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IRS: 3 things that don’t help to get your refund check faster

Most people know that the IRS is incredibly backed up processing tax returns.

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Millions of people who’ve filed paper returns will probably be waiting a while.

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1. Calling the IRS

If you are worried  about your refund, calling the IRS probably won’t be very helpful. It is a commonly believed myth that calling the IRS or visiting an IRS Taxpayer Assistance center will expedite your refund. However, this is not the case. Find additional details here.

Checking the status of your refund online may be the most effective way to find the answers you’re looking for. There is a tool called “Where’s My Refund?” for web use or on the IRS2Go mobile app. Calling the automated refund hotline at 800-829-1954 is another option.

2. Don’t stress your 2021 refund

Generally, you don’t have to wait until your 2020 tax return has been processed in order to file your 2021 returns. If your 2020 tax return is still unprocessed, you should enter $0 for last year’s AGI when filing electronically.

3. There are a variety of reasons for the delay

After filing, the IRS usually issues most refunds within 21 days. There are a variety of factors that can cause delay. It could be delayed if it is incomplete, needs more review, or a simple error.

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