Where's My Refund?
Part of the new law, aimed at cutting down on tax fraud, has resulted in a delay in taxpayers refund. If you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or claimed an additional Child Tax Credit, your refund will be on hold until at least February 15th. You may check the status of your tax return using the IRS's "Where's My Refund?" Tool
Where's My Alabama Refund?
The State of Alabama allows you to check the status of your alabama tax return. Visit myalabamataxes.alabama.gov and click "Where's My Refund" in the middle of the website. You will need your Social Security Number and Expected Refund Amount to check the status.
The IRS uses different types of forms for taxpayers and exempt organizations to report their financial information. There are over 800 different types of forms and schedules. IRS forms can be found online at https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs. Let Maddox & Associates assist you in choosing and filing accurate forms and information to the IRS.
Federal W-4 Form
Also known as the "Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate" is a tax form that is to be completed by an employee. Using this form the employee will indicate his or her tax Status to the employer. The W-4 Forms is used to tell the employer the amount of tax to withhold from an employee's paycheck.
Alabama Individual A-4 Form
In addition to the Federal Income Tax Withholding Form, W-4, your employee will also need to fill out an Alabama State Income Tax Withholding Form known as the "A4 Form." The A4 form essentially ask the same questions as the W-4, but for this form is for the State of Alabama. Remember that if the employee does not fill out a A4 then taxes must be withheld at the highest level possible.
I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form. On the form, an employee must attest to his or her employment authorization. The employee must also present his or her employer with acceptable documents evidencing identity and employment authorization. The employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and to relate to the employee and record the document information on the Form I-9. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the form. Employers must retain Form I-9 for a designated period and make it available for inspection by authorized government officers.
Do not file Form I-9 with USCIS or U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Employers must have a completed Form I-9 on file for each person on their payroll who is required to complete the form. Form I-9 must be retained and stored by the employer either for three years after the date of hire or for one year after employment is terminated, whichever is later. The form must be available for inspection by authorized U.S. Government officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, or Department of Justice.
Hiring Employee or Changing Withholding
If you are hiring a new employee, they will need to fill out a W-4, A4 and I-9 at the time of hiring. If an existing employee would like to change their withholdings, they would need to fill out the W-4 as well as the A4 Forms.
Employees may present one selection from List A or a combination of one selection from List B and one selection from List C as identification.