When will you receive your refund? The answer depends on how you filed your return. The IRS should issue your refund check within six to eight weeks of filing a paper return. If you chose to receive your refund through direct deposit, you should receive it within a week. If you use e-file, your refund should be issued between two and three weeks.
You can check on the status of your refund by clicking on the links below.
We understand the importance of being informed about the status of your tax returns. You can use these quick links to guide you to track your federal, state, or amended tax returns status.
January 15, 2019
|4th Quarter 2018 Estimated Tax Payment Due|
If you are self-employed or have other fourth-quarter income that requires you to pay quarterly estimated taxes, get them postmarked by January 15, 2019 tax deadline.
April 15, 2019
|Individual Tax Returns Due for Tax Year 2018|
If you haven’t applied for an extension, e-file or postmark your individual tax returns by midnight April 15, 2019.
|Individual Tax Return Extension Form Due for Tax Year 2018|
Need more time to prepare your tax return? File your request for a tax extension by April 15 to push your tax deadline back to October 15, 2019.
|1st Quarter 2019 Estimated Tax Payment Due|
If you are self-employed or have other first-quarter income that requires you to pay quarterly estimated taxes, get your Form 1040-ES postmarked by April 15, 2019 tax deadline.
|Last Day to make a 2018 IRA Contribution|
If you haven’t already funded your retirement account for 2018, do so by April 15, 2019. That’s the deadline for a contribution to a traditional IRA, deductible or not, and a Roth IRA. However, if you have a Keogh or SEP and you get a filing extension to October 15, 2019, you can wait until then to put 2018 money into those accounts.
June 15, 2019
|2nd Quarter 2019 Estimated Tax Payment Due|
If you are self-employed or have other second-quarter income that requires you to pay quarterly estimated taxes, make sure your payment is postmarked by June 15, 2019 tax deadline
September 15, 2019
|3rd Quarter 2019 Estimated Tax Payment Due|
If you are self-employed or have other third-quarter income that requires you to pay quarterly estimated taxes, make sure your third quarter payment is postmarked by Sept. 15, 2019 tax deadline.
October 15, 2019
|Extended Individual Tax Returns Due|
If you got a filing extension on your 2018 tax return, you need to get it completed and postmarked by October 15, 2019.
January 15, 2020
|4th Quarter 2019 Estimated Tax Payment Due|
If you are self-employed or have other fourth-quarter income that requires you to pay quarterly estimated taxes, get them postmarked by January 15, 2020 tax deadline.
Doing your business’s taxes can get complicated if you aren’t keeping track of your finances throughout the year. Use these business tax organizers to help keep your finances in check. Check out our business tax organizers page for resources for Sole Proprietors, Corporations and Partnerships, and Small Businesses.
Doing your personal taxes can get complicated when you have more and more income, expenses and dependents. Use these personal tax resources to help keep your finances in check.
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Your Rights As a Taxpayer
Armed Forces’ Tax Guide
Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide
Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide
Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits
Your Federal Income Tax
Circular A, Agricultural Employer’s Tax Guide
Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad
Circular SS – Federal Tax Guide for Employers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Farmer’s Tax Guide
Tax Guide for Small Business
Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses
Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information
Medical and Dental Expenses
Child and Dependent Care Expenses
Divorced or Separated Individuals
Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax
Excise Taxes (Including Fuel Tax Credits and Refunds)
Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals
Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Corporations
U.S. Government Civilian Employees Stationed Abroad
Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy & Religious Workers
U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
Selling Your Home
Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled
Taxable and Nontaxable Income
Residential Rental Property (Including Rental of Vacation Homes)
Tax Information for First-Time Homeowners
Reporting Tip Income
Net Operating Losses
Accounting Periods and Methods
Sales and other Dispositions of Assets
Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts
Investment Income and Expenses (Including Capital Gains and Losses and Mutual fund Distributions)
Tax Guide for Seniors
Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund
Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization
Survivors, Executors and Administrators
Retirement Plans for Small Business
Tax Guide for Individuals With Income from U.S. Possessions
Tax-Sheltered Annuity Programs for Employees of Public Schools and Certain Tax-Exempt Organizations
Pension and Annuity Income
Starting a Business and Keeping Records
Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Day-Care Providers)
Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)
Distributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)
Capital Construction Fund for Commercial Fishermen
Earned Income Credit
Tax on Unrelated Business Income of Exempt Organizations
Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Service Retirement Benefits
U.S. Tax Treaties
Tax Highlights for Persons With Disabilities
Request for Taxpayer Advocate Service Assistance
Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits
Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules
Household Employers Tax Guide
Tax Rules for Children and Dependents
Home Mortgage Interest Deduction
General Rule for Pensions and Annuities
How to Depreciate Property
Reporting Back Pay and Special Wage Payments to the Social Security Administration
Qualified Adoption Expenses
Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans
Tax Benefits for Education
Guide to Original Issue Discount (OID) Instruments
Handbook for Authorized IRS e-file Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns
Reporting Cash Payments of Over $10,000
Safeguarding Taxpayer Data – A Guide for Your Business
When storing tax records, How long is long enough?
Federal law requires you to maintain copies of your tax returns and supporting documents for three years. This is called the “three-year law” and leads many people to believe they’re safe provided they retain their documents for this period of time.
However, if the IRS believes you have significantly underreported your income (by 25 percent or more), or believes there may be an indication of fraud, it may go back six years in an audit. To be safe, use the following guidelines.
Create a Backup Set of Records and Store Them Electronically. Keeping a backup set of records — including, for example, bank statements, tax returns, insurance policies, etc. — is easier than ever now that many financial institutions provide statements and documents electronically, and much financial information is available on the Internet.
Even if the original records are provided only on paper, they can be scanned and converted to a digital format. Once the documents are in electronic form, taxpayers can download them to a backup storage device, such as an external hard drive, or burn them onto a CD or DVD (don’t forget to label it).
You might also consider online backup, which is the only way to ensure that data is fully protected. With online backup, files are stored in another region of the country, so that if a hurricane or other natural disaster occurs, documents remain safe.
|Caution: Identity theft is a serious threat in today’s world, and it is important to take every precaution to avoid it. After it is no longer necessary to retain your tax records, financial statements, or any other documents with your personal information, you should dispose of these records by shredding them and not disposing of them by merely throwing them away in the trash.|
While federal guidelines do not require you to keep tax records “forever,” in many cases there will be other reasons you’ll want to retain these documents indefinitely.
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