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E-file tax extension free You may be able to take the credit if you earn less than: $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly), do not have a qualifying child, and are at least 25 years old and under 65, $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), and you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), and you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), and you have three or more qualifying children. E-file tax extension free For more information, see Earned Income Credit , later. E-file tax extension free Exemption phaseout. E-file tax extension free  You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. E-file tax extension free For 2013, the phaseout begins at $150,000 for married individuals filing separate returns; $250,000 for single individuals; $275,000 for heads of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing joint returns or qualifying widow(er)s. E-file tax extension free For more information, see Phaseout of Exemptions in Publication 501. E-file tax extension free Limit on itemized deductions. E-file tax extension free   Beginning January 1, 2013, itemized deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 may be reduced. E-file tax extension free See Overall limitation , later. E-file tax extension free Medical and dental expenses. E-file tax extension free   Beginning January 1, 2013, taxpayers 65 and older can deduct only the part of their medical and dental expenses that exceed 7. E-file tax extension free 5% of their adjusted gross income (10% for taxpayers under 65). E-file tax extension free Same-sex marriages. E-file tax extension free  If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. E-file tax extension free For more information, see Publication 501. E-file tax extension free Reminders Future developments. E-file tax extension free  For the latest information about developments related to Publication 554, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. E-file tax extension free irs. E-file tax extension free gov/pub554. E-file tax extension free Tax return preparers. E-file tax extension free  Choose your preparer carefully. 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E-file tax extension free To the right of each question is the location of the answer in this publication. E-file tax extension free Also, at the back of this publication there is an index to help you search for the topic you need. E-file tax extension free While most federal income tax laws apply equally to all taxpayers, regardless of age, there are some provisions that give special treatment to older taxpayers. E-file tax extension free The following are some examples. E-file tax extension free Higher gross income threshold for filing. E-file tax extension free You must be age 65 or older at the end of the year to get this benefit. E-file tax extension free You are considered age 65 on the day before your 65th birthday. E-file tax extension free Therefore, you are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. E-file tax extension free Higher standard deduction. E-file tax extension free If you do not itemize deductions, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction if you are age 65 or older at the end of the year. E-file tax extension free You are considered age 65 at the end of the year if your 65th birthday is on or before January 1 of the following year. E-file tax extension free Credit for the elderly or the disabled. E-file tax extension free If you qualify, you may benefit from the credit for the elderly or the disabled. E-file tax extension free To determine if you qualify and how to figure this credit, see Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , later. E-file tax extension free Return preparation assistance. E-file tax extension free   The IRS wants to make it easier for you to file your federal tax return. E-file tax extension free You may find it helpful to visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), or American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide site near you. 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Filing Season Update

Latest Information on Tax Season and Refunds


Common Refund Questions and Answers Updated

Feb. 26, 2014

Will ordering a transcript help you determine when you’ll get your refund?

No, a tax transcript will not help you determine when you will get your refund. This is among the common myths and misconceptions that are often repeated in social media. The codes listed on tax transcripts do not provide any early insight into when a refund will be issued. The best way to check on your refund is by visiting “Where’s My Refund?” While transcripts include a lot of detailed information regarding actions taken on your account, the codes do not mean the same thing for everyone and they do not necessarily reflect how any of these actions do or do not impact the amount or timing of your refund. IRS transcripts are best and most often used to validate past income and tax filing status for mortgage, student and small business loan applications and to help with tax preparation.

For more answers to common refund questions visit our 2014 Tax Season Refund Frequently Asked Questions page.

Refund Update

Feb. 21, 2014

The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days from the day the IRS receives tax returns. Recent filing season data, as of Feb. 14 shows the IRS has already issued more than 31 million refunds this year. While the IRS works hard to issue refunds as quickly as possible some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons including when a return is incomplete, includes errors, includes Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, or needs further review.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that the 21 day timeframe begins when you are notified by your preparer or tax preparation software company that the IRS has acknowledged acceptance of your tax return. Acceptance in this case means the IRS has accepted the return for processing. Further reviews may still be necessary. This year, Jan. 31 was the first day the IRS could start processing tax returns; even though you or your preparer may have submitted a return electronically before that date.

The best advice for all taxpayers is to check Where’s My Refund on IRS.gov. The Where’s My Refund web and phone tools are updated just once a day so there is no need to check more often. If we need more information to process your return, we will contact you — usually by mail. IRS phone and walk-in representatives can only research the status of a refund if it’s been 21 days or more since the return was filed electronically, more than 6 weeks since a paper return was mailed, or if Where’s My Refund? directs you to contact us.

IRS Statement on 1121
Feb. 12, 2014

Note to Taxpayers


The IRS is off to a strong start to the tax season. Through early February, millions of refunds worth billions of dollars have already been issued. There are no major issues with tax refunds or processing at this time.

Every year, especially at the start of tax season, people are concerned about getting their refunds quickly. The IRS issues nine out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days after the IRS receives the return. Some refunds take longer because of other factors, including IRS work to prevent refund fraud and identity theft. There are many questions about the process. The best source of information about refunds is on IRS.gov, including the YouTube video on the refund process and refund FAQ page.

Early February 1121 Information


A very small percentage of taxpayers may see an 1121 reference number if they check “Where’s My Refund?” after they initially were provided a projected refund date by the tool. The IRS is aware of this situation, and emphasizes that the small group of taxpayers who see this reference number should continue checking Where’s My Refund for an update. If we need more information to process their return, we will contact them — usually by mail.

The IRS began processing returns on Jan. 31, and we’ve already issued millions of refunds. The IRS works hard to issue refunds as quickly as possible, but as part of our effort to prevent improper payments some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, such as when a return includes errors, is incomplete, or needs further review. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

Q: What should taxpayers do if they receive an 1121 reference number when they check Where’s My Refund?

A: The best advice for all taxpayers is to continue checking Where’s My Refund for a refund date. If we need more information to process their return, we will contact them — usually by mail. The web and phone tools are updated just once a day so there is no need to check more often. Our phone and walk-in representatives can only research the status of a refund if it’s been 21 days or more since the return was filed electronically, more than 6 weeks since a paper return was mailed, or if Where’s My Refund? directs a taxpayer to contact us as in the case of those who see the 1121 reference number.

Q: I read in social media that a reference number 1121 means I’m being audited. Is that true?

A: No, this code is simply a reference number that our telephone representatives use to help them research your account. It does not mean the taxpayer is being audited. If the IRS needs more information to process the return, we will contact the taxpayer — usually by mail.
 

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