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Three facts about the IRS refund process

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is working through tax filings and anticipates many more as the April 15 tax deadline quickly approaches. The agency recently released a publication aimed at dispelling many myths about tax refunds that are getting circulated through social media platforms.

Tips to pay an unexpected tax bill

Researchers are starting to analyze data for 2018 tax returns. This tax year is the first that used the new tax law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) — a tax law that was supposed to result in a reduced tax obligation for the majority of Americans.

FAQs about the Tax Court closure

On December 28, 2018, the Tax Court website announced that it would remained closed until further notice. For those who had hearings scheduled or filing deadlines in January there has been uncertainty.

IRS Offers Penalty Relief to Ease Reform Transition

In order to make this first filing season under the recent tax reform somewhat less painful, the IRS offered a modicum of relief to taxpayers on January 16, 2019. The IRS announced that, for taxpayers who had withholdings and/or made estimated tax payments equal in amount to at least 85% of the tax reported on their 2018 tax return, it will waive underpayment penalties (IRC §6654 penalties).

Tax Season Opening Announced; Refunds to be Issued Despite Shutdown

Due to the partial government shutdown, the IRS is only operating with about 12.5 percent of its staff. However, on January 7, 2019, the IRS announced that tax filing season will begin on January 28, 2019. More surprisingly, despite a long history of contrary government shutdown policies, the White House concurrently assured taxpayers that refunds will be issued. The IRS confirmed this and issued IR-2019-01, stating that "[w]e are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown."

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