The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that more than 145 million returns were received this year, with more than 96 million refunds issued, as it has processed around 97% of the total returns.
Due to an unprecedented backlog of unprocessed paper tax returns and identity theft suspicions, the National Taxpayer Advocate reported that taxpayers who filed a paper tax return, are most likely to still be waiting for their refund,to be completed.
Can I track my refund?
The IRS has a tracking tool that you could use just by providing your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, plus your filing status and the amount of your refund.
This tool will be available 24 hours after you filed your electronic return and aproximately 4 weeks after you mailed in your return.
There’s a silver lining on the IRS taking more time
Taxpayers who are experiencing a delay in their refunds are eligible to receive an interest over the refund amount owed by the IRS after 45 days of them accepting your tax return.
For those who filed electronically, the 45 days started counting after April 18, while for those who filed their return on paper, it begans the day the IRS marks your return as accepted.
The IRS also has a mobile app available
IRS2Go is the IRS’s mobile app that allowes taxpayers to check their tax refund status. It’s available for iOS and Android operating systems, in both English and Spanish.
There you can also check the status of your tax return and if a refund was issued already.