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How to Check A Prior Year Tax Refund Status

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on October 20, 2016
Last modified: May 24, 2018

Go online and use the “Where’s My Refund” IRS tool. It works!

Although the IRS “Where’s My Refund” tool is available to check the progress of your return, it only applies to the tax return you filed for the most current tax year.

For example, let’s say you file your 2013 tax return and soon after remember to file your late 2012 return. Although you filed your 2013 taxes before your 2012, 2013 is going to be the one that the IRS site shows the status for since it is the most recent tax year in their database for you.

So how do you check your prior year tax refund status after mailing your return to the IRS?

Brace yourselves as many of you aren’t going to like Plan B. You’ll need to call the IRS. Of course, you don’t want to mail your return and call on your lunch break the following day. The IRS insists that you wait it out for at least 6 weeks after mailing your return to call and check on the status. When you call, make sure you have the following handy:

  • tax year
  • social security number
  • filing status
  • exact refund amount

You can call 1-800-829-1040 and follow the prompts for a live representative. The person that you speak with will have direct access to your tax return and be able to provide you with a status update.

Tip: Request a tracking number when mailing your return. It’ll give you peace of mind to know that it arrived safe and sound.

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How To File 2012 Taxes in 2016

Posted by admin on October 18, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Feel like giving up? Take a deep breath: you can still file your late 2012 taxes!

Procrastination happens. Maybe you planned to file your 2012 taxes when they were due, but ended up putting it off until a later date. Now, it’s 2016 and you still haven’t filed your 2012 taxes. Sound familiar? The good news is you can file 2012 taxes with PriorTax. 

Yes, it will be considered late. However, it’s much better to file late, than to never file at all!

If the process of filing your late taxes is causing you mild stress, take a deep breath and simply follow our provided steps.

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Last Day to Claim Your 2013 Tax Refund

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on May 16, 2016
Last modified: April 12, 2017

Don’t let this one slip through the cracks. The last day to claim your 2013 tax refund is April 15th, 2017!

Timing controls everything in life, from the expiration date on your milk carton to your child’s expected due date next Spring. Tax refunds are no exception. In fact, the IRS gives you three years from the initial deadline to claim that money.

The good news is that with PriorTax, we can help you over that hump we like to call procrastination. We’ll help you get that 2013 tax refund as quickly as possible with no hassle at all.

First things first… prepare your tax return online.

Now that you know you can still claim your refund, let’s get to work. Follow these steps now. Thank us later.

  1. Create your PriorTax account. It’s free to do this. You’ll even be able to see exactly how big of a refund you can expect before paying anything!
  2. Complete our easy online application. With your tax documents handy, this part will be super easy. We have it all laid out for you (no tax forms necessary).
  3. Submit your account. Once you’ve finished, then our tax team can take a look. We’ll make sure that you included all necessary information before the IRS gets their hands on it.
  4. Download your tax return. Once our team has reviewed your return, we’ll let you know when a copy is available to print, sign and mail to the IRS. Unfortunately, the IRS does not let you e-file after the tax deadline for that year, so you’ll need to take advantage of good ol’ fashioned snail mail.
  5. Wait for your refund. In my opinion, this part is always the hardest.

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11 Sensible Ways to Spend Your 2012 Tax Refund

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on March 30, 2016
Last modified: December 21, 2016

Did you know you have until April 18th, 2016 to claim your 2012 tax refund?

If you didn’t know, then this information might feel a little like finding a $5 bill in an old winter coat. With that in mind, you’re probably thinking about how you can spend it, right? Before I get into the great things you could put that extra money towards, it’s important to remember that your tax refund is still money that you earned. You’re receiving a refund because more tax was withheld throughout the year than was needed to cover the taxes you owed to the IRS. So depending how your 2012 tax situation shakes out, you might be owed a refund, or you might owe back tax if not enough money was withheld. Given that, you should file any past due tax returns ASAP – especially with the chance to get an unclaimed 2012 refund slipping away soon.

Whether you’re saving or spending, make sure you do it right!

1. Catch up on bills.

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make the biggest impact. Using your tax refund to stay up to date on monthly bills and avoid late fees and interest is such a great way to eliminate stress. Then you can save up the remainder and put it towards that oh-so-necessary vacation you’ve been meaning to take.

