How Long to Get My Tax Refund & Why Is It Taking So Long? IRS Updates and News

When it comes to tax season I receive a lot of reader questions, many tinged with a hint of desperation, around why IRS tax refunds are taking so long to be processed and what can be done to get their money sooner rather than later.

This was no different in the latest tax season where a number of folks have commented on the extended delays they are seeing with the processing of their tax returns and payment of long overdue refunds. Despite PATH limitations now having lifted, many filers are still stuck in IRS refund processing limbo.

In fact the IRS had already announced that there will likely be longer than usual tax refund payment delays due to processing/validation of past year and amended returns, staffing/budget constraints and the ongoing payment and reconciliation of past stimulus payments and tax credits.

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Those who filed paper based or amended returns, will likely face even longer delays in getting any refunds and will likely see the “Return Processing Has Been Delayed Beyond The Normal Timeframe” WMR message for extended periods and ongoing notices from the IRS around additional 60 day review periods.

For returns that require special handling or manual processing the IRS has said that due to staffing shortages it is taking up to 120 days to complete processing and notify taxpayers of adjustments or adjudications.

Reasons why your IRS refund may be delayed

  • Additional identity or random security checks – especially if fraudulent activities were associated with your filing in the past that means your return gets flagged for further reviews
  • Amended returns require additional, and manual processing, which can see refunds delayed for up to 20 weeks
  • Missing or incomplete documentation or information in your return. This is why you should e-file with leading tax software as most online tax filing software checks for this, which is why manually filed returns are more at risk
  • Incorrect bank details or account numbers provided in your return (see below for how to address)
  • If you are using a pre-paid card for the first time and were using a middleman bank (SBBT, Republic, Bofi, etc), some people have had their refund not deposited because the middleman bank does not test deposits to ensure the account is active and correct
  • Refund claims with an application for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) attached (see Topic 857 for more information on this)
  • Refund offset (Tax Topic 203) which reduces your payment due to other federal or state obligations. See section below for more on this.
  • If you requested a refund of tax withheld on a Form 1042-S (PDF) by filing a Form 1040NR (PDF), allow up to 6 months from the original due date of the 1040NR return or the date you actually filed the 1040NR, whichever is later, to receive any refund due (see more details in tax topic 152)
  • PATH act delays because you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). This constraint was/is normally lifted in mid-February,
  • Manual reviews or corrections are needed to the earned-income tax credit and the pandemic-related stimulus payments (refundable tax credits) claimed in your tax return. You will see this as code 570/971 on your tax transcript.

As always keeping checking the IRS’ Where is My Refund Apps (WMR and IRS2GO) for exact dates on your refund payment.

You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.

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The WMR apps displays your tax return processing through three stages: Return Received; Refund Approved; Refund Sent. You can see more on refunds and delayed payments in these videos covering this topic

So what can you do if your tax refund is taking much longer to get than expected?

There are two main categories that cause your tax refund processing to taking longer than expected. Either something is wrong with your tax return filing, e.g. missing information, additional identity fraud/verification, incorrect social security numbers etc; or income information from related sources (employer, ex-partner, IRS notices) do not add up.

For example same dependent claimed in multiple tax returns. So here are a few things you can do to try and figure out why your tax refund is so taking so long to get to you.

  • Check the IRS tax tool, where’s my refund (WMR) or IRS2Go mobile app, to get the official status of your refund (see estimated IRS refund schedule). It is updated daily (overnight) and provides the latest processing status of your tax refund.

    The IRS has announced that it expects to issue more than 90% of refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days (not business days). So even if you have submitted all your documents you probably need to wait for at least 21 days before taking on more drastic actions.

    And if you paper filed, you may need to wait more than 6 weeks before hearing back from the IRS.

IRS bars offical - Where is My Refund (WMR) Return Received, Refund Approved and Refund Sent
Tax Status and Refund Delays
  • Why is my e-filed tax return in “Pending” status and the IRS has no record of my tax return? TurboTax experts say that after e-filing, your federal return may sit in “Pending” status 24-48 hours before its processing status changes.

