Where is My Amended Tax Return and When Will I get My Refund? 2022-2023 Payment Status and Ongoing Delays

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.

The IRS has reported they have 1.1 million unprocessed Amended Returns (Forms 1040-X) and are processing these returns in the order received and the current timeframe can be more than 20 weeks.

IRS amended returns processing update as of Oct 29, 2022

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 IRS processing cycles. 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.

IRS Transcript for Amended Return Status and Refund Payment Date

In addition to using the WMAR tool, you can also see your official (and free) IRS Tax transcript for your amended return processing and refund payment.

This can provide useful insight, per the screenshot below, if the above methods are not providing you with updated or detailed enough information

Amended Tax Return Processing Tax Transcript
Amended Tax Return Processing Tax Transcript

As you can see above, transcript codes 971 and 977 on your tax transcript show that your amended return was received and is being processed by the IRS.

A lot of folks with delayed amended returns will see the 971 and 977 codes for a long time on their transcript. It could several months to move to the next stage, reflected in the next code.

However you will need to wait till you see code 960 (appointed representative) which will be the date an IRS agent was assigned and starts reviewing/processing your amended return, which a lot of times is a highly manual process.

Like transaction codes for regular returns, you may see code 971 if a notice is issued around your return. This could require you at times to provide additional information to the IRS, for which instructions will be provided in the notice/letter.

Once the processing is completed by the IRS, you will see code 846 (refund issued) on your return. Note the date as well, as this will also be correlated to when you get your direct deposit or check. Generally you should receive your refund payment within 2 to 5 days of this date.

If you were due a refund, which was delayed due to IRS processing, you will also see the interest amount credited to your account. This may come as a separate payment to your refund.

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 and 2021 tax seasons.

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.

Processing complete, but no refund payment!

Unfortunately even if the WMAR status shows processed like the screenshot below, many taxpayers are reporting ongoing delays with seeing their expected refund payment.

The reason for this is that the completed WMAR status does not necessarily mean a refund is forthcoming. This status just means that processing by the IRS has been complete and the next action could result in additional taxes (or assessments), a request to provide more information or an adjusted refund.

Amended Return Processing Complete But No Refund
Amended Return Processing Complete But No Refund

This is why it is important to pay attention to the notes/message below the status bar which provides more insight into next steps and what to expect. You should also check your transcript for more details and call the IRS number listed (if provided).

But you will need to ultimately wait for the IRS to send an official notice to see what actions were taken or are required from you as it relates to your amended return. All this, unfortunately, could mean a longer wait time to see your refund.

How Long Will it Take to Get My Refund Payment?

Based on the latest tax season statistics, it is taking 6+ 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 (see above section on how to read this).

See more around amended return processing and refund delays in this video.

IRS 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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389 thoughts on “Where is My Amended Tax Return and When Will I get My Refund? 2022-2023 Payment Status and Ongoing Delays”

  1. Hey everyone I checked my transcripts today and I now see a new code. I dont think it has anything to do with me getting my return soon. But its code “530” anyone know what might be going on? It says, “Balance on account not collectible-not due to hardship” I had a balance on the year I am currently amending. I used to see a message when I would sign into IDme and it would say Balance Due pay immediately before they start garnishments and blah blah blah….. I dont see that anymore and now I see code 530….what are we thinking people lol??

      • Weird ?? Nothing has changed in my income or anything I wonder why all of a sudden it’s saying that?? I just got a letter in Sept saying I had a past due balance and blah blah blah. I did completely an application to consolidate my student loan debt but that hasn’t even been completed. I have no clue as to why it’s on there , beats me….. I just wish my amended return would finally get assigned to someone!!

        • @Asheley, The past due could be due to the IRS slowdowns in processing paperwork. I guess there is no codes available to use for blaming them for their fault.

