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State tax Alabama Accountability Act Tax Credits
State tax The 2013 Alabama Accountability Act provides a parent-taxpayer refundable tax credit available to eligible individual income taxpayers, limited to $3,563 for the 2013 tax year.
State tax In addition, a scholarship granting organization (SGO) contribution tax credit is available to both individual taxpayers and corporate taxpayers. The maximum eligible amount for individuals is $7,500, but is limited to one half of the taxpayer’s tax liability amount for the year. Corporate taxpayers are limited to one half of the corporation’s tax liability amount, beginning with the corporation’s 2013 tax year. The Alabama Schedule AATC7 Alabama Accountability Tax Credit will be used to claim the credits. Full details of these tax credits are available at http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/accountability/.
Understanding Your CP53A Notice
We tried to direct deposit your refund, but the financial institution couldn’t process it. We are researching your account, but it will take 8 to 10 weeks to reissue your refund.
What you need to do
- If you don’t receive your refund check or a follow-up letter within 10 weeks, call us at 1-866-682-7451 x733.
- If you call us before then, we won’t have any information about the status of your refund until we complete the research on your account.
Answers to Common Questions
Why was my direct deposit refund returned to the IRS?
A financial institution will reject a refund for a variety of reasons. Most often, one of the following items doesn’t match its records:
- Routing number
- Account number
Why will it take up to 10 weeks to receive my refund?
We must research your account to determine if you are entitled to the refund. We try to balance customer service and tax compliance by reviewing tax returns to prevent fraudulent or erroneous refunds. However, these critical reviews add time to refund processing. Refund timeframes are also affected by:
- An open audit
- A balance due on a related account (such as a different tax year)
Will calling the IRS give me additional information or speed my refund?
No, calling the IRS won’t do anything to speed your refund. You don’t need to call us unless we ask you to. If we need more information to process your refund, we’ll contact you by mail. Our telephone assistors won’t be able to provide any additional information.
Is the estimated date my tax preparer, tax software, or “Where’s My Refund” provided a guarantee of when I’ll get my refund?
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the date when a taxpayer will get his or her refund. While we can provide an estimate, this is a “best-case scenario” where the tax return doesn’t require any additional review or corrections.We work hard to issue refunds as quickly as possible. However, you shouldn’t make major financial decisions based on the estimated issue date of a tax refund.
Can I direct part of my refund into my tax professional’s checking or savings account to pay my tax preparation fee?
No. You can direct your refund to any of your checking or savings accounts. You can’t direct your refund to someone else’s account (except for your spouse’s account when you have a joint refund).
Tips for next year
If you request a direct deposit refund, ensure the account you specify is in your name (or your spouse’s if you have a joint refund).
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Printable samples of this notice (PDF)
Tax publications you may find useful
How to get help
- Call the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
- Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
- See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
The State Tax
State tax Alabama taxpayers have four new refund donation check-offs from which to choose this year, bringing the total number of available refund donation check-offs on the 2013 return to sixteen. The new offerings include: the Alabama State Historic Preservation Fund, Archives Services Fund, Alabama Firefighters Annuity and Benefit Fund, and the Victims of Violence Assistance (Reference: Acts 2011-620; 2011-552, and 2012-259, respectively).
State tax Driver’s License/Non driver’s Number, Date of Birth Requirements Added to Return Filings Taxpayers who electronically file 2013 Alabama Forms 40, 40-A or 40 NR should include their driver’s license or non-driver’s license number, as well as their date of birth, on their Alabama returns. This is the department’s latest effort to combat the growing threat of identity theft and fraudulent tax return filings. The department will use this information to validate filers’ names and dates of birth information shown on the Alabama returns against names and dates of birth information shown on individuals’ driver’s licenses or non-driver’s licenses. If a match does not occur, then the return will
State tax be flagged and will be reviewed by an examiner. No other personal information shown on an individual’s driver’s license or non-driver’s license record will be available to the ADOR for use, such as photo identification, physical description, driving restrictions or gender.