Liberty Tax Anticipates Busy February for Tax Preparers
Liberty Tax Service, a leading tax preparation franchise, anticipates a busy month for tax preparers in February. In a poll of more than 1,000 taxpayers, Liberty Tax Service found that nearly 90 percent had not yet filed their 2016 federal income tax returns and that almost 68 percent of those who hadn't filed simply were waiting on tax paperwork, such as W-2s, mortgage, bank and investment statements.
Liberty Tax Service recommends taxpayers file early to minimize their risk of becoming victims of tax identity theft. The Company is encouraged to see that 63 percent of those who have not yet filed said they plan to do so during the month of February. More than 28 percent said they will file in March or later this year, a figure that was more than 41 percent in 2016.
The wait for tax documents was cited by many of the poll respondents as a reason they had not yet filed their tax returns. For example, nearly 17 percent said they had filed their 2015 taxes in January of last year, but just over 8 percent said they had filed their 2016 income tax return in January of this year. Employers have until
At participating Liberty Tax Service offices, taxpayers can begin their tax return with a pay stub while they await their W-2s. The early start will give taxpayers a sense of any taxes they may have due or the size of their income tax refund. More than 70 percent of the poll respondents said they expect an income tax refund this year. Already, income tax refunds will be delayed for taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. By law, the
Liberty Tax Service offices opened early this year to serve customers and will remain open through the tax filing deadline and beyond. Taxpayers have an additional three days to file their taxes this year because
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