  2. Did anyone else get a claim of partial disallowance? What does this mean? That they will take that amount from your refund amount? Or you pay it to agree with their decision? I did an appeal but not sure wheater to send it in. I provided proof of your claim. If I do send in the appeal will it hold up the rest of the refund? Or if I just pay it will it make my refund come faster? Help please yall. Thanks

  3. This is is excerpted from that TaxPayer Advocate Blog, and it fills me with dread.

    “ In addition, the IRS will soon pull many seasoned CSRs offline before the beginning of the next filing season to provide training for new hires and updates for existing CSRs”.

    That’s right…while we wait, and wait, and wait, soon they’re going to pull those that are working on our delayed refunds to “train” and start getting ready for the new tax year.

    “…. In recent weeks, the IRS has been processing between 900,000 to 1.1 million total individual and business returns per week and has about six weeks left before it shuts down its systems to prepare them for the upcoming filing season.

    So..if you don’t receive anything in the next six weeks, you’ll continue to be in the ‘I don’t give a S’ pile..

    So what have we learned? You’re better off not being honest and never file an amended return again.

    (Amended return for 2021, filed and accepted electronically on March 5, 2022)

      • On nov. 5th the irs last reported that there were one million unprocessed 1040-x forms. This means they have cleared 100k from the last update you wrote about which was 0ct. 29th so i feel like things are moving much faster. We should start seeing our checks soon!

        • I called and finally got a hold of a CSR. Some good news- all 1040-x forms filed error-free should see a check by December 26, 2022.

          I also found this on the irs operation page today- “As of November 12, 2022, we(IRS) had 900,000 unprocessed Forms 1040-X.”

        • I think so also. I filed three back in Late March 2022. I checked my transcripts today. I see two of the three are finally being worked on. On those two I am seeing a “290 Disallowed claim” for November 21, and November 28. I was trying to get an EIC for some years because government offices were closed and could not get a SSN for my child. People in the intuit forum suggest I go ahead and try to claim it anyway. I will take it up with the Tax Advocated office later.
          On one of the two transcripts it has “971 Notice Issued” also for November 21.

          Hopefully the checks on those two arrive before Christmas.

        • Nov. 10 I logged onto my account and seen this message when viewing the info box next to the tax year -2021 “We are in the process of updating your account. These updates take at least 2 weeks to complete”.
          so I decided that I would wait 2 weeks from that date to log back on. Today I logged on to my account and the message was gone, I checked my transcripts and there it was- code “846 refund issued” for the date 11-22-2022.
          I believe I’m supposed to wait 3-5 business days from the issued date to receive my check… Yayyyyy!

          (Electronically filed and accepted on 8/10/22). For me WMAR never updated so pls check your transcripts for accurate information.

        • Kay, That’s exactly what happened to me. Received check with 5 days from the date on transcript of issuance. I’m so happy for you. 7 months total from the time they received my amendment. 1 Year 7 Months from the time I should have received refund.
          Everyone else hang in there.

        • @melinda, thank you! Did you verify your irs account via video chat or picture? I ask because i remember you stated that if your active on your account the irs notice you’re not a fraudulent and work on things faster, which I think is true because I know a friend that never made an account but filed the same day as me(08/10/2022) and they haven’t got to theirs yet.

          (I verified my account via video call btw)

        • Well, if you mean did I set up an ID Me profile, yes, I had an ID Me identification with DES and was able to sign on my IRS account through the ID Me sign on for IRS. However, they still sent me a notification through the mail that someone logged into my account because they want to make sure the address is correct before they send out a check.

        • Yes I’m referring to ID.me. After I created the account via video call they never sent out a letter or anytime making sure it was me. I was trying to see if maybe you created the account the same way to try and make sense on why I maybe received a refund date within the 16week processing time.

        • I found there is no rhyme or reason to what the IRS does or doesn’t do. So just be glad you got this far. I know I was. I think they have hired more people now and am trying to push through everything before year end.

