What Is the PATH Act and How Does It Affect Car Sales?

Due to the PATH Act, Tax Season is no longer 60 or 90 days but closer to 6-9 days long. The PATH Act requires that the majority of tax refunds not be issued until after February 15. In 2017, 90% of all refunds were released in two days (Feb 22 and 23rd), the largest IRS funding in history. Don’t let this New Tax Season catch you off guard – you can maximize your sales even though the “New” tax season will be shortened.

How can you make the most of the shorter tax season?

Minimize your risk with pre-selling, inventory management, and the right GPS solution. Make sure you know what you need to do in order to be in prepared for the Tax Season in 2018. Review these resources, and contact us if you have additional questions.

  1.  Plan to pre-sell your customers before they receive their tax refunds.
  2.   Maximize your sales with key marketing techniques such as promoting “Bring your W2, drive out today.”
  3.   Minimize your risk with a trusted GPS solution like GoldStar, which offers tools for quick reference checks, improving on-time payment rate, and more.
GoldStar GPS gives you the confidence to say yes to more at-risk buyers and manage risk easily with location tools, reference checks & payment reminders. GoldStar gives buy here pay here dealers peace of mind, knowing that they can quickly locate and recover vehicles with GPS vehicle tracking technology, if payments become delinquent. Don’t miss out on the shorter Path Act Tax Season sales window; prepare now to maximize your sales with these tips and resources from Spireon.
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Spireon PATH ACT Resources

PATH Act Timeline

  • Now through February 14 – Window to pre-sell car buyers based on their estimated tax refund
  • February 15 – When tax refunds will be processed for those affected by the PATH Act
  • February 27 – When tax refunds will be issued for those affected by the PATH Act
  • Tax Season Sales Window 2018 – Approximately February 28—March 9, depending on when refunds are received

PATH Act Glossary

  • PATH Act – The PATH Act, passed in 2015, includes changes to two tax credits, the ACTC and EITC. Any refund that includes earned income tax credit (EITC), child tax credit(s) (ACTC) or education credit will be delayed until after 2/15 (most tax returns).
  • The Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC): The refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): A means-based refundable tax credit that can be worth more than $6,000
  • Tax Advance Pre-Sell Program – A program that allows you to pre-sell customers based on their projected tax refund using their most recent paycheck stub and W2.
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