    If you contact the IRS or try to look up your return or refund status on their site while your return is in “Pending” status, don’t be alarmed if they tell you they have no record of your return.

    This is normal; once the IRS acknowledges your return, they will update your status to via WMR to Return Received, Refund Approved and Refund Sent. See this article for more details on what the WMR refund status’ mean.

  • What do these IRS refund status’ mean? Return Received means the IRS has your tax return and is processing/reviewing it. Your estimated refund date will be available as soon as the IRS finishes processing your return and confirm that your refund has been approved. Generally it takes just a few days for the status to shift from Return Received to Refund Approved if all is in order.

    But any issues with processing your return will delay things and a refund date will not be provided until your refund has been approved.

    In some cases the refund tracker graphic (shown here) will not be shown if your return is being reviewed prior to step two: “Refund Approved,” and instead an explanation or instructions will be provided by the IRS depending on the situation.

    This can happen even if you previously checked Where’s My Refund? and it showed the status as “Return Received” along with the tracker. If the IRS needs more information specific to your return, they will contact you by mail (be aware of IRS imitation scams). You should follow the instructions in the IRS letter as soon as possible to prevent further delays with receiving your return.

  • Review your tax return and make sure there no obvious mistakes like missing names/SSN or forgetting to sign your tax return. According to the IRS, one of the main things causing people to experience delays in getting their refunds is returns that are not accurately completed. So to ensure you get your refund ensure your return is as accurate as possible.

    You can resubmit an amended tax return entering the changes and explaining why you need to amend your original tax return. You don’t have to redo your entire return, either. Just show the necessary changes and adjust your tax liability accordingly.

    You usually do not need to file an amended return because you forgot to include tax forms such as W-2s or 1099 forms. The IRS normally will send a separate request asking for those documents.

  • Get online help from various articles on people seeing delays with their refunds. On one of my articles covering the IRS refund schedule I got 6000+ comments, with the following useful real life tips you won’t find elsewhere:

  • If you claim certain credits like the Earned Income Credit or Education credits in your tax return, the IRS announced that refunds these returns generate may take longer (under PATH act). So expect your refund to take longer in this case – possibly into April, even if you filed early.

  • Hire an accountant or tax services firm to follow up this issue on your behalf particularly if you have a tax obligation to the IRS. But be warned, these are not the cheapest options and if you refund is less than $1,000 it may not be worth the cost.

  • Calling the IRS is an option, though getting through to someone is a challenge. You can go the IRS resources page to get the latest contact IRS numbers/locations. Here is a way to get a real IRS person:
    • Dial 800-829-1040 – if they say they have high volume calls hang up, you’re wasting your time, call again until it doesn’t say high volume.
    • Then dial 1- for English or 2 for Spanish.
    • Then listen to the options and dial 2 then 1 then 4, then 2 again, until it finally asks for your social… they will try to trick you after that, but don’t dial anything it will take you to an operator. it’s a process but you’ll get to someone as long as you DO NOT say you have questions about your refund, cause then it will tell you to go online. make sure your cell is charge when you call cause you can wait up till an hour. Good luck people, and hope we all get our refund. Heck, we worked for it!!! =)

  • Check with the middleman bank (SBBT, Republic, Bofi, etc) that they received your refund and sent it to your personal account. If filed jointly make sure both names are on your bank account/pre-paid card as this can sometimes cause your refund to be held or rejected.

2022 IRS tax season statistics

The National tax payer advocate services (TAS) released some interesting statistics that confirm the ongoing challenges the IRS is facing in processing returns and paying refunds on time. Especially for paper filed returns. As you can see from the official statistics below, lots of folks are impacting by IRS processing delays.

