December 28, 1994
Tax Packages on Their Way
WASHINGTON - The 1994 federal income tax packages go in
the mail on January 3, 1995. The Internal Revenue Service will mail tax packages or
postcards to 109 million taxpayers nationwide for the tax filing season that starts next
month. IRS expects to receive over 116 million tax returns for 1994.
This year the IRS is continuing its efforts in three major
- improving customer service for taxpayers;
- encouraging eligible low income workers to claim the earned income tax credit; and
- taking additional steps to combat tax filing fraud.
For the first time, the IRS lists its Customer Service Standards in the tax packages.
In her letter to taxpayers, IRS Commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson says, "We
intend to meet your needs and expectations as taxpayers and as customers. If the service
you receive from the IRS does not measure up to our Customer Service Standards, please let
While there are not many tax law changes for taxpayers to deal with this year, the
Earned Income Tax Credit has been significantly changed. For 1994, more low income workers
will qualify for the credit and the credit is easier to claim. The maximum earned income
tax credit is $306 for taxpayers with no qualifying children, $2,038 for those with one
child, and $2,528 for those with two or more children. IRS estimates that about 20 million
taxpayers will qualify for the EITC this year.
Taxpayers will continue to have alternatives to filing paper returns. IRS expects about
15.5 million individuals to file electronically this year. About 700,000 single people
will file by telephone, using the TeleFile program which has been expanded this year to 10
This filing season it will be very important for taxpayers to ensure they enter correct
social security numbers for themselves and their dependents on their tax returns. IRS said
it it increasing its screening and review of tax returns during processing to identify and
stop fraud attempts. The IRS will delay refunds on returns with incorrect or missing
social security numbers to allow time to verify that the taxpayers are entitled to the
refunds they claim.
"If you try to make a withdrawal at a bank or use an ATM machine, you need to use
the correct account number or PIN," said Commissioner Richardson. "We think the
same should be true when you file your return."
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