Hoosiers to lose millions in unclaimed tax refunds
Apr 14 2018 by Francis Osborne
"Another thing to do not forget to do is state and local taxes".
Tax Day is quickly approaching, and I'd like to remind those who live or work in Lansing that it's also time to file and pay city income taxes. "If there's a middle initial on your Social Security card, you need to put your middle initial on the tax return".
As of last month, as the annual tax filing deadline neared, the agency was answering about 78 percent of the calls to the agency's main toll-free assistance line - in line with last year's levels and a significant improvement from the 38 percent rate in 2015.
"If we're going to collect tax money in this country, we have to do it like grown-ups", said Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa., who supports the package. Residents that have filed a State of MI tax return but have failed to file a City of Lansing tax return receive at least three notices in their mailbox before legal action is taken.
"Even though they have an extension to file, it does not give them an extension to pay without a penalty".
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Mailed in returns can get lost or stolen, but by e-filing you'll have quick confirmation that your return has been received by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EITC was created as a tax benefit for low- to mid-income families. "Not filing a tax return when you owe money, that's not a good thing".
One of the most common calls we got to our 12 News Defenders phone bank Monday night was about IRS scams, and people calling to say you owe taxes immediately and you must pay up or be arrested. "In addition, the IRS will not require a specific type of payment method, such as a prepaid debit card or wire transfer", said the sheriff's office.
Taxpayers can use Free File to request an extension electronically or submit a paper Form 4868, according to the IRS.
But anyone with a tax bill still needs to mail in or make a payment by Tuesday's deadline. The IRS will automatically count it as an extension. The IRS has $1.1 billion in unclaimed refunds from 2014 returns, and tax preparer Jackson Hewitt says that if anyone has an unclaimed refund or didn't file for that year: it's now or never. "Trying to use terminology or fake constitutional claims to elude paying taxes often ends up in court, with the taxpayer having to pay penalties or worse, possibly jail time". The agency's workload was dramatically increased by the Republican tax law, which tasked the agency with immediately implementing hundreds of complicated revisions to the US tax code.