May 17 is the deadline to claim your 2020 tax refund

May 17 is your last chance to file 2020 returns and claim your refund, which could include missed pandemic relief, experts say. As of May 6, there was still an estimated $1 billion in unclaimed refunds from tax year 2020, and the median payment was $932, according to the IRS. There is no late filing … Read more

Time to claim $1 billion in tax refunds from 2020 expires May 17

Andresr | E+ | Getty Images There is $1 billion in unclaimed 2020 tax refunds up for grabs — but the last chance to file returns and collect the money is approaching. Nearly 940,000 taxpayers have until May 17 to file 2020 returns and claim their refund, the IRS said in a “final reminder” this … Read more

What taxpayers can learn from the Biden, Harris 2023 tax returns

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris deliver remarks about healthcare in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 26, 2024. Peter Zay | Anadolu | Getty Images President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released their annual tax returns Monday, and there are lessons within for average Americans, according to tax experts. The president … Read more

Here’s what to know on Tax Day if you still haven’t filed your return

File by the deadline to avoid penalties, interest While April 15 is the federal deadline for most taxpayers, filers in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 17. There are also automatic extensions for some taxpayers impacted by natural disasters. But if you skip the tax filing deadline and owe a balance, you can expect IRS … Read more

Here’s what to do if you can’t pay your taxes by the deadline

File your return by April 15 even if you can’t pay If you can’t cover your taxes in full, you should still file your return by April 15 and pay what you can, according to the IRS. Here’s why: “Your interest and penalties are compounding quicker” if you owe taxes and don’t file, said Eric … Read more

The first quarter estimated tax deadline for 2024 is April 15

If you’re racing to file taxes, you could miss another key deadline — the April 15 due date for first-quarter estimated tax payments. Estimated tax payments typically apply to earnings from gig economy work, freelancing, small business, retirement or investing, which may have no tax withholdings. If you expect to owe at least $1,000 in … Read more

House lawmakers weigh relief for SALT ‘marriage penalty’

Violetastoimenova | E+ | Getty Images House lawmakers are weighing relief for a “marriage penalty” that impacts the federal deduction limit on state and local taxes, known as SALT. While the bill doesn’t have broad support, it could help shape future tax policy discussions, experts say. Enacted via the Republicans’ 2017 tax overhaul, there’s currently … Read more

Here are some of the top red flags for an IRS audit, tax pros say

Image Source | Image Source | Getty Images As Americans file returns this season, some worry about IRS audits amid agency efforts to ramp up service, technology and enforcement. Recent IRS enforcement has targeted high-income individuals, large corporations and complex partnerships. But everyday filers could still face an audit — and certain issues are more … Read more

The average tax refund is almost 29% lower this tax season, IRS reports

Artistgndphotography | E+ | Getty Images With tax season in full swing, the IRS has issued more than 2.6 million refunds worth about $3.65 billion, as of Feb. 2, the agency reported last week. So far, the average refund is $1,395, compared with $1,963 one year ago, which is roughly 29% smaller. However, since the … Read more

How to know if you’re withholding enough taxes from your paycheck

Witthaya Prasongsin | Moment | Getty Images If your tax refund or bill is bigger than expected, it could be time to adjust your paycheck withholding — and a simple calculation could help, experts say.      Typically, you get a refund when you overpay taxes throughout the year, and you owe money when you don’t pay … Read more