50 million taxpayers must delay filing - IRS

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Itemize your tax deductions? Itching for a refund? You're going to have to wait.

The IRS said that it needs until mid- to late-February to reprogram its processing systems because Congress acted so late this year cleaning up the tax code. The bill, which includes deductions for state and local sales taxes, college tuition and teacher expenses, wasn't signed into law until Dec. 17.

The bill ensured that the federal income tax rates would not change, and itemized deductions will continue to be allowed in full for high-income taxpayers.

As a result, the 50 million taxpayers who itemize their deductions will have to hold off for a bit before they file. Of course, not everyone files early: only about 9 million of the 140 million U.S. tax filers filed in January or February of last year.

"The majority of taxpayers will be able to fill out their tax returns and file them as they normally do," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in a statement. "The IRS will work through the holidays and into the New Year to get our systems reprogrammed and ensure taxpayers have a smooth tax season."

The delay affects both paper and electronic filers who itemize deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A. That includes those claiming the new Educator Expense Deduction, which credits grade school teachers for out-of-pocket expenses of up to $250.

It also includes those claiming deductions for college students, covering up to $4,000 of tuition, which is claimed on Form 8917, though the IRS said there will be no delays for those that claim other education tax credits.

Though itemizers can work on their tax returns before the IRS is ready to accept them, the government said people should not send them in before it is ready to process the returns.

The IRS hasn't yet said exactly what day it will be able to begin processing the impacted tax returns, but it expects to announce that date "in the near future."

Meanwhile, TurboTax said its customers can e-file with the company as early as Jan. 6, and it will hold onto the filings until the IRS is ready to process them.
50 million itemizers can't file taxes before mid-February - Dec. 31, 2010
So...if you itemize and you expected a quick refund check...well, it ain't gonna happen. If this screws up your plans, you have the Democrats to blame.

On the other hand, if you don't itemize...or you don't want your refund check soon, then this is no big deal.
 

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So...if you itemize and you expected a quick refund check...well, it ain't gonna happen. If this screws up your plans, you have the Democrats to blame.
Right... Because Republicans holding out until they got their rich buddies taken care of didn't impede the process at all. Who is it we're supposed to be blaming again?

JoJoGunne said:
On the other hand, if you don't itemize...or you don't want your refund check soon, then this is no big deal.
Then it should be no big deal for most taxpayers. Fifty million people sounds like a lot, but it's only about a third of all taxpayers, and the delay is really all that long. Something else to consider is that it generally takes itemizers about as long as this delay is to begin filing anyway, because they have more paperwork to go along with their returns. Proof of charitable deductions, proof of state and local taxes paid, proof of mortgage interest paid, etc., etc.

It's also a bit of a stretch to say that if you don't want your refund check sooner, it's no big deal. Most people who get refunds back from the IRS probably don't itemize. Unless you paid a lot in mortgage interest, had large medical bills, or education bills to deduct, you're probably better off with the standard deduction, which if I recall correctly is just under $6,000 for individuals, and about $11,500 for couples.

In other words, most folks can file when they normally do, and will receive their refund check (if they are entitled to one), in about the same time frame they always have. Those people aren't going to notice anything different at all, and will not have reason to "blame" anyone.
 
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Right... Because Republicans holding out until they got their rich buddies taken care of didn't impede the process at all. Who is it we're supposed to be blaming again?


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LOL!!!

The Democrats could have rammed through their desired solution to the Bush-era tax cut expiration any time they wanted during the two years they had a majority in the House. Instead they chose to leave it for the lame-duck session. Too bad they didn't see their spanking coming...the spanking that put them in the position of having to finally compromise on something.

And now you want to blame the Republicans??? :f_erm:
 
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So...if you itemize and you expected a quick refund check...well, it ain't gonna happen. If this screws up your plans, you have the Democrats to blame.

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For not gettting it done before the Republicans could deliberately delay it?

That's an odd way to look at it.
 
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LOL!!!

The Democrats could have rammed through their desired solution to the Bush-era tax cut expiration any time they wanted during the two years they had a majority in the House. Instead they chose to leave it for the lame-duck session. Too bad they didn't see their spanking coming...the spanking that put them in the position of having to finally compromise on something.

And now you want to blame the Republicans??? :f_erm:
Well, which is it JoJo? Either they knew in advance what the results of the 2010 mid-terms election were going to be and thus "they chose to leave it for the lame duck session" OR "too bad they didn't see their spanking coming."
You simply can't have it both ways.
 
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So...if you itemize and you expected a quick refund check...well, it ain't gonna happen. If this screws up your plans, you have the Democrats to blame.

On the other hand, if you don't itemize...or you don't want your refund check soon, then this is no big deal.
Were do you get the idea that Repubs stalling was the Dems fault? Are you really so blind you find Dems to blame for everything? God I am glad I have more foresight..
 
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Well, which is it JoJo? Either they knew in advance what the results of the 2010 mid-terms election were going to be and thus "they chose to leave it for the lame duck session" OR "too bad they didn't see their spanking coming."
You simply can't have it both ways.
You continually amaze me with your ability to misunderstand common english words when they are used in a sentence.

I never said the Democrats "knew in advance what the results of the 2010 mid-term(s) election were going to be...". I DID day that "they chose to leave it for the lame-duck session". I also said that they didn't see their spanking coming. That's why their tactics forced them to compromise when push came to shove. That's also why they are to blame if any American's plans are derailed as a result of the IRS screw-up.

Come on, Hollywood, please make sure you are understanding what you read on these forums before you open your mouth in response.