2014 Tax Refunds Will Not Be Delayed Until October 2015
Today, we contacted the Internal Revenue Service and were informed explicitly that their was no chance of 2014 Tax Refunds being delayed until October 2015. We were also informed that there might be a slight delay due to tax laws not being passed early enough in 2014: article here. This would mean probably a mere two week delay though. We tracked down the original story and Snopes.com wrote an explanation on this. We have posted the article for your viewing.
On 29 September 2014, the National Report published an article positing that the payment of federal tax refunds for 2014 would be delayed until October 2015:
Normally when you file your taxes whatever money is owed back to you is quickly repaid. The process of getting your money back has been made even quicker in recent years through the use of E-file and direct deposit of Federal tax rebates. But starting in 2015 Federal tax refunds for the 2014 fiscal year are going to take longer for Americans to receive. A lot longer.The deadline to have your Federal taxes filed will remain April 15th, but under new directives issued to the IRS no refunds are to be issued before October 15th, 2015. This means that early filers who normally receive their refunds around the beginning of February will have to wait an additional 7 months longer than normal to get the money owed to them.
The National Report article used fabricated quotes from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and politician Rand Paul to make it appear like an authentic news story. Although there is no truth to the claim that 2014 tax refunds will be delayed until 2015, nearly 10,000 people had shared the article on Facebook within days of its publication.
The National Report is a fake news site whose (since removed) disclaimer page notes that:
In addition to the IRS tax refund delay article, the site has published posts like “IRS Plans to Target Leprechauns Next,” “Boy Scouts Announce Boobs Merit Badge,” and “New CDC Study Indicates Pets of Gay Couples Worse at Sports, Better at Fashion Than Pets of Straight Couples.”
Found at Snopes.com.