  • More than 90% of individual income taxpayers e-file their returns (recommended), yet last year, about 17 million taxpayers – about the population of New York – filed their returns on paper because of access or limitations with filing electronically. 
  • It took the IRS on average 251 days (or more than 8 months) to make and respond to proposed adjustments across 5 million affected returns. This is three times pre-pandemic levels.
  • Over 336,000 taxpayers could not file their returns or receive their refunds because identity thieves had already filed a return using their identifying information. It is taking the IRS over 1 year to resolve identity theft cases.
  • While the IRS had reduced the number of suspended returns (those that require manual IRS reviews) to 5.4 million from 15.8 million earlier in the year, it is still taking up to 10 months for manual reviews of paper filed returns.
  • During the 2022 filing season, the IRS received about 73 million telephone calls. However only one out of 10 calls reached a live IRS agent. This is half as much as the prior tax year, despite a lower overall volume. The time the average taxpayer spent waiting on hold rose from 20 minutes to 29 minutes this tax season.

IRS Operations Page

To get the latest update on IRS tax refund processing delays, you can see the IRS operations page which provides information on key functions and causes behind some of the delays when it comes to phone support, paper filed returns and ongoing reviews.

Tax Payer Identify Verification Delaying IRS Tax Refund Processing and Direct Deposit Payments

In a lot of recent cases, it appears that the IRS is delaying refund processing because they are having to spend a lot more time validating tax payer identities given the rise in online tax related fraud over the last few years. In most cases the IRS will notify selected tax filers via WMR or mail (they will never call you) to contact a IRS number to verify their identity. After verification it could take up to 9 weeks for you to get a refund. See more in this article.

Refund Offset – Why Your Refund May be less than expected

Another area of confusion for those expecting a refund is that when they get a refund it is actually less than the amount they were expecting or provided by their tax software provider.

The reason for this is that the federal government has “offset” or deducted monies from your tax refund to cover debts you owe other federal agencies. Under the law, federal payments such as tax refunds can be collected against by approved agencies (e.g the IRS) before being paid to you. 

You will get  a letter from the IRS explaining this offset to your federal refund and why it differs from what was estimated in your filed return. You will generally see a tax topic 203 message or code 898 on your transcript when you have an offset applied to your IRS refund.

They will give you an opportunity to dispute this collection, but you will have to prove you had no federal obligations. If you have questions regarding the offset of your refund you can call the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) on 800-304-3107.

When will I get my paper check if my Direct Deposit is delayed or rejected?

At times people will change their bank accounts after their return is filed or provide incorrect account numbers. In these instances the IRS will issue a paper check when they cannot send by direct deposit.

This will delay your refund, but the actually IRS processing time for a paper check  is only 2 extra days more than direct deposit.

Usually paper checks are mailed on Friday’s and you usually get within 1 week; the following Friday or sooner. The US Postal usually don’t deliver refund checks until Saturday morning to prevent someone watching your mail and stealing the check.

If I can order my IRS tax transcript does it mean I am getting my refund direct deposited soon?

This question used to come up a lot, but is not very relevant since you can request a tax transcript online via your IRS account. The transcript is free and does show processing tax codes related to progress and status of past and current tax returns.

That being said, there is a correlation in reviewing your transcript for current year IRS processing transaction codes. If you see transaction codes (like 846), it means the IRS is or has processed your tax return, and refund where applicable.

But the IRS is very clear that reviewing your transcript does not mean you will imminently be getting a refund and is among the common myths and misconceptions repeated in social media. They still say that checking the WMR website or IRS2Go app is the best and official way to check your refund status.

Tax Topic 151 vs 152 notice

When you log on to the WMR website or IRS2Go mobile app, you may be presented with a message to refer to IRS Tax topic 151 or 152 in relation to your refund. But what do these mean? Tax Topic 151 simply means that you’re getting a tax adjustment due to an offset or IRS proposed adjustment.

You will get an official IRS letter or notice explaining the actual offset and adjustments to your tax return, and details on how to appeal this action – but likely it will delay you getting your refund. While not great news, the silver lining here is that the IRS has processed your return and your adjusted refund (where applicable) should be on its way.

Tax Topic 152 on the other hand means means you’re getting a tax refund in line with IRS processing guidelines (generally within 21 days) and this notice confirm the methods for payment (direct deposit, check).

I know it can be really frustrating to see ongoing delays in getting your tax refund. My answer is be patient, look into the above steps and contact a tax advocate or tax professional if you get nowhere with the IRS.

