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3 Tools You Need After Filing Your Taxes

3 Tools You Need After Filing Your Taxes

The deadline to file and pay your taxes was July 15. If you filed on time, well done! You’ve taken care of what’s arguably the hardest part. However, there is still some work to do. Read on to discover three tools you may find useful after filing your taxes.

Check the Status of Your Refund After Filing Your Taxes

Checking on your refund is easy with the online resources provided by the IRS. The online tool Where’s My Refund is available both on the IRS website and in the mobile app IRS2GO. The information on the website and the app is updated once a day, usually overnight, so there’s no need to check more often than that. To get the status of your refund, you’ll need the following:

  • The first Social Security Number on your tax return.
  • Tax filing status (single, married, head of household).
  • Expected refund amount.

If you don’t have access to a computer or a mobile phone, you can contact the IRS by phone at 800-829-1954.

How to Do a Paycheck Checkup

Doing a paycheck checkup will help you ensure that your employer is withholding the right amount of taxes from your paycheck. This precaution is a smart way to avoid unexpected year-end tax bills or a penalty. To do your paycheck checkup, use the Tax Withholding Estimator provided by the IRS itself.

How to Determine if You Need to Amend a Tax Return

If after filing your taxes you realize that there’s a mistake or information you forgot to include, you can use the interactive assistant Should I File an Amendment Return? to determine whether you should correct and error or make other changes to the tax return you already filed.

As a rule of thumb, the errors that you have to correct are those related to filing status, income, deductions, and credits. Usually, you don’t need to file an amendment return for math errors or if you forgot to attach a form or schedule. In those cases, the IRS will either correct the math error and notify you by mail or request any missing schedule or form, also by mail.

More Tax Resources

Do you want to get more useful information to file your taxes? We’ve got you covered! These are some previous posts you may find useful:

And if you still haven’t filed your taxes, don’t worry! You still have alternatives. Contact our experts at JT Tax Services; they will help you determine what’s the best course of action.

Get Help From the Experts at JT Tax Services

The world of taxes is besieged by myths and other outdated or otherwise unreliable advice. That’s why is important to get help from a tax expert who can guide you with professionalism providing trustworthy information.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge, and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with federal and state tax regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone, or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.

4 Common Myths About Tax Refunds, Debunked

4 Common Myths About Tax Refunds, Debunked

Yesterday, July 15, was the final day to file and pay your taxes. This means that there is a lot of people already eager to know when they’ll get their tax refund. If that’s your situation, keep reading to learn more about five tax refunds myths you should be aware of.

1. Getting a Refund Means You Don’t Need to Adjust Your Withholding for 2020

False. Getting a refund doesn’t mean that your withholdings are 100 percent correct. In fact, you should make adjustments to ensure that neither too much nor too little tax is being withheld from your paycheck. Increased accuracy is always desirable. Use the Tax Withholding Estimator provided by the IRS to determine the right amount.

2. Calling the IRS is the Best Way to Find Out When a Refund Will be Issued

Actually, the best way to check the status of your refund is using the online tool Where’s My Refund, either on the IRS website or on the mobile app IRS2GO. IRS assistors don’t have any special information, neither can they speed up the delivery of your refund. Don’t call the IRS unless the online tool specifically directs you to do so.

3. Ordering a Tax Transcript is a Good Way to Get a Refund Date

Plain and simple, a tax transcript has no impact whatsoever on your refund, nor can it accelerate its delivery.

4. Where’s My Refund Is Wrong Because There’s no Deposit Date Yet/ the Amount Is Smaller Than Expected

There are several reasons why Where’s My Refund doesn’t display a deposit date. Some returns take more time to process for a variety of reasons:

  • The return includes errors
  • Incomplete information
  • Identity theft or fraud
  • Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process

If the amount you get on Where’s My Refund is less than expected, these are some of the possible reasons:

  • Taxpayer math errors or calculation mistakes
  • Owing federal or state taxes, child support, student loans or other federal non-tax obligations
  • A portion of the refund is held while IRS reviews an item claimed on the return

Get Help From the Experts at JT Tax Services

The world of taxes is besieged by myths and other outdated or otherwise unreliable advice. That’s why is important to get help from a tax expert who can guide you with professionalism providing trustworthy information.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with federal and state tax regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.

4 Ideas to Keep in Mind When You File Your Taxes

4 Ideas to Keep in Mind When You File Your Taxes

Remember: the deadline to pay and file your taxes is July 15. Although filing your tax return can be a complex process, there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. Below you will find four tips that will help you take the stress out of Tax Day.

