Where’s My Refund?

Are you still waiting for your 2020 tax refund? Most tax returns that are filed electronically are processed and the refund is received within 21 days. If it has been more than 21 days since you e-filed and you haven’t received your refund, you can check the status online. You will need your social security number or ITIN, your filing status, and your exact refund amount. You should be able to pull all this information from a copy of the return you filed. Once you have these, go to https://www.irs.gov/refunds and click the Check My Refund Status box. After entering your information, click the Submit button and you should see the status of your tax return.

The most common delay seen by the Ramstein Tax Center is for people who filed for the Recovery Rebate Credit. Over the past year there were two payments issued as a part of the government’s pandemic response that are reportable when filing your 2020 taxes. If you discovered that you were underpaid in this process or did not receive a payment you should have then the missing amounts may have been included on your return as the Recovery Rebate Credit when you filed your tax return. Delays are now occurring due to longer processing times to verify the claimed Recovery Rebate Credit. The IRS goes through a verification process to compare the amounts they sent for Economic Impact Payments (stimulus payments) one and two. Those amounts are compared to the amounts reported on your tax return. If there is a discrepancy and the IRS can fix it, they will. If more information is needed, the IRS will write you a letter.

If you have a specific question, you should contact the International Taxpayer Service Call center by phone: 1-267-941-1000 (not toll-free). Assistors are available Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Eastern Time.