WMR and IRS2GO Refund Status Error Codes

When you see an error on the WMR and IRS2Go tool you will get an error code and a short description. Sometimes these can tell you the cause (e.g 1161 –  Refund delayed, bankruptcy on account ).

But in many cases this provides no help and in that case you should reference the IRS Refund Error Code list to get more details. You can also see the comments below for more errors people are facing.

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735 thoughts on “How Long to Get My Tax Refund & Why Is It Taking So Long? IRS Updates and News”

  1. I filed Feb 16 and have received 3 notices that my refund has been delayed. The last one said they needed an additional 60- days to process. That was May 18, 2022. Today is July 29, 2022. Has anyone else had their return delayed this long? I have called every number in the notices I have received, as well as any that I could find online. It is ridiculous that there is no way to reach a live person, or get an automated update other than it ‘has been delayed beyond the normal time-frame.’ It is my understanding that the IRS will pay me a paltry interest for the delay and subsequently charge me tax on that interest. Adding further insult.

  2. I mailed my 2021 federal tax return in July 2021. USPS tracking confirms it was received July 20, 2021.

    For almost 8 months I checked the “Where’s my Refund” page on the IRS website, and it kept saying it couldn’t find it.

    Last week when I checked the status, the Where’s my Refund page acknowledged that they received it and are processing it. So if you mailed a return, don’t be surprised if it takes many months for them to get to it.

    • I have been waiting since Jan. and it will be June in a week. My question is, if 10 million ppl have refunds for 2 thousand dollars, that’s 20 billion dollars. Are they making interest on this? Is it because we’re on the lower financial end and we can’t afford lawyers so they keep the refunds? Can we start a class action lawsuit against the irs?

      • I like that idea I have been waiting for more than 2 months already. It’s a good question the IRS walks all over low income families but not the rich people or even if they pay taxes?

  3. Thanks so much Andy for this. I was hoping it would be sooner but after last year I’m not surprised it’s taking so long. I have the earned income credit from 2019 plus 2021 unemployment. Plus I can’t remember if I signed it since I usually do e-file but had to paper file with my eic. Where’s my refund just has the same ‘can’t find you’ message for weeks now. Knowing how backlogged they are gives me some peace of mind that maybe I did sign it after all :)

  4. my refund has been excepted with a setoff code and also 2 refund dates and the 1st says today the 23rd and another for the 28th but bar on site is still sitting at approved and accepted but no bar line all the way to show that its been sent or has pushed itself to refund sent ..So over this mess..

  5. What is the longest time someone has waited for their refund? It has been over 300 days. I filed mid-March 2021 and it was accepted right away. The message changed to processing and stayed there permanently. I tried to get in touch with someone at the irs with no luck. Finally in August, 5 months after filing, we received a letter asking for the amount that is supposed to be on line 9 of form 8812, as it was blank. We looked over our return and found that it was intentionally left blank because it was supposed to be…we didn’t qualify to have something on that line. I contacted someone for that letter ID and they agreed that the irs made a mistake. I was told to include all the information and fax it back or mail it and it would take 6 to 8 weeks. I faxed it back with a verification and have been waiting ever since. I have called the irs and have gotten through several times only to be told to call back in 6 to 8 weeks or that they can’t get any information on this because it hasn’t been processed. What is the purpose of those answering phones? Since we faxed the information back, we have been waiting over 5 months and we are getting ready to file taxes this year. It will soon be a year since we filed and I want to know the longest someone has had to wait. I feel like I am never going to receive it.

    • I filed 4/15/21 and Then the IRS said that they were sending my refund finally on February 28 of this year… It is now March 21 and I still have not received a check… Yeah good times

    • I have the exact same situation. Filed in March 2021, was told in August we needed to correct our return, sent it back in, and have been told three times since that it is delayed and there is no information. Don’t even want to file this year because of this bs. Last time I actually talked to someone, they said we would have our money by the end of March. Still haven’t seen it. So over this crap.

