The IRS has a tool online to check your refund status. Unfortunately it's rudimentary. If it's been processed it would suggest a time frame. But if it's still waiting in queue for processing, you won't get any updates. Turbo Tax is a software tool, so it has nothing to do with IRS processing. Currently the IRS has a backlog of over 35 million tax returns, and they are short-handed. So you need to be patient. My refunds were issued just two days ago, and I filed in March. So it will take some time.
The IRS refund tool is not going to show anything about those "extra" refunds or recalculations for the unemployment tax law change. The advice to wait patiently is on target----calling the IRS is nearly impossible.
Thanks for responding, "maestrowork,." I'm not overly concerned about the refund: it's under $200. My concern is the letter I received saying that I've not fulfilled the payment agreement that I submitted back in March and owe $1700+. I don't want to be "dunned" by the IRS.
Do you think I should submit an amended return? I have all the numbers from using TurboTax after the Act was signed. Or should I ignore the letter, and wait.
I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts.
Thanks for responding, "xmasbaby." I know what you mean. Every avenue that I tried this morning to contact the IRS resulted in a "We're not accepting calls at this time" response. I guess I'll just wait.
We received the federal and state unemployment tax refund but need to file an amended return because the unemployment tax break makes us eligible for the retirement savers credit. Since we filed with TT originally and will amend through TT, how does the amended return in TT calculate the new amended refund due given that we already received the federal and state unemployment refunds? Thanks!
TurboTax Online makes this difficult.
It may be easiest to do it manually.
You must have a copy of the original tax return you want to update (or a transcript).
The simplest way is to prepare your correct tax return (using TurboTax for example, or other means) and print it.
Then lay the paper printouts of both returns (correct and original) side-by-side.
You now have all the information needed to prepare Form 1040-X by hand.
It's pretty straight-forward.
The blank form in fillable PDF format and its instructions are available at www.irs.gov.
Mail to the same address you would mail your original tax return.
Note : since your original return shows the old refund amount you have to combine your two refunds onto form 1040-X line 18 and do the arithmetic.