        • Im glad something is happening for you all. I paper filed back in March it arrived on March 5, 2022. They had it in the system as filed 3/5/22 then it changed to 4/25/22 (Why? Who freaking knows) I only have the 971/977 codes on my transcripts. Nothing has changed for me at all since filing back in March. I will keep checking transcripts but so far nothing on my end.. :(

        • Wow Ashley I’m sorry to hear that! did you get any mail from them? You should try calling to see what’s going on now because with only 900k 1040-x forms left to process I’m thinking they should have been got around to those filed back in march…

        • “I called and finally got a hold of a CSR. Some good news- all 1040-x forms filed error-free should see a check by December 26, 2022. ”

          I am not so sure KayG.

          My March 28 Amended return still has not been touched.

        • And you’re right, at least in my case.

          (E-filed my 2021amended return on March 5, 2022)

          I checked on Wednesday..no change..then today! Everything is changed.
          Now mine says ( and pay attention to the use of past tense with future dates LOL):

          Refund issued, 11/30/2022

          Notification issued, 12/15/2002.

          So apparently mine has been released from IRS prison, but I don’t know when I’ll receive it or in what format, but get a load of this:
          The amount of tax paid with my amended return: $292.
          The amount of interest they’re paying me: $222.

          So their delay cost reduced my tax to $70.

          I don’t think I’ll ever file another amended return again..not voluntarily.

        • @trent Yes, On my transcripts there’s a 846 code that had a refund issue date 11/22/2022. Check came in 3 business days disregarding the holiday (11/24/2022).

        • @KayG
          Mine just posted on Saturday, says my refund issued (past tense) on 11/30 (future).
          You received a paper check? That’ll be a problem for me! The actual offices for my CU are 1.5 hours away!. Mobile Deposits are capped at $5K…but it will be worth the drive to finally receive this darn thing.

        • @Janice. Many places will cash it for no fee, or you could exchange the check for some postal money orders and do the deposits that way.

        • Thanks @KayG.

          It seems my 2018 and 2019 Amends will have to be readjusted by the IRS due to them denying me some tx credits they say I am too late on. No telling how long those will take.

          But my 2020 Amend should be fully accepted as I was on time for all the credits, but when will they finally get to it since it was only received two days later than the first two.

        • @Janice
          My dates on my transcripts were also future tense. When i seen code “846 refund issued 11/22/2022” on my transcripts it was 11/20/2022. Then 3 days after the issued date i received the check.
          @Trent hopefully they get to yours before some of the seasoned CSR be taken offline!

        • Sorry to hear that Janice. I sent mine to the Austin, TX office via certified mail.
          Even though I sent three at the same time, one of them did not show received until two days later, and shows no activity on it yet.

        • I also checked on the WMAR site and on there where it had been showing “call us,” and now shows adjustments for November 11, and November 18 for two of the amended returns.

          Now I wonder how long to “Completed”/refund time. Looking online, before the shuttered offices, people were reporting seeing checks in the mail within days after the Adjustment date. I am not seeing anything recently on that.

        • Mailed two returns in 7/6/21, received one in August. Still yet to receive the other with no updates transcript.

        • I am not so sure @KayG about “seeing your checks next week.”

          Checking again the transcripts, nothing still has changed on 1040X Adjusted on November 11, and November 18. and Amended return received on March 28, still has not been touched.

          I should receive the Adjustment notice sent out on November 11 today. Strangely it was send out with tracking. Normally they just send regular first class mail. Also, no Adjustment notice sent out for the November 18 adjustment. Seems they have slowed down.

  4. Just wanted to update my previous post…

    It’s now been 32 weeks for my 2019 return (filed by PAPER return to Fresno, CA office, and received by them on 03/28/2022)…in the last 8 weeks since I originally posted, Codes 971 and 977 have been added to my Transcripts, but no Code 960 as I have seen referenced by others.

    BUT…Last Friday, I clicked on “View Balance Details” in the “Account Status” box on the “Account Home” page which comes up when you initially login to check your transcripts, and the following happened…there is now a plus sign next to the tax year I am amending…and when I click the INFO button the following pops up:

    Your Information Is Not Available at This Time
    We are in the process of updating your account. These updates take at least 2 weeks to complete.

