Protective Refund Claims for ACA-Related Income Taxes

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court recently announced they would hear a case that challenges whether the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional. It is possible that if the mandate is ruled to be unconstitutional, incomes taxes established under the ACA may effectively be repealed and any ACA-related income taxes paid in prior years may be refundable if a timely claim for a refund is filed. The Supreme Court will hear the case this fall and they are expected to render a decision by early 2021.

Income taxes established under ACA went into effect in 2013. These include the Net Investment Individual Income Tax (NIIT), which has a rate of 3.8% for certain net investment income of individuals, trusts and estates. Taxpayers must have both net investment income and modified adjusted gross income over the following thresholds for the NIIT to apply.

Filing StatusThreshold Amount
Married filing jointly$250,000
Married filing separately$125,000
Head of household$200,000
Qualifying widower with dependent$250,000

In addition, the ACA tax includes a .9% Additional Medicare Tax, which applies to individuals’ […]

By |July 31st, 2020|investment, irs, refunds, tax planning, taxable income|0 Comments

Check on Your Refund — and Find Out Why the IRS Might Not Send It


It’s that time of year when many people who filed their tax returns in April are checking their mail or bank accounts to see if their refunds have landed. According to the IRS, most refunds are issued in less than 21 calendar days. However, it may take longer — and in rare cases, refunds might not come at all.

Your refund status

If you’re curious about when your refund will arrive, you can use the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool. Go to and click “Check My Refund Status.” You’ll need your Social Security number, your filing status (single, married joint filer, etc.) and your exact refund amount.

In some cases, taxpayers who are expecting a refund may be notified that all or part of their refunds aren’t going to be paid. A number of situations can cause this to happen.

Refunds settle debts

The Treasury Offset Program can use all, or part, of a refund to settle certain debts, including:

  • Past-due federal tax debts,
  • State income tax obligations,
  • Past-due child and spousal support,
  • Federal agency debts such as a delinquent student loan, and
  • Certain unemployment compensation owed to a state.

If the federal government is going to “offset” a refund […]

By |May 9th, 2019|irs, refunds, taxes|0 Comments

Where’s My Refund?


The IRS has reminded taxpayers that they can quickly check the status of their tax return and refund through “Where’s My Refund?” on or on the smartphone application IRS2Go. Initial information will normally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer’s efiled return or four weeks after the taxpayer mails a paper return to the IRS. The system updates only once every 24 hours, usually overnight, so there’s no need to check more often. Taxpayers should have their Social Security number, filing status, and exact refund amount when accessing “Where’s My Refund?”

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Linkenheimer LLP CPA.

By |March 13th, 2015|refunds|0 Comments

The Shutdown and What That Means For You

And a Few Things You Should Know Relating to Your Taxes: 

  • You can file your tax return electronically or on paper –– although the processing of paper returns will be delayed until full government operations resume. Payments accompanying paper tax returns will still be accepted as the IRS receives them.
  • Tax refunds will not be issued until normal government operations resume.
  • For taxpayers seeking assistance, only the automated applications on the regular 800-829-1040 telephone line will remain open.
  • All other tax deadlines remain in effect, including those covering individuals, corporations, partnerships and employers. The regular payroll tax deadlines remain in effect as well.
  • While the government is closed, people with appointments related to examinations (audits), collection, Appeals or Taxpayer Advocate cases should assume their meetings are cancelled. IRS personnel will reschedule those meetings at a later date. 
  • No live telephone customer service assistance will be available, however most automated toll-free telephone applications will remain operational. IRS walk-in taxpayer assistance centers will be closed.

The Federal Government might be “shutdown” and IRS employees are on furlough, but deadlines remain in effect and extensions are due on October 15. Individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with the IRS, as they are required to […]