IRS Websites to Check Status of Both Non-Amended and Amended Returns

The IRS has updated a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the status of non-amended and amended returns. To check on the status of a non-amended return, taxpayers should to Where’s My Refund?. To check the status of an amended return, taxpayers should go to Where’s My Amended Return?.

The FAQs say that taxpayers should use these websites rather than calling the IRS.

Info regarding non-amended returns. A taxpayer can check the status of an unamended return within 24 hours after the IRS has received the taxpayer’s e-file return or four weeks after the taxpayer has mailed a paper return.

The “Where’s My Refund?” webpage will tell a taxpayer when the taxpayer’s return has been received and if the refund is in approved or sent status.

The webpage only displays the refund status of a taxpayer’s “most recently filed tax return within the past two tax years.”

Observation. The above quoted language presumably means something to the effect of “the most recently filed tax return but only if that return was for the previous tax year or the year before that year.”

The FAQs notes that while the IRS generally issues refunds in less than 21 calendar days, due to COVID-19, it is taking longer to issue refunds regarding the 2020 tax year.

Amended returns. The FAQs say that the “Where’s My Refund?” webpage will not give you information about amended tax returns. Instead, “Where’s My Amended Return?” can give you the status of your amended return.

This is information is provided by the IRS, and as we have been previously communicated, the processing of tax returns has been delayed due tot he Covid pandemic, so that status of returns is subject to these IRS delays.

As always, is you have questions or need assistance about your tax returns, please contact BWTp and we will do what we can to assist you.

Robert (Bob) Schmidt, CPA

Principal at BWTP, P.C. Read Bob’s bio here.

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