IRS expects 2.7 million Tennessee returns this year
Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 9:06 pm
By JOE EDWARDS
NASHVILLE (AP) — It’s tax season, time for accountant Peter Tuttle to get ready to do very little except prepare returns.
“I don’t schedule anything else,” said Tuttle, a CPA from Franklin. “If there’s a family event I can’t do, they don’t bat an eye. They understand.”
In Tennessee, the Internal Revenue Service expects 2.7 million returns to be filed this year, up slightly from a year ago.
“From the time the W2s come out, it just gets busier until April,” Tuttle said.
According to the latest figures available, 1.62 million Tennesseans received refunds for calendar year 2008; 400,000 owed money.
Last year 74 percent of Tennesseans e-filed, many of them from a home computer.
“That number (home computer filing) has been rising 15 to 20 percent per year,” IRS spokesman Dan Boone said.
In fact, about 264,000 Tennesseans have already e-filed their 2010 returns.
Tax packets were not mailed this year, so filers need to get forms at www.IRS.gov, libraries, post offices or IRS offices.
“We don’t anticipate any rush on forms at the last minute that we can’t handle,” Boone said.
There is some good news for taxpayers: Tennessee’s sales tax deduction had expired but was reinstated for 2010.
“It’s near and dear to the hearts of Tennesseans,” Boone said.
The deduction is claimed on Schedule A, and that form may not be available until Feb. 14 because of the time needed for the agency to make the adjustment.
Tuttle’s retort to that: “Tell Congress to pass their changes earlier.”
You’re not on your own. The IRS offers free help for certain qualifiers at 180 sites in 56 Tennessee counties.
“They can save a tax preparation fee,” Boone said.
Additionally, the IRS has taxpayer assistance centers in Chattanooga, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. Taxpayers can also go to www.IRS.gov for help.
The agency also has a center in Memphis where about 2,800 employees handle compliance services and other duties.
Taxpayers have until Monday, April 18, to file this year because Washington, D.C., is celebrating Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15, the normal deadline. Law requires the extension to go beyond the weekend.
Tennessee’s paper federal tax returns should be mailed to the IRS Center, Austin, Texas, 73301-0002
Tennessee taxpayers actually have it easier than those in other states because Tennessee has no state income tax.
Everything from the IRS is not all need-your-money news. Because of mailing address errors, the IRS has been trying to return $2.48 million in undelivered checks to about 2,100 taxpayers in Tennessee. The undelivered refund checks averaged about $1,200.
Tuttle, a CPA for 16 years, hopes his clients take this advice:
“Call me in February rather than April 14 or 15.”
Associated Press Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville contributed to this report.
Published in The Messenger 2.7.11