A family member of mine filed their 2013 Federal Tax Return on January 25, 2013. This was a standard 1040 A filed electronically through Turbotax.com.
This was a simple straightforward standard deduction return for the adjusted gross income of around $15,000.00.
On February 4, 2013, a 60 day letter was sent to my relative that states the following…
“Dear Tax Payer:
We have received your income tax return and are in the process of conducting a thorough review of your return information. This review is part of an ongoing program the IRS conducts to ensure the accuracy of return information.
Your return was selected because we are reviewing one or more of the following:
– Income you reported on your return (amount reported matches w-2 exactly)
– Income tax withholding amounts you reported on your return (amount reported matches w-2 exactly)
– Claims for tax credits you made on your return (no claims made)
– Business Income you reported on your return (no business income, this does not apply)
Generally, the IRS will deal directly with you or your duly authorized representative. However, we sometimes talk with other persons if we need to verify information we have received. If we do contact other persons, we will generally need to tell them limited information, such as your name. The law prohibits us from disclosing any more information than is necessary to obtain or verify the information we are seeking. Our need to contact other persons may continue as long as we are reviewing your return. If we do contact other persons, you have a right to request a list of those contacted.
You are not required to do anything at this time. If you have not received your refund or been contacted by us within 60 days from the date of this letter, you may call us at the number provided above. 1-800-829-1040 (automated #)
……. continues with information about Tax Advocate Service Assistance 1-877-777-4778″
After waiting the 60 days… a phone call to the automated number tells us that the return is still in process. A phone call to TAS Assistance refers us to the automated number and the irs.gov automated ” Where’s My Refund?”
I have heard from other sources that there are many people that have received this 60 day letter. This is the first time I have heard of this happening… I researched online and I see instances where this happened last year as well.
I am writing to publicly make this known to those who aren’t aware. I believe that the IRS is intentionally holding “selected” individuals 2013 federal income tax refunds. If anyone knows of anything that can be done about this please comment below.