Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Taxpayers have to wait to receive their income tax refund

Taxpayers who claim certain deductions for will have to wait until middle to late February to file their 2010 returns. The Internal Revenue Service will need extra time to put processing systems in place as a result of the changes in the tax law from the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 which was made official on December 17, 2010.

The biggest on the list is the Schedule A which is used for taxpayers who wish to itemize their deductions which covers an estimated one-third of all filers. Typically, these taxpayers do not file their returns early in the season.

Taxpayers who wish use the following tax benefits are affected:
  • home-mortgage interest, property taxes, excess medical expenses, gifts to charity and including state and local taxes – Schedule A
  • college tuition and fees – Form 8917
  • Educator Expense Deduction claimed on Form 1040, Line 23, and Form 1040A, Line 16
In addition to the above deductions, the tax bill also extended into 2010 an Alternative minimum tax (AMT) patch and the IRA direct charitable donation rollover (extended through December 31, 2011).

The delay will affect both paper filers and electronic filers so the IRS urges taxpayers to use e-file to minimize confusion over the recent tax changes and ensure accurate tax returns. All tax returns claiming these credits or deductions should not be filed until the IRS is ready to start processing these returns in mid - to late February.

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