    • I filed Feb 2020 and haven’t received my deceased mothers refund . So 2 years and have called and been on hold greater than 80 mins.
      I called the advocate line 6 times and left a message, they never called back.
      They are horrible.

  6. I had to do a paper return this year because apparently I needed IP PIN. I put my return in the mail on March 4th, that was 25 weeks ago yesterday. The IRS isn’t even showing that they have received it yet. I am a single mom of 4 kids and was really counting on that money to help with thing since it is my money. The IRS needs to get it together!

    • Have you heard anything or gotten your refund yet? I filed May 5th through mail and showed received May 15th and it’s now October 20th and haven’t heard anything. When I called months ago they told everything looked good just have to wait because they’re manually doing taxes but I’ll receive it just to wait. It’s been almost 5 months and nothing. I can’t even get an tax advocate because they’re so booked up. I’ve never seen nothing like this?!? Thanks I’m advance…

      • I filed electronically Beginning of March 2021. They accepted it and still nothing. No letter, no call, no info every time I call. This is so frustrating almost 8 months and not a thing even irs website says still processing. Damn shame they can’t get it together!!!

        • I’m on the same boat as you Patty. Filed Feb 18 with my husband electronically and nothing. The last letter we received from them was back in June saying that they will be working with our case but to stay put. I actually called yesterday and spoke to someone and they supposedly said we will be receiving it “Nov 15” but when I followed up on the site. Still says processing… I just don’t believe them anymore. I have given up long time ago at this point lol but it would be ideal to receive it.

    • I called my tax preparer and was told that 5 days after the Tax deadline that the IRS was taking a break and would be for a several months! I asked why didn’t they tell anyone by letter or on Where’s my Refund? NO answer. This is crazy that I had to find out by them & not the IRS!!!!!! If I was behind in paying taxes I would be penalized for being late but they can do this and nothing? WTH

  7. I tried your hack to get through to an agent at the IRS but it didn’t work, I’ve been trying forever to get through to anyone: tax payer advocates, the IRS, and H&R Block(whom I filed through), and still after 3 months I haven’t heard anything from anyone.. I have been struggling this entire summer due to their negligence. I’m in college right now and I’m a mom of 3, it’s almost impossible for me to hold a job at the same time… I feel like the governments delays and the neglect they are showing through the IRS should be punished, not different from how they penalize a tax payer for being late on their payments. If they can be 16 weeks late sending someone their money, then there should not be penalties placed on the taxpayers who have the same trouble making their payments on time. Or they should be charged an interest charge to be paid to the tax payers for the delay in sending them their refunds. I am beyond frustrated, and now I’ve developed ulcers worrying about the coming winter, where’s my pain and suffering compensation for the mental anguish they’ve caused me? Despicable.

    Internal Revenue Service, what a joke.

    • Our returns start accruing interest after 45 days of approval if it hasn’t been mailed or direct deposited. I think if they can lock us up over late taxes, then the same law should apply to them. And an automatic 10k restitution to the person being screwed.

    • I was under they impression that they have to pay you interest if delay is their fault? Does anyone know about them taking a long vacation?

  8. I have been waiting now 17 weeks and it still hasn’t been processed. Filed on march 1st. They accepted it march 2nd 2021 and here we are almost in july and still no return

    • I’ve been waiting since 4/6 with no signs of hope. The status just shows processing…on the where’s my refund tool

    • Filed feb 20 still says processing I have a tax advocate been 2 weeks applied for an emergency payment still nothing stuck because someone in the department needs to look at it manually so it’s stuck in a que it’s ridiculous by the time I get my return I will need to file next year’s return this is a bunch of bull crap

  9. Was just told 9 weeks for my return. I’m claiming back stimulus payments (from 2020). Never filed a tax return in my life. I’m over 60 and receive Social security. Because of some of these issues, Irs sent out the typical “we need to verify you” form. Problem is, their verify website is complete trash! Doesn’t match with experian credit check files at all (well, not for me). Because of the website issues, I had to either call 8n or go to an office. Still paranoid about covid19, so I just called in. Sadly, I couldn’t get a rep over the phone until days ago, I.e., literally days before the tax deadline. Lady was able to verify via simple info, name, ss#, mom and dad name on birth certificate etc. Then she released the hold after verification. Then told me I have to wait 9 weeks. And if the Irs still needs more info, they’ll call me. Soooooo. Guess I’ll get my refund toward the middle of summer (it’s still Spring FYI )

