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Why You Will Not Receive a Tax Refund Before February 15

Posted by Barbara Theofilos, CPA, MBA on Dec 27, 2016 8:10:00 PM

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed legislation called “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” Act of 2015, or the PATH Act for short.  Waiting by mailbox.jpg

The PATH Act contained many extensions and changes to existing tax laws.  The Act also included a provision which will delay refunds for certain taxpayers.  The IRS is now required to not issue a refund to anyone claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit until February 15.  Both of these refunds are considered “refundable credits,” which are essentially treated as additional tax payments, and can reduce one’s tax liability below zero.  More, the PATH Act was enacted to give the IRS more time to review refund claims, in an effort to reduce fraud and catch refunds that may be improperly issued.

Do you have questions about the PATH Act, your refund, or income tax preparation? Let's talk! Contact me at btheofilos@zinnerco.com or any of the professionals here at 216.831.0733. We're ready to start the conversation and end the confusion. 

Topics: fraud, Barbara Theofilos, Taxes - Individual, income tax

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