What Can You Do To Expedite Your Income Tax Refund?

April 7th, 2022

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The information that I am seeing on the Internet states that the IRS goal for having your tax refund in to your bank account is twenty-one days.  While this could be “business days”, I am thinking that it’s “calendar days”.  There are decisions that you can make and actions that you can take that will facilitate this process:

  1.  File your tax return electronically!  It has been said that “paper” is to the IRS as Kryptonite was to Superman!
  2.  Check, double-check, and triple-check your tax return for errors BEFORE you e-file!  From your correct name (that is in the Social Security Administration records) and social security number to the birth dates of your dependents to the numbers that you have entered throughout your tax return.  All numbers can be transposed.
  3. If your tax software includes this function run “Error Checking” multiple times.
  4. Be sure that the “Routing Number”, “Your Full Bank Account Number” and “Bank Name” are all correct.
  5. If you are applying for the “Child Tax Credit”, or the “Earned Income Credit”, or if you received payments for the “Economic Recovery Rebate”  be sure that you provide all of the correct information.  If you received advance child tax credit payments last year, or the Economic Recovery Credit you should receive two separate letters from the IRS stating the amounts that you received.
  6. If you have questions, use https://irs.gov or the Internet to obtain information from the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or search for the instructions for your forms.

After you have filed your tax return you can use the IRS “Where’s My Refund” hyperlink to obtain the status of your refund ( Refunds | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov) )

Issue Number: COVID Tax Tip 2022-54

Why it may take longer than 21 days for some taxpayers to receive their federal refund

The IRS issues most refunds in fewer than 21 days for taxpayers who file electronically and choose direct deposit. However, some returns have errors or need more review and may take longer to process. The IRS works hard to get refunds to taxpayers quickly, but taxpayers shouldn’t rely on getting a refund by a certain date.

Things that can delay a refund:

The IRS will contact taxpayers by mail if it needs more information to process their return.

The fastest way to get a tax refund is by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit. People who don’t have a bank account can learn about opening an account at an FDIC-Insured bank or the National Credit Union Locator tool.

Taxpayers can check the status of their refund online.

To check the status of a refund, taxpayers should use the Where’s My Refund? tool on IRS.gov. If taxpayers file electronically, they should wait twenty-four hours before checking the status of their refund. If taxpayers file a paper return, they should wait four weeks before checking the status.

IRS representatives on the phone and at Taxpayer Assistance Centers can only research the status of a refund if:

  • It’s been 21 days or more since the taxpayer filed the return electronically.
  • It’s been six weeks or more since the taxpayer mailed the return.
  • The Where’s My Refund? tool tells the taxpayer to contact the IRS.

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Posted by Bill Seabrooke