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Delayed US TAX Refund!!

Why it may take longer than 21 days to receive their federal refunds

The IRS issues refunds within 21 days in case of filing returns electronically and choose direct deposit. However, some returns have errors or need more review and may take longer to process.

Things that can delay a refund:

A taxpayer might get a refund in the fastest way by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit. However, due to the following reasons, a refund might get delayed,

  • The return has errors, is incomplete or is affected by identity theft or fraud.

  • The return needs a correction to the amount of child tax credit or recovery rebate credit.

  • The return has a claim filed for an earned income tax credit, additional child tax credit, or includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation.

  • Excess time is taken by the taxpayer’s bank or credit union to post the refund to the taxpayer's account.

The IRS will contact taxpayers by mail if it needs more information to process their returns.

Taxpayers can check the status of their refund online.

Use the Where's My Refund? tool on to check.

Taxpayers should wait for 24 Hrs after electronic filling to check the status of their refund. They might have to wait for 4 weeks if filed paper returns.

IRS representatives on the phone and at Taxpayer Assistance Centers can only research the status of a refund if:

  • Delay of 21 days or more on filing electronically.

  • Delay of six weeks or more since mailing the return.

The Where's My Refund? tool tells the taxpayer to contact the IRS.


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