Skip to comments.Computer problems cause tax returns to be delayed (two to three weeks - IRS glitch)
Posted on 02/18/2012 11:32:30 AM PST by Libloather
Computer problems cause tax returns to be delayed
By Curtis McCloud
Updated: Feb 17, 2012 6:44 PM EST
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Taxpayers who filed their income taxes early may experience a two to three week delay.
Antonio Houston is one out of the hundreds of folks who say they have yet to receive their 2011 tax refund.
"I've been waiting for a long time and it's just kind of crazy. I guess the IRS just messed up screwed up but I don't know what's going on," Houston said.
Gloria Bowden with Global Tax Service in Columbus told News Leader 9 why some people may be experiencing a delay.
"The IRS is having some delays and problems this year in working out their computer system. We have been advised and those people who filed the ladder part of January first part of February are receiving about week or two week delay," Bowden said.
The IRS says this new system is designed to prevent tax fraud and protect privacy. So the earlier you filed then the more likely you are to experience the delay.
"My tax people say they've got people that have been waiting a month and a half and they still haven't gotten theirs yet either," Houston said.
(Excerpt) Read more at wtvm.com ...
IRSs Wheres My Refund? tool doesnt know where your refund is
A computer glitch over at your friendly neighborhood Internal Revenue Service has crippled the agencys usually helpful online tool that allows users to track the status of their IRS refund.
Identity Theft Tax Fraud: Is Your Refund at Risk?
The Internal Revenue Service announced two weeks ago a crackdown on identity thieves stealing tax refunds. They levied 939 criminal charges in connection with an investigation of 105 people in 23 states. Since then, the scope of the problem for innocent taxpayers whose refunds are snatched has been coming into focus.
the check’s in the mail...
in a couple of weeks
That Commie Bastard is trying to keep our money.
The funds raised in these FReepathons go to pay our current quarter expenses. But we're also going to try to replace some of our older servers and failing equipment this year so we're going to add a little extra to our FReepathon goals. John is estimating ten to fifteen thousand to do this and I'd like to get it all in place and working before the election cycle is fully heated up, so we'll try to bring in a little extra now, if we can, and the rest next quarter.
This is why I try to arrange my finances so that I pay a little tax at the end of year, rather than getting a refund.
We seem to go through these glitches every year. The first year the IRS introduced e-filing, I filed early February, but didn’t get my refund till the first week of July. My return was “lost.”
Typical government bureaucracy.
Get in early and electronically.
Or “playing the float”??
Do I get an extra 2 to 3 weeks to submit the $31k check I have to send in this year? The only people I hate more than the IRS are the social leaches that are bleeding me dry with food stamps, section 8 housing, free health care, etc. Screw them all, I’m sick of paying for it.
And they want to run health care.
Some animals are more equal than others.
Seriously folks, W2 were due January 31, and it's only February 18th.
Why do you suppose that is?
Three entirely different things. The tax return is the document that you are required to file every year you are breathing (and sometimes for a few years after you stop breathing)
A tax refund is a reversion of overpayments. A subsidy is when people who don't pay taxes get a check from the rest of the people who actually paid taxes.
I have never gotten a "tax return" within the context of this headline.
Don’t worry about it. The IRS will pay you penalties and interest if they send your refunds late.
When in doubt, call them. If they don't give you the answer you were hoping for, call back in 10 minutes, you'll likely get a different person--and a different answer.
At least you'll be able to say "I talkes with so and so, and they said..."
I wonder if anonymous paid them a visit. Two week “glitch” is two weeks too long to be a “glitch”.
If you make estimated tax payments the solution is to write your own refund check just by cutting those payments.
The IRS has, for years, used a COBOL based weekly batch processing to input returns, keep records, and issue checks. (Something to do with a congressional mandate.) They have recently been allowed to start working with a system that will allow same day processing. Trying to integrate it with the old system and the demands of Congress who institute programs like First Time Homeowners credit and try to make the IRS act like a bank does not always go smoothly.
Thanks for posting this. I have a second job as a tax preparer and things ARE very screwed up this year. It is esp. affecting people who filed at the end of jan, first week of feb.
But some people are getting their refunds super fast.
Hubby says they just don’t want to give the money back.
Latest we’ve heard the backlog is expected to be cleared this week, but I’m staying doubtful.