Long delays by the IRS in issuing tax refunds, including to those eligible for tax relief on unemployment benefits, generate financial frustration for taxpayers. In the face of pandemic cuts and shortages over the past year, the tax agency had to implement the new US bailout rules related to unemployment compensation 2020. This legislation excluded the first $ 10,200 of 2020 unemployment benefits (or the first $ 20,400 for married couples filing jointly) to be taxed as income.
So the millions of Americans who filed taxes before the law in March have likely overpaid, and their returns will automatically be adjusted and refunded. As of June 4, the IRS had sent more than 2.8 million refunds. However, two weeks after the second batch projected “mid-June”, many still have not received their money. And since so many IRS calls go unanswered, taxpayers express their common anguish through discussion platforms on Reddit and Twitter.
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Nine facts about IRS tax refunds on unemployment compensation
The IRS has started sending refunds to taxpayers who received unemployment benefits last year and paid taxes on the money at the start of the reporting season. After some delays in the rollout, many individual filers began to see deposits in their checking accounts from May 28, with 2.8 million repayments made in the first week of June.
The IRS has said the next round of refunds for single filers will come out in “mid-June,” but those payments have yet to be officially confirmed. More complex returns (such as those with dependents) were expected to take longer. The IRS has not released a new timetable for unemployment compensation and has recently focused on rolling out the newly expanded child tax credit, which begins this month.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The tax break is for those who earned less than $ 150,000 in .
- The $ 10,200 is the income exclusion amount for single tax filers, do not the amount of the reimbursement. The amount of reimbursement will vary per person depending on overall income, tax bracket and amount of income from unemployment benefits.
- Not everyone will be reimbursed. The IRS can seize the refund to cover a overdue debt, such as unpaid federal or state taxes and child support.
- Refunds have started to come out in May and will be released in batches throughout the summer as the agency evaluates tax returns. More complicated returns may take longer to process.
- the The IRS performs the recalculations in two phases, starting with single filers eligible for tax relief of up to $ 10,200. It will then adjust returns for married taxpayers filing jointly who are eligible for tax relief of up to $ 20,400.
- If the IRS determines that you are entitled to a refund on unemployment tax relief, it will automatically correct your return and send a check or deposit the payment into your bank account.
- Refunds will be issued as a direct deposit if you provided bank account information on your 2020 tax return. Otherwise, the refund will be mailed as a paper check to the address the IRS has on hand. .
- You no need to file an amended return to request the exemption. (Here’s how .) Some who have used tax software like TurboTax have reported seeing their refund amount change due to the unemployment refund, although they haven’t seen a check yet.
- The IRS will send you a notice explaining the corrections within 30 days of the correction.
Check the status of your refund online (avoid calling the IRS)
IRS says eligible people should have received Form 1099-G from their national unemployment agency showing in Box 1 the total unemployment benefits paid in 2020 (if you haven’t, you must apply for one online) . Some states may issue separate forms based on unemployment benefits – for example, if you have received Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA.
One way to know if a refund has been made is to wait for the letter the IRS sends to taxpayers whose returns are corrected. These letters, issued within 30 days of the adjustment, will tell you if it resulted in a repayment or if it was used to offset a debt. The IRS says not to call the agency.
IRS online tracking applications, aka the Where is my refund the tool and the Return status changed tool, likely won’t provide information about the status of your unemployment tax refund. The only way to see if the IRS has processed your refund online (and for how much) is to view your tax records.
Here’s how to check online:
1. Visit IRS.gov and log into your account. If you haven’t opened an account with the IRS, it will take some time as you will need to take several steps to confirm your identity.
2. Once logged into your account, you will see the Account Home page. Click on View tax records.
3. On the next page, click on the Get the transcript button.
4. Here you will see a drop-down menu asking why you need a transcript. To select Federal tax and leave it Client file number empty field. Click it Go button.
5. The next page will show your Restore the transcription, Account statement statements, Account transcription and Salary and income Transcription since four years. You will want it 2020 account transcription.
6. This will open a PDF of your transcript: Focus on the Transactions section. What you are looking for is an entry listed as Refund issued, and it should have a date at the end of May or June.
If you don’t have it, it probably means the IRS hasn’t obtained your return yet.
Limited details on unemployment tax refund
The IRS has only provided some information on its website about taxes and unemployment benefits. We still don’t know exactly the payment schedule or how to contact the IRS if there is a problem with your tax relief refund.
Here’s what we know about how to contact the IRS for. To learn more about stimulus payments and emergency aid, here is information on and details on .