8 weeks is an estimate and they made that estimate many years ago. Two things have happened since then that might affect the processing time. 1) the number of people defaulting on student loans has increased to shocking levels. Most defaults probably lead to injured spouse claims, which means the line is extra long this year. 2) Congress cut the IRS budget and it is now severely understaffed as a result. Plus there are a lot of new tax rules this year as well.
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