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snetzley1987
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How long should I wait after filing by paper to contact the IRS? It’s been over a month and they still don’t have my taxes in their system. I am afraid they got lost.

 
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xmasbaby0
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How long should I wait after filing by paper to contact the IRS? It’s been over a month and they still don’t have my taxes in their system. I am afraid they got lost.

No----that is normal especially now.   Mailed returns take much longer, especially during the current pandemic.

 

 

MAILED RETURNS

 

 It can take 3-4 weeks for anything to show up on the IRS site when you mail a tax return.  Expect 6-8 weeks for complete processing of a mailed return.

 

If  you mail a tax return (or a payment) to the IRS, it is a good idea to use a mailing service that will track it like UPS or certified mail so you will know it was received.

 

When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s. 

 

TurboTax will not know anything about your mailed return, and will continue to show “Ready to Mail” on your account.  TurboTax will not know that you put your tax return in an envelope and took it to a mailbox.  TurboTax does not get updates on mailed  (or e-filed) returns.

 

When the IRS opens its mail and begins to process mailed returns you can check the status on the IRS site. https://www.irs.gov/refunds

 

State returns have to be mailed to the state.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899433-how-do-i-track-my-state-refund

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Mike9241
Level 6

How long should I wait after filing by paper to contact the IRS? It’s been over a month and they still don’t have my taxes in their system. I am afraid they got lost.

with all the unprocessed paper returns some dating back to 2019 you can see it will be a while.  could be 2 months or longer.

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