    So even though my transcripts have not updated, I’m thinking that MAYBE something is finally going on…I will update if and when anything else changes

    • I agree, I was unable to check my balance before and I got the same exact message. I received a letter from them a few days later lol telling me that I now owe interest on the balance. What a JOKE!!! Technically the money isn’t even owed to them and now you send me a letter saying to pay them or else! HOwever when I got the letter I hadnt had those codes added to my transcript. I am hoping for you that it is different and they are finally processing paper returns!! They have had mine since 3/2/22 and I have yet to see anything really. Fingers crossed for you!!! Please keep the group posted on what happens!

      • The IRS reported in their operations page – ” As of October 29, 2022, we [IRS] had 1.1 million unprocessed Forms 1040-X. We are processing these returns in the order received and the current timeframe can be more than 20 weeks. Please don’t file the same return more than once. “

  5. Hey everyone, if you look at your transcripts has anyone had the “960” tax code?? This is the code when someone has been appointed to your return. If you do see this, how long was it from the time your return was filed to when it was appointed to an agent?

    • When did you file?
      I see other people saying about 3 or 4 weeks until you get your return after they seen that code on their transcript.

      • I only have the 970 code… basically just saying they received it I don’t show the above code yet. Apparently, once you have it appointed to a representative it’s being worked on and should be to you within the next few months??

  6. I posted awhile back, I was the person who H&R Block made a huge typo in my Medicare wages, causing me to owe $2000 instead of getting over $4500 back.

    My amendment was received by IRS on March 3, 2022. Like nearly everybody else, I have had terrible luck getting any information out of IRS. However, on 10/17, I happened to check my transcript again. I finally saw that they had removed the balance owed, had a code and comment saying “Refund Issued” and I got my paper check today, 10/25!

    So, hold out hope! And forget about checking the WMAR tool, for me it never updated.

        • See, now Im irritated because the H&R Block here told me amendments couldn’t be filed electronically and HAD too be mailed in. Yet Im seeing so many here that said they did theirs that way

        • I filed mine Dec 29 2021. It was accepted by the IRS Jan 10 2022….Cant get ahold of anyone and the WMAR always says the same thing. SO Frustrating because there’s also no way to get ahold of anyone with the number and extension they provide either. At this point I give up. I may eventually get it….but not holding my breath. That money would help my current situation immensely.

        • Yes mine was filed via mail. I work a full time job and I can’t sit on the phone for hours trying to reach someone. I don’t know any other options at this point.

    • My Amended return was received March 7, 2022 , electronically. I have YET to receive my refund and everytime I check the WMAR it still says ” not processed ” I don’t know what else to do.

      • I’m sorry to say, but we’re all in the same boat. We all have the same message too. You can periodically check your account transcripts, but all that seems to change is the date in the upper right hand corner.
        FYI, mine was received on March 5, 2022.

        There’s no reason for it to be hung up and just sitting, but there it is just the same. At this point, I’m not holding out any hope for receiving it in this calendar year. In fact, the very cynical part of expects I’ll receive next years refund before getting this one.

        • You probably most definitely will receive the next years refund before your amended return. I have been waiting since 07/06/21.
          Hopefully they will get it together soon.

        • …and we’re supposed to be patient, and understanding.
          Obviously, we have no choice. We have no recourse, we have no voice, but I’m also really, really, pssd off!
          ..and these people get paid a really good wage for being lazy.

      • curious, when did you file your return?
        Mine was filed electronically 5/8/22, the web site has no info the it was received

        • @Carol. RgeWMAR is not reliable. You will have to look at your tax transcripts. There is a link shown above how to access.

