2022 Refund Payments and Processing For 2021 Tax Returns Likely To Face Long Delays – Current Tax Season Updates and News

[Updated Feb 2022] Many tax filers are now seeing messages on their IRS2Go and WMR app that confirms their tax returns are going to take longer than normal to process. Tax Topic 152, which just alludes to ongoing and potential processing delays, has not provided much help.

So some are turning to their Tax transcript and cycle codes to infer refund processing dates, but even that seems to be updating irregularly.

The IRS also announced that early filers claiming the CTC and EITC credits, and hence subject to the PATH freeze, will need also see delays until March 1st to receive refund direct deposits.

The good news however is that the IRS has started issuing refunds for those who are not impacted by the above delays.

As of Feb 4th (latest IRS statistics), a total of 16,685,000 returns have been received, with 12,992,000 processed and 4,330,000 refunds issued. The total value of refunds paid is around $9.5 billion (50% by Direct Deposit), with the average refund being $2,201.

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IRS processing delays and code 152

With the pandemic entering it’s third year and ongoing staffing shortages, the IRS has confirmed what many have known – tax return processing and refund payments will likely take longer than expected this year.

A trend that was clear last year, IRS refund processing and payments may get even worse in 2022. Recent headlines from major publications all but confirmed this, as did the IRS’ own reporting.

IRS delays expected and horrendous 2021-2022 season expected
Refund payment delays and challenges this tax season

The theme was evident everywhere. Unlike refund payment delays last year, the IRS is trying to get ahead of the bad news and issued their own warnings and what to do.

However, even you file early and correctly as recommended using the best tax software providers, you will still likely face delays if your return has issues with items related to the advance child tax or earned income tax credit.

Steps to get you tax refund faster

Ultimately many taxpayers will need to call the IRS to resolve their tax related issues, but that is going to be a lengthy process as getting through to a live agent can take hours during the peak of tax season.

But here are some tips and items to remember.

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  1. I filed 2017 & 2018 on 7/15/2020; paper returns. I kept getting notices for failure to file since June-2021. Finally on March 22, 2022 the 2017 return was processed. I was to receive a refund, but the IRS entered the day of receipt as 3/22/2022. They wiped out the refund due to the time had lapsed for the refund to be issued. In the past the IRS had always entered the date they actually received the return and based the refund on that date. Anyone else seen this? The 2018 return is still not processed and the IRS says not to resend on their website. Now the 2018 return will have lapsed for a refund! Yes, I have tried calling but after holding for a ridiculous amount of time I gave up.


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