McIntire Income Tax Center
Tax Information and FAQ

Tax Info On the Internet

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There is a lot of information on the internet about taxes, some good and some bad. The best way to find the information you need is through the official sites we have listed below. They will provide you with access to forms and publications. If you can't find what you are looking for there, all the major financial sites have sections with tax information. There are also some very good tax blogs. However, you must carefully choose your sources. Some web sites have information is simply misleading or accidentally incorrect; but there are several tax avoidance scams which could get you into big trouble.


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Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov
Kansas Department of Revenue www.webtax.org
Oklahoma Tax Commission www.oktax.state.ok.us
Official Payments Corp www.officialpayments.com
Other States' Forms www.taxadmin.org/fta/
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Tax Information by Phone

Internal Revenue Service  
Teletax* 1-800-829-4477
Refund Hotline* 1-800-829-1954
Problem Resolution 1-800-829-1040
Forms/Copy of Return 1-800-829-3676
Taxpayer Advocate Svc 1-877-777-4778
Telephone Device for the Deaf 1-800-829-4059
Electronic Payment Hotline (EFTPS) 1-800-945-8400
       
Kansas Department of Revenue**    
Taxpayer Assistance 1-785-398-8222
Income Tax Refund* 1-800-894-0318
Forms (automated) 1-785-296-4937
       
Other Important Numbers  
Oklahoma Tax Commission 1-405-521-3160
Credit Card Payments 1-800-272-9829
Social Security Admin. 1-800-772-1213

*The IRS has added a new refund only line. Tele-tax will also give you your refund and it also has the automatic tax topic system. All automated refund lines require that you know the primary (first) Social Security Number that appears on the return. You must also know the dollar amount the refund you are expecting. For the IRS numbers you must also have the filing status used on the return. This is done to protect your privacy.
** Kansas no longer has toll-free numbers except for the Refund line.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Income taxes raise a lot of questions. Whether your question is about what information we need to prepare your return or how to handle an IRS notice, we can help. Some questions have clear answers. Other questions require more information. If your question is not listed here, or there are special circumstances, please give us a call at 442-6227.

Table of Contents

  1. Questions about McIntire Tax Center
  2. Electronic filing and refund/balance due questions
  3. Tax Questions
  4. Problems

Questions about McIntire Income Tax Center:

Where are you located?
119 West 5th Ave. in Arkansas City, KS.

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Do I need an appointment?
An appointment is always a good idea if you want to see a preparer. We do accept drop-off returns at any time.
 
What is a drop-off return?
At McIntire Tax center, we take the time to visit with our clients when they bring in their tax information. This quickly allows us to note changes and ask questions that can lead to a more accurate return. However, sometimes this is not practical and a client just leaves (drops off) their tax information. Sometimes it is more practical to mail or electronically send your tax information. That is not a problem. No matter how your tax documents get to us, Trish prepares the return and contacts the client if she has any questions and when the return is done.
 
What do I need to bring in?
We need all W-2's, 1999's, and income (including business and rental) you received. If you have a business, rentals, itemize deductions (long form) we will need these expenses. Also, personal information, such as SSNs and dates of birth on everyone on the return. If you are in doubt, bring it in. But if you forget something generally you can call it in.
 
Do I need to bring in a copy of last year's return?
If you are a new client, it is helpful for us to see last year's return. This is especially true if there is any depreciation or carryovers from a prior year. It is also nice to have for a comparison with this year's results.
 
Do I need to bring in the receipts to prove my expenses?
What we generally need is a breakdown by category and type. For example, medical expenses would include doctor, medications, miles; repairs would be broken down into building, equipment, etc. This way we can make sure you haven't included something you can't deduct or missed something you can. Occassionally, we might want to see the receipts.
 
How much does it cost to prepare a return?
Our prices begin at $75 for a one W-2 return for both Federal and Kansas. The actual price depends on the forms we have to complete. Accurate pricing is hard to do until the return in completed. After we have prepared the return, if you are not comfortable with the price, the process will be stopped and any documents you brought in will be returned to you. No obligations.
 
Do I have to pay for the return when I come first come in?
No, payment is not required at the time of preparation, but you are welcome to pay then. We will not, however, release the return for mail or electronic filing until the preparation charges have been paid.If you have a refund, you might think about using the e-Collect program.
 
