Two tax credit payouts will be delayed until Feb. 15 for DC taxpayers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — DC taxpayers who claimed either the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) will be waiting until Feb. 15 to receive their refund.

A new federal law that will make it easier for the IRS to prevent fraud is also requiring the IRS to hold these refunds until that date.

“I want to remind folks that as we move into the holiday season, some refunds will be delayed next year so they should plan ahead,” said IRS spokesperson Matt Leas. “To avoid any further delays, it’s important that taxpayers file as they normally would and not wait until later in the filing season.”

The IRS encourages taxpayers to file their taxes as soon as possible, and to file them accurately the first time around, to prevent any additional delays.

The agency also encourages taxpayers to consider a tax-withholding checkup. By adjusting Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, taxpayers can ensure the right amount is taken out of their pay so that they will not have to pay too much tax or wait until they file their return to get a refund.

Taxpayers can submit the revised form to employers, and employers will use the form to figure the amount of federal income tax to be withheld from pay. The Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov can help calculate what this amount is.