Filing your tax return electronically shouldn’t have to feel like sending something into outer space. There’s no need to be in the dark about whether the IRS has accepted your tax return and when you can expect to receive your refund.
For example, tax-filing early birds who got their returns in electronically by Jan. 14, and elected to get their refund via direct deposit, should have received their money on Jan. 29. That’s the first direct deposit date set by the IRS.
Assuming you weren’t among those early filers, you can use the Where’s My Refund tool on the IRS website to track your tax return and refund. It lets you check on the status of an electronic return within 24 hours of the IRS receiving it. But you’ll have to wait four weeks after you mailed a paper return to check its status with the tool. Another great reason to e-file if you can.
The Internal Revenue Service is hiring up to 700 employees for tax enforcement in what Commissioner John Koskinen calls the agency’s “first significant enforcement hiring in more than five years.”
In a memo to employees Tuesday, Mr. Koskinen said the IRS found money for the hiring—despite budget constraints—because of retirements, other departures and unspecified “efficiencies.” The first wave of hiring will begin in a few weeks and will be concentrated in the IRS department that monitors small businesses and the self-employed.
“While adding 600 to 700 new enforcement hires will not replace those who have left, it will help fill key gaps in our enforcement workforce created by Continue reading →
Olson to Hold Public Forum on Taxpayer Service Needs in Baltimore on May 13
WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, will hold a public forum to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations. Sen. Cardin is also the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
The public forum will be held on Friday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law in Baltimore.
Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.