Still No Tax Refund? These Issues Could Lead to Extended Delays
According to the IRS, the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go mobile app has the most up-to-date information regarding your refund status. You can also check the IRS Operations Status page for the latest information on IRS refund processing.
The IRS states that some refunds from 2020 tax returns may require additional review, mainly those using incorrect Recovery Rebate Credit amounts or 2019 income to figure the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).
Other reasons include when a return:
- Includes errors
- Is incomplete
- Needs further review
- Is affected by identity theft or fraud
- Includes a claim filed for an EITC or ACTC
- Includes a Form 8379 — Injured Spouse Allocation — which could take up to 14 weeks to process
The IRS will contact you by mail when/if more information is needed to process your tax return. If the IRS is still processing your return, neither the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool or an IRS representative will be able to provide a specific date. It could take several days for your status to change to refund approved. The tool is only updated once per day, usually at night.
After your return is processed and approved, the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool and the IRS2Go mobile app will give you a personalized date when to expect your refund. The IRS says to wait five days after your refund has been sent to check with your bank about your refund. The time it takes banks to credit funds varies. If you’re expecting a refund check in the mail, it could take several weeks.
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