In 2020, pandemic-related factors significantly delayed refunds  due to taxpayers. Those filing 2021 taxes may find an unwelcome repeat of last year’s delay, as it could again take six months or more for taxpayers who filed paper returns to receive their refund cash.
A new tool, the IRS Where’s My Refund  tracker, should offer taxpayers a real-time look at their refund status. The tracker has been of little help, though, and frustrated taxpayers could call the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954.
Remember, the IRS will never call you and ask for personal information over the phone. If you receive a phone call or letter from the IRS you suspect may be fraudulent asking for your personal financial information, please contact your ShindelRock tax professional  immediately.