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Jerry Keathley
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Is my 2021 return in good shap with IRS?

what is the problem?
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Is my 2021 return in good shap with IRS?

@ Jerry Keathley  wrote:
Is my 2021 return in good shape with IRS?   what is the problem?

This is a user community forum.  No one here in the forum or at TurboTax will know anything about your return once it has been filed.   


What's your story?  (don't post any personal info--this is a public Internet forum.)

Did you efile, or did you choose to print and mail the return?   How long has it been?

If you efiled, was the return accepted by the IRS for processing?   If you are using Online TurboTax, you can check at the Tax Home of your account.


What is displayed at the IRS "Where's My Refund" tool?


Here are some tips when using the IRS "Where's My Refund" tool:


  • If you efiled, be sure you have waited at least 24 hours after acceptance before using the IRS WMR tool.   If you printed out and mailed a paper return, it may not show up for a long time--several weeks to months.  It's currently taking the IRS up to 6-9 months to process a paper return.
  • Be sure you enter the correct SSN and filing status.
  • Be sure you are using only the Federal refund amount.   Do not include any state refund or any total refund or net refund (Fed and State) that TurboTax may have provided on a screen.  
  • Look at your actual Federal return to get the Federal refund amount, i.e., your Form 1040, Line 35a.
  • If the IRS WMR tool is not finding your information, you can also try phoning the IRS refund hotline.  I've seen it work for some users when the WMR tool didn't.  800-829-1954

Level 15

Is my 2021 return in good shap with IRS?

@Jerry Keathley  - the IRS is woefully backlogged with processing returns this year. if you paper filed, assume it will be 6-9 months from the time you filed until the return is processed.  


Paitence is really needed


here is what you can do (from the IRS website) 


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.


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