If you’re wondering where your tax refund is and think you need to consult an IRS tax refund schedule, then think again. When it comes to checking the status of your refund, it’s a new ballgame because there is no schedule anymore. No refund chart, refund cycle, no tax refund schedule, no refund calendar.
New Ways to Check for Fraud
That’s because the IRS has updated its software and is now more intelligent when it comes to analyzing and processing your federal income tax returns. The software engineers at the IRS have coded into the process a way to check for tax fraud, identity theft, and other red flag alerts that may warrant a further look at a particular tax return.
The Ability to Deep-Check More Tax Returns
That means any number of things can make your tax return make a left turn out of the routine highway of processing. It can be diverted into a track where it will be examined by a person or by software that probes your return more deeply, checking for fraud or mistakes. What does this mean for you? It will cause a delay in your own personal IRS tax refund schedule. That’s why the idea of a schedule isn’t relevant anymore.
That Means The Tax Refund Schedule is Obsolete
Since the IRS has the capability to deep-check more tax returns, and more get pulled from the general assembly line for further scrutiny, it’s now time to forget the idea of an all-purpose time frame that can be mapped onto an IRS refund calendar. So what do we do if we want to know when we’ll get our tax refunds?
The IRS Refund Tracker
Use the new IRS refund tracker. You can log into the IRS website and get an answer back that’s just for you. The new software may cause some annoying delays, but it also offers us the capability to individually track our refunds. It’s similar to tracking a package. If UPS can do it for packages, the IRS can do it for your refund!
Make sure you’re on the actual IRS website, since you’ll be entering personal data that nobody else should know. It will sayIRS.gov in the URL (web address). Here’s a direct link to the IRS Where’s My Refund? page.
You’ll be prompted to enter your name, social security number and some numbers from your tax return, since theoretically only you would know these things. The refund tracker will give you a specific answer just for you. That’s a whole lot better than the old way, consulting the IRS tax refund schedule and making assumptions.