Millions of taxpayers have discovered that it is easy to fib a little on their tax returns. Thus, millions of people have been getting larger refunds than they should for something like the last 10 years. Finally it has caught up with us and is now a big enough problem especially when combined with other economic issues, the issue is being addressed. I think most of us would likely agree that its no secret the U.S. is in quite a pickle economically speaking.
In short, I think what is really happening is that a problem is being addressed and it results in refunds taking longer than we would like. All we can hope and fight for is that this correction is worth what is costs and is ultimately beneficial to society as a whole.
Let's do our selves a favor and stick back some of our refund back for darker hour or a rainy day. Let's relearn how to save money and be responsible with the financial decisions that we make.
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Why, I'm getting this message? My refund of course covers the fee's? Any one else got this e-mail?
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Either way an answer or update from the IRS or TT would be wonderful...but doubt we'll get that...i'm already getting to a point of accepting i'll never receive it! lol
- gargravarr , Mayor McCheese
Tax preparer neglected to fill out mandatory field, IRS says
By Jonnelle Marte
The nation’s biggest tax preparer bungled more than 600,000 returns, delaying refunds by as much as six weeks, the IRS tells MarketWatch.
Though people turn to preparers for expertise in making sense of the confusing forms, sometimes even the professionals can’t get it right. H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) improperly filed Form 8863, used to claim educational credits, leaving a mandatory field blank. The snafu is impacting about 10% of the 6.6 million tax returns containing Form 8863, IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge says. Those taxpayers may have to wait six more weeks before they receive their refunds, she says, adding that the IRS is hoping to reduce that wait time.
H&R Block confirms there is an issue with tax returns filed before Feb. 22 because the IRS changed the way it processes some of the yes or no questions on the form. While in previous years, leaving a field blank to indicate “No” on certain questions was acceptable, the IRS is now requiring preparers to enter an “N.” As a result, H&R Block says, it is working with the IRS to clear these errors, but the company would not give details on how it is correcting returns or exactly how long taxpayers will have to wait for their refunds. The IRS says it is able to keep processing these returns now that it is aware of the system-wide error, but that affected taxpayers will still face delays because of extra steps needed to correct the issue.
The error is creating delays for taxpayers who, following the fiscal-cliff deal, already had to wait an extra two weeks before filing their returns, many of whom were counting on their refunds to pay their bills.
Leslee Napier, a 26-year old nursing student in Princeton, Ind., prepared her return with H&R Block on Jan. 24 so that it would be one of the first returns accepted on Feb. 14, when the IRS began processing forms for education credits. But weeks after her return was supposed to be accepted, the “Where’s My Refund” tool on IRS.gov said her return was still being processed. It wasn’t until more than three weeks after her return was supposed to be accepted that an IRS agent told Napier her return was being held because of issues with Form 8863 and that it might be four more weeks before she receives her refund. “I was worried all this time that I did something wrong or that I was being audited,” says Napier, who is waiting on her refund to pay off a $600 line of credit she opened with H&R Block in December to get her through the holidays. Meanwhile, interest charges are piling up, she says, and she is waiting to catch up on bills and buy new clothes for her 2-year-old daughter.
For students, the delays come at a time when many are facing state deadlines for applying for financial aid: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the form for applying for federal financial aid, requires tax information. Elizabeth Havens, a student in South Carolina, says she took a copy of her return to her school so that she could move ahead with her financial aid application while she waits for IRS approval.
Students still waiting on their returns to be processed can manually enter their financial data on the Fafsa and then return to update the information once their returns have been accepted, according to the IRS. The issue led to a slew of complaints on H&R Block’s Facebook page, where taxpayers expressed their frustration, offering each other tips and at times calling for their tax preparation fees to be refunded. The company also used the platform to post updates for customers.
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