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.
- 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.
- For those who claim the earned income credit or additional child tax credit, by law the IRS can not send refunds before mid-February.
- 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.
- 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