  7. The system is bankrupt. They obviously don’t have to pay us. Interest. Yeah, right. We’re not getting our money.

    • That is the conclusion I have come to … they don’t have the funds to pay us back the money that is owed to us

      • So…I haven’t looked at these since July or August, so I went ahead and looked up the transcripts, only to find that nothing has been done. No surprise, but depressing as hell.
        Mine was filed electronically and received on March 5th. Transcripts say it was “processed” on April 11th. Where’s my amended return still says call!, they’ve received it but haven’t processed it. What a mess.

        This continues to be a slow painful process and I’ll bet good money, that I’ll received next years refund before I see this years.

      • I’m going through the same thing. I filed my amended return and origin in March of this year 2022 and still I haven’t received either refund. My irs account says I have a balance due to me of over 6000 but they have yet to send it to me. I’m guessing it’s due to them needing to process my amended return before they send me my refund for my original return but this isn’t fair when the money is just sitting in my irs account. This is a nightmare and torture because I really need this money

    • So overall they have 3.8 months to get through every single return as they get done about 9.5k average each day including off days (1.1million left), also, they have the money because they just gave my boss $600,000 with an employee retention credit from last year after they filed 2 months ago. Literally always business first while the people who support the business who need 3k or so get financially ruined as they refuse to approve something you’ve qualified for for 10+ months. Not to mention that if I didn’t file that extra bit of paperwork they would’ve kept that 3K and not said a damn word

  8. How do we see our transcripts? I have called and called but they are no help at all. So maybe I will see something on my transcripts.

    • You need to sign in to the IRS, via ID Me. You’ll need to set up the account, go through their hoops, and when that’s done, you sign in.
      The screen that opens up has a lot of paragraphs, but there is something that says get transcripts or account transcripts.
      Click on that. It’ll take you to another page where there’s a drop down box with titles to answer the question “what do you need it for”. I click on federal,tax.
      After that four sections appear, one is account transcript, another is wages and earnings, and two more. Under each heading are the tax years that you can access. Click on the year you want in the section you want, and the corresponding document will appear.
      I’ve stopped checking. Frankly, the only thing that has changed is the date.

    • First create an account with the IRS…. ITs IDME I believe…. Once there you can select the tax records tab and then follow the steps to view transcripts. It will ask why you want to look at the transcripts …. just scroll down and select other. The transcript you should be checking is the “Account Transcript” (they give you 4 different transcripts you can view) there is where you can find any updates that may not be on WMAR tool. I think if you scroll up on this article it gives you directions. Just come back here with any questions you might have… We are all pretty helpful to one another through this mess

  9. How many months will it take to get your amended return for the year 2021 I put it in April 12 2022 how long now

    • A long time. A long, and painful time.
      Don’t expect any information or help from them if you can get through. Don’t expect to find anything that is pertinent on the internet.
      Hate to be doom and gloom, but we’re all waiting and very few … very, very few have received their refunds. Most have given up on anything happening before next year.

      • Okay, after 1 year 7 months from the time the American Rescue Act went into affect regarding unemployment insurance not being taxable for 2020, I finally got my refund check for the 2020 amendment I personally typed and mailed return receipt requested; date received 3/28/22. So it took exactly 7 months from the time they received my paper amendment form. Halleluha!!! Check came from Philadelphia, PA. I checked my transcript the week before check issued 10/12/22 and I received 10/17/22.
        So hang in there guys and gals.

  10. Hello,

    I have seen a few people state they have called collections and received updates about their amendment. What exactly is that and how does it work?

  11. IRS shows our amended 2020 return was received on March 10, 2022. It also shows that it has still not been processed. IRS is seriously in a bad way. All the more reason to adjust our W4 withholdings so that we do not have to wait for a refund of OUR money. Don’t think of a large tax refund as a victory.

  12. Hey so I was just thinking of something .. when I sent in my amended 2018 return it said they originally received it 3/7/22. Last month the date changed to 4/25/22 as the new “received” date. Now I know anything filed after 4/18/22 is considered to be late. You have 3 years to claim a refund on an amended return correct? So now that my date has changed to after 4/18/22 instead of 3/7/22 does this mean it’s too late? Like is the IRS cheating me out of my refund by changing the received date from 3/7 to 4/25??

