Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Massachusetts extends state tax filing deadline

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue said Tuesday that because of delays with their electronic filing system they have extended the deadline for taxpayers to file their Massachusetts Personal Income Tax returns — or to file for an extension — until midnight on Friday

Acknowledgement Processing Update as of 4/17 at 7AM PDT

Updated 4-18-14 at 8:30 AM PDT

All IRS acks are now current.
States are processing slowly; many still have outstanding acks.  We expect to receive acks throughout the weekend and even into Monday.

If you have any outstanding acks for returns sent prior to April 10th, please contact support so we can research those individually.  For any returns sent after April 10th, no action is needed at this point.

We are researching 10 known states with outstanding acks greater than five days for the following:
DC, GA, NJ, NC, OK, SC, VT and TN Corporate.  NC and SC have about 300 outstanding return acks, while each of the 
other states have less than 15 outstanding return acks.

Updated 4-17-14 at 7:00 AM PDT

At last check, we had 75 outstanding federal acks from April 15th and 45 outstanding from April 16th.

Please note: 2011 and 2012 prior year federal returns sent this week have not been ack'd yet.

Updated 4-16-2014 at 3:30 PM PDT
Acks are still coming in slowly.  At last check, we had approximately 200,000 outstanding IRS acks.
IRS is still well within their published ack processing times; we continue to access their site every few minutes to pull down available acks.

Original Message 
Just as in prior years, April 15th  was a record day as the IRS processed one of their largest volume days ever.  Our filing center alone processed almost 1,000,000 efiles yesterday.  In spite of this high volume, all efiles sent by the midnight deadline April 15th were sent timely to the agencies. 

Please be patient as the Federal and State Agencies struggle to deliver Acknowledgments for this enormous last day volume. We anticipate the outstanding Federal acknowledgements will be delivered throughout today and possibly tomorrow.  State agencies are predicted to take longer, returning acknowledgements as late as Friday or Monday. 

Below you will find a link to the IRS MeF status page which will provide updates as the IRS works through their backlog of efiles.

Please be aware that you could see acks processed out of order as this is to be expected. For example, you could see state acks before federal acks, or you could see acks for returns sent later in the day BEFORE you receive acks for returns sent earlier in the day.

We will keep you posted with the Acknowledgement progress throughout the day via updates to this blog. 

Kindest Regards,

Refunds Today Customer Support

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th Expectations

  1. Transmit early and often - please transmit your completed returns throughout the day.  Do not stockpile them for the end of the day.  We are anticipating HIGH volume at the IRS and want to make sure that your returns get processed timely.
  2. Transmit all returns 2 Hours before Midnight on April 15th - Transmit any/all returns at least 2 hours before midnight (your local Service Center time), to make sure that your Returns are submitted timely.
  3. Unlink State Returns -  Refunds Today strongly recommends you start sending your state e-file returns as "unlinked". This will allow you to send both the federal and the state e-files at the same time to prevent any filing delays with the state e-files.To "unlink" a state return, simply check the box that says "Check here if you want to file this return as unlinked."  This is generally located on the last page of the main state return form under the checkboxes where you choose Yes or No to electronically file the State return. (Not Applicable for CA and MA customers.)
  4. Expect ACK delays - With April 15th being the heaviest processing day of tax season, expect a delay in receiving your Acknowledgements.

Ten Tips for Paying Your Taxes

If you owe taxes with your tax return this year, you should know a few things before you file. Here are 10 helpful tips from the IRS about how to pay your federal taxes.

1. Never send cash.

2. If you e-file, you can file and pay in a single step with an electronic funds withdrawal. If you e-file on your own, you can use your tax preparation software to make the withdrawal. If you use a tax preparer to e-file, you can ask the preparer to make your tax payment electronically.

3. You can pay taxes electronically 24/7 on Just click on the ‘Payments’ tab near the top left of the home page for details.

4. You can also pay by check or money order. Make your check or money order payable to the “United States Treasury.”

5. Whether you e-file your tax return or file on paper, you can also pay with a credit or debit card. The company that processes your payment will charge a processing fee.

6. You may be able to deduct the credit or debit card processing fee on next year’s return. It’s claimed on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. The fee is a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2 percent limit.

7. Be sure to write your name, address and daytime phone number on the front of your payment. Also, write the tax year, form number you are filing and your Social Security number.

