768 IRS Code Explained

The 768 IRS code is a tax code indicating the amount a taxpayer will receive in their tax refund due to the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Key Takeaways:

  • IRS code 768 on your tax transcript indicates the amount you will receive in your tax refund due to the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can provide a tax break of up to $7,000 for eligible taxpayers depending on their income level, how many children they have, and their marital status.
  • The amount that appears next to IRS code 786 on your tax transcript indicates the amount that you will be receiving on your tax refund due to the Earned Income Credit and the date indicates the date that the credit became effective within your file. Tax refunds are usually released to be directly deposited into the taxpayer’s account or mailed by check within a day or two from the date listed next to IRS code 786.

What Is The 768 IRS Code?

The IRS code 768 is a transaction code that can be found on your tax transcript indicating the tax refund amount you will be receiving due to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Tax refunds are issued when a person overpaid their taxes throughout the year, such as when an employer withholds too much in taxes.

If someone is eligible to receive a tax refund, they will receive the refund payment through direct deposit or in a check sent through the mail.

What Is The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

The Earned Income Tax Credit can provide a tax break of up to $7,000 for eligible taxpayers. The amount you receive through the EITC depends on your income, how many children you have, and your marital status. This tax credit can reduce some or all of your tax bill, or in some cases, can result in the IRS issuing a tax refund. 

The EITC provides financial supplementation to wages for low-to-moderate-income workers. Working mothers  can often benefit from this income credit amount by claiming dependents on their tax returns.

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is another example of a credit that can reduce what you owe in taxes. Both the EITC and CTC were reviewed in 2021 after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and can now help reduce the tax liability for eligible tax payments significantly.

What Are Transaction Codes?

The transaction codes (TC) that appear on your tax transcript are three-digit numbers that identify a transaction that is being processed. Transaction codes help to maintain a history of actions posted to the taxpayer’s account master file so all of the tax return processing can be tracked and analyzed.

What Do The Amounts And Dates Next To IRS Code 768 Mean?

The amount that appears next to IRS code 768 on your tax transcript indicates the amount that you will be receiving in your tax refund from the Earned Income Credit. The dates next to this amount correspond to the date that the credits became effective within your file.

This date that is listed, however, does not indicate the date that the refund was released, either through direct deposit or by sending a check through the mail. Regardless, the release of the tax refund is usually a day or two before or after the date listed next to IRS code 768.

What To Do If There Are Issues Regarding Your Tax Return

If you disagree with the decision made by the IRS once they have reviewed your tax return, such as if there was something wrong with the amount listed to be refunded, you can contact an agent at your local IRS office for clarification, speak with Taxpayer Advocate Service, or consult with a tax professional.

Navigating the Internal Revenue Code is much less intimidating with the help of an experienced tax professional at your side. If you have questions about the tax codes listed on your tax return, consult with the experts at Ideal Tax to establish confidence in your tax situation.