    • Mine changed as well, it was received March 5th, and processed on April 11th, and April 29th! In the area above the transaction codes..like 290 and 291…it’s says received on April 11th.

      So I went back to previous years, and the dates were all goofy too. Each year it had the date the return was processed and it’s always later that the date the refund was issued.

      So much for relying on transcripts…

  13. My amended return was received march 3rd and still not a word on why it’s taking so long. I contacted my congressman’s office got someone there to email the IRS on my behalf over a month ago still no reply from them an was told not to call back because it’ll take the up to 3 months to reply to a friggin email, 3 months! finally over six months of waiting I was told a tax advocate was assigned to me two weeks ago and I can expect a call within 30 days of that assignment. It’s been two weeks still no call. Beyond frustrated.

  14. Ok, got this message on website. Anyone else get this message that got their refund?

    Income Tax
    Your Information Is Not Available at This Time
    We are in the process of updating your account. These updates take at least 2 weeks to complete.

        • Hi been following the comments for updates since September. Wondering if you received your check yet? If so how long was it after receiving this message? “these updates take about 2 weeks to complete”

        • I created the amendment for 2020 unemployment non-taxable under the ARC agreement and mailed it certified mail return receipt requested. They posted as received on March 28, 2022. It took exactly 27 weeks to receive a check from Philadelphia, PA. The key is to keep tracking your transcripts. The last time I checked my transcript online, they sent me a letter to make sure it was me that was trying to access my transcripts and not fraudulently. A week later I signed in again onto transcript and noticed refund and interest dates on my transcript. Next week after that received my check finally. Those of you still waiting need to keep accessing whatever resources you have to get their attention to notice you. Once they notice you are not a fraudster, then you will get your refunds.

        • I check mine weekly. Once I received a notice asking if it was me doing so, but unfortunately it hasn’t triggered a thing.
          I think you were just lucky.

        • I haven’t received anything from them in a long time, the general updates I do receive are from sources I research.

        • I want to say on the 19th I saw the adjustment on my transcript. On the 21st nothing arrived direct deposit so I decided to wait to see if it would direct deposit in 2-5 business days or if I would see a check. The check arrived on the 25th.

        • Oh ok mine was adjusted on the 16th but it’s going to my old house so maybe it’s already been delivered by now,

        • Ok mine was adjusted on the 16th but it’s getting mailed to my other place so it’s probably already there then

  15. Amended tax return refund arrived today 9/26 via check in the mail. I efiled my return and received a check im super happy.

  16. Update: my amended return arrived today. I received a check in the mail. Although I efiled my return and my amended return, I didn’t get a direct deposit. I’m just happy it’s done.

    • That’s great news! Congratulations!

      Would you please let us know the tax year, if you e-filed and the date?
      This gives others some information of where they may be in the process,

    • Did your transcript change and tell you your money was on the way. Or did your check just show up without the website updating it? Just curious. Ty.

      • My transcript updated and showed a payment date of 9/21/2022. I was hoping it would be a direct deposit like others had received and was kinda frustrated that it wasn’t. Still, I decided to give it a few days to see what would happen. Check arrived today.

        • I’m glad you received yours! My transcript only updated once saying it went to processing on April 12th. No word sense. Hopefully sometime soon fingers crossed!

        • Was curious what month ya submitted it still waiting on mine an the transcripts are no help

  17. Has anyone received one ammended return but not the other? My transcript doesn’t state that they have even received my ammended return. When I check the where’s my refund status it says it was received 7/06/21. I am just very confused on why I received one and not the other when they were received on the same day. HELP!

    • @Charli

      You may want to get on the phone with them if you transcript has not been updated to reflect they have received it.
      My transcripts for sure show Amended Return from this past March.

