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Missing Refund

My neighbor mailed her tax return on time but has not received her refund yet. She has called the IRS, but they say they have not received it yet.  If she files electronically, will she be charged for filing a late return?

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Level 15

Missing Refund

There are no penalties for filing a tax return after the due date if filing for a tax refund.  Using TurboTax a 2021 tax return can be e-filed up through October 17, 2022.  After that date the 2021 tax return has to be printed and mailed when using TurboTax.


A 2021 tax return can be filed at any time on or before April 15, 2025 if filing for a tax refund.

Level 15

Missing Refund

"My neighbor mailed her tax return on time but has not received her refund yet."


The IRS has a large backlog for anything that requires manual processing.  If she mailed a paper return, the IRS website says it can take 6 months or longer to show up in the IRS "Where's My Refund" tool.

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Missing Refund

I have not got anything at all from IRS no letter or refund

Level 15

Missing Refund

@Benji3059 You have not provided any details.  Did you e-file or did you file by mail?   When did you file?



First, check your e-file status to see if your return was accepted:


Once your federal return has been accepted by the IRS, only the IRS has any control.  TurboTax does not receive any updates from the IRS. Your ONLY source of information about your refund now is the IRS.


You need your filing status, your Social Security number and the exact amount  (line 35a of your 2021 Form 1040) of your federal refund to track your Federal refund:

To track your state refund:

If you chose to have your TurboTax fees deducted from your federal refund, that will take some extra time, while the third party bank handles the refund processing.



OR——if you filed by mail, expect a long wait.   It is taking the very backlogged IRS six to nine months to process mailed returns.   Until a human opens your envelope and enters the data into the system, nothing will even show up on the refund site, so you will have to be very patient.


**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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