March 29, 1989
Steps to Make Taxes Less Taxing
As the Internal Revenue Service shifts into high gear for the
last three weeks of the income tax filing season, taxpayers can
still take steps to help make their taxes less taxing.
First, file now. The IRS expects almost 32 million individual
income tax returns to come into the service centers during the final
two weeks of the filing season. This represents almost 30 percent
of the 109 million returns expected to be filed this year, about the
same percentage as in past years.
While the IRS is in good shape to handle this volume of
returns, taxpayers who file now, while the volume is lower, will get
their refunds sooner. Refunds are still going out within six weeks,
but those who file closer to the deadline will probably have to wait
longer for their refund.
As of March 24 the IRS has received over 53 million individual
income tax returns, up about one percent from last year, and has
processed almost 42.5 million returns, up over three percent. Over
31 million refunds have been certified, up almost two percent from
last year, and the average refund is $816, compared to $817 last
year at this point.
Second, call the Tele-Tax toll-free telephone system for
information on tax topics and automated refund information during
non-peak hours. The recorded tapes on over 140 tax topics are
available on pushbutton telephones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
and automated refund information is available on weekdays until
11:30 p.m. in most areas, but you will generally get the best
service if you call after 6:00 p.m. Local phone numbers for
Tele-Tax and instructions for using the automated refund system are
in the tax forms package. For areas without a local number, call
Third, check your return for accuracy. The IRS says that the
most common mistakes continue to include math errors in figuring
refunds and taxable income, failing to check the box on Form 1040EZ
to indicate dependency status, and failing to enter the standard
deduction on Form 1040A. Make sure all the mathematical
calculations are correct, attach all the required schedules and
forms, sign the return and use the mailing label and envelope that
came in the tax package.
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