Get ready for Taxes: What to know about the amount of a tax refund

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Get ready for Taxes: What to know about the amount of a tax refund

 After filing a tax return, a taxpayer will know whether or not they are to receive a tax refund. Sometimes, however, a taxpayer’s refund will be a different amount than they expect.

Here are some reasons a taxpayer’s refund might be less than they thought:

  • Financial transactions happening late in the year can have an unexpected tax impact if a 2019 federal income tax withholding unexpectedly falls short of the tax liability of the year. Certain transactions can influence taxpayer’s anticipated refund. This includes things like:
  • Year-end and holiday bonuses
  • Stock dividends
  • Capital gain distributions from mutual funds and stocks
  • Real estate or other property sold at a profit

If this happens taxpayer’s can still make a quarterly estimated tax payment directly to the IRS for the tax year 2019. The deadline for making a payment for the fourth quarter of 2019 is Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

  • A taxpayer’s refund can be used to pay other debts a taxpayer owes. All or part of a refund can go to a taxpayer’s
  • Past-due federal tax
  • State income tax
  • State unemployment compensation debts
  • Child and spousal support
  • Other federal nontax debts such as student loans

A taxpayer receives a notice if their debt meets the criteria for an offset.

Any remainder of refund will be sent in a check or direct deposit as the taxpayer had originally requested on the return.