Where is My Amended Tax Return and When Will I get My Refund? Checking 2022 Payment Status and Direct Deposit

While the IRS promises to have regular season tax returns and associated refunds processed within 21 days for the vast majority of filers, it does take quite a bit longer for them to process amended tax returns and associated refund payments.

As discussed below, many tax payers have been waiting months or years to get their amended return processed due to IRS backlogs and capacity constraints.

How Can I Check My Amended Return Status?

It’s important to realize that the standard WMR or IRS2Go refund status checking tools from the IRS do not track amended tax return status’.

You need to instead use IRS tool, “Where’s My Amended Return” instead (WMAR). You can use this tool to check the status of your Amended Federal Tax Return (Form 1040-X), for this year and up to three prior years.

The WMAR tool is updated once a day, usually at night. So checking it multiple times a day won’t help.

Checking IRS Amended Tax Return Status

You will need to provide your SSN, Date of birth and Zip code to use the tool.

This tool is normally updated weekly, starting 3 weeks after your mailed submission, in line with your IRS processing cycle. But can update more or less frequently depending on IRS actions.

Finally, its important to remember that filers can only submit up to three “accepted” Amended Returns. So if you have submitted more than these subsequent filings will get rejected and you won’t see any status for these on WMAR.

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Calling the IRS For Amended Return Status

If the amended return/refund status tool does not provide new updates for several weeks you should call the IRS. But official guidance is to only call the IRS to follow up on delayed amended return refund status’ after 12 weeks.

The IRS amended tax return (toll-free) number to call for checking status is 1-866-464-2050​. Both the WMAR and IRS number have English and Spanish options.

Just be mindful that getting a live agent can require a few attempts and expect some long waits.

Amended Return and Refund Delays Persist in 2022

Many filers are seeing still in process status in the WMAR tool reflecting the ongoing delays in the IRS for processing tax returns, which includes Amended returns from the 2020-2021 tax season.

WMAR delays

The above message basically means the amendment hasn’t been processed by the IRS within the standard timeframe.

It does not necessarily mean there is an issue with your amended return. It’s just that the IRS has not got around to processing (and a lot of times it is a manual activity) your amended return.

If there are errors with your amended return, is incomplete or the IRS needs more verification information, they will send you a notice with additional details. See more IRS FAQs here on amended return processing.

How Long Will it Take to Get My Refund Payment?

Based on the latest tax season statistics, it is taking up to 6 to 8 months in some cases for the IRS to clear backlogs, which includes amended returns or those that require significant validation.

Unfortunately you cannot do much (even calling the IRS or taxpayer advocate service) to expedite this. You’ll just have to be patient and wait for IRS processing to commence.

Once this happens, you can review your free IRS transcript for more details and transaction codes.

Amended Return Processing Schedule

Unlike the regular IRS refund processing schedule where refunds are processed within 3 weeks, you will have to wait up to 20 weeks or more for the IRS to process amended returns since they prioritize regular returns.

This has been exacerbated in recent years due to IRS backlogs and staffing shortages.

Below is a table showing an estimate of when refunds will be processed (standard schedule), assuming it has been accepted by the IRS.

2022-2023 Amended Tax Return and Refund Processing Schedule

Tax Return Accepted by IRS (Week Ending)Estimated Refund Payment Date via Direct Deposit (Status = Refund Sent)Estimated Refund Payment Date via Paper Check
February 5, 2022June 25, 2022June 30, 2022
February 12, 2022July 2, 2022July 7, 2022
February 19, 2022July 9, 2022July 14, 2022
February 26, 2022July 16, 2022July 21, 2022
March 5, 2022July 23, 2022July 28, 2022
March 12, 2022July 30, 2022August 4, 2022
March 19, 2022August 6, 2022August 11, 2022
March 26, 2022August 13, 2022August 18, 2022
April 2, 2022August 20, 2022August 25, 2022
April 9, 2022August 27, 2022September 1, 2022
April 16, 2022September 3, 2022September 8, 2022
April 23, 2022September 10, 2022September 15, 2022
April 30, 2022September 17, 2022September 22, 2022
May 7, 2022September 24, 2022September 29, 2022
May 14, 2022October 1, 2022October 6, 2022
May 21, 2022October 8, 2022October 13, 2022
May 28, 2022October 15, 2022October 20, 2022
June 4, 2022October 22, 2022October 27, 2022
June 11, 2022October 29, 2022November 3, 2022
June 18, 2022November 5, 2022November 10, 2022
June 25, 2022November 12, 2022November 17, 2022
July 2, 2022November 19, 2022November 24, 2022
July 9, 2022November 26, 2022December 1, 2022
July 16, 2022December 3, 2022December 8, 2022
July 23, 2022December 10, 2022December 15, 2022
July 30, 2022December 17, 2022December 22, 2022
August 6, 2022December 24, 2022December 29, 2022
August 13, 2022December 31, 2022January 5, 2023
August 20, 2022January 7, 2023January 12, 2023
August 27, 2022January 14, 2023January 19, 2023
September 3, 2022January 21, 2023January 26, 2023
September 10, 2022January 28, 2023February 2, 2023
September 17, 2022February 4, 2023February 9, 2023
September 24, 2022February 11, 2023February 16, 2023
October 1, 2022February 18, 2023February 23, 2023
October 8, 2022February 25, 2023March 2, 2023
October 15, 2022March 4, 2023March 9, 2023
October 22, 2022March 11, 2023March 16, 2023
October 29, 2022March 18, 2023March 23, 2023
November 5, 2022March 25, 2023March 30, 2023
November 12, 2022April 1, 2023April 6, 2023
November 19, 2022April 8, 2023April 13, 2023
November 26, 2022April 15, 2023April 20, 2023
December 3, 2022April 22, 2023April 27, 2023
December 10, 2022April 29, 2023May 4, 2023

