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Taxpayers aren't the only ones disappointed with taxes this year

May 15, 2023
Federal tax revenue is coming in short while the debt ceiling remains unresolved. The problem was signaled by meager refunds.
So far this fiscal year, the IRS has brought in an estimated $250 billion less than forecast, possibly caused by lower capital gains tax receipts and postponed filing in California.
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Your tax refund may be smaller this year

Apr 5, 2023
Pandemic tax credits have dried up, like the temporary expansion of the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit.
Without pandemic-era expanded tax credits, low- and middle-income families will likely see lower tax returns.
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Some will get refunds on taxes they paid on unemployment benefits ... eventually

Apr 2, 2021
The IRS says the process of recalculating taxpayer returns will stretch into the summer.
It's a messy year for the IRS, taxpayers and tax preparers.
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Refunds are looking slimmer this tax season

Jan 29, 2019
Here's what you told us.
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Taxpayers say they plan to spend refunds responsibly

Mar 12, 2015
A survey found 34 percent of taxpayers will pay down debt with their refund.

Tax refunds can burn a hole in your pocket

Mar 1, 2013
Some retailers run special promotions to lure customers in during tax refund season.

For public good, not for profit.

Sequester threatens to delay tax refunds

Feb 27, 2013
Taxpayers face a double whammy thanks to the sequester. The budget cuts could delay IRS refunds. That's after the fiscal cliff debate delayed the start of filing season.

Persuading us to save not spend our tax refund

Feb 8, 2013
Researchers to track a TurboTax reminder at the "golden moment" when taxpayers can be motivated to save.

2012 tax season: Later deadline, smaller refund?

Apr 16, 2012
Tax procrastinators, breathe easy. This year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. There's extra time because April 15th fell on a Sunday this year, and today is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.