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thecomplication8
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IRS is still "reviewing" my 2020 federal personal return. If not processed by end of year, can they also hold my 2021 federal personal return refund?

I filed in February and was accepted right away.
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GeorgeDenseff
Level 8

IRS is still "reviewing" my 2020 federal personal return. If not processed by end of year, can they also hold my 2021 federal personal return refund?

They will not hold your 2021 return because 2020 is still processing.  But if you know the issue with your 2020 return, you will want to make sure it is not repeated on the 2021 return.

noidaubachu
Returning Member

IRS is still "reviewing" my 2020 federal personal return. If not processed by end of year, can they also hold my 2021 federal personal return refund?

Just wondering whether you know the reason why it takes so long for them to review your tax return? I will have to prepare tax for my company next year so just want to be prepared.

VolvoGirl
Level 15

IRS is still "reviewing" my 2020 federal personal return. If not processed by end of year, can they also hold my 2021 federal personal return refund?

It's taking longer due to Covid-19.  And there are millions more returns to review this year.   More people are filing to claim the Stimulus payments.   Any return that has an amount on line 30 for the Recovery rebate credit is being reviewed.  

fanfare
Level 15

IRS is still "reviewing" my 2020 federal personal return. If not processed by end of year, can they also hold my 2021 federal personal return refund?

If your return wasn't approved and finalized in 21 days, it means the IRS found an issue that needs review by a human person.

Now you are in the "pipeline".

IRS latest news is that they have 9 million returns still to look at.

Based on what I see on the IRS procedures on the Internet, your return gets passed around from desk to desk until somebody marks it "Good To Go".

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