Taxpayers have more questions this season
BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers.
Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He says the delay has caused some headaches, but their phone is ringing off the hook because of another problem. The federal government is pushing people to file online, especially those who aren't getting the help they received in past years.
"They're not providing free tax service now for the elderly and lower income folks," he continued. "Unfortunately the people that are least likely to use tech services are the elderly and the lower income and they're not that comfortable with it, so it falls on tax companies like Jackson Hewett and some of our competitors to be there to answer some of those questions."
Another misconception by taxpayers is concerns about potential new penalties from new health care reforms.
"The Affordable Care Act does not affect this year's tax return," Everly explained. "If they do not have health coverage in place by April 1, then they'll be subject to a penalty on their taxes next year."
People's refund status can be checked on the IRS Where's My Refund page. Hewitt says it may take a few extra days for the site to acknowledge your return.