IRS Refunds Taking Longer Than Usual
Delays are now getting people their tax refunds about a week longer than they did last year.
Taxpayers are continuing to wait longer than usual to receive their refunds, and a recent problem with the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool caused many to fear that their returns hadn’t been filed at all, tax preparers say.
In the past, most taxpayers who filed their tax returns electronically received their refunds in one to two weeks, said Gene King, a spokesman for H&R Block. This year, it’s usually taking 10 to 21 days, he said.
That’s still within the historical time frame for delivery of refunds, said IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge.
The IRS has attributed the delays to new safeguards installed in its computers to prevent refund fraud. While that means the IRS will provide additional screening of tax returns before refunds are issued, “The vast majority of taxpayers can still continue to expect to receive their refunds in a timely fashion,” Eldridge said.
Bill Nemeth, an enrolled agent with Jackson Hewitt in Atlanta, said his clients usually receive their refunds in seven to 13 days. This year, it’s taking 15 to 21 days, he said.
The average refund for a refund is just under $3,200. The Gannett News Services doesn’t say if that’s for a single filer or for a couple filing jointly.