New Law Means Early Filers Could See Delays in Tax Returns

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Respected Florida financial advisor Barry M. Kornfeld leads First Financial Tax Group in Boca Raton, where he offers clients a full range of retirement advice and income planning services. As part of his ongoing work, Barry M. Kornfeld stays up to date on changing tax laws.

New changes to the way the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) processes refunds could impact early filers in 2017. Many people who file their taxes early depend on the refunds to pay off debt from Christmas, take care of lingering bills, or fill other financial gaps. However, legislation passed in 2015 that went into effect this year will see the IRS hold early returns until mid-February as a preventive measure against fraud.

The IRS will specifically hold returns for individuals and families who claimed either the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. While most filers this tax season will see their refunds returned to them in approximately 21 days, the new law requires that absolutely no refunds will be released until February 15 to filers who claimed either of these credits.

These sorts of laws are among the many steps the IRS is implementing to reduce the amount of tax return fraud and ensure citizens receive the refunds to which they are entitled.