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How to Get an IRS Refund

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What Is the IRS?

“IRS” stands for Internal Revenue Service, which is a federal government agency in charge of tax collection and tax law enforcement. Each time you have a paycheck, the IRS withholds money that will be designated for your annual federal taxes. The amount that is withheld is based on the W-4 and I-9 tax forms, paperwork that you submit as part of your new hire package. Your dependents, annual income, and other factors determine the exact amount of your deductions.

Why Does the IRS Give Refunds?

When you file your taxes from the previous year, you will enter amounts based on your W-2. Every employer is required to provide their employees with these forms by January 31. Self-employed people enter information from a 1099 form. Additionally, there are many other kinds of IRS forms specific to particular kinds of jobs and incomes. These forms are required under federal income tax law. The amounts listed in these forms are used to calculate an estimate of the tax you will owe to the IRS for the year, as well as determine the amount that is to be withheld from each of your paychecks. When the amount that has been withheld by the IRS throughout the year exceed the amount you actually owe, the IRS will issue you a refund.

How Can I Get an IRS Refund?

You can get a refund from the IRS by simply filing your tax return. The refund can be direct deposited into your account, or it can be mailed to you as a check. You can also choose the let the IRS keep the amount and apply it to future tax filings.

If you owe any money to the IRS, or if you are on a payment plan, the IRS will apply the amount of the refund directly to your debt, and you will not receive it as a separate payment.

Refunds are simple in some cases, but in others, they can be complex and difficult. Estate taxes, for example, are put together out of a number of different elements. It is hard to know whether or not you will receive a refund until all the numbers are plugged into the tax forms and the math is finally tallied. Estate tax lawyers will be able to advise you of whether or not you are eligible for any estate tax refunds.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Taxes are notoriously hard to file because they are so complicated and specific. Many people are not used to dealing with that kind of precision in regards to math and forms until tax season rolls around. The penalties for incorrectly filing your taxes or withholding income from the IRS is severe. It is important to get a tax lawyer to assist you with any legal questions or issues you may have when filing your taxes to make sure your filings are legal and accurate.

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Last Modified: 02-21-2017 01:13 AM PST

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