File Your Taxes Electronically

Filing your taxes electronically is your best option. The process is simple, fast, and secure. Furthermore, filing electronically reduces the risk of mistakes, since all calculations are verified by a tax program. Combining electronic filing with direct deposit is the best way to ensure that you get your tax refund as soon as possible (find more about tax refunds below).

If you don’t know how to file your taxes electronically yourself, or if you need assistance to make sure you stay compliant with all applicable regulations, contact the experts at JT Tax Services. They will be happy to help you take advantage of filing your taxes electronically.

How to Easily Check the Status of Your Refund

Checking the status of your refund is really easy. You have two main options to do this. You can use the online tool Where’s My Refund? provided by the IRS or you can download the IRS2GO mobile app in order to have the same information readily available on your smartphone. These are the most efficient ways to get information about the status of your refund. You can also contact the automated refund hotline at 800-829-1954, but as the IRS points out, there’s no need to call unless the online tool indicates you to do so.

Your Options if You Can’t File or Pay Your Taxes by July 15

Not everybody is ready to file and pay their taxes just yet. These are your options if you need more time in each case.

  • Request an extension to file: If you can’t file your tax return by July 15, you can request an extension to file that will give you time until October 15, 2020, to file your return. You can request an extension by making a payment using IRS Free File and selecting extension as the reason for the payment. Alternatively, you may also mail a Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension for Time to File, by the July 15 filing deadline.
  • Set up an Installment Agreement: On the other hand, if you can’t pay by July 15, you may qualify for an Installment Agreement to spread out your payment over a set period of time. If you are interested in requesting an Installment Agreement, you can do so online, or by downloading and mailing  Form 9465 (Installment Agreement Request) to the IRS along with a tax return, IRS bill or notice.

Depending on your specific situation, you may have more options available to you if you can’t file or pay your taxes by July 15. You can check some of these additional options here. Contact a tax expert to learn more about the alternatives that best fit your personal situation.

Get Advice From the Experts at JT Tax Services

Equipped with these tips, you will be able to file your taxes easily and with no stress. However, it’s always important to get personalized advice.  Our knowledgeable experts at JT Tax Services will help you so you can take advantage of all the relief initiatives you are eligible for while staying compliant with all regulations that apply.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with federal and state tax regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone (805-984-8890) or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.

The deadline to file and pay your taxes is July 15.

The Deadline to File and Pay your Taxes is July 15: Everything You Need to Know

July is here already, and that means that July 15, the deadline to file and pay your taxes, is approaching as well.

As you may remember, the original deadline was April 15, but it was extended to July 15 to help those affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the date won’t be moved again, so it’s important to take steps to file and pay your taxes if you haven’t done so yet.

Extensions to File

People who can’t file their taxes by July 15 can ask for an extension that allows them to file by October 15. It’s important to remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. That means that you still have to pay your taxes totally or partially before July 15. There are two ways to request an extension.

  • Filing form 4868, Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
  • Paying all or part of their tax due indicating that the payment is for an extension.

In both cases, don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of a tax professional if you need help completing any of the steps involved.

The Options for People who Can’t Pay Their Taxes by July 15

On the other hand, people who can’t pay their taxes by July 15 also have several options available to them. These alternatives include:

  • Online payment agreement: They are available for individuals who owe $50,000 or less (including taxes and penalties).
  • Installment agreement: People who do not qualify for an online payment agreement, or decide not to use it, can take advantage of this option.
  • Temporarily delaying collection: If the IRS determines that a person can’t pay, they can decide to temporarily delay the collection process. However, keep in mind that penalties and interests continue to accrue until the full amount due is paid.
  • Offer in compromise: In some cases, the IRS may reach an agreement to allow a person settle their tax bill for less than the amount they owe. To know if you are eligible for an offer in compromise, use the official IRS tool Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier.

State Taxes

It’s important to keep in mind that the July 15 deadline refers to federal taxes. The dates for state taxes may differ, so be sure to get accurate information about your specific location. Here you can find links to the websites of the tax agencies of every state.

Get Help From the Tax Experts at JT Tax Services

Now that you have all the relevant information, you are ready to make better decisions before filing and paying your taxes. Our knowledgeable experts at JT Tax Services will help you so you can take advantage of all the relief initiatives you are eligible for.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with federal and state tax regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.