  10. In case this helps someone… that may be in a similar situation: Okay people, here’s what I just got from a local IRS person that was originally going to schedule an appointment for us to go into an office that wasn’t even local because there weren’t any open local appointments. We almost drove an hour and a half away and the guy comes back on the line after scheduling the appointment and goes… did you know there is a 10 week hold on your return? We were like wtf… no… obviously we didn’t know that… for some reason, no one told us that… even though we have called the IRS several times and I even called the National Taxpayer Advocate service and the lady was EXTREMELY rude to me… I told here that the IRS hadn’t given us a very specific answer… they said it could take up to 10 weeks… okay? Like that is a lot different answer than your return is on hold for 10 weeks, if you ask me. She said well they would have told you 10 weeks… that was her answer… again… no one said our return was on HOLD FOR 10 weeks… big difference… smh… I don’t know why some of these phone reps are such rude jerks and uncapable of communicating something as simple as that… now it makes sense why some of the others were rude to us… because they must have assumed we knew it was on hold and knew that nothing could be done, but thought we were still trying to bug them or something… geeze… what a nightmare. I am assuming it is because of an error. So… I really hope this helps some people… it is possible your return could be straight up on hold and that would explain why the where’s my refund never updates and always says “still processing” and why there is no info on your tax transcript. I suggest contacting a local IRS office in your state, you should be able to google the info.. .and here is a list for the local taxpayer advocates, they may be able to help as well and may be nicer, that has been my experience. The national IRS and taxpayer advocates are extremely rude and unhelpful. Try to contact someone more local

    • Same story almost exactly, tysm cause I was under the same impression up to 10 weeks not for exactly 10 weeks my 10th week is May 1st. If anything changes for you it would be great to hear.

    • I was told10 weeks as well and it has now been 13 weeks with no answers and no way of getting ahold of anyone. I have tried making an appointment and get the same message…Do to high call volume we can’t take your call.At this point it is seriously ridiculous

    • Irs is actually still backed up with 2019 taxes, along with 2020 taxes. So what ever time frame they tell u more than likely will be longer

    • Hi, what number did you call to actually get to talk to someone at the IRS? It’s been almost 13 weeks since I’ve filed. They accepted it a day later and now it says “still processing”. Beyond frustrated and even more so because I can’t find a number where I can talk to anyone.

  11. I need assistance with a letter/notice that I received from the IRS however no one is available for me to speak to. I tried the Tax Advocate office in St. Petersburg as well that stated it is temporarily closed. I believe I have a simple issue that simply speaking to someone at the IRS or someone who can get the information over to the IRS would clear everything up and I will be able to get my refund released. However, I can not get anyone on the phone or even an email address. The letter I received is dated back in March but received it end of June. Does anyone have any knowledge that they would be willing to share to help me out? I am a single mother of 2 young children who needs to move ASAP and purchase another vehicle as the one I was driving just blew up on me.

    • Right. Good luck. I had a “simple issue”. They want the 1095-a forum. We are not supposed to even receive this forum, confirmed with my health care provider. I have talked to the IRS over 8 times on the phone. I have waited over 7 months and, still, I am no closer to getting my return.

      P.S. Everytime I talk to the IRS, I get told different, sometimes contradicting, information.

  12. I Filed my taxes on January 28,2020. It is now June 29th 2020 and I am still waiting for my refund. When I have tried calling the IRS I either get Due to high call volume they can not take my call or when I have gotten through early June I was told to wait 6 to 8 more weeks or longer. This is unacceptable while we are going through these hard times I need my money. I really do not know what to do anymore.

    • I filed mine in July. ( the last day in july) took two months for them to load it into received status…still nothing.