Note that amended return refund payments will only be done via check as the IRS does not allow direct deposit payments at this time.

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105 thoughts on “Where is My Amended Tax Return and When Will I get My Refund? Checking 2022 Payment Status and Direct Deposit”

  1. Has anyone that has sent in a paper amendment gotten their refund yet and was it within the scheduled timeframe from their amended schedule dates? Or if so, how long after that scheduled date?

  2. They received my amended 1/11/22 and still says it has not been processed! Good luck trying to get anyone on the phone!

    • Here’s how you get someone on the phone with the IRS it worked for me I found it on a website….
      Call 1-800-829-1040
      Choose option one
      Option two
      Option one
      Choose option 3 for all others
      Option two
      No social security number
      Option two
      Then option four
      I had to wait for half an hour for someone to call me back but they did.

  3. According to my tracking number, my amended return was delivered to the IRS 3/1/22. The WMAR page doesn’t even show that they haven’t even received it yet. Am I looking at a 20+ week processing time from whenever they finally mark it as received or could they have received it & not not marked it as received? I know that’s happened with my regular returns (it gets marked as “received” the day before the direct deposit is received). At what point do I worry that they haven’t received it or just lost it? Also, can you imagine the action they would have already taken on us if we owed them this kind of money? What a complete joke.

    • I think we all should report which tax office we all sent our amended returns to se we can all get an idea how each office is doing.

    • I would reach out to them, my return was delivered on 3/7/22. I was notified by May from the WMAR that they have received it. My new message from late June says that they still haven’t processed it yet. It took mine about 6-7 weeks for it just to show up in their system. I would call for sure!

      • Does anyone have a contact number, email address, anything? Everything I’ve found just takes me around in circles and then tells me to refer to the website

        • I mentioned in another thread that users on Reddit are reporting the WMAR is not accurate, and instead you should use the IRS online service to view your tax transcripts to see what is going on. You will have to set up a time consuming account with ID.me to use this service to verify your identity.

          If nothing shows up there then should call the IRS Tax Advocate service at 1-877-777-4778

  4. Has ANYONE received their amended returns ?? I received my state-amended return already. I sent it on 3/7/22 nothing from federal though. Just keeps saying it was received but not processed.

  5. My papers were revived February 22 2022 and I’m going on 24 weeks of waiting. Has anyone got there amended tax return?

    • No. Mine was accepted March 3rd. I finally got ahold of someone at IRS and was told to call back Sept 9th which is 6 months after being accepted!!

      • That sounds about right. I some old returns in back in late 2020 & early 2021 and took them six months each time to issue a refund.

    • I received my state but not the federal amended return. I sent it on 3/7/22 and only have the ” We received your return 3/7/22 however, it has not been processed”. I spoke with someone from the IRS in late June 2022 and they said this was the FIRST paper amendment he has seen this year. SOOOOO how can yall be working on these and you haven’t seen one ALL year… IT’S JUNE!!! He said to call back at 24 weeks if I don’t see anything. I asked if he could give me ANY type of time frame and he said no of course. I’m like will I see anything before the end of this tax year??!!! I am just going to check back in Nov and keep my fingers crossed!

    • We submitted our amended return February 22 the 20 week deadline ended July 12 called and got a hold of someone at the IRS and they said it’s taking up to 30 days past the 20 week deadline or longer! absolutely disgusting and unacceptable! If we owed them money you know they’d be blowing up our phone wanting immediate payment but they can take up to 6 to 8 months to send us our return and not even stick to a projected processing timeframe leaving families without their rightful return as we pay our monthly taxes on time with every paycheck !

      • That last part is exactly what I keep saying. I’m mentally at the point where I feel like I’m not getting my hard earned money until next year when I file for next next year’s 2022 taxes. This is absurd and quiet frankly down right wrong, I feel as though a loan with no interest and should have been given for the correct amount so therefore we don’t get the money we are owed because we got the money from a loan and no penalty on us.

