Did you file your tax return this spring and are still waiting for your refund? The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in fewer than 21 days. However, it’s possible that some tax returns require further review and take longer to process.
Some common reasons that your refund is delayed:
- If you had to submit a tax return via paper rather than electronically, the IRS is slower to process
- A social security number of someone listed on the tax return was incorrect.
- Your return was flagged for ID theft. If any social security number on your return has already been submitted, your return will be delayed until it gets manually reviewed.
- You may also experience delays if you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit.
The IRS does allows taxpayers to check on the status of their returns. You can use the Where’s My Refund tool on the IRS website.