2. Start an emergency fund.

Suppose your car breaks down and insurance won’t cover it. Maybe your boss crunches the numbers and realizes that he can’t afford to fund your position anymore. In a world so surprising, you should always hope for the best but prepare for the worst. This is why setting aside a cushion of savings might be a good idea. Financial experts suggest maintaining a savings large enough to cover three to six months’ worth of household spending. You may be thinking that there’s no way that your tax refund will cover that. Maybe not, but you have to start somewhere. (more…)

Filing a 2015 Tax Return in 2018

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on March 18, 2016
Last modified: December 14, 2018

Forget to file your 2015 tax return? Let’s get you caught up.

Sometimes, procrastination gets the best of us and we fall behind. It happens. Most procrastination-fueled situations can be resolved. There’s no exception when it comes to filing your late 2015 taxes.

Can I still file a 2015 tax return in 2017?

April 18th, 2016 marks the tax filing deadline for 2015 taxes . The good news? You can still prepare your tax return after the deadline and mail it to the IRS. The bad news? If you owe additional tax for 2015, you may be faced with penalty fees. If you forgot to file by the deadline, you will be responsible for the failure-to-file penalty. You will be liable for the failure-to-pay penalty if you didn’t pay the IRS on time. These will be explained further in a few.

Can I prepare my 2015 taxes online?

You missed the filing deadline. That doesn’t mean you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to your tax preparation. You also won’t need to dip into your savings to afford it. You can still prepare your taxes online which happens to be inexpensive and pretty easy.

All you need to do is follow these 5 steps. (more…)

How To Calculate Your 2012 Tax Refund

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on February 19, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Fashionably late? You can still file your 2012 tax return!

Unfortunately, filing your tax return late isn’t as notable as arriving an hour later than planned to a cocktail party. However, the IRS does give you three years to claim your refund after the official April deadline.  

Use our 2012 tax calculator to figure out how much the IRS owes you (or what you owe them).

What information do I need for the 2012 tax calculator?

To use our calculator tool, you just need some of your basic tax information from 2012. You’ll be able to navigate different tabs as shown below.

2012 tax calc info

Complete each section as best you can. Although it is best to complete every section entirely, you can skip the credits and deductions tab if you’re unsure. This will give you a ballpark figure until you have the time to gather your paperwork.

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Can I Still Get My 2012 Tax Refund?

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on February 10, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Start your engines! The last day to claim your 2012 tax refund is April 18th, 2016.

Many of us recognize April 18th as the deadline to file our 2015 tax returns. Did you know that it is also the last day to file a 2012 tax return and claim a tax refund?

The IRS has a three-year statute of limitations for taxpayers to collect their refund money. Once those three years are up, all unclaimed refunds land themselves amongst others within the IRS walls of tax years past.

Sorry for the dramatization but it’s true. Why give up your refund to the IRS when you can file your 2012 tax return today and get your hard-earned money back?

 

File your 2012 tax return in a few simple steps.

You only have until mid-April to claim your 2012 tax refund. If you start today, you could have that refund in your hand by the end of the month. It’s easy! Here’s how:

  1. Create an account on PriorTax. Select 2012 as your tax year, create a username and unique password.
  2. Enter your tax information. Once you have your 2012 tax documents handy, we’ll ask all the questions.
  3. Submit your 2012 account. The PriorTax team will review your information and make a pdf version available for you to download.
  4. Print, sign and mail your 2012 tax return. Since you cannot e-file a prior year tax return, you’ll need to mail your return to the IRS.

 

Did you forget what the 2012 tax rates are?

We’ve got you covered. It’s probably been awhile since you’ve taken a look at these. Just to refresh your memory, take a look at the 2012 tax rates below: (more…)

How Do I Check My Federal Tax Return Status?

Posted by admin on June 7, 2013
Last modified: December 14, 2016

You’ve got the questions. We’ve got the answers.

The best way to check your return’s status is to use the Where’s My Refund tool on the IRS website.

Don’t call the IRS unless Where’s My Refund tells you to. Calling the IRS unnecessarily will just bog them down and make things slower for everyone, including you.

The IRS updates statuses on Where’s My Refund every 24 hours – usually at night – so you only need to check once a day. Checking more often is not only unnecessary but could cause the entire system to crash, preventing you from being able to check your status at all.

Before you check your status you should wait 24-72 hours after e-filing or 3-4 weeks after mailing a paper return to give the IRS time to receive and process your return. (more…)