      • I was seeing comments on Reddit saying the “Where’s My Amended Return” is not accurate and people should instead obtain your tax transcripts online where it will actually show you what is going on with your amended return and tax history.

        You need to be verified through “ID dot me” to do this.

      • I’ve been waiting 9 months! I said that exact thing to the irs rep on the phone the other day, if they needed money from us they’d swipe that shit right out of our bank acct.

    • No mine was 3/12/22 and still nothing that damn lying chart TELL u vs my check should came yesterday and nothing it make no since if that damn behind they need to open more office and hire more people

  6. The irs received my ammended return July 6th 2021 and I still haven’t got an update on a status change. Still says they haven’t processed them.
    It’s been well over a year. This is so disheartening and sad. I work full time and dont have additional time to sit on the phone hoping to talk to someone.

    • Remember that they HAVE to pay you interest on your refund for taking so long! In July the percentage rate just went up so make sure they include that extra $$ in your refund!

  7. I’ve been waiting since August 4th of 2021 they said they got my amended taxes it will be a year August 4th 2022! Still nothing the number on the site doesn’t help with shit smfh! Idk when I’ll get mines. It’s frustrating that no one can tell me anything but keep waiting and hoping

  8. We filed our amended return in August 2021 and it was processed April 2022. We still have not received any notices or our refund.

    They are just massively unorganized it seems. We can never get through on the phone and when we do they never have an answer.

  9. They are lying it can’t take them that much longer to do amended returns. Think about it. Computers do everything like that now…it doesn’t take that long for a computer to get info from a form and add up numbers.

  10. Does anyone know if the above table is correct?
    2022-2023 Amended Tax Return and Refund Processing Schedule
    Tax Return Accepted by IRS (Week Ending) Estimated Refund Payment Date via Direct Deposit (Status = Refund Sent) Estimated Refund Payment Date via Paper Check
    February 5, 2022 June 25, 2022 June 30, 2022
    February 12, 2022 July 2, 2022 July 7, 2022
    February 19, 2022 July 9, 2022 July 14, 2022
    February 26, 2022 July 16, 2022 July 21, 2022
    March 5, 2022 July 23, 2022 July 28, 2022
    March 12, 2022 July 30, 2022 August 4, 2022
    March 19, 2022 August 6, 2022 August 11, 2022
    March 26, 2022 August 13, 2022 August 18, 2022
    April 2, 2022 August 20, 2022 August 25, 2022
    April 9, 2022 August 27, 2022 September 1, 2022
    April 16, 2022 September 3, 2022 September 8, 2022
    April 23, 2022 September 10, 2022 September 15, 2022
    April 30, 2022 September 17, 2022 September 22, 2022
    May 7, 2022 September 24, 2022 September 29, 2022
    May 14, 2022 October 1, 2022 October 6, 2022
    May 21, 2022 October 8, 2022 October 13, 2022
    May 28, 2022 October 15, 2022 October 20, 2022
    June 4, 2022 October 22, 2022 October 27, 2022
    June 11, 2022 October 29, 2022 November 3, 2022
    June 18, 2022 November 5, 2022 November 10, 2022
    June 25, 2022 November 12, 2022 November 17, 2022
    July 2, 2022 November 19, 2022 November 24, 2022
    July 9, 2022 November 26, 2022 December 1, 2022
    July 16, 2022 December 3, 2022 December 8, 2022

    • Its an estimated schedule. Due to IRS staffing shortages, manual reviews of amended returns are taking even longer than normal.

      • My amended returned was received on April 9th2022 and on July 28th i believe it states that Take action, we apologize message. What do that mean?

        • If it has that number to call with Ext. 623 or something like that it’s nothing. Just them letting you know that you are still in the processing stage. It’s a message they put if anyone still is in processing after 20 weeks. Don’t call unless it says to take action because you have forms or something you need to send in. Otherwise, you will be on the phone for 2 hours for someone to tell you … Yup we got it, no we haven’t processed it, no I don’t know when it will be processed, call back in another 4 weeks.

  11. Has anyone received their amended returns yet. My amended return was accepted on 3/24 and it’s been almost 18 weeks and no one will help me. I never even received my original refund.

    • Have you tried calling a live agent? Amended returns are taking several months, so you are not alone, but if the WMAR tool is not updating, I suggest calling an agent (details in article above)

      • Calling in won’t help we will be lucky if we get the returns this tax year and not when we file for 2022. I am not hopeful I spoke with them yesterday and all I got was they are backed up and they hope they will get it out soon.Mines still has not been processed but was received February 28th of this year.

