Saturday, March 22, 2014

Where is my State Refund?

Where is my State Refund? Where can I get information of my Refund?


After filing my state tax return last six days, I was wondering from where can I find my refund status. Previously I shared the blog to find out the status of Federal Income Tax Return


It's easy to check the status of your state tax refund using the online refund status tools on each state's Web site. Below are the list of all the states who are providing online tool to check the status. Hope this will help you out.

Some of the link will not land you up on exact web page. Find out "Where's MY Refund?" link on the landed page.
  1. Alabama  [ https://myalabamataxes.alabama.gov/_/#2 ]
  2. Alaska  --- Hurre, there is no Income Tax.
  3. Arizona [https://www.aztaxes.gov/default.aspx] (click on Where's My Refund? )
  4. Arkansas (click on Where's My Refund under the section titled Inquiry Search) 
  5. California 
  6. Colorado (click on Where's My Refund under the section titled For Individuals) 
  7. Connecticut 
  8. Delaware 
  9. District of Columbia 
  10. Florida No income tax 
  11. Georgia (click on Where's My Refund? in the section titled For Individuals) 
  12. Hawaii 
  13. Idaho 
  14. Illinois 
  15. Indiana 
  16. Iowa 
  17. Kansas 
  18. Kentucky 
  19. Louisiana 
  20. Maine 
  21. Maryland 
  22. Massachusetts (Account registration required) 
  23. Michigan 
  24. Minnesota 
  25. Mississippi 
  26. Missouri 
  27. Montana 
  28. Nebraska 
  29. Nevada No income tax 
  30. New Hampshire Not available.
  31. New Jersey 
  32. New Mexico 
  33. New York 
  34. North Carolina 
  35. North Dakota 
  36. Ohio 
  37. Oklahoma 
  38. Oregon 
  39. Pennsylvania 
  40. Rhode Island 
  41. South Carolina 
  42. South Dakota No income tax 
  43. Tennessee Not available. Income tax is assessed only on interest and dividends 
  44. Texas No income tax 
  45. Utah (click on Where's My Refund? under the section titled For Individuals)
  46. Vermont 
  47. Virginia 
  48. Washington No income tax 
  49. West Virginia (click the Where's My Refund? link under the section titled Non-Registered) 
  50. Wisconsin 
  51. Wyoming No income tax 

2013 Income Tax Estimator Calculator



Below is a Cool Link provided by Tax-Rates.org website to estimate your taxes before you complete your tax return. This will help you out not only Federal but State Taxes.


This income tax estimator provided by the Tax-Rates.org Tax Calculator

Where is my Refund?

From where can I get status of my Federal Income Tax Return REFUND?
 

After doing and eFiling Federal tax return, I do have a question where is my refund or when can I get my refund?

I thought this question will be in everybody's mind, once they will finish their tax return and awaiting their refund to come. 

Below are the few links from the IRS.Gov website which gives you the status of where is your refund.

Step 1: When to check status...
  •     Within 24 hours after we've received your e-filed tax return
  •     4 weeks after you mail your paper return
  •     "Where's My Refund?" is updated once every 24 hours
Step 2: What you need... 
  •    Social Security Number
  •    Filing status
  •    Exact refund amount
Step 3: How...

Before finding out your refund, how to know when will I get my refund?




Friday, March 21, 2014

How Do I file my Federal Taxes for Free and what do I need to get started?

How Do I file my Federal Taxes for Free?


Free Federal Taxes 2013
You can file your federal taxes free from the IRS.Gov website for Year 2013-2014. 

IRS provides an option to choose from the selected vendors based on your income (Free till your income is below $58,000) 


[Above link will open up IRS website to show vendors to provide free File ]
  • There are 14 commercial tax software companies that make their products available for free, only through Free File at IRS.gov.
  • Each company sets its own eligibility criteria, generally based on income, age, state residency, eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and military status.
  • If your adjusted gross income was $58,000 or less, you will find one or more free software options.
  • Once at the company's website, review their information to ensure it meets your needs. For example, some offer free state tax returns, and some charge a fee.
If you are confused on which software you need to use, then IRS also provide an easy utility to answer your question. Fill out the required information and IRS will suggest which software will be preferable to you.  Suggest me which is suitable for me. [ http://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/jsp/wizard.jsp ]


What do I need to get started FREE FILE ?


To Start with your Free File, you need to have below things handy with you.

  • A copy of last year's tax return
  • Last year's 2013 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or last year's Personal Identification Number to verify your identity. Don’t guess, an incorrect AGI or PIN can cause your return to reject. Get an online Electronic Filing PIN, a five digit PIN from the IRS or call the IRS toll-free line at1-866-704-7388.
  • Valid Social Security Numbers for yourself and your spouse if applicable
  • Valid Social Security Numbers for your dependents if applicable
  • Forms W-2 from all of your employers
  • Forms 1099-INT showing interest paid to you throughout the year
  • Form 1099-G showing any refund, credit or offset of state and local taxes
  • All receipts pertaining to your small business if applicable
  • Forms 1099-DIV and Forms 1099-R
  • Income receipts from rental, real estate, royalties, partnerships, S corporation, trusts
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Social Security benefits
  • Other income
  • Valid email address - To get a notification from the Free File software company that your return was accepted by IRS, you need a valid email address
 You can find the above details on http://www.irs.gov/uac/What-you-need-to-get-started


  To know more about FREE FILE option available on IRS below are the introductory videos provided by IRS.





** All the information are taken from the IRS website. (http://www.irs.gov)

Calculate your California Taxes 2013 : Tax Calculator


Find your California Tax before filing your tax return using tax calculator provided by Franchise Tax Board.


This calculator is only used when you are filing your taxes with Form 540, 540NR. If you are filing 540EZ, this tool won't help you out. 

Franchise board also provided the list of tables to figure out your taxes based upon your income if you are filing 540EZ.  Below is the link to get the more detail.





How To: File your California Income Tax Return for year 2013-14 with CalFile


Know how to use CalFile to file your California Income Tax Return for year 2013-2014. Below is a YouTube link from the franchise board to make you aware about calfile.