How can I pay for the return?
We accept cash, personal check, debit or credit card. We also have programs which allow the preparation fees to be withheld from your federal refund. There are additional fees involved for those programs, however.
 

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Electronic filing and refund/balance due questions:

What is electrically filing a return?
When we electronically file a return it is sent from our computer to the IRS's computer.
 
What are the advantages to electronically filing?
The advantages are accuracy and increased speed of refund. In order to be electronically filed, a return must be mathematically correct. The IRS also checks all SSN's and EIN for accuracy and previous use. Most of these problems can be quickly resolved and re-submitted. Once accepted by the IRS, the refund takes about 3 weeks to reach you.
 
Can I electronically file my Kansas return also?
Yes, and we can e-file your Homestead return if there is a Kansas return e-filed.
 
I have a refund coming back, can you tell me when it will be here?
Once we know how and when your return is being filed, we can generally give you an idea based upon information the IRS gives us.
 
Is there a way to check on my refund?
Yes, the IRS has a toll-free phone number (1-800-829-1954) you can call. And they have added the ability to check on your return on their web site www.irs.gov. Kansas also has a toll free number (1-800-894-0318) and online site to check on your individual or Homestead refund. For the IRS site, you will need to have the first SSN on the return, the refund you are expecting, and the filing status on the return. Kansas also requires the second SSN on joint returns.
 
Can I have my refund direct deposited to my account
Yes, the Federal refund can be direct deposited whether you file electronically, telefiled, or by mail. Kansas must be electronically or telefiled
 
I owe, can I pay by credit card?
Yes, but not directly. Please check this site for more information.There are debit options which can be set up when the return is e-filed.

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Tax Questions

Do I have to file a return?
That depends on your age, filing status, and amount of income. The rules are also different for each state involved. The specifics can be very complicated. Please give us a call at 442.6227. It is also important to understand that while you may not be required to file a return you may want to file to get withholding back or if you qualify for Earned Income Credit.
 
What is Earned Income Tax Credit?
EITC is a refundable credit. The amount of the refund is based on the amount of income from a job or self employment received during the year and whether there is no, one, or more qualifying children in the home. The definition of a qualifying child and refund amounts change each year.
 
I don't have the money to pay all my tax now. What can I do?
The IRS allows you to make installment payments. You will need to file form 9465 with the return or notice. There are some special requirements for this form. It will stop the non-payment penalties but interest will continue to build. There is a set up charge. And while under this agreement, you can not make any other installment agreements.
 
Can't I just file an extension?
An extension only gives you more time to complete the return. It does not put off paying the amount you will owe. The form requires that you estimate the tax you will owe and sent that in with the extension. If you need more time to pay, the installment form is a better choice.
 
I know I will get a refund, but I don't have all my information yet.
If you are getting a refund then there is not a problem and no need to file an extension. All penalties and interest are based on the amount you owe.
 
What is the underpayment of estimated tax penalty?
This is a special penalty the IRS and the states add to a balance due when you owe more than they think you should owe. For the IRS, the limit is $1000. Kansas adds the penalty when you owe more than $200. There are some special exemptions and calculations in figuring this penalty.

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Problems

I was not happy with the service I received.
Please let us know. We are very serious about providing quality service and we will work to solve any problem.
 
What is your guarantee?
We are confident in the quality of our service. Should a problem arise, we will back you to the full extent allowed by law. The tax is your responsibility, but we accept financial responsibility for any additional charges accessed. Please see our Guarantee Page.
 
What if I get a letter from the IRS or a state about my taxes?
Please call or bring it in. Let us double check with your file. Do not assume that the letter is correct. Even if it is correct, there may be other options to take.
 
I have a refund coming back, can you tell me when it will be here?
Once we know how and when your return is being filed, we can generally give you an idea based upon information the IRS gives us.
 
Is there a way to check on my refund?
Yes, the IRS has a toll-free phone number (1-800-829-1954) you can call. And they have added the ability to check on your return on their web site www.irs.gov. Kansas also has a toll free number (1-800-894-0318) and online site to check on your individual or Homestead refund. For the IRS site, you will need to have the first SSN on the return, the refund you are expecting, and the filing status on the return. Kansas also requires the second SSN on joint returns.
 
How do I get forms
We use computer generated forms so we don't have forms to give out. Forms are also available by phone or on the internet.


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