8. Complete Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, and mail it with your tax return and payment to the IRS. Make sure you send it to the address listed on the back of Form 1040-V. This will help the IRS process your payment and post it to your account. You can get the form on

9. Remember to enclose your payment with your tax return but do not staple it to any tax form.

10. For more information, call 800-829-4477 and select TeleTax Topic 158, Ensuring Proper Credit of Payments. You can also get information in the instructions for Form 1040-V.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Congratulations Refunds Today Early Renewal Raffle Winners!

The second drawing has been held and the winners have been picked.  Refunds Today will hold another drawing next week and every week after that until the Grand Prize drawing on April 28th.  If you haven't already renewed, renew before tomorrow and you'll be entered into the exclusive March Madness drawing where we'll give away a 42" LED Flat Panel TV!

 If you are scheduled to auto-renew on May 1st, you are already entered in the Grand Prize drawing in April where we will give away another 42" LED Flat Panel TV!

This week's winners include 1 Tax Vault® Daily Offsite Backup (valued at $99) and 1 USB Laptop Light and combination Ruler/Calculator donated by Staples®, your one-stop shop for all your office needs. Thanks to Staples for their participation.

Again, don't miss out on tomorrow's drawing for a 42" Flat Panel TV! This exclusive drawing is only for those who have already renewed their software.

To recap how the raffle works, the sooner you renew, the more chances you have to win. Your entry will be eligible for each weekly drawingEven if you WIN your entry will returned to the pool for the next week's drawing. The earlier you renew, the better your chances of WINNING. This year's Grand Prize Winner will receive a 42" LED Flat Panel Television!

Good Luck to all and Congratulations to all the winners below:

Tax Vault® Daily Offsite Secure Backup
Rogelio Estrada - Hawaiian Gardens CA

Staples® Laptop Light and Ruler/Calculator
Alan Bato - Walnut CA

CCH 1040 Express Answers - PDF Download
Patricia A. Wafer - Compton CA
Birdie Brown - Lindale TX
Esperanza Castillo - Calexico CA
Yolanda Alford - Tyler TX
Yolanda Harris - Orlando FL

USB Wireless Network Adaptor
David Onick-Mickelbury - Fort Worth TX

Refunds Today T-Shirt
Raymond Green Jr - New Iberia LA
Susan M. Cilluffo - Rochester MI

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ACA Health Care Enrollment for 2014 Deadline Approaching

2014 Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for 2014 coverage ends March 31, 2014. If you haven’t enrolled in coverage by then, you generally can’t enroll in 2014 Marketplace coverage. The exception is if you have a qualifying life event that provides you with a special enrollment period.

The next Open Enrollment period starts on November 15, 2014, for health insurance coverage that begins January 1, 2015.  If you don’t have health coverage in 2014, you may have to pay a penalty. You don’t have to pay the penalty if you enroll in a plan by March 31, 2014.

Enrollment and coverage start dates
During Open Enrollment, if you enroll:
  • Between the 1st and 15th days of the month, your coverage starts the first day of the next month.
  • Between the 16th and the last day of the month, your coverage starts the first day of the second following month. So if you enroll on March 16, your coverage starts on May 1.

Getting coverage outside of Open Enrollment

You may buy Marketplace insurance outside Open Enrollment only if you qualify for a special enrollment period due to a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, or loss of a job. Learn more about how you qualify for a special enrollment period.

You can enroll in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time. There is no limited enrollment period for these programs.

If you own or operate a small business, you can start offering coverage to your employees at any time.

Congress passes retroactive law for donations to Philippines

Both the Senate and the House have signed off on the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act (HR 3771) that allows taxpayers to take a deduction on their 2013 returns for charitable contributions made through April 15, 2014, for aid to victims of a typhoon that hit the Philippines in 2013 (Typhoon Haiyan).

The bill would apply to cash contributions, including those made via text messages. For text contributions, the taxpayer’s telephone bill showing the name of the charitable organization that received the donation, along with the amount and date, would satisfy IRS substantiation requirements.

The bill has been sent to the President, who is expected to sign it.

Your state taxing authority may not automatically conform, and legislation will be required to conform. However, legislation has been enacted in the past to conform to similar provisions pertaining to the Haiti earthquake of 2009 and the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami.