Why am I receiving no tax refund if I paid over $600 in state taxes?

Jan 25, 2018

I live in Pennsylvania and paid $673.43 in state taxes. When I filed my taxes, it said my state refund is $0. Why is that?

The Pennsylvania tax rate on taxable income is 3.07 percent, so if your withholding or estimated payments was equal to your tax due in Pennsylvania, then you would not be entitled to a refund. If you had received refunds in past years, then you should see if there was additional taxable income on this return compared with previous tax years. You should also compare how much was paid in state taxes in other years. Year-to-year comparison of your tax returns will probably help you notice if there are any differences that led to your $0 refund.

Without more information, it is difficult to determine your exact tax situation and understand why you did not receive a refund. If you need additional assistance with this issue you should seek help from a CPA. 

For more resources, check out PICPA’s Money & Life Tips, Ask a CPA, or CPA Locator.

Answered by: James G. McGrory, CPA, and Stephanie K. Otake, CPA, are with Drucker & Scaccetti in Philadelphia.

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