Category: Tax Refunds | Blog

rt_refundsWho doesn’t want to maximize their tax refund? Let the RapidTax team show you how to do it. You will learn about the statutory of limitations to claim your refund. We will also give you the lowdown on how to get the highest refund for your tax situation.

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It’s Back-to-School & Time For Your Refund!

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on August 21, 2018
Last modified: August 29, 2018

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It’s back to school time, so here are some tips for tax time!

Attention parents:

  1. Get up to $1,000 for the Child Tax Credit if your child is under 17, resided for more than half the year with you, a dependent on your tax return, your relative, a U.S. citizen, national or resident alien.
  2. If your child is under 13, claim the child and dependent care credit for child care expenses.
  3. Depending on your income, you can claim the Earned Income Credit (EIC).
  4. The Adoption Tax Credit reduces your tax for fees related to court, attorney, travel and meal expenses. You can also claim the Special Needs Credits for all relating child’s special needs expenses.
  5. If you’re paying for your child’s college education, claim the Education Credit for tuition, mandatory supplies and related fees.

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What is the Tax Refund Schedule for 2018?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on July 27, 2018
Last modified: October 12, 2018

tax refund schedule 2018

Do you feel like you’re playing the waiting game?

You might be wondering how long it takes for you to receive your refund. Typically, the IRS issues tax refunds in less than 21 days as long as there are no discrepancies.

If you are due a refund, it may take longer depending on the situation or time your financial institution takes to direct deposit or mail it to you.

Here are some situations that may prevent you from receiving your refund:

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Can I Still File a Tax Extension for 2018?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on July 11, 2018
Last modified: August 29, 2018

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Don’t wait until the last minute to file your 2017 tax return.

April 18th has passed for the 2018 tax season deadline. However, you can still e-file your tax return until October 15, 2018; the e-file and tax extension deadline. Even if the 2018 tax deadline has passed, those with refunds can still e-file their tax return without any penalties.

On the other hand, individuals with a tax due may end up facing interest, late filing penalties, and failure-to-pay penalties. We advise that you file your tax return as soon as possible so you receive your refund faster.

Can I still file a tax extension?

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Delay in State Tax Refunds for 2016

Posted by Robert Flanagan on May 2, 2016
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Identity theft is real, and it is REALLY affecting when we get our state refunds.

Remember being in elementary school, when your teacher would tell the class that if one more student misbehaved, then the entire class would be forced to sit inside for recess that day? There was always that one kid who would ruin it for everyone.

That is similar to what’s going on with identity theft affecting state refunds this year. State revenue departments decided that there were too many cases of fraudulent activity and that they needed to do something. This means that refunds are being delayed a bit in order to double check certain taxpayer information.

Let’s take a look at the states that took a little extra precaution this 2016 tax season.

Illinois and South Carolina

These guys put provisions into play from the very beginning of the season. If you filed your state return in January or February, then you wouldn’t have seen your refund until at least mid-March. On top of that, if you filed your return after March 1st, 2016, then your refund was sent approximately three weeks from the date it was accepted.  

Hawaii

Taxpayers could be waiting for their state tax refund anywhere from four to sixteen weeks after being accepted. Good thing that Maui ranks as the #1 vacation spot in the U.S.! You won’t need to travel too far to relax and forget about the lack of refund money you’re waiting on.

Idaho

Identity theft in the Great Potato State has increased by nearly 64% since 2014! Extra safety measures means taxpayers will be waiting about seven weeks for their state refund from the time it is accepted. The ID Department of Revenue recommends responding ASAP to any letters you receive from the Tax Commission to speed up the processing time. (more…)

7 Filing Tips to Get Your Tax Refund ASAP

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 9, 2016
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Waiting for your tax refund can really test your patience.

Unfortunately, we can’t speed up the actual processing time of your tax return once the IRS gets hold of it. However, there are actions we can take to ensure a smoother journey through the IRS database. Let’s take a look at seven steps you can take when filing your tax return this year.

E-File your tax return.

Oh, how far technology has come. You can e-file your tax return worry-free until the April deadline. After that date, you can still e-file until the October deadline. However, if you can’t get it filed before mid-April and you’re not sure if you’re getting a refund, you’ll want to file an extension. Either way, the IRS processing time is quickest with e-filing. Compared to mailing in your return, you could be speeding up your refund by almost a month!

Choose direct deposit to receive your refund.

Many businesses offer a direct deposit option to their employees, so it only makes sense that the IRS would offer the same. After all, it’s your money. This is preferred by many taxpayers, based on convenience. On top of that, waiting on direct deposit will eat up less of your time than waiting on a check in the mail.

Make sure you’re the only one claiming your dependent(s).

