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Could the Federal Government Garnish My Tax Refund?

Are you looking forward to receiving a tax refund this year? On January 29, the IRS will begin accepting tax returns. However, you should be aware that your tax refund could be offset by the Department of the Treasury or the IRS for certain kinds of debts. Your tax refund will not be offset to satisfy private debts. The Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service (BFS) or the IRS could offset your tax return for debts that include: Defaulted student loans: The BFS could offset your tax refund if you have defaulted on any type of federal student loan. FFEL and Direct loans are in default after at least 270 days of nonpayment. You could choose several options for getting out of default to prevent a tax refund offset. Unpaid child support: Your tax refund could be offset if you have failed to pay court-ordered child support. State…
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Five Helpful Tax Filing Tips for the 2018 Tax Season

The IRS has announced that it will begin accepting tax returns on January 29. Tax season can be stressful, and we want to make sure everyone is aware of information that could make filing easier. Free filing services are available. We recently published a blog that listed free tax filing options in Kansas City. If you meet the income requirements, a certified professional could help you file your taxes. You also qualify for the IRS’ Free File service if your household income is under $66,000. The IRS teams up with other companies to provide free e-filing options for filers who meet this requirement. You can file before January 29. E-filing services and tax professionals can help you file your taxes before this date. However, the IRS will not accept your return until January 29. You can receive your refund faster by e-filing. There are many e-filing options you could choose…
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Can I Get Free Help With My Taxes?

The IRS is expected to begin the 2018 tax season within the next few weeks. Filing taxes can be a confusing process for many people. Fortunately, you may qualify to receive free help filing your taxes this year. Options for free tax preparation in Kansas City may include: VITA programs: Kansas City has several volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) programs. Certified volunteers working for Next Step KC could help with your income tax preparation if you have an income of $60,000 or less. Next Step KC can also help resolve tax problems for filers who meet the eligibility requirements. The University of Kansas School of Law also operates a VITA program each year. However, the program’s start date for the 2018 tax season has not been announced. TCE programs: Tax counseling for the elderly (TCE) services may be an option. As the name implies, TCE services are a type of…
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