  18. My account balance on my transcript is showing $0 at the top but at the bottom of the transcript it’s showing a 291 code with a negative balance. No refund code though and I’m confused with all the codes and what is being taken or not since now my balance is almost $1000 less than what it was a few weeks ago. So am I getting a refund or not? I’m tired of hoping at this point and just want to know.

  19. Are there any lawyers on this website? Seems to me that “we the people” have a great case for a class action lawsuit against the IRS. This is ridiculous that people including myself have been waiting this long for our refunds. I worked in payroll for 45 years, and if I didn’t pay people in a timely manner, I would have been not only fired, but legally responsible for not obeying the Federal and State laws.

    • I’m certain they will claim some sort of technicality, but generally speaking there is no statutory limit n processing. However, after 45 days from the filing deadline they must pay interest on the refund, and after six months you can sue them in the Court of Claims.
      So after October 15th you can discuss with a tax attorney.

      • @Janice, but in this situation, we are all dealing with Amended Returns. Not sure if there is a statutory time for processing those.

        • There’s no statutory time on any return, that’s true, but the way I interpreted the law was based on the language I zeroed in on, and there was no differentiation between types of filings!
          Granted, you have a valid point!, and I’m going to have to do a little more digging!!

        • Janice, Since my amended return and many others that have not received refund is based on the American Rescue Act past on 3/11/21 for the exclusion of Unemployment in 2020 is there any statutory time limit on the American Rescue Act law?

        • I have to review the language, but on a broad stroke basis, anyone who is involved, or any actions that take place with the parameters of a given Act, will not be subjected to any civil consequences outside of those parameters.
          If we use this tax situation as an example, and understand, I have to review the law to be certain, but based on general language in prior Acts, this example is generally the case:
          People filing within the dates of the Act would held harmless; likewise, those taking action..meaning the IRS, will also be held harmless.

          I would bet that somewhere …buried in the boilerplate ..is something that will exempt IRS from any civil consequences relating to their delays.

          That’s the best I can give you without pouring over the language.

        • Who is in charge of the IRS? Doesn’t he or she have any responsibility in realizing the impact to the American people of not responding to this massive need to not only Amendments and tax returns to individuals but businesses alike. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to their working the cases nor volume. Where is the work ethics here…..
          Again, I worked for major corporations that were much more organized in receiving documentation and procedures of workloads. Had Service Now setup for communications and cases to be worked. Now that we the people have paid for an additional 80,000 IRS workers; they need to be held accountable for not answering phone calls, not sending out notices, nor entering data from paper forms. We all want answers instead of the usual script of well you know that COVID and IRS didn’t do their jobs for 6 months because offices were closed and look at your Transcripts every day when we cannot even descifer what the codes mean. I urge everyone to start writing Congress and State Legislatures and sign petiions to have the IRS overhauled. It is our money that is paying for their salaries.

        • The Secretary of Treasury is a cabinet position in the White House, like all cabinet positions these are political appointees. Some are very good, some are not.
          The current SOT is Janet Yellen; she has a very impressive resume, she also feels that the current inflationary period is good for us.
          While you’d like to be able to do so, You can’t begin to compare operations at a corporation to the federal government.
          1. They aren’t accountable to anyone.
          2. Many don’t care
          3. There doesn’t seem to be any ramifications for people who don’t do their job.

          As far as hiring staff: they’ve passed a bill authorizing the appropriation and expenditure of far too much money to hire far too many people, far too late to help any of us.
          Two problems with this:
          1. Good luck finding 80,000 people who want to work.
          2. Good luck finding people willing to work for the IRS.
          3. I guarantee you, the people they hire will not be those who are at the top of the educational ladder, if they’ve graduated at all.
          4. They don’t expect to have even half of those numbers of people hired before the end of 2023.

