Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

IRS Tax Refund Schedule 2017: Where's My Refund?

IRS Tax Refund Schedule 2017: Where's My Refund?

Recent legislation requires the IRS to hold refunds for tax returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until mid-February.

If you are calling in response to a letter 4883C, that means the IRS has questions about a suspicious tax return.

Many of these refunds had been held since the filing season started in late January due to new requirements of the 2015 Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act.

"Where's My Refund?" is updated once daily. Most returns began processing on January 24, 2017, while the agency did not start processing returns with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15, 2017.

IRS customer service representatives can not provide refund information until 21 days have passed since the return was filed.

Last year ASU's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helped 1,800 people, generating almost $1.47 million in income tax refunds for the 2015 tax filing season!

More Information About "Where's My Refund?"

"Where's my Refund?" can also be accessed through the mobile app, IRS2Go. The change helps ensure that taxpayers get the refund they are owed by giving the IRS more time to help detect and prevent tax fraud.

Seventy percent of taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File. Numerous big-name tax software companies allow customers to file simple federal returns, and sometimes even state returns, for nothing.

If you need to call the IRS about your personal taxes, you need to be prepared to prove you are who you say you are. Commercial IRS partners offer free brand-name software to about 100 million individuals and families with incomes of $64,000 or less. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program also gives free tax help to anyone, though it specializes in issues relevant to older taxpayers.

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