Why do some refunds take longer than others?
No two returns are alike, and many different factors can affect the timing of your refund after the IRS receives your return for processing.
For some taxpayers, the identity-protection safeguards implemented by the IRS in recent years may account for longer wait times.
Other things that can delay your refund include but are not limited to:
- Liens, back taxes, or refund offsets;
- Errors, inconsistencies, or missing information;
- Identity fraud;
- Form 8397, Injured Spouse Allocation, which can take 11-14 weeks to process.
Even though the IRS issues 9 out of 10 tax refunds within 21 days, it's possible your return may require additional review and take longer to process.
Also, if you chose direct deposit, your financial institution will need another day or two to post the refund to your account, so keep that in mind.