Reasons for a Slow Tax Refund


Every Tax Return is different from the next. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, it is possible that a taxpayers refund may take much longer.

Here are four reasons that can affect the time you receive your refund after the IRS receives your tax return.

  1. To protect against identity theft, the IRS continues to strengthen security reviews. This means some tax returns need additional review making the process for a refund longer.
  2. For those who claim the earned income credit or additional child tax credit, by law the IRS can not send refunds before mid-February.
  3. It can take time for financial institutions to post the refund in the taxpayer’s account and it can take even longer for those that do a check by mail.
  4. It takes longer to process a return that has errors. Therefore, taxpayers should consider using E-file software that can walk them through the process of completing a return correctly.

To check the status of your tax refund you can visit the IRS Website at