Where’s My Refund?!!?
Are you growing impatient waiting for your tax refund from the IRS? New rules for 2017 may be responsible.
Congress Delays Refunds for Certain Tax Filers
Beginning this year, the IRS is now prohibited by law from issuing refunds before February 15 for filers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. In these cases, the IRS holds the entire refund, not just the part due because of these credits. Why the change? Ask your congressperson.
Of course February 15 was a month ago. So even if you claimed one or both of these tax credits and you filed a while ago and especially if you were savvy enough to ask the IRS to direct deposit your refund to your bank account, your refund may be hung up for other reasons.
Where’s My Refund Tool
Try the IRS’s handy “Where’s My Refund?” tool to learn more about the status of your return and refund. Here’s the link to the tool:
To use the tool, you’ll need to have handy your Social Security Number, filing status, and the exact amount of the refund you calculated on your filed tax return.
The IRS says the tool updates once every 24 hours, so need to check more often than once a day.
No Internet access? In some ways, I envy you. You can access an audio version of the tool by calling 800-829-1954 anytime.
No Luck with Where’s My Refund Tool?
As a last resort, you can phone the IRS and ask for an update on the status of your refund. But the IRS doesn’t want to hear from you before at least 1) six weeks have passed since your paper return was mailed, or 2) twenty-one days have passed since you e-filed.
If you call the IRS, I wouldn’t use a cell phone unless you have unlimited minutes. 🙂
To contact the IRS, start with this webpage.
Now the most important part: What to do with that fat refund check?