  13. You say the 151 is because they are taking money and I got that message but i have no debts what so ever so is there any other reason I would get the 151 take action code?

  14. This is beyond pissing America off. If we owed the irs money they would slap and enormous amount of interest on us. But they owe us money and we pay them so why can’t we charge them interest on holding our money. What a effed up clown we have for a president and our government is just becoming a joke. They should just let us keep our taxes we pay out of each check. And mab then people wouldn’t be struggling giving it to a bunch of crooks.

    • After 45 days of the refund approval, if they haven’t mailed or deposited it, it then begins accruing interest

  15. More insanity from this presidency; anyone who votes this maniac into office again has got to be crazy themselves… god da#n, the people who made this happen should never be in-charge of peoples lives in no type of way again. I’ll vote for my dog next time… at least she’s smart.

  16. I filed electronically back in February and it is now NOVEMBER and still NOTHING. Sent me 2 letters, one in February and one in May basically saying they were reviewing my taxes and that I didn’t have to do anything but basically wait. After May, no more letters so I called in August and was told one of me employers didn’t submit w-2 so I had my employer do that (even though they told me they had filed one already). Called again and IRS now said I had to wait another 90 days for them to review and that they didn’t know anything about a w-2 not being filed. I went off on the lady cuz this is pissing me off! 9 months to review income taxes and they just giving me the run-around! This is beyond ridiculous and I wish I could open a case against them but I can’t afford a lawyer and I don’t even know of they could do something about this. I will try to go to my local IRS office and see if they have some answers but I’m just giving up at this point. So so so mad!

  17. Filled my 2017 Taxes back in May of 2019 spoke with 2 different IRS agents and received 2 different release dates for my refund and both have come and gone. I don’t think they know what they are looking at tor talking about.

    • I can’t imagine having to wait for a return that was filed 2 years after they were due. I’d be happy they don’t lock you up.

  18. I used Jackson Hewitt… They didn’t mail my tax form and had to have them do it again… Then had to go to the IRS to confirm my identity then told 9 weeks I should get it. That was in Sept and still no refund…. I think the consequences for not getting the returns out on time should be the same as if you owe and you make them wait.

  19. Filed my tax return in FEBRUARY 2019. It is now AUGUST 2019 & STILL NO REFUND!! No new update either!! anyone else? This is just absurd my boyfriend and i filed same day and he got his return in 5 days!

    • I got an audit about my dependent and me being head of house hold and I faxed the information to the irs and i still haven’t got any news

  20. Day 129… still no refund!! Submitted return March 3rd, accepted Mar4th.
    Notice 152 on IRS website
    Received a ltr 4464 on April 12th stating they are verifying info.

    Still no word… very sad!

  21. I filed my taxes on February 17 and I received a letter in March that I needed to be identified. On April 3 I went into the IRS office with a copy of my tax return and my ID. When the lady looked everything over I was told it would take 9 weeks to get my return. Then on May 10 I received a letter saying they were going over my tax return for accuracy and I would hear from them in 60 days. Today is 60 days and I haven’t heard from the IRS. It is not like I itemized my return I did the short form so there isn’t much to look over. Here I sit waiting on the phone waiting to talk to someone.

  22. We filed 1/17/2019 it was accepted 1/21/2019 and had to verify our identity, done, told 9 weeks more or less, then got a letter saying 60 days, waited and nothing, called and told 30 days, waited, nothing. I called Friday just before the 4th of July and got told I’d have it August 4th or sooner. Then TODAY July 6th we got another letter saying another 60 effing days. Wtaf is going on? If we owed they’d be banging our doors down. I am so aggravated. We lost our vehicle due to a blown transmission and we have been counting on our return to get another vehicle. I have missed so many doctors appointments it’s sickening. They need to get off their as$ and fix this. Too many hard workers waiting in what is rightfully theirs.

  23. My return was accepted on Feb 4th. Today is JULY 2ND.. WTF!…I got bills a car that needs fixing and I was unemployed for 4 months and need to pay back money I borrowed because of not working. I’M CONFUSED AND VERY, VERY PISSED!

