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Here’s What To Do If You Are One Of The Millions Of Americans Still Waiting On Your Tax Return

That day when your tax return hits your account is one of the best days of the year, AMIRITE?!?

This year, however, there are millions of Americans who are STILL waiting on their tax return from the IRS. If you are one of these people, I bet the frustration is real!

How in the world is the IRS like five months behind in getting people their money?!?

The IRS has several things against them this year.

First of all, like everything else on the planet, COVID has screwed things up. There are log jams in some of the departments that they depend on for completing the tax returns.

They also have the stimulus payments to contend with. In previous years, they could focus all their energies on tax returns, but THIS year, they are having to deal with the millions of stimulus payments that went out to EVERYONE (even those who didn’t pay taxes).

To make things just a bit more complicated, the IRS is dealing with “child tax credit payments and refunds for tax overpayment on unemployment benefits.”

It’s kind of like the perfect storm at the IRS right now. The stars have aligned just right to make it a nightmare.

But, that’s not a comfort to those who are waiting, and waiting, and depending on the money.

Typically, you could call the IRS, and actually speak with someone who could help you research where your money is. But, reaching the IRS by phone right now is a bit — well — let’s just say it’s pretty close to impossible.

If you are wondering WHY you haven’t gotten your refund, you may fall under one of these categories.

Includes errors such as an incorrect Recovery Rebate Credit amount
Is incomplete
Is affected by identity theft or fraud
Includes a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit or an Additional Child Tax Credit using 2019 income. 
Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
Needs further review in general

IRS.gov

Watch your mail carefully, because if there is a delay in your tax return, the IRS will contact you by mail. You have to respond to this letter before they will process your tax return.

Your best bet for finding out why it’s taking so long to get your refund is to go to the IRS website. You can use the Where’s My Refund tool on the IRS website.

Hopefully, you will be able to get the answers you need. If you run into a dead end with your search, you can either submit a request on the IRS website OR call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or 800-829-8374 during regular business hours.