As we reach the midway point in February, many people have received all of the information needed to file their taxes. For those who get refunds, you generally want to file as soon as possible so that you can get that refund money into your hands. On the other hand, if you owe money, you may prolong filing so that they can keep the money out of the government’s hands as long as possible.
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Since we owe this year, we’re going to be waiting a bit. I’ve done our taxes to determine the damage, so I’ll let the money sit in a high interest savings account for another month or so before sending it in. Where do you stand?
Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle
My name is Jeremy Vohwinkle, and I’ve spent a number of years working in the finance industry providing financial advice to regular investors and those participating in employer-sponsored retirement plans.
I have not yet filed because Fidelity has not sent the 1099 forms. They say:
"We are writing to inform you that Fidelity will mail your 2009 (Forms 1099) Tax Reporting Statement no later than February 28. Fidelity is taking this action to reduce the number of "corrected" tax statements you could receive.
Please note the following:
We will be mailing selected tax statements in late February because certain third-party tax information will not be available in time to be included in the tax statements mailed by the legal deadline (February 15).
The third-party information includes data for certain non-Fidelity mutual funds, unit investment trusts, mortgage pool securities, and real estate investment trusts.
We are able to mail your tax statements in late February because we received a mailing deadline extension from the Internal Revenue Service. . ."
I GAVE MY MOTHER MY TAX INFORMATION LAST YEAR BUT I AM NOT SURE IF SHE EVER FILED HOW WOULD I FIND OUT
I e-filed my taxes and my refund is projected to arrive February 22. I was quite surprised that after increasing my withholding, I ended up with the same refund amount as last year--and my state refund increased from 2006! These refunds will allow me to max out my Roth IRA contribution for 2007.
Filed on 2/9. Got my MD refund on 2/13. IRS expects to direct deposit fed refund on 2/22.
Hold your money if you owe!
I'm the second person who answered "I don't know" because my mom's a CPA and she does my taxes every year. I already gave her all my tax forms but I don't know if she's filed for me yet.
I too will owe money so I am in no hurry to send them off. I'm pretty much finished with them and I know how much I owe. I have the money set aside in my savings account until April 15th.
No, because my brokerage firm is a slacker. The firm filed an extension for distributing 1099-DIVs and 1099-INTs, so I'm still waiting.
Frugal Dad, from what I understand, it would affect those who file after the 15th due to an extension. In which your rebate would then come closer to the end of the year. Of course, there is a lot of information and speculation regarding how this rebate will work, so I can't say with certainty that is the case. But that brings up a good point, and something worth checking into.
I read somewhere that the upcoming rebate checks were dependent on filing your 2007 taxes, and that delaying your 2007 filing could delay your rebate check. Any truth to that, as you understand it? If so, it might pay to go ahead and settle up with the IRS to get the "rebate" for next year a little earlier.
I've gathered most of the needed information and entered into the organizer I have from my accountant, I just need to tweak a few things and then review everything. I should have it done soon though, and when I know whether it's money in our out, I'll determine when exactly I have him file it.
I wasn't expecting my life to turn so much...bought a house and had a son, both in December. The government owed me back over $4k (thank you HOH). I filed last night.
I went back and took my "tax burden" for 2007 - $7k, and made that as worst case scenario for taxes in 08 (I'll be itemizing b/c of mortgage interest next year, plus I donate a significant amount to charity). I then went through IRS publication 15 and figured out how many withholdings I should claim on my W-4 to come in "even". For a full year, I should withhold 4, but I paid in three checks at 2 withholdings, so I've moved to 5 withholdings.
I suppose I could have been more thorough and calculated my mortgage interest expectations, student loans, charitable givings, and pre-tax childcare, but I have a 2-month old crying around (he doesn't run yet).
PS. It is very VERY empowering to go through IRS Pub 15, run the calcs, and have the number on your calculator match what your company is withholding. "Know where your money goes and you'll be less likely to let it off the leash."