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Most of us don’t look forward to filing our taxes, but we can always take a bit of comfort in that silver lining: the tax refund.

However, some are finding themselves having to wait longer than expected for their refunds. The IRS warned of one-week delays at the opening of tax season due in part to more stringent identity theft protection measures, according to Accounting Today, but filers are continuing to have issues receiving their refunds within the standard 10 to 21 days.

Even though the IRS has set up the “Where’s My Refund” tool via the official government website, taxpayers have continued to be confused by inaccurate or delayed projections as to when they can expect their refund.

The IRS reminds taxpayers in their FAQs that “the date ‘Where’s My Refund’ provides is the estimated date the IRS will issue the refund, not the date the taxpayer will get the refund.” It can take an additional five days for the refund to be posted.

The IRS also asks that taxpayers avoid calling the IRS directly, unless they are prompted to do so on the website. Changing refund dates do not indicate a problem with the filing or that additional action is needed.

Taxpayers can check the status of their filing 72 hours after they e-file or 4 weeks after mailing their paper returns. To access your refund status, you will need your social security number, filing status and exact refund amount.  Also, keep in mind these tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

More answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the IRS website.

If you’d like to speak with a Beaton Accounting tax representative for professional advice on your taxes, call us today for a FREE consultation: 631-921-6894.

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