Sounds like you filed married filing separately if you mailed two tax returns--one for each of you.
The severely backlogged IRS is taking a long time to process mailed tax returns, so you will need to be patient.
Per the IRS:
COVID-19 Mail Processing Delays
It’s taking us longer to process mailed documents including:
- Paper tax returns, and
- All tax return related correspondence.
We are processing all mail in the order we received it.
Do not file a second tax return or call the IRS.
It can take 3-4 weeks (or longer since the IRS is backlogged) for anything to show up on the IRS site when you mail a tax return. Expect at least 6-8 weeks for complete processing of a mailed return and probably longer.
If you mail a tax return (or a payment) to the IRS, it is a good idea to use a mailing service that will track it like UPS or certified mail so you will know it was received.
When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s.
TurboTax will not know anything about your mailed return, and will continue to show “Ready to Mail” on your account. TurboTax will not know that you put your tax return in an envelope and took it to a mailbox. TurboTax does not get updates on mailed (or e-filed) returns.
When the IRS opens its mail and begins to process mailed returns you can check the status on the IRS site. https://www.irs.gov/refunds
State returns have to be mailed to the state.
I'll raise a question. is there a reason you did not file a joint return. in most cases, such a filing produces lower taxes than two married filing separate returns which is apparently what you have done.
since you filed separately did you both itemize or both use the standard deduction as required by law?
@hope_dad You confused us by using the term "wife" when you are not legally married and did not file as a married couple. If you are not married, she is not your spouse or wife. You may be living together, but you each have to file your own tax returns and file as single, unless there are children---then one of you claims the children and files as head of household.
It is taking a very long time for the IRS to process mailed returns----as already stated in a response given to you earlier. All you can do it wait for the IRS to process your mailed return. Eventually you should see some information on the IRS refund site. You need your filing status, your Social Security number and the exact amount of your refund from line 35a of your Form 1040.
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