February 08, 1995
IRS Urges Accuracy to Avoid Delayed Refunds
WASHINGTON - Taxpayers should take time to check and make sure
they file accurate income tax returns this year, the Internal
Revenue Service said today. Taxpayers should be especially careful
to enter correct social security numbers for themselves and their
dependents. Incorrect social security numbers delay the processing
of returns and the payment of refunds. The IRS also urged taxpayers
claiming refundable credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit,
to make sure they are eligible for the credit and to check the
accuracy of their calculations.
IRS is increasing its screening and review of all returns to
ensure that only those taxpayers entitled to refunds receive them.
But taxpayers entitled to refunds who inadvertently forget to enter
numbers or enter incorrect numbers may find their refunds delayed
In addition to the IRS' ongoing efforts to verify the accuracy
of return information, the IRS has taken several additional steps
this year to prevent erroneous refunds from being issued. Because
the IRS verifies the social security numbers for all taxpayers,
their spouses, and their dependents, refunds on returns with
incorrect or missing numbers will be delayed while the IRS checks
the accuracy of the refunds claimed.
"I cannot emphasize enough how essential it is for taxpayers to
have complete and accurate information on their returns, said
Margaret Milner Richardson, Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
"Taxpayers should double check the Accuracy of their social security
numbers. Any taxpayers who are not sure of their social security
numbers should check their social security cards or call the Social
The IRS said that all returns will be subject to accuracy
before refunds are issued, without regard to any particular items
claimed on the return. Some taxpayers who file and claim refundable
credits like the EITC and the motor fuel credit may initially
receive their refunds of withheld income tax, followed by a separate
refund check for the delayed credit.
Last March, the Treasury Department established a task force to
make an independent, comprehensive review of tax refund fraud. The
task force reported that while most of the people who claim refunds
comply with the law, the growing problem of fraudulent and
questionable refund claims, especially those involving refundable
credits, requires IRS to take special measures to ensure that only
those eligible for a refund actually receive it.
"The Earned Income Tax Credit is for those who earn it."
Commissioner Richardson said. "The IRS is committed to ensuring that
the Earned Income Tax Credit is there for the 20 million low-income
American workers who earn it and need it."
Taxpayers whose returns require additional review will find
their refunds delayed. The IRS will send notices to all affected
taxpayers to explain the delay, which could be up to eight weeks
after the notice is sent. In some cases, when only a portion of the
return is being reviewed, the IRS will issue that portion-of the
refund not under review.
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