The Internal Revenue Service has found that changes in Form 8863, Education Credits, are delaying more than 600,000 tax returns, many of which appear to come from H&R Block.
The IRS acknowledged in an email Friday that it revised the form for tax year 2012 “to help taxpayers and tax preparers understand the qualifications for the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Checkboxes for lines 23-26 were added to confirm basic qualifications for taxpayers claiming this credit. If these lines are left blank, there will be a delay in the processing of the taxpayer’s return. To avoid delays, ensure your clients complete Form 8863 correctly.”
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