My Tax Refund Is Late – IRS Refund Calendar and Chart 2018


The IRS finally started processing returns on January 29. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are asking, “When can I expect my income tax refund?” we have the answer. It depends on a couple of things, but the good news is that there are several tools to help find out.

First of all, taxpayers who use a professional, such as a CPA or EA, can ask that professional for an estimated date. Taxpayers who’ve already filed can also go to the Internal Revenue Service’s website, which has a tool designed specifically for that called, “Where’s My Refund?”


Coinbase tells 13,000 users their data will be sent to the IRS soon


Coinbase told its customers on Friday that it plans to comply with a court order and hand over about 13,000 customers’ data to the IRS within 21 days. The IRS made the request back in November 2016, asking for the Coinbase records of all the people who bought bitcoin from 2013 to 2015 to seek out those who were evading cryptocurrency taxes. Anyone affected by the order should now have received an email from Coinbase to that effect.

Coinbase heavily resisted the summons. But ultimately, in November last year, the San Francisco court ruled Coinbase had to turn over identifying records for all users who have completed transactions of more than $20,000 through their accounts in a single year between 2013 and 2015. The data requested includes taxpayer IDs, names, dates of birth, addresses, and transaction records from that period.

In an email and on its website on Friday, Coinbase noted that it had tried: “Coinbase fought this summons in court in an effort to protect its customers, and the industry as a whole, from unwarranted intrusions from the government.”

It informed its 13,000 affected customers that the “court order requires us to produce information specific to your account,” but that the company could not provide legal or tax advice. So far, 2018 is shaping up to be the year that tax collectors get serious about bitcoin earnings, meaning that it’s a good time to be extra careful about compliance.


Reporting gambling winnings


Lady Luck must be Uncle Sam’s cousin, because taxes must be paid on all gambling winnings.

Here’s a look at the federal tax forms you’ll need in order to share your wagering good fortune with the IRS. And if you lost a few rounds before your numbers came up, there’s a way you can turn those losses to your tax advantage.


5 Scary Tax-Filing Mistakes That Can Haunt You


Tax filing time will be here before you know it, and while it may seem like an odd time to worry about such a faraway event, that may be the first clue you have a problem. You believe you only need to think about your taxes once a year.

Sure, for plenty of individuals, if taxes come out of your paycheck, and you don’t have much excitement in your financial life, you may be perfectly fine with thinking about taxes and the Internal Revenue Service for just a few weeks or days in the first few months of the year. But there are plenty of other taxpayers who aren’t so lucky. They may be making mistakes right now that will haunt them later.

But don’t be scared. Pull out the flashlight, look into the darkness, be proactive – and make sure not to avoid these tax-filing mistakes.


Minimizing Taxes on Your Investment Portfolio


Nobody likes paying taxes on the money they’ve worked hard to save and invest for their future. The taxes paid over a lifetime of investing can have a big impact on the amount of money that will be available to use for future spending and achieving goals, but commonly get overlooked when people are planning for retirement. Fortunately, you have many options to minimize the taxes on your investment portfolio. Some of them are so simple anyone can do them, while others are more complicated and may require the help of a professional.


10 Year-End Tax Tips


With the end of the year looming, the window is quickly closing for taxpayers who want to minimize the taxes they will pay next spring.

What’s more, for those trying to make year-end adjustments to their income and deductions, a tax reform bill being discussed in the District of Columbia has created uncertainty. Although it’s tempting to take action based on expected changes to the law, some finance experts urge caution. “Until the law becomes formal, we have to be very careful,” says Kristin Bulat, senior vice president of strategic resources for insurance and consulting firm NFP.

Taxpayers shouldn’t make rash decisions based on a bill which may or may not become law. However, there are some smart money moves that can help hedge against potential changes.

Here are 10 tax tips to reduce the amount of federal income tax you’ll pay for 2017.


Where’s your refund?


When to check status of your refund:

  • Within 24 hours after we’ve received your e-filed tax return; or
  • 4 weeks after mailing your paper return.

When the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund, you can see your actual personalized refund date. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days after we receive your tax return, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.


W4 withholding calculator


Estimate your paycheck withholdings. Bigger tax refund? Or money per paycheck? We make it easy to see how many withholding allowances you should take to boost your tax refund — or your take-home pay.


Who gets automatic tax filing extensions?


As tax season rushes to a close, the IRS is reminding tax professionals that some of their clients in special situations qualify for more time to file without having to ask.

First and foremost are victims of natural disasters. Taxpayers in several presidentially declared disaster areas across the country qualify for more time to file their returns and pay any taxes due.

Currently (and depending on Mother Nature), taxpayers in parts of Georgia and Mississippi have until May 31 to file and pay. Taxpayers in parts of Louisiana have until June 30.

These extensions also apply to other tax-related actions, including the deadline for contributing to an IRA.


Tax Time Travel Ban: IRS Can Take Your Passport


As if tax time were not already stressful enough, you might have new worries if your debt to the IRS is growing. Since late 2015, the IRS has had the power to use passports to collect tax debts. H.R.22 added new section 7345 to an already bloated tax code. The new provision is titled “Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies.” The IRS has recently implemented it too for seriously delinquent tax debts. That generally means more than $50,000. The IRS can’t take your passport exactly, but it can tell the State Department to do so.

Section 7345 of the tax code isn’t limited to criminal tax cases, or even cases where the IRS thinks you are trying to flee. Recently, the IRS released new details on its website. If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, IRS can notify the State Department in a formal certification. The State Department generally will not issue or renew a passport after receiving a certification from the IRS. The IRS website will be updated from time to time about such notices. With the arrival of new IRS rules, it is worth considering how you might hold onto your passport even if you owe the IRS.