Accepting of electronic returns running behind
(Ted Houston, KFYI News) Some Arizona taxpayers are waiting days, or in a few cases, even weeks to have their electronically-filed tax return accepted by the Arizona Department of Revenue.
"This happened last year, but not quite to this extent," says Liz Koppinger, owner of EK Tax And Accounting Solutions in Phoenix.
She says there's no explanation for why some taxpayers' returns are accepted within a day or two of filing, while others are facing significant delays. But Koppinger has a hunch about what may be behind it.
"I think it could have something to do with the fact that the IRS is strictly mandating that all paid preparers who prepare more than ten returns a year, electronically file those returns," she says. "I think the state is getting crushed with all of these electronically-filed returns and they can't keep up with it."
She says the problem is affecting only a small percentage of returns being filed. The biggest issue resulting from the acceptance delays is that refunds are taking longer, she says.
Koppinger adds that taxpayers don't have to worry about filing for an extension if their return was filed on time but isn't accepted by the filing deadline of April 15th. "The federal return gets filed first, and once the federal return is filed, it's forwarded to the state. So if the federal return has been filed and accepted, there should be no reason for the Arizona return to have to be extended," she says.