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Top 3 Tips for Getting Your Tax Refund Faster

Americans may never agree about how much (or little) citizens should pay in taxes, but most of us agree that once our tax returns are filed, we would like to receive any refund as quickly as possible. The following tips can help.

E-file. According to the IRS, nearly 100 million tax returns were filed electronically in 2010, and taxpayers have e-filed nearly 1 billion Form 1040 series tax returns safely and securely since 1990.* To file your return electronically, you will need a computer with Internet access. The IRS website, www.irs.gov, lists tested and approved tax preparation software companies.

Avoid common errors. Errors when preparing your return can delay your refund, so consider checking out a list of common errors to avoid at www.irs.gov. The IRS suggests that the most common tax-filing errors are:

  • Incorrect or missing Social Security numbers.
  • Incorrect tax entered based on taxable income and filing status.
  • Errors when figuring out income, deductions, credits and exemptions.
  • Withholding and estimated tax payments entered on the wrong line.
  • Math errors.

Take advantage of direct deposit with Navigator Credit Union to save time and prevent your refund from getting lost or stolen in the mail. Simply provide the IRS with your account number(s) and Navigator’s routing number, and your refund will be deposited directly into your account. Our routing number is 265377950 or you can locate it at the bottom left of your checks (right before your account number).

Roughly 72 hours after you’ve filed your return, you can track the progress of your refund on the IRS website’s Where’s My Refund page. To help build a healthy financial future, consider using your refund to fund a savings account at Navigator.

Visit us online at www.navigatorcu.org or call 228-475-7300 to learn more.

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Source: Internal Revenue Service, www.irs.gov.
 
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BEWARE OF SCAMS

The IRS will never request detailed personal information via email or send any communication requesting PIN numbers, passwords or other information used to access your financial accounts. The IRS also does not initiate email communication with taxpayers regarding electronic federal tax payments or tax account matters. If you receive an unsolicited email from the IRS or a website that claims to be affiliated with the IRS, report the communication to phishing@irs.gov.