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Tax Season FAQ's


Listed below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive during tax season:
Q:  Can I check the status of my income tax refund online?
A:  Yes.  You can check the status online (this is the recommended method):

Q:  Can I check the status of my income tax refund by phone?
A:  Yes.  You can check the status by phone (if you can't successfully obtain the status online):
Federal:    800.829.1054
NY State:  518.457.5149

Q:  What if I have questions about the status of my income tax refund?
A:  Both the IRS and NY State have a web page dedicated to tax return status FAQ's:

Q:  Can I pay my federal and/or NY State balance due by either a bank account debit or by credit card?
A:  Yes.   Here are the links:

Q:  What if I can't pay my balance due by April 15th?
A:  You should always file your income tax return in a timely fashion to avoid a late-filing penalty.
    If you cannot pay the entire balance due, pay as much as possible with your return to minimize penalties and interest.

Q:  Can I set up an installment payment agreement to pay my balance due over time?
A:  Yes.  Here are the lnks to set up a payment agreement:

Q:  What should I do if I think I'm the victim of Identity Theft?
A:  IRS Publication 5027 outlines the warning signs, and the various steps you should take.

Q:  Do certain home improvements in 2016 still qualify for any tax credits?
A:  Yes.  The Nonbusiness Residential Energy Property Credit and the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit have
    been extended through 2016.  Here are some helpful links:

Q:  Do certain home appliance purchases in 2016 qualify for any tax credits?
A:  There are currently no federal energy-related income tax credits available for purchasing home appliances.  
However, from time to time appliance manufacturers offer rebates and incentives for purchasing their products.  
Visit the manufacturer's website to see if your purchase qualifies for any of their rebates and/or incentive programs.

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