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What to know about 2018 IRS tax returns

The IRS says that it will process 155 million tax returns during the 2018 income tax season. However, not all Georgia residents necessarily need to file a tax return. This will depend on one's earned income and personal exemption. Those who do have to file an income tax return for 2018 will have until April 17 to do so. This is because April 15 and April 16 are a Sunday and a holiday.

Some taxpayers will have their refunds postponed until at least Feb. 15. However, this is only a hard rule for those who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This rule also applies to those who are claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). In some cases, taxpayers who don't claim these credits will have their refunds delayed for other reasons. It's important to note that the taxpayers impacted by the delay won't have their refunds until Feb. 27 at the earliest this year.

The delays may be avoided by those who opt for a direct deposit and don't have any other filing issues. Calling the IRS or asking for a tax transcript will not entitle a taxpayer to favorable treatment as to when they receive their refund.

Individuals who have questions about their federal tax returns or tax refund status may wish to contact the IRS. In some cases, the agency can give a taxpayer an estimate as to when a return will appear in their bank account. Those who are not able to file or pay their taxes by the April 17 deadline may be able to work out alternate arrangements to do so. An attorney can be helpful for those facing tax issues.

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