- 1 Tax Refunds Delayed By IRS: How Long Will Tax Refund Checks Take? Here’s The Bad News
- 2 2017 Georgia State Tax Refunds Could Be Delayed
- 3 Georgia Woman Tried To Cash A $94 Million Tax Refund Check; Nabbed In IRS Sting Operation
Tax Refunds Delayed By IRS: How Long Will Tax Refund Checks Take? Here’s The Bad News
Wondering when your tax refund check will arrive? The IRS is reportedly delaying tax refunds during the 2015 tax season, prompting taxpayers to check the “Where9rsquo;s my refund?” section of the government agency’s website only to find out that their refund will be delayed by a week or longer.
ABC News reports that not only will refunds be slower than in past years, anyone with tax-related questions will experience a “slower and less helpful IRS” with word that fewer than half of taxpayers trying to call in will actually reach an agent.
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Why the delay? Budget cuts within the IRS will cause a delay in your refund check or direct deposit this year. The Washington Post states that the budget cuts could lead the agency to shut down for a few days, forcing government employees to have unpaid time off and making cuts to taxpayer services.
While refund delays and poor customer service may be upsetting to most taxpayers, there are some who may be breathing a sigh of relief, mainly those who are trying to avoid a tax audit. ABC News states that there will be less IRS enforcement officers this year, leading to as many as 46,000 fewer audits.
ABC obtained a letter sent to IRS employees on January 13 by the agency’s commissioner, John Koskinen, that outlines how the budget cuts will affect the 2015 tax filing season. The letter details the reasons behind the tax refund delays, reduced audits, expected customer service issues, staff reduction, and an upcoming hiring freeze.
“I am following up with you to share some important new details about what the 2015 budget cuts will mean for you and your colleagues as well as the nation’s taxpayers… new taxpayer protections against identity theft will be delayed… at least 46,000 fewer individual and business audit closures…delays in refunds for some taxpayers. People who file paper tax returns could wait an extra week or possibly longer to see their refund… taxpayer service diminished further over the phone and in person… as a result of the hiring freeze, we will lose about 1,800 enforcement personnel through attrition during FY 2015.”
The IRS will begin processing refunds at the end of January, a process that is always faster if you e-file. Tax refunds are normally issued within approximately 21 days if you file electronically, but due to budget cuts, expect to wait a bit longer. Check the status of your refund within 24 hours after your e-filed tax return is received by the IRS or four weeks after your tax forms are mailed in.
2017 Georgia State Tax Refunds Could Be Delayed
Georgia State Officials warn of a possible 2017 Georgia State Tax Refund Delay
Georgia tax officials said Friday that some 2017 refunds may be delayed due to fraud prevention efforts, a warning that comes after complaints this year that it took longer than usual to process income tax returns.
Starting next year, all first-time Georgia income tax filers or taxpayers who have not filed here for at least five years will only be able to receive refunds in the form of a paper check and not by electronic transfer.
Georgia won’t begin processing individual returns until Feb. 1, with officials saying it could take more than 90 days to issue a refund if one is due.
Businesses, too, are being warned that the date to file employee W-2 information with the state has been moved up a month to Jan. 31.
The 2016 Georgia Tax Return Delay affected about 1 percent of Georgians, or about 100,000 taxpayers, and were due to a variety of outside forces — including increased attempts to cheat the system.
Department of Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley said Friday the department ended up blocking more than $70 million fraudulent returns in 2016, compared to $19 million in 2015.
That increase came as the department overhauled how it handles its filing process. The agency earlier this year implemented more sophisticated systems that automatically scan returns for potential fraud or missing information. But the system, which cost about $1.2 million, must be re-calibrated for each new threat.
“To combat tax fraud, taxing agencies are taking every action necessary to protect taxpayer dollars and confidential taxpayer information,” Riley said in a statement. “The department wishes to inform individuals on the upcoming procedural changes, so they may plan accordingly.”
The agency is encouraging taxpayers to register online with the department’s tax center website to monitor the status of their returns. Registered users can also get fraud alerts to notify them when a return has been filed with their Social Security number.
2017 Georgia State Tax Refund Delay
Georgia Woman Tried To Cash A $94 Million Tax Refund Check; Nabbed In IRS Sting Operation
Brigitte Jackson thought she was getting a whopping $94 million tax refund. What she got was arrested. Jackson had put in a fraudulent tax return claiming she made $99 million in wages and thus she claimed she was due a refund worth $94,323,148.
So Georgia State revenue agents actually cut Jackson a fake refund check and told her to go to a Cobb County bank inside a local supermarket to cash it, reports The New York Daily News.
Of course, when Jackson came and tried to cash the “check,9rdquo; she was arrested, reported WSB-TV.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s $94 or $94 million,” Special Investigations Chief Josh Waites told the station. “We9rsquo;re going to go after you and hold you accountable.”
Now Jackson faces five charges, including attempted theft by taking and conspiracy to defraud the state. It turns out one of Jackson’s relatives, Darrius White, tried the same scheme. According to Waites, White also reported $99 million in income, and attempted to claim a huge refund. White too faces the same charges, reports WSB-TV.
Authorities set up the sting after they went to what turned out to be a former address and could not locate White, who was already on felony probation.
But Jackson and White kept calling into the IRS to inquire about their tax refund. That’s when the sting was set in motion.
Goes to show you Uncle Sam is keeping an eye on those tax statements.
Here’s a video about the story. #flimflam