e-filing), what do I do with my W-2 forms?

Q) If I file electronically (e-filing), what do I do with my W-2 forms? A) According to the IRS – You will use the information from your Form W-2 (PDF) to complete your tax return. After filing you should retain a copy of the form for your records. When filing electronically: You must provide a copy of the FormContinue Reading

I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15?

Q)  I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15? A) According to the IRS- Electronically (e-filing) filed tax returns are accepted until November 23. If April 15 does not fall on a weekend or legal holiday, you must file Form 4868 (PDF), Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, on orContinue 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

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

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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How spouses earn Social Security benefits

A spouse is considered an employee if there is an employer/employee type of relationship, i.e., the first spouse substantially controls the business in terms of management decisions and the second spouse is under the direction and control of the first spouse. If such a relationship exists, then the second spouse is an employee subject toContinue Reading

Who is a qualifying child for Earned Income Tax Credit?

Q) Who is a qualifying child for Earned Income Tax Credit? A) According the to IRS – Your child is a qualifying child if your child meets all of the following tests: Age Relationship Residency Joint Return Age Your child must meet one of the following: Be under age 19 at the end of the year and youngerContinue 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

Can we file our return electronically (e-filing)?

Q) Can we file our return electronically (e-filing)? A) According to the IRS – Yes, you can file electronically (e-filing) using any filing status. The limitations are: It must be your original individual return (not an amended return), and You cannot have already filed a return. Filing your return electronically is faster, safer, and more accurate than mailingContinue 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

What is the best and fastest way to get information about my Tax Refund?

Q) What is the best and fastest way to get information about my Tax refund? A) The best and fastest way to get information on tax refunds is to use the IRS2Go mobile app or the Where’s My Refund? tool. You can start checking on the status of your tax return within 24 hours after we have received your e-filedContinue Reading

do I have to claim a child as a dependent to qualify as head of household?

Q) do I have to claim a child as a dependent to qualify as head of household? A) According to the IRS: In certain circumstances, you do not have to claim the child as a dependent to qualify for head of household filing status; for example, a custodial parent may be able to claim head of household filingContinue Reading

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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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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 request a non-filing verification letter?

Q) How do I request a non-filing verification letter? A) An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter – provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year you requested. Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their 2015 tax return status, free of charge,Continue Reading

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Where can I write to have 2018 forms sent to me?

Q) Where can I write to have 2018 forms sent to me? A) According to the IRS Website:The Internal Revenue Service has free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics. Due to the continued growth in electronic filing, the availability of free options to taxpayers and efforts to reduce costs; the IRSContinue 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

 I filed for 2016 & was on the Apple plan & did not know I would receive a tax form for it.

Q) I filed for 2016 & was on the Apple plan & did not know I would receive a tax form for it. I have moved from where I was living after I filed & you are supposed to be on the plan for 6 or more months of the year you are filling for. WellContinue Reading

Can I expect to receive my tax refund on time?

Q) Can I expect to receive my tax refund on time? A) According to the IRS – Be careful not to count on getting your tax refund by a certain date to make major purchases or pay other financial obligations. Many different factors can affect the timing of your refund after we receive it for processing.Continue 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 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

IRS denied my EITC last year, but I qualify this year, what should I do?

Q) IRS denied my Earned Income Tax Credit  last year, but I qualify this year, what should I do? A) According to the IRS – If IRS denied or reduced your EITC for any year after 1996 for any reason other than a math or clerical error, you must qualify to claim the credit by meeting allContinue 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

What can I do if someone has filed a tax return using my social security number?

Q) What can I do if someone has filed a tax return using my social security number? A) According to the IRS: The IRS has security measures in place to verify the accuracy of tax returns and the validity of social security numbers submitted. If you receive a notice from the IRS that leads you toContinue Reading

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