        • Mines too. I had to amend mines in order to receive my taxes and so far I only had a minor update on my transcript. The as of date went from April 15, 2022 to August 8, 2022. Hopefully mines is getting back around again for an update. (Keyword: hopefully) My last year amended taxes got updated exactly 1 year and 1 week from April 2, 2021 this year. I wouldn’t mind working for them to help out

      • No on the tool it shows the notice about further action. But they received the return it just hasn’t not been processed. There fore it waiting in a for someone to get to it. When I called them I was told ma’am we don’t have a time frame we are backed up. So I asked will I get my return this year she stated ma’am were working on it I hope you do we are extremely short staffed also.

    • Mine was accepted the same day as yours and still no nothing. Says wait 20 weeks which is Aug 11th. If nothing by then IRs said to call them

      • Mine is at the 20 weeks last week and still has not been processed. I am still waiting and when you call in they are very rude and tell you not to call back for an additional 30 days.

        • Mine was accepted that same day. I got my state amended return but nothing for federal. I called that number listed and all they said is that they are still working on them and to call back in 4 weeks.

    • Mines was accepted on Jan 2022 I’m still waiting can’t get any answers on the phone, this is terrible for the American People.

    • I got a letter saying it was adjusted on 7/22/2022. The letter also said it would be 21 days after the adjustment date. So hopefully I get it early September.

    • Mine was filled on Nove. 17, of 2021!! i have been waiting for 9 months! i used to call and was able to get through but at least a 2 hr wait.. now i cant even.. it just transfers u and say due to the high call volume..blah blah blah.. call back later! i am beyond frustrated!!

  12. April 11 is when I sent my amend and it’s still processing they are behind instead of 16 weeks it’s taking over 20. I guess nothing we could do but wait!

  13. I filed my amended return on Feb 24,2022 called and called finally got in contact with a customer service Rep she told me it 20 weeks and to call in a few days my status is not processing yet !

    • I know calling wouldn’t help me so I didn’t try, but I submitted mine on the same day, it was accepted on the 25th still nothing. It’s been over 20 weeks for me.

        • No, I called TAS and they told me to wait too, since it was already assigned to someone in February 28th

        • I been waiting fir mine to get process since January 26 2022. The lady I spoke with last month had a vetter attitude then the one I spoke with today. Some of the newbies they hired are rude and unprofessional.

    • Like Oh my goodness i have been calling the IRS phone number since June 16th and I filed an amended return on Feb-22-2022 and still haven’t gotta anything

  14. Amended 2019/19&20, received Dec 1st 2021, waited 16 weeks then called, told wait 20 weeks, called again and told wait 24 weeks, called again and told to call the tax advocate, called them twice and finally got someone on the case, told it would take 9 weeks and it’s been 4 so far. Sad when u have to call one government agency to tell another government agency to do their job.

    U have to call early in the morning just to be on hold for awhile to talk to the IRS.

  15. Jackson Hewitt did amend refund on April 1st 2022 electronically and when I check the on wheres my amended refund it tells my information does not match can you help.

    • What number did you jave to call to get it going? I have the one thats on the website but the person I spoke with was rude and unable to answer my questions. I been waiting since January 26 2022 since they accepted my amended tax return. Ive beeb calling the last 3 months with the same thing being told call back in 30 days.

  16. I sent my amended return July 1, 2021 still not processed and can never get a hold of anyone in that department. I was told the department has been overwhelmed with calls.

  17. Wow so sorry to hear that. I sent mine in July 2021 still not processed and can never talk to anyone in that department

  18. I mailed in my return to be amended. My tracking number states that it was received by the irs on 2/14/22 when I check the WMAR site it basically says no info and to call the number listed. I have been unable to get in touch with a representative. Any advice?

    • I waited on hold for representative for an hour and 18 minutes and finally got a hold of somebody, my taxes were accepted on March 1st. The lady was very nice and said that all she could tell me was there was no problem it just hasn’t been gotten to yet, that they are behind and to check back at 20 weeks, it was 20 weeks a week ago but I’m not calling again I’m going to wait at least 24 weeks. But don’t worry I don’t think there’s any problems that message is coming up for everybody so you should be fine. It’s just a waiting game now

  19. I sent in my 2018 amended tax return and it was received June 23, 2021 and it still hasn’t been processed. I have called several times and I am unable to connect with anyone.

    • Call 1/800/829-1040 options 1 for english and 7 amended tax info. The voice prompt may come to get you to talk to the automated voice but just keep asking or representative until it says it will pass you thru. Once there is a clear line, because it will say it will put you thru, but sometimes the voice promt will tell you no one is available. Once you hear that hang up and call back and hit 1 then 7 keep doing that until you get through. You may have to do this 2 to 3 times but you will get thru. There will be a wait but hold on a representative will come on, and when that happens you can give the rep the needed information that they ask for then they can check.

    • I am in the same boat now with both tax years . I sent mine in March 21’ still not processed and cannot contact anyone .


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