June 08, 2022

I never received my tax refund

Dear Consumer Ed:

I filed my annual income tax return on time, and I have still not received my refund. What can I do?

Consumer Ed says:

The IRS advises that it issues most federal refunds in less than 21 days. Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including if you filed an amended return, if your return is incomplete or has errors, if you claimed an Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax, or if your return needs further review.

As far as your Georgia state tax refund is concerned, the Georgia Department of Revenue advises that most error-free, electronically-filed Georgia state tax returns are processed within 5 business days of receiving the return, and most refunds are issued within 21 days from the date the return is filed. If a return contains incorrect or questionable information, it may take more than 90 days from the date of receipt by the Georgia Department of Revenue (“DOR”) to process a return and issue a refund.

To determine what the issue is with your federal tax refund, go to irs.gov/refunds, click on the link that says “Check My Refund Status,” and input the required information. You may also call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

To find out the status of your Georgia state tax refund, visit dor.georgia.gov/taxes and click on “Where’s My Refund?”. You can also call 877-423-6711.

If you used a tax preparer such as TurboTax, Tax Act, or H&R Block, you can find information regarding your refund status from their websites. You can also confirm that your return was properly filed by signing in to your account on those websites and checking the return’s status.

If you used an individual accountant to prepare your taxes, you should contact him/her to check on the status of your return and your refund.

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