Checking the Status of a Federal Tax Return

In 2016, the average individual income tax refund was $3050. With this kind of money coming back to tax payers it should be no surprise that they expect a way to check the status of their refund and the IRS has developed the following: (1) online access to refund information at “Where’s My Refund?”; and (2) online access to the status of an amended return at “Where’s My Amended Return?”

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Done Filing? Here’s How To Make It Easier Next Year

Frustrated Millennial woman with head in her hands trying to file taxes

Are you still reeling from that all-nighter you pulled trying to get your taxes in by the deadline? Still decompressing after searching through every file on your computer, and every piece of paper in your house, trying to find that darned 1098-E student loan interest form?

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What Your Taxes Actually Pay For

What Your Taxes Actually Pay For

Probably every taxpayer, at some point or another, has found themselves wondering: What do my taxes actually pay for? According to the Center for Policy and Budget Priorities, in fiscal year 2016, the federal government spent $3.9 trillion, $3.3 trillion of which was financed by American taxpayers.

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From Tummy Time To Tax Time: The New Parents’ Guide To Filing

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So much changes when you become a parent. You stop worrying about missing that trendy pop-up dinner, and start worrying about feedings and sleep schedules. Your idea of entertainment changes from an exciting night out with friends, to a relaxing evening of Netflix and a (hopefully) sleeping baby.

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What If Dogs Filed Taxes

What If Dogs Filed Taxes

We understand filing taxes may not be much fun, so we thought we’d have a little fun with a somewhat silly post on if dogs had to file a tax return.

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Oops, I just realized I forgot something on my tax return (What do I do now?)

What if after filing and going through your mental checklist you realize that, oops — you forgot to file something. What do you do now? Well the IRS has a form for that. It’s called the 1040X. There are many different reasons why it might be necessary to file an amended return such as a change in your income, deductions or credits.

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From Headache to Cakewalk

From Headache to Cakewalk

It’s the time of year when tax filing is on most people’s minds. Maybe you’re relieved to have filed early and to have already put your refund to good use. Maybe you’re currently up to your eyeballs in tax forms, hoping for the best. Or maybe you’re imagining all the cool things you could do with some extra cash as you eagerly await your refund.

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Strange State Tax Laws You Won’t Believe

Strange State Tax Laws You Won’t Believe

When you’re filing your federal taxes, plenty of the rules and requirements can leave you scratching your head. You can write off this, but not that. You can claim this credit, but only in this particular circumstance. It’s enough to get anyone confused.

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Reactions To IRS Tax Refund Status Updates: A Stream-of-Consciousness Diary

Reactions To IRS Tax Refund Status Updates: A Stream-of-Consciousness Diary

We frequently receive questions from users about the IRS’s Where’s My Refund? tool. This tool, which offers status updates on a taxpayer’s refund, can be extremely helpful but it can also lead to some unneeded anxiety when used too frequently. The tool says it’s only updated once a day and each time it changes may be cause for celebration, because you’re one step closer to your refund. However, following it too closely can add undue stress as demonstrated in the following hypothetical journey of a tax filer… Tuesday Yes!! I finally finished my taxes. Thank goodness – that’s been weighing

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The Ultimate Procrastination: Filing Taxes Late

Why do we procrastinate when it comes to tackling our tax returns? Before you file your taxes late, make sure you file a request for extension. Although it may require you to estimate and pay your taxes, filing an extension will allow you until October to finalize and file your tax return. The advantage to doing this, is it will help you to avoid the large penalties for failing to file your return.

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