Discussion:Acknowledgment Delay

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Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
Is anyone else also experiencing delay in acknowledgment? I have about 10 returns that I still have not received the acceptance acknowledgment. Am I supposed to be sitting here checking for them every 5 minutes? I thought I would be resting at home after 4/15...

I know we have 36 hours to make correction if a tax return is rejected. So what about if a rejected acknowledgment is received on Friday...does that mean we will have to correct the mistake and resubmit it on the same day?

Nilodop (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
I don't know the source of the 36 hours to which you refer, but if it is something that is "prescribed under authority of any internal revenue law," then, depending on when the 36 hours ends, Sec 7503 and its reg. may get you a Monday deadline. http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/26/301.7503-1

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
Nilodop, are you experiencing the delay too?

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
Taxaddict, after two seasons of experiencing absolute HE<double toothpics> on April 15th because of acknowledgment delays (two different software vendors, their servers couldn't handle the volume), I decided that I DO NOT EFILE ON APRIL 15TH ANYMORE! All unfinished returns were placed on extension on April 10th. I had two of them give me the remaining info that I was patiently waiting for on Monday, April 14th. IMO, too late to complete and have a sit down with them before efiling.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

April 16, 2014
I sent my last one last night about 9 and it cleared today around 3. This new MEF system really is amazing. I've had acknowledgements back in 15-20 min up until yesterday. Obviously a lot of traffic, and who knows if that's Intuit backing up or IRS. In any event, much much better than years past.

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
Cathy: So is it the problem of IRS or the problem of my software vendor?

Nilodop (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
Nilodop, are you experiencing the delay too? NO. I am retired. I do not prepare returns.

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
"I am retired." ,-- I am jealous. I hope my days of retirement will come sooner than later.

Spell Czech (talk|edits) said:

16 April 2014
Retirement is what you make of it. My retirement is totally consumed by correcting spelling and grammar and punctuation mistakes here on TaxAlmanac's Tax Forum. And in about six weeks, it looks like my retirement will be over. No more TaxAlmanac, no more typos, no more typos, no more corrections, no more corrections, no more reason for getting up in the morning.

On the other hand, So many typos, so little time. Gotta get to work now...

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

April 16, 2014
Where's my Like button?

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

17 April 2014
Taxaddict, both times the software vendor made a deal with the IRS to accept the returns as being filed on time.

Joanmcq (talk|edits) said:

17 April 2014
I don't efile returns on April 15 either. I'm just waiting on ACKs from extensions.

Nilodop (talk|edits) said:

17 April 2014
While researching another matter, I came across this indication that the acknowledgment is very important. "According to petitioners, their 2006 return was timely filed because the due date for the filing of the return was extended until August 15, 2007, pursuant to their timely, electronic submission of a Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. To be effective, a request for an automatic extension to file a Federal income tax return must be filed on or before the date prescribed for filing the return. Raskin v. Commissioner , T.C. Memo. 1981-153, aff’d without published opinion , 685 F.2d 436 (8th Cir. 1982); sec. 1.6081-4(a)(3), Income Tax Regs.

The instructions shown on a Form 4868 intended to be electronically submitted state: “You will receive an electronic acknowledgment once you complete the transaction.” At trial petitioner readily admitted that petitioners never received the acknowledgment contemplated by those instructions. The failure to receive the acknowledgment should have put petitioners on notice that there was some problem in the submission of the Form 4868 and, more importantly, that the form was not received by respondent. The failure to have received an acknowledgment for the Form 4868 petitioners claim to have submitted undermines their claim that they reasonably believed that the filing date for their 2006 return had been extended. It follows that they are liable for a section 6651(a)(1) addition to tax." It is from BOAKE L. TERRY AND KELLIE R. TERRY, Petitioners v. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, Respondent

UNITED STATES TAX COURT - SUMMARY OPINION

T.C. Summary Opinion 2013-69

Docket No. 30923-09S.

Filed August 26, 2013.

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