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TAX TIPS: How to avoid refund delays

By Rosalyn Partin, Manchester H&R Block

IRS has opened for business and is processing returns! IRS expects that most taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days of IRS acceptance. However, there are some situations where tax returns are delayed in processing, and refunds are not received for many weeks or even months. In this week’s Tax Tip, we give you helpful tips to help you avoid a delay in receiving your income tax refund.

  • –File your return electronically to minimize delays. Electronically filed returns are primarily processed by a computer and therefore do not require human intervention. With the IRS still seeing a reduction in staff, human intervention can mean a significant processing delay.

  • –Elect to receive your refund by Direct Deposit. You can request direct deposit of your refund to an account in your name at any financial institution. To request direct deposit you will need your financial institution’s routing number and your account number. Always double check the information used on your tax return so that the account used isn’t incorrect or closed. At H&R Block we can input your account information or you can receive an H&R Block Emerald Card when filing your return. The Emerald Card is a reloadable prepaid debit card for direct deposit of your tax refund that can be used year-round with easy access to your funds. The Emerald Card can be used anywhere Debit Mastercard is accepted.

  • –Make sure the address on your return is accurate and you can receive mail at this address. If IRS needs to send you any correspondence about your return, they will use the address shown on your most recent tax return.

  • –All names and social security numbers on the return must match what is on the person’s Social Security Card. Any name/SSN mismatches will cause the return to be rejected from processing.

  • –File a complete and accurate return. Be sure you have included information from all your W2s, 1099s, and other required tax forms reporting your income. Filing an incomplete or inaccurate return can result in lengthy delays when IRS matches the information you have reported on your return to the information they have for you.

  • –Make sure you include the correct amount of EIP3 (3rd Stimulus) and Advance Child Tax Credit you received in 2021 by using IRS Letters 6475 and 6419. If you haven’t received the letters, set up an IRS account on to verify the amount IRS sent you. Incorrect amounts may result in your return being sent to error processing which will significantly delay processing.

  •  –If you had health insurance through the Marketplace you must include accurate information from your Form 1095a. If you haven’t received the 1095a through the mail, access your form through your account on

  • –If IRS has assigned you an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) due to identity theft, you must use it when filing your return electronically. A new IP PIN is issued each year. Taxpayers with an IP PIN should receive their IRS letter with their new PIN by the end of January. Without your new IP PIN, you will have to file the tax return on paper, by mail, as the IRS will reject any electronic version submitted without the proper IP PIN.

While most refunds are received within 21 days of acceptance of the return, you may need money now. With the H&R Block Refund Advance tax refund loan you can borrow against your tax refund with no interest, no loan fees, and no impact to your credit score. You borrow part of your future refund upfront, and the loan is paid back using proceeds from your tax refund.

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