  24. Our taxes were filed as of 4/12/19, e-filed with direct deposit information. As of today 6/26/19 I am still in processing status. This seems really strange to me. Unless they are holding monies from us in order to gain interest on the amount due tax payers. Point to ponder. Still waiting…still needing MY money back.

    • I am having this same issue. It is really starting to make me aggravated. My refund was supposed to be here April 23rd and still nothing. When I log on it says processing with no future date of when it will be issued. I have never had this issue before. I don’t understand why I there is no way to communicate with anybody about this.

  25. I e-filed my 2018 return on April 7th.
    I received an email stating my return was accepted by the IRS on that same
    day (4/7) – the WMR site states,
    “your tax return is still being processed” (today’s date is 6/21) I am a single mother, claiming one child, filing head of household. I work full time as a nurse in a Physician’s office. I have filed the same way over the last 20 years, and I’ve never had to wait this long in the past. The only thing different this year is, I’m claiming only one child, because my other 2 are over 18 now, and out of the house. This is the first year I’ve only claimed one child. Due to my income, I qualify for the child tax credit, but everything else is straight forward. Unfortunately, I don’t receive child support, and rely on my tax return every year, to pay down credit cards and medical bills. This is money I’ve already earned, and belongs to me… a law abiding, tax paying, American citizen. I’m feeling taken advantage of, and beyond frustrated. I’ve tried calling and can’t get a live person. I tried calling a tax advocate, but no one answered. I left a detailed voicemail, and have not received a call back. I am so incredibly tired of having to fight so damn hard, for money that belongs to me. I need the money for groceries and bills, not some kind of lavish vacation…. single moms don’t get those. So frustrated.
    Thanks for listening.

  26. I have to say, it’s nice seeing others having to wait this long. Filed Feb 4th, its June 21st and it still shows processing even though I received a letter stating May 30th at the latest everything would be finalized.

    I don’t know if anyone else has called but they are no help. I brought up the letter to the agent and they said it didn’t matter and had a completely different timeline for me…

  27. I filed my taxes with my wife on febuary 14th or 15th, i filed by turbo tax and added injured spouse claim due to possible past due child support from my wife, i waited 11 weeks then called to ask about where everyting was. they told me june 6th they will be processing it again and that they havent recieved an offset yet. its now june 12th, no change. is this normal

  28. I filed early Feb 2019.
    Its JUNE!!!
    Still no refund. Still no status update. Going to try calling Friday. But I doubt I’ll get anywhere.

  29. I filed march 4th needed to file by paper due to itin number not being sent to me at new address they waited untill may 30 th to even release my refund for processing now I have to wait another 9 weeks . What kind of crap is this. I have children and need to get a car asap where I live has no kind of public transportation so I’m spending 200 a week in a cab to get to and from work. But these frauds got their money I bet.

  30. I did my taxes around January 9/10 I swear it got accepted like a day later! I thought it was a little fast and was expecting an email saying they denied it. Instead I’ve gotten 3 letters since then and it’s June 5th! I was told that they needed “more information” but I’m trying to figure out how much more info they need! Anyway 6months into the year and still no refund for me!

  31. Its been 13 weeks I filed me and my wife and my girls and its with a injured spouse form we owed back taxes for 2016 thanks to Jackson Hewitt messing up oir taxes that year they said they would take it out of my refund and release the rest of my refund owed to me and I haven’t received a letter from the irs or anything this is stupid ive never had to wait this long and I have called them and everything.

  32. I filed my income tax the beginning of February 2019, got accepted the same day and I knew I had to wait because of the EIC then I got a letter stating that it would be processed Mid March then nothing ever came, got another letter saying I would get it the beginning of May or another letter would be sent to me by that date. I never got my tax refund or a letter so I called and the lady said she saw nothing wrong with my income tax return so she escalated it which started the next 30 day waiting period… its 5/29/2019 and still no progress but currently waiting on hold

    • I got told 30 days too, but the guy I called the other day said it’s never 30 days so he didn’t know why I got told that and I keep getting letters with in 3 days of calling saying another 30 days


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