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I filed my taxes on 4/4 and I still do not have my refund. The status is in processing. What can I do to receive it faster or get a response from the IRS?

No refund after 3 months of waiting. After filing, I received a letter requesting more information for proof of income. I sent this back in via certified mail. I have received no further communication from the IRS. Every time I check, it's simply in "processing" status. What can I do to expedite my return?
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Level 15

I filed my taxes on 4/4 and I still do not have my refund. The status is in processing. What can I do to receive it faster or get a response from the IRS?

There is nothing you can do to expedite the processing of the federal tax return.  You will have to be patient as the IRS is severely backlogged and is taking 6 months and longer to complete the processing of filed tax returns.


Go to this IRS website for the status of filed tax returns -


As of June 24, 2022, we had 11.2 million unprocessed individual returns which include returns received before 2022, and new tax year 2021 returns. Of these, 1.9 million returns require error correction or other special handling, and 9.3 million are paper returns waiting to be reviewed and processed. This work does not typically require us to correspond with taxpayers but does require special handling by an IRS employee so, in these instances, it is taking the IRS more than 21 days to issue any related refund and in some cases this work could take 90 to 120 days. If a correction is made to any Recovery Rebate Credit, Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit claimed on the return, the IRS will send taxpayers an explanation. Taxpayers are encouraged to continue to check Tax Season Refund Frequently Asked Questions.


How long you may have to wait: The IRS understands the importance of timely processing of tax returns and refund issuance. We have processed all error free returns received prior to December 2021 and continue to work the returns that need to be manually reviewed due to errors.  We are continuing to reroute tax returns and taxpayer correspondence from locations that are behind to locations where more staff is available, and we are taking other actions to minimize any delays. Tax returns are opened and processed in the order received. As the return is processed, whether it was filed electronically or on paper, it may be delayed because it has a mistake including errors concerning the Recovery Rebate Credit and the Child Tax Credit, is missing information, or there is suspected identity theft or fraud. If we can fix it without contacting you, we will. If we need more information or need you to verify that it was you who sent the tax return, we will write you a letter. The resolution of these issues could take 90 to 120 days depending on how quickly and accurately you respond, and the ability of IRS staff trained and working under social distancing requirements to complete the processing of your return.


What you should do: In most instances, no further action is needed but you may check Where’s My Refund? or you can view your account. If you filed electronically and received an acknowledgement, you do not need to take any further action other than promptly responding to any requests for information. If you filed on paper, check Where’s My Refund? If it tells you we have received your return or are processing or reviewing it, we are processing your return, but it may be under review. If you filed before October 2021 and Where’s My Refund? does not have any information, your return has been opened but work on it has not begun. We’re working hard to get through the carryover inventory. Please don’t file a second tax return or contact the IRS about the status of your return.


Level 15

I filed my taxes on 4/4 and I still do not have my refund. The status is in processing. What can I do to receive it faster or get a response from the IRS?

Sorry--no one has a magic answer to speed up the IRS.   They are severely backlogged.   Many returns--especially those for which you had to mail anything--are taking six to nine months to be processed.   You know they have your return --- you say the refund site shows that it is processing.  Sorry, but despite the frustration, you will need to wait for them to finish processing.   You can check on the refund site for information.   No one at TurboTax receives any information after you file your tax return.  TT cannot speed them up or find out anything for you.

**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.**
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