Tax Returns.... no laughing
So... with our car recently stolen we could REALLY use the nearly $5k that we are owed from the last 4 years. Any ideas on how to actually get that? We've not received a tax return since we moved to the VI.
I agree. I've been doing this for the last 3 or 4 years and it gives me such peace of mind to not have the stress of getting angry waiting for a refund. If your tax situation is simple it is easy enough to figure out how to decrease withholding, along with increasing the 401k contribution, to end up owing the VI government a little bit and getting close to breaking even.
The hard lesson here is NEVER pay the VIRB more than they are due; in fact underpay your income taxes if you can. You might have to have your children collect the refund if any is due.
I have always received my refunds when I filed on time. Last 2 years I didn't file on time so my fault this time. I'll let them use that money for a while until I see others getting their refund.
But, they have other monies of mine and I have written a Demand Letter on the advice of Nolo Press online. I demanded payment by Jan 15, 2017 and said I will file suit if funds not received. Before the demand letter I have record of calling and them calling me.
On January 17, 2017 I will file in Small Claims based on something I found online. I sent a question to the Source and reported to IG via their hotline. Hoping to find that this agency has some fed connection so I can complain to a higher authority.
Start writing, calling, and documenting. You have nothing to lose.
Start calling. Ask them that you are checking on the status of your refund. Start with the earliest year. Ask if it has been processed. Then ask if there were any problems. I had a similar situation and after about 15 phone calls I finally got a person who REALLY looked into it and said that the earliest year was in 'audit'. Which held up getting all of my refunds. Which turned into getting all of the years audited as well. They said they 'sent out a letter' but I never got any letter and had no idea that was holding it up. It was a mess, and not fun, but I did get my refunds shortly after it was sorted out. Throwing people into audit when they are owed a refund is something pretty common. Doing it to the same people year after year is also common. They said this is something they are 'working on' improving, but it's happened to me five years in a row. Doesn't matter what office you call, St. Thomas or St. Croix, they will be able to answer. I usually have more luck with the St. Croix office. Just keep calling until you find someone who seems to really give a crap and is willing to check in the system for you and find out what is holding it up.
Throwing people into audit when they are owed a refund is something pretty common.
Maybe that's why I've never had an audit. Haven't gotten a refund in probably more than 20 years. Did have a minor mistake one time that made them think I owed more than what I sent them. Just needed to be corrected, but that took almost a year. And that was with the IRS. Every few months I'd get an automated letter stating they received my response but were too busy to look at it. Also kept getting a bill to pay the balance. Finally got local congress rep to help straighten it out. All they had to do was look at the corrected return.