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2012-02-10 12:28:16 PM  
If you need to check your tax return status every 2 hours, I think you might want to get treated for OCD.
 
2012-02-10 12:30:39 PM  
Will it tell you how to utilize tax-advantage loopholes normally reserved for only those who can afford high-priced tax lawyers?

/Thread has been Romney-win'd
 
2012-02-10 12:33:51 PM  
It's for asking questions about how to fill out returns, kind of like how turbotax allows free question and answer sessions. Nice little feature
 
2012-02-10 12:39:39 PM  
They don't put you in jail much, Subby, as long as you're still paying every payday. They just garnish everything else, and leave you five dollars a week to pay the rent, and eat on.
 
2012-02-10 12:40:16 PM  
I have to hand it to the IRS - this and the "Where's My Refund?" desktop site are indeed kind of spiffy.

/my refund is due on Monday and no later than the eighteenth! :)
//TotalFark, here I come
 
2012-02-10 12:40:31 PM  
Already filed and received my refund. what exactly is the point of the app again?

/in the process of spending my refund
 
2012-02-10 12:43:09 PM  
My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year. I filled out the IRS identify theft form and faxed it over, but I haven't heard from them. Anyone had experience with this before?
 
2012-02-10 12:47:42 PM  
'MO MONEY
 
2012-02-10 12:49:04 PM  

ActionPaintball: NO MONEY


FTFY

/thanks Fartbongo!
 
2012-02-10 12:49:14 PM  

tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year. I filled out the IRS identify theft form and faxed it over, but I haven't heard from them. Anyone had experience with this before?


We're going through that now actually. Last week my house was broken into, and we had about 20,000$ worth of stuff stolen, including a fire safe which had multiple years of taxes, a copy of my social security card, and my birth certificate. Kind of a big deal.

According to the IRS when I spoke to them yesterday, the best thing you can do is call in when your efile fails, and they can start looking at error codes and see where it was previously filed. Its a federal offense, so you could call the FBI at that point if they're willing to give you the IP.

You will have to fill out the affidavit (found here (new window)) and fax it in ASAP. The fax number is on the form.

Here's the IRS ID theft dept: 1.800.908.4490 (hit 1 for english, and then you hit option 4 and wait about 45 minutes for someone to pick up). The people you talk to are hit or miss, some could obviously care less, I was lucky and spoke to someone who actually knew his stuff.
 
2012-02-10 01:04:54 PM  

scubamage: tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year. I filled out the IRS identify theft form and faxed it over, but I haven't heard from them. Anyone had experience with this before?

We're going through that now actually. Last week my house was broken into, and we had about 20,000$ worth of stuff stolen, including a fire safe which had multiple years of taxes, a copy of my social security card, and my birth certificate. Kind of a big deal.

According to the IRS when I spoke to them yesterday, the best thing you can do is call in when your efile fails, and they can start looking at error codes and see where it was previously filed. Its a federal offense, so you could call the FBI at that point if they're willing to give you the IP.

You will have to fill out the affidavit (found here (new window)) and fax it in ASAP. The fax number is on the form.

Here's the IRS ID theft dept: 1.800.908.4490 (hit 1 for english, and then you hit option 4 and wait about 45 minutes for someone to pick up). The people you talk to are hit or miss, some could obviously care less, I was lucky and spoke to someone who actually knew his stuff.



I feel like you are new here...that's a lot of helpfulness in one post...without any snarky scarasim behind it...

/confused
//sorry to hear about everyone's misfortune
///already filed and received refund, thinking about going to a beach a long way away from anywhere
 
2012-02-10 01:07:08 PM  
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2012-02-10 01:12:08 PM  

tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year. I filled out the IRS identify theft form and faxed it over, but I haven't heard from them. Anyone had experience with this before?


You'd be surprised how many times the IRS screws that up. Someone (at IRS or some individual) mistyped the SSN and it just so happens to be yours.

Just need to mail yours in.

JC
 
2012-02-10 01:15:30 PM  

scubamage: tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year. I filled out the IRS identify theft form and faxed it over, but I haven't heard from them. Anyone had experience with this before?

We're going through that now actually. Last week my house was broken into, and we had about 20,000$ worth of stuff stolen, including a fire safe which had multiple years of taxes, a copy of my social security card, and my birth certificate. Kind of a big deal.

According to the IRS when I spoke to them yesterday, the best thing you can do is call in when your efile fails, and they can start looking at error codes and see where it was previously filed. Its a federal offense, so you could call the FBI at that point if they're willing to give you the IP.

You will have to fill out the affidavit (found here (new window)) and fax it in ASAP. The fax number is on the form.

Here's the IRS ID theft dept: 1.800.908.4490 (hit 1 for english, and then you hit option 4 and wait about 45 minutes for someone to pick up). The people you talk to are hit or miss, some could obviously care less, I was lucky and spoke to someone who actually knew his stuff.


