The IRS works hard to issue refunds as quickly as possible, but some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:
needs further review,
is impacted by identity theft or fraud,
includes Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process.
If the IRS needs more information to process your tax return, they will contact you by mail.
IRS representatives can research the status of your return only if it’s been 21 days or more since you filed electronically, more than six weeks since you mailed your paper return, or if Where’s My Refund? directs you to contact them direct.
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