CAMPBELL COUNTY, TN. (WLAF)- With 2023 tax filing deadline less than two months away, many Americans are wondering when to expect their tax refunds.

The IRS advises people to use the “Where’s My Refund” to track their returns.

It also offered the following information: 

To process a refund, usually takes:

  • Up to 21 days for an e-filed return
  • 4 weeks or more for amended returns and returns sent by mail
  • Longer if a return needs corrections or extra review

The timing of a refund may change if a taxpayer:

  • Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit
  • File a paper return
  • File an amended return
  • Request injured spouse relief
  • File a Form 1040-NR, Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return
  • Make an error on the return

When preparing to file taxes the IRS recommends:

Gathering all necessary tax paperwork and records for accuracy to avoid missing a deduction or creditTaxpayers should have all their important and necessary documents before preparing their return. This will help file a complete and accurate tax return. Errors and omissions slow down tax processing, including refund times.

 Remember to report all types of income on the tax return. This is important to avoid receiving a notice or a bill from the IRS. Don’t forget to include income from:

  • Goods created and sold on online platforms.
  • Investment income.
  • Part-time or seasonal work.
  • Self-employment or other business activities.
  • Services provided through mobile apps.

 Filing electronically with direct deposit is the fastest way to receive a refund. Avoid paper returns. Tax software helps individuals avoid mistakes by doing the math. It guides people through each section of their tax return using a question and answer format.

Free resources are available to help eligible taxpayers file online. Free help may also be available to qualified taxpayers. IRS Free File provides a free online alternative to filing a paper tax return. IRS Free File is available to any individual or family who earned $79,000 or less in 2023.

Consider which filing option to use; each one has its own benefits. Taxpayers should decide based on their personal situation and comfort level with tax preparation.

Don’t wait on hold when calling the IRS. Use online resources at IRS.gov to get answers to tax questionscheck a refund status or pay taxes. There’s no wait time or appointment needed — online tools and resources are available 24 hours a day. The IRS’ Interactive Tax Assistant tool and ‘Let us help you’ resources are especially helpful.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 2/20/2024- 6AM- Information courtesy IRS.gov )