JoeCowboy: tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year. I filled out the IRS identify theft form and faxed it over, but I haven't heard from them. Anyone had experience with this before?

You'd be surprised how many times the IRS screws that up. Someone (at IRS or some individual) mistyped the SSN and it just so happens to be yours.

Just need to mail yours in.

JC


Thanks, guys.

Just spoke to the identity theft department and they said just to mail in my 1040 with the 14039 in the same envelope.

Best case, some Mezzican is paying into my SS account and I'll get fatter checks when I retire, amirite?
 
2012-02-10 01:19:19 PM  

tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year.


You sure you didn't get really high and file it, giggling to yourself at the thought of you freaking out later?
 
2012-02-10 01:26:44 PM  

UsikFark: tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year.

You sure you didn't get really high and file it, giggling to yourself at the thought of you freaking out later?


Nah, that usually results in getting Amazon packages I don't remember ordering.

/I still haven't read that Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance hardcover that showed up last year.
 
2012-02-10 01:27:56 PM  

UsikFark: tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year.

You sure you didn't get really high and file it, giggling to yourself at the thought of you freaking out later?


High me just hides the milk in the cabinet with the cereal.
 
2012-02-10 01:31:10 PM  
This (or the equivalent website) would be a good way to do a "taxpayer receipt", which would be a good idea to get people educated about the Federal budget. E.g. [numbers made up, scale approximate]:

Your income and payroll tax liability of $12345.67 was spent on:
- $3019: Social Security
- $2212: Medicare
- $2048: Military
...
- $1.09: Foreign aid
- $0.03: NPR/PBS
 
2012-02-10 01:34:06 PM  
I own one of the five largest banks, and have a get out of jail free card, so I'm getting a kick out of subby's headline.
 
2012-02-10 01:55:51 PM  
Well this should be a fun thread, full of perfectly correct tax advice.
 
2012-02-10 02:01:55 PM  

tricycleracer: My eFile was kicked back because my SSN was already used on a return this year. I filled out the IRS identify theft form and faxed it over, but I haven't heard from them. Anyone had experience with this before?


That's odd. I didn't run into that problem when I used your SSN. Maybe try to call them or see if the fax # was correct.
 
2012-02-10 02:42:36 PM  
I'd be excited if this would help my refund that was supposed to be direct deposited two days ago actually be sent out to me. Damn IRS.
 
2012-02-10 02:49:13 PM  

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I'd be excited if this would help my refund that was supposed to be direct deposited two days ago actually be sent out to me. Damn IRS.


Look for it today. Every year before this one, the schedule was always accepted by noon Thursday, DD the following Friday.

JC
 
2012-02-10 02:59:29 PM  
You don't have to pay federal tax
 
2012-02-10 03:15:05 PM  

JoeCowboy: SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I'd be excited if this would help my refund that was supposed to be direct deposited two days ago actually be sent out to me. Damn IRS.

Look for it today. Every year before this one, the schedule was always accepted by noon Thursday, DD the following Friday.

JC


The IRS, about a week or so ago, notified taxpayers that processing of the returns may take up to an additional 7-10 days this year.
 
2012-02-10 03:24:16 PM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: JoeCowboy: SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I'd be excited if this would help my refund that was supposed to be direct deposited two days ago actually be sent out to me. Damn IRS.

Look for it today. Every year before this one, the schedule was always accepted by noon Thursday, DD the following Friday.

JC

The IRS, about a week or so ago, notified taxpayers that processing of the returns may take up to an additional 7-10 days this year.


GREAT. The behemoth chugs along.

JC
 
2012-02-10 03:28:01 PM  

Gaseous Anomaly: This (or the equivalent website) would be a good way to do a "taxpayer receipt", which would be a good idea to get people educated about the Federal budget. E.g. [numbers made up, scale approximate]:

Your income and payroll tax liability of $12345.67 was spent on:
- $3019: Social Security
- $2212: Medicare
- $2048: Military
...
- $1.09: Foreign aid
- $0.03: NPR/PBS


Except that budget education is not a IRS function, and the IRS has enough money problems as it is. It would be cool if CBO released an app like this that tracked various budget proposals, but I'm not convinced that the wide release of that information without distillation by various middlemen adequately serves Congress's interest, which seems primarily to focus on hysteria and lies.

Smeggy Smurf: You don't have to pay federal tax


You are either a troll or an asshole.
 
2012-02-10 03:31:23 PM  

JoeCowboy: The_Six_Fingered_Man:
GREAT. The behemoth chugs along.



I just checked a client I did on the 3rd and it says DD will be on the 14th.

I checked another client I did on the 7th and it won't give a date for DD but it says they should receive it by the 28th. I guess 3 weeks isn't bad but the lag is going to get worse.

