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It has been 120 days and NO REFUND

So I was told that it would take 60 days to review my returns then I received another letter stating it will take an additional 60 days. It's been over 120 days now....

What am I supposed to do now?!!

It's like, in the beginning I get all these letters and such, then all of a sudden everything just STOPS AND I HAVEN'T EVEN RECEIVED MY REFUND!!! IT'S GETTING HARD OUT HERE, REALLY?!!!


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Level 15

It has been 120 days and NO REFUND

@ccfa488c7dad - the IRS is woefully backlogged.   Patience is really necessary as there is really nothing else you can do, If you paper filed, assume it will be 6-9 months from the time you filed until the return is processed.  Please read what the IRS states on their 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 October 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

It has been 120 days and NO REFUND

@ ccfa488c7dad  

I'll assume you efiled, but it any case, it sounds like your return is at least processing, since you say you had received IRS letters.    Apparently for some reason it's undergoing manual review.


In another thread you said you have an economic hardship and even possible threat of eviction.    Since you are having a financial hardship, you can phone the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service for assistance.  That is one of their missions.  They are especially prone to help in a financial hardship circumstance.   In your conversation stress your financial hardship and possible threat of eviction (if that's your situation), and also stress the continued delays from the IRS.


  At the following IRS website, select your state from the dropdown menu, and it will give you the number of your IRS Taxpayer Advocate.    If the Taxpayer Advocate Service can't/won't help you, ask them to transfer you to an IRS agent.  A couple of users reported that at least for them, that was a backdoor route to the IRS.


Also see this article for more info on how the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service works::

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