Here's why you still haven't received your tax refund from the IRS

THE Internal Revenue Service has warned some might experiencing delays in their tax refund.

The reason is that the agency is currently experiencing a massive backlog of 8.5 million unprocessed individual returns.

According to CNET, the IRS announced it had 8.5 million unprocessed returns, including 2020 returns with errors and amended returns that require corrections or special handling.

Moreover, the agency has also to sort stimulus checks, child tax credit payments and refunds for tax overpayment on unemployment benefits.

According to a National Taxpayer Advocate review, the pandemic, three rounds of stimulus payments, paper-filed returns and new tax laws and credits created a "perfect storm."

And despite the IRS being open processing mail, tax returns, payments, refunds and correspondence, limited resources continue to cause delays. 

If you have filed for the earned income tax credit or additional child tax credit or if your refund is suspected of identity theft or fraud, it could also mean it will be delayed.

The "plus-up" stimulus adjustments and the next round of the $300 child tax credit payments could definitely help struggling families but an overdue tax refund would be an even bigger help.

There have been reports of taxpayers waiting for months to receive their payments.

There are a few things you can try in order to get back your tax refund while the agency is dealing with the backlog.

Your best option is to track your refund online using the Where's My Refund tool or check your IRS account.

The IRS has warned taxpayers to look out for signs after stimulus check scams soared over the summer.

The agency said there was a number of cases of scammers trying to con people into giving them a payment or handing over personal information relating to the Covid-19 stimulus payments.

The scammers used various methods including fake emails and texts.


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