JC
 
2012-02-10 03:31:40 PM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: JoeCowboy: SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I'd be excited if this would help my refund that was supposed to be direct deposited two days ago actually be sent out to me. Damn IRS.

Look for it today. Every year before this one, the schedule was always accepted by noon Thursday, DD the following Friday.

JC

The IRS, about a week or so ago, notified taxpayers that processing of the returns may take up to an additional 7-10 days this year.


I got my return This past Tuesday, only 6 days after filing. I was kind of suprised because I was expecting it on Friday like years past. No indication from the state though.
 
2012-02-10 03:36:01 PM  
I just put all my paperwork in an envelope and mail it to my tax preparer. Takes me 5 minutes, costs $400-ish. I sleep better at night knowing that my return was done by someone smarter than me.

Waste of money? Maybe, but the first year I went with a professional preparer he got me over $2k back on the previous years returns that I did with Turbo Tax.
 
2012-02-10 04:16:40 PM  

Metraxis: Smeggy Smurf: You don't have to pay federal tax

You are either a troll or an asshole.


It's true. You don't have to pay. You'll go to prison or be shot but you don't have to pay. Oh snap!
 
2012-02-10 04:43:41 PM  

Gaseous Anomaly: This (or the equivalent website) would be a good way to do a "taxpayer receipt", which would be a good idea to get people educated about the Federal budget. E.g. [numbers made up, scale approximate]:

Your income and payroll tax liability of $12345.67 was spent on:
- $3019: Social Security
- $2212: Medicare
- $2048: Military
...
- $1.09: Foreign aid
- $0.03: NPR/PBS



$0.03?!? OUTRAGEOUS. Cut their funding immediately!

/How did you know I paid $12345.67?
//Currently listening to the 89.3 The Current stream that I support. (Try it, the Current or supporting)
 
2012-02-10 04:43:42 PM  

JoeCowboy: JoeCowboy: The_Six_Fingered_Man:
GREAT. The behemoth chugs along.



I just checked a client I did on the 3rd and it says DD will be on the 14th.

I checked another client I did on the 7th and it won't give a date for DD but it says they should receive it by the 28th. I guess 3 weeks isn't bad but the lag is going to get worse.

JC


I put mine through on the 31st of January. According the cycle chart, I should have got it on 2/8. When I checked the site 3 days later, it said the 14th. 3 days after that it said the 21st. Pulled my transcript and got a date of 2/27. Then on Wednesday the site showed today. Checked account today, there it was.
 
2012-02-10 04:52:16 PM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: JoeCowboy: JoeCowboy: The_Six_Fingered_Man:
GREAT. The behemoth chugs along.



I just checked a client I did on the 3rd and it says DD will be on the 14th.

I checked another client I did on the 7th and it won't give a date for DD but it says they should receive it by the 28th. I guess 3 weeks isn't bad but the lag is going to get worse.


I put mine through on the 31st of January. According the cycle chart, I should have got it on 2/8. When I checked the site 3 days later, it said the 14th. 3 days after that it said the 21st. Pulled my transcript and got a date of 2/27. Then on Wednesday the site showed today. Checked account today, there it was.


I HAVEN'T EVEN LOOKED AT MY OWN TAXES YET!

JC
 
2012-02-10 09:26:56 PM  
What's the deal with people and tax refunds? My W-4 is filled out to make my refund as close to $0 as possible because I'd rather have all my money than give the government an interest-free loan. Don't people know they can set up automatic regular transfers from their checking account to any other kind of account if they're afraid they'll spend everything in the checking account?
 
2012-02-10 09:46:18 PM  

Nem Wan: What's the deal with people and tax refunds? My W-4 is filled out to make my refund as close to $0 as possible because I'd rather have all my money than give the government an interest-free loan. Don't people know they can set up automatic regular transfers from their checking account to any other kind of account if they're afraid they'll spend everything in the checking account?


Then why not give up as little as possible and wait until the last day to pay up if you're worried about interest so much? It's really not that big of a deal and most people I know just like money to come back every year. If nothing else, I think they feel like it keeps the IRS off their backs.
 
2012-02-11 12:03:39 AM  

Nem Wan: What's the deal with people and tax refunds? My W-4 is filled out to make my refund as close to $0 as possible because I'd rather have all my money than give the government an interest-free loan. Don't people know they can set up automatic regular transfers from their checking account to any other kind of account if they're afraid they'll spend everything in the checking account?


Because you never know what tax credits they will keep allowing each year. Last year my state didn't re-approve a lot of the credits until the very last minute, and there was some talk that they weren't going to at all. Better to get a refund than to owe a lot of money unexpectedly. If I knew for sure how much I would owe each year, I would completely agree with you.
 
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