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2017 Tax Refund Payment Delays Likely According to the IRS – Continuing 2016 Trend

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It looks like we may have a repeat of 2016 tax refund payment delays millions of American’s faced (and are still facing) this year. The IRS recently warned that there will likely be 2017 tax refund delays (for 2016 taxes due by April 15, 2017) for certain taxpayers subject to several new factors and legislation enacted […]

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Tax Filing Deadline – Get Your Refund and Avoid Penalties

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With the deadline for the primary part of the tax season upon us make sure you file in time to avoid penalties or submit a free extension request for an October filing  date – you still need to pay any taxes due. If you have filed you hopefully have gotten your tax refund by now, or if you […]

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IRS Identity Review and Validation Options – Phone and Online – to Reduce Refund Payment Delays

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You filed your return in a timely manner and were waiting for your refund to be sent within the standard timeline that IRS promises. But alas, it has been much longer than that and you are wondering, “Where is my DAMN refund!” In a lot of recent cases, it appears that the IRS is delaying refund processing […]

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Thank God I Got My Tax Refund! Americans Get Religious With IRS Refund Delays

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People are getting very frustrated with delays they are seeing around getting their federal tax refunds. Despite the IRS saying that 9 out of 10 refunds will be processed in under 21 days, there have been a lot of people who seem to waiting a lot longer than the standard schedule. What’s exacerbated  this situation is the […]

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WMR and IRS2Go Status Differences – Return Received, Accepted or Under Review and Refund Approved versus Refund Sent

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On my post covering the IRS Refund Cycle Schedule I am seeing a lot of comments around the refund processing status’ on the IRS Where is My Refund (WMR) website or on the IRS2Go mobile app. Clearly there is a lot of confusion as people anxiously await their refunds and are unclear of how the IRS […]

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2016 IRS Refund Schedule and Direct Deposit Cycle Chart for 2015 Tax Returns

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While the IRS has officially discontinued releasing refund cycle charts, below are estimated 2015-2016 refund payment dates based on past refund cycles and IRS guidelines. For refund dates specific to your tax filing go to the Where is my Refund (WMR) page or IRS2Go mobile application. You will need information from your tax return to get your […]

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Where Can I Check my State Tax Refund Status and Filing Information?

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[Updated for 2015-2016 Tax Year] There is a lot of focus around this time of the year on folk’s federal IRS tax return, but just as many people need to worry about one or more state tax returns. Every state varies with their local tax rules and refund processing timelines and I thought I would […]

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What Should I Do With My Tax Refund and How Do People Spend Their Refunds

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So you are lucky enough to get a tax refund. Congratulations. But before you think of this as an end-of-year bonus or money you can fritter away, realize it is actually just the money you already earned for the most part. Sure some of the refund may be due to a tax credit or other […]

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What Would You Do – Keep it or Return the Refund? 

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This is summarized from a real life scenario. What would you do in this scenario? Vote on the poll and/or add your comment below. Alan ordered a $600 jacket online from a well known retailer’s website where he had shopped a number of times before. This was a jacket he really wanted and was looking […]

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2016 Average IRS and State Tax Refund and Processing Times

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[Updated for 2016 Tax Season Refund] The IRS has forecast marginally lower for the average American filer thanks to the expiration of a number of tax breaks and due a decrease in unemployment.  The average tax refund in 2014 was $3,034. It was $2,800 in 2015. So far in 2016, the IRS has issued more than 102 million tax refunds out […]

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