This can be easier said than done in some cases. However, if you know someone who could also claim your dependent on their tax return, do your best to verify that they won’t be. Why? A person can only be claimed once per year. If a dependent is claimed by more than one person, then the second tax return to claim them will be rejected by the IRS. If the second person to claim the same dependent appeals to the IRS, the IRS may pull the first return for review, to make sure that taxpayer was allowed to claim the dependent. In either case, this will ultimately delay your tax refund. (more…)

Tax Season 2016 Refund Cycle Chart

Posted by Robert Flanagan on December 29, 2015
Last modified: December 16, 2016

History tends to repeat itself.

We get it. To avoid false promises and tied up phone lines, the IRS stopped posting a refund cycle chart in 2012. Although the IRS won’t post a refund cycle chart anymore, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do a bit of research to estimate the dates that our refunds will arrive in our bank accounts.

Whether you want to book a getaway with that special someone (…or your buddies), need to pay those bills that are piling up, or just have a firm grasp on your finances, knowing when you’ll be receiving such a large chunk of money is important. That’s why our team at Rapidtax has put together a 2016 refund cycle chart for you based on prior year trends.

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End of Year Tax Tips to Maximize Your Refund

Posted by Robert Flanagan on November 24, 2014
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Tax Season 2015 is around the corner. Increase your 2014 tax refund with these tax tips…

The end of year marks an eventful time for many. Not only does Starbucks release their Holiday menu but most of us can already taste Thanksgiving dinner. Then, there’s the surge of Black Friday holiday shopping and before you know it, you’ll be decorating holiday cookies!

With so many cookies to bake and gifts to wrap, don’t forget to take the time to plan ahead for the upcoming 2015 tax season. After all, once the holiday season comes to an end, the 2015 Tax Season will begin shortly after.

Although the IRS has yet to announce the first day to file 2014 taxes, it’s the perfect time to take steps to maximize your tax refund.

2014 Tax Return Coupon

Make A Holiday Donation

Can you think of a better way to spread holiday cheer than giving? Rather than just giving to your family and friends this holiday season, spread some holiday spirit to those in need.

When you give, you receive, specifically when it comes to taxes. Donations are tax deductible. (more…)

Last Chance to Claim Your Tax Refund 2011 is April 15, 2015

Posted by Robert Flanagan on November 7, 2014
Last modified: October 6, 2016

The very last day to claim your 2011 tax refund is April 15, 2015!

Do you remember what you were doing in 2012? Hopefully, sometime during the 2012 tax season, you filed your 2011 tax return. If not, we understand. Things come up, life happens and taxes get put on the back-burner.

However, you should keep in mind that your last chance to claim a tax refund 2011 is April 15, 2015.

Doing your taxes may seem tedious, but think of the extra money you’ll miss out on if you wait too long to file your 2011 taxes.

In fact, if you wait past the April 15th deadline, there’s no chance you’ll be able to get your 2011 refund.

How to File a 2011 Tax Return

You’ll be able to get caught up on your late tax return with RapidTax. Whatever your tax situation may be, whether you’re expecting a 2011 refund or have tax due, the filing process becomes a lot less “tedious” with RapidTax. (more…)

Will I Receive My Federal Tax Refund within 21 Days?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on April 25, 2014
Last modified: October 6, 2016

If you e-filed your tax return this month, you are probably wondering the status of your tax refund.

Perhaps you are constantly checking your bank account balance, hoping your tax refund has been deposited into your account. Instead, maybe you’be been running to your mailbox looking for your refund check.

Whatever your case may be, it’s good to know  that it generally takes the IRS 21 days to process tax refunds. RapidTax is here to help you track down your tax refund. If you haven’t filed your 2013 yet, you can create an account and file your late 2013 tax return now and within 21 days you’ll have your tax refund.

I Waited Until April to File, When Will I Receive my Federal Tax Refund?

It’s good to know, if you filed your tax return in April, it will most likely take the IRS a longer period of time to process your refund compared to someone who e-filed in Mid- February or March.

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What Does My Tax Refund Status Mean?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on February 12, 2014
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Don’t stress! You won’t miss this flight.

Have you ever walked into an airport and realized you and everyone around you seem to be in a rush? Well, tax filers tend to mimic the same anxious energy, especially those trying to figure out their tax refund status.

We understand that like the airport checking luggage-security-shoes-off whirlwind, tax filing is also something you don’t do everyday and can be pretty stressful. Actually filing your taxes is the hardest part though so give yourself a pat on the back, sit back and await your refund.

What status updates should I look out for?

Whether you are a RapidTax customer or not,  you’ll probably use the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool. Before checking your refund status, you’ll want to recognize and know the meaning of the following status updates:

1. Return Received or Accepted

2. Refund Approved

3. Refund Sent

What does Return ‘Received’ or ‘Accepted’ mean?

The IRS updates you with “We have accepted your tax return and it is being processed”. This is solely to update you that your return was successfully received by the IRS. This status update does not mean your return was approved. It simply means the IRS has it and it is in line to be reviewed and processed. (more…)