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IRS Tax Refund: Why $1,200 Checks Are Delayed Until 2022

by Josh Lanier
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The IRS is working through a mountain of amended and incorrect tax returns. Auditors have more than 6 million individual 2020 returns that they still need to process. The size of the backlog and COVID-19 restrictions are slowing down the agency not known for its speed. That means some people won’t get their tax returns for this year until 2022.

The IRS announced earlier this year that it had an unprecedented number of unprocessed returns left to go through. Updated tax laws and special circumstances created the “perfect storm” of problems, the National Taxpayer Advocate review said.

These unprocessed returns have mistakes, amendments, or need special attention from IRS employees. The agency said it can process simple individual returns in 21 days on average, but these special cases can take up to 120 days to get through the system.

The IRS will send letters if it needs more information to process a return.

“The resolution of these issues could take 90 to 120 days depending on how quickly and accurately you respond, and the ability of IRS staff trained and working under social distancing requirements to complete the processing of your return,” The IRS said, according to The Sun.

Anyone else waiting, will have to continue doing so. You can track your refund using the IRS’  Where’s my refund tool. The average refund amount is nearly $1,200, The Sun reported.

How to Get a $1,400 Stimulus Check From the IRS in 2022

Most Americans got a stimulus check from the federal government this year as part of the American Rescue Plan. The program was to buoy the economy as the country waded through the COVID-19 pandemic. California, Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, and some other states also issued checks to residents to bolster their economies.

The IRS cut $1,400 checks to qualifying taxpayers that made less than $75,000 a year or $150,000 for couples filing jointly. Don’t expect that to happen in 2022. But there is one way to still get a stimulus check next year.

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan in March. As part of the plan, families also got $1,400 checks for each dependent. If you had a child in 2021 or added a dependent that didn’t get that money, you could qualify for the Recovery Rebate Credit.

You can apply for the money when you file your tax returns next year.

To qualify, your dependents must be 19 years old or younger unless they are disabled. There is no age limit on disabled dependents. You must also earn less than $75,000 a year or $150,000 if you’re a couple filing jointly.

The IRS released a video to explain what the Recovery Rebate Credit is and how to apply for it.