          There’s been several articles lately. Unfortunately, despite the dates, they pretty much say the same thing, and none of those things indicate a solution. I’m attaching links:

          This one is the best:



        • There is a CPA posting daily videos. He talks about how bad the IRS is, and how hiring new 87,000 agents will be used against those with less mean. He says the new agents will not have nowhere near the experience he as has, and won’t be getting a dollar from his clients in an audit. Also , while 87,000 are being hired, 55,000 will be retiring.

        • He’s not wrong. I’m a retired (x2) Accountant, CMA, CGFM.

          This year I had 8-10 clients who had to submit paperwork that was ridiculous. One had to submit a copy of her husbands death certificate. He’s been dead since 1994.
          Another had to send in a copy of her 10 year old’s birth certificate.
          Another..get this..had to send in copies of his 1099’s to prove his withholding.you know, the ones that the irs already has!?
          There’s some kind of weird stuff going on there, and these 87,000 aren’t coming in to be your friend.

          The people they’ll be getting, at best, will be new college grads, and clerks. They’ll have no experience, precious little knowledge, and their jobs will be pure drudgery.
          I doubt very seriously that the majority of these people will be used to take care of this mess. Most are going to be hired to pour over your bank records, Venmo, PayPal, and especially your crypto/bitcoin.

          Pay very close attention to your financial institution”s actions. Are they getting new websites?, new apps?. Watch any transaction that has money being transferred through PayPal and Venmo, as well as internal transfers. Make darn sure they are labeling them as income.
          If you are still with a bank? Get the H out of there!, unless it’s a small community bank. Get in with your best local credit union.
          Everyone….every single person..should have as much cash as they can afford, stashed away in a safe at home. If you can buy into gold and silver, do so.
          Also, start saving your receipts..every single one.

        • Janice, Thanks for sending the link to the website.
          I not only worked for major corporations, I also worked in the Payroll Dept. for the 2010 Paper Census Bureau whereby there were different departments to accomplish the opening, scanning, reporting, and shredding of all the paper census forms. It was a 6 month project, and because we had experienced project managers and IT folks with good reporting skills, we finished the project on time and the census information for 2010 was on the President’s desk ON TIME for him to sign off. I don’t see the difference between the Census and the way the IRS should be conducting business. If they have bar codes on paper tax returns, at least the form could be tracked and communications to and from the owner of the paper form could be identified. I realize that it is a major undertaking, however, if they can implement Service Now which tracks cases then each IRS employee is assigned so many cases a day, they can widdle down the backlog. At one of my positions in a service center I was able to do upwards of 50 cases a day in a department of 30 people for 30,000 employees. I’m just saying there are ways to efficiently run the IRS, just like any other business.

    • They are using Covid as an excuse. My amended return was received April 12, 2022..Still not processed.. it’s me, trying to get the second stimulus check, I never got..

      • Mine was accepted January 10th….and hasn’t been processed. They sent me a letter last month about a supposed missing form and told me I had 30 days to get it to them. I did 2 days later, certified mail. Cant get ahold of anyone, of course, to see what’s going on with it at all. How are they going to tell me I have 30 days to respond yet they take MONTHS to do NOTHING?

        • @Jennifer

          Did you send yours in by mail?
          Have you checked your transcripts recently to see what is going on?

        • Yes sir. H&R Block said that amended returns cant be files electronically and have to be mailed. I mailed it the end of Dec last year and they received it January 10th of this year. ( months later I got the letter saying they were missing my EIC page, so I got a print out of it from H&R Block and mailed it to them, certified mail. I got confirmation they received that as well. My transcripts still just say they received it on 1-10-22. The WMAR only tells me it hasn’t been processed and they’re sorry for any inconvenience. I’ve called the number and used the extension it says but always get the recording that they’re busier than usual and cant assist me at this time. I don’t know what else to do.

        • @Jenna

          I recall in September of 2020, I sent in two regular returns to them in the mail. I did not sign either of them, as I missed them completely (it used to be on the first page). Six months later, they returned them to me. After I mailed them off again, it took another six months to get checks in the mail for those returns.

          Hopefully they don’t pull similar nonsense like that with missing forms.

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