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  • This article was posted on Sep 23, 2022
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Have you received your tax refund yet? The IRS cautions that there may be delays as a result of ongoing backlogs brought on by the pandemic, even though the majority of people will receive their tax return within 21 days of filing online.

More than 45 million tax refunds have already been distributed by the IRS in 2022, with each check averaging $3,352 (up from $2,800 last year). Waiting for that money to arrive in your bank account can be difficult, especially if you need it to make a significant purchase, pay bills, or improve your financial situation.

Find out what could be holding up the processing of your 2021 tax return and how to speed up the process. You can contact the IRS problem solvers at MC Tax Relief for any tax problem help.

How to Check Your Tax Refund Status

Use the ‘Where's My Return?’ tool provided by the IRS to determine the status of your refund.

According to the IRS, the ‘Where's My Return?’ tool is the quickest and simplest way to verify the status of your refund. Within 24 hours of electronic filing or four weeks after sending your return, it displays the status of your return. Your most recent return status is reflected in the tool every day.

Here's how to use the tool to check the status of your tax return:

1. Use the IRS2Go mobile app or the IRS website to access the tool.
2. Provide the necessary details. Your Social Security number, filing status, and precise tax return amount must be entered.
3. View the status of your return. If the tool has already processed and accepted your return, it will show a personalized date for when you can anticipate receiving your refund.

One of the following will be indicated by your status:

• Received indicates that your return is being handled.
• Approved signifies that your return has been accepted and that the requested reimbursement has been granted.
• Sent verifies that your refund will either be mailed to you as a cheque or will be paid directly into your bank account.

Can You Call the IRS to Check the Status of Your Refund?

You may be able to contact the IRS to inquire about the status of your tax return.

The IRS can be reached by individual taxpayers at 800-829-1040 if :
• After at least 21 days, you e-filed your return.
• The last time you sent a paper tax return was six weeks ago.
• How do I find my refund? requests that you call the IRS

It isn't advisable to call the IRS outside of these times because they won't be able to give you any more details about the status of your tax return. The phone line is frequently busy due to the huge volume of calls, so it can take you a while to get through.

Reasons your tax refund can be delayed

If you're still waiting for your tax refund, it's conceivable that the IRS is processing your tax return more slowly than usual because it needs further scrutiny.

Your tax return may be delayed for a number of reasons :

• Errors like a status of filing that isn't complete
• Information gaps and the need for more investigation
• Possible tax fraud or identity theft
• A claim for an additional child tax credit or an earned income tax credit
• The processing time for Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, is up to 14 weeks.

How to get your tax refund faster

If you've already submitted your tax return, calling the IRS or checking your refund status won't be able to hasten the refund process. If the IRS needs further details in order to process your return, they will get in touch with you.

The IRS recommends the following advice to expedite your refund if you haven't already filed :

1. Use e-filing
For a quicker tax refund, file your taxes online. Paper filing might result in significant processing delays since the IRS must manually input information while processing paper returns.

2. Choose direct deposit
Choosing to have your tax return directly deposited into your bank account is the quickest method to get it. Use of direct deposit using a prepaid debit card is an option if you don't have a bank account and don't want to get one.

3. Avoid errors
Your tax refund may be delayed by processing delays brought on by incorrect, absent, or incomplete information on your tax return.

Our certified tax resolution specialists at MC Tax Relief can assist you with all your tax problems.