Q. Who will see the most change in their tax filing experience?

February 23, 2019

A. Pickering said those most at risk of decreased refunds or owing for 2018 are consumers who itemize and have no dependents, homeowners in high-tax states, and employees with unreimbursed business expenses.

Taxpayers with dependents will see an increase in credits this year due to changes to the child tax credits, Steber points out. Those who qualify for the earned income tax credit will also see a slight increase in refunds.

The majority of taxpayers who usually take the standard deduction may see more money in their pocket, but again this does not necessarily mean it will show up in their refund, said Williams. It could have shown up in their paycheck last year or as a lower tax balance due.