Where’s My Amended Tax Return and When Will I get My Refund? 2022 IRS Processing Schedule

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 returns and refund payments.

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.

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

If the refund status tool does not provide update for a long time you can call the IRS. But official guidance is to only call the IRS to follow up on delayed amended return refunds after 12 weeks. The number to call is 1-800-829-1040

Amended Refund Delays Persist in 2022

Many filers are seeing the message in image below, or variants of it, when it comes to their amended returns. This status message just reflects the ongoing delays of the IRS and includes Amended returns from the 2020-2021 tax season.

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

It does not 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 return.

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 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
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