Using IRS Where’s My Refund

The popular Where’s My Refund application from the IRS is something you can use anywhere to check the status of your refund and look at your tax return. You do need some information from your return, including your SSN (Social Security Number), filing status and the amount of your current year refund.

Within 24 hours you can check the status of your return when you file electronically. If you choose to mail in a copy of your return to the IRS, then wait 4 weeks prior to checking the online tool. You can see one of three status levels when you check: Received, Approved, and Refund Sent.

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The information is updated nightly, so only check once a day. If you want to check the status of your return on your phone, download the IRS app ISR2Go. Amended returns have a special application called Where’s My Amended Return?

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H&R Block’s Message To Trump: We Want A Simpler Tax Code Too

It appears that Trump, the Republican front runner in the 2016 presidential election, is going after H&R Block via one of his many campaign rants. H&R Block’s Message To Trump is quite simple. He says that he wants the federal government to change the tax code so much that it puts H&R Block out of business.

The ability to make the federal tax code easier to understand has always prompted public debate. For the last twenty years, Steve Forbes has proposed a flat tax that requires just a one page tax return.

However, the United States tax code is still very hard for the average person to decipher because it has so many types of deductions, credits, exemptions and brackets to understand.

Last year, one out of every seven taxpayers had their taxes prepared by H&R Block. The company had about 17 percent of the physical tax preparationRead the rest “H&R Block’s Message To Trump: We Want A Simpler Tax Code Too”

Why TurboTax Is So Simple

When you enter you username and password for the TurboTax login, you are going to have the chance to get your taxes done in a record amount time. Studies have shown that the time to prepare your taxes is greatly reduced when using online tax software like TurboTax. You want to have a tax assistant that is going to allow you to finish your taxes without feeling as though you are going to run out of time even if April 15th is approaching. The tax programs of today make your life much easier. And remember that you can use Intuit’s TurboTax program to do any kind of tax return that is needed, from the simple return to the most complicated.

The Simple Return

When you are doing a simple return (like a 1040EZ) on the program, you are going to be able to get it done quickly because you … Read the rest “Why TurboTax Is So Simple”

Your Taxes ˗ What You Need To Know

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has earmarked January 20 as the start of the tax filing period.

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Yesterday, the IRS stated that US taxpayers can begin filing their taxes for 2014 January 20th. The tax filing period will begin on schedule unlike last year when there were delays, in spite of a late tax rule introduced by Congress and approved by President Obama, according to the taxing agency.

Previously this month, a bill was passed by Congress that extended over fifty tax breaks, which had expired this time last year. This new congressional tax rule prolongs the tax breaks to the end of the year, permitting taxpayers to take the tax breaks while filing their tax returns for 2014. President Barack Obama approved the bill on December 19.

During the past couple of years, late rule changes introduced by Congress have held up the start of tax filing periods. That … Read the rest “Your Taxes ˗ What You Need To Know”

H&R Block Still Bows To The Expertise Of TurboTax

There is a simple reality that people seek from tax preparation software. You want to be sure you are getting the maximum tax refund with the easiest time doing so, but not having to hire someone or be a tax expert in order to do so. Until only a few years ago people would pay around 250 dollars to have someone prepare their taxes, which would take them less than an hour. I then discovered that these professionals use the same software that I can use online. The days of using tax preparers became numbered in my opinion, as I stopped using them. While you may still need to use a preparer depending on what deductions you have to write off and document, you can usually go without this expense nowadays.

There are many wonderful options on the Internet for people to use if you use a Mac or some … Read the rest “H&R Block Still Bows To The Expertise Of TurboTax”

Filing Confusion Faced By U.S. Citizens Living Abroad, June Deadline

Expats wondering about filing and health care requirements, have the opportunity of taking advantage of the expert advice and assistance offered to them by H&R Block, who estimate 1 in 3 expats haven’t filed a 2013 return. They are facing a filing deadline of June 16th this year.

To be of the greatest help to these taxpayers, H&R Block last season launched a remote filing service, and for this tax season, expanding it even more.

Roland Sabates, who is the director of the expat filing services offered by H&R Block has said “U.S. expats may miss many things, but the tax deadline should not be one of them”.

To understand their U.S. tax obligations, there are three questions that expats should be answering:

Are they required to file?
Which foreign assets must they report and how does money in foreign accounts get reported?
What is their responsibility to maintain … Read the rest “Filing Confusion Faced By U.S. Citizens Living Abroad, June Deadline”