Millions can expect delays in their tax returns when receiving a Topic 152 form

MILLIONS of Americans are being warned they may face a tax return delay if they receive a Topic 152.

The normal timeframe for receiving a tax refund from the IRS is 21 days.

Topic 152 is common after filing a tax return


Topic 152 is common after filing a tax return

Taxpayers using the IRS’s online tool to check the status of their refund may see the Tax Topic 152 reference code.

The Topic 152 code does not necessarily require additional information. At the very least, this could mean that your refund needs further verification and no further action is required on your part.

However, in some cases, this may mean that an IRS representative must review your refund.

But according to the IRS, their representatives can only research the status of your tax return in a few cases:

  • If more than 21 days have passed since you received your E-File Acceptance Notice,
  • If it has been more than 6 weeks since you sent your paper return, or
  • If the where is my refund? Tool directs you to contact them.

Additionally, there are several common reasons why your tax refund may be delayed.

Certain claims, including an injured spouse claim or those requiring the attachment of an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), may require additional forms and information.

The IRS website provides more details on other subject codes that may apply in these situations.

If your tax return has been changed, the refund is usually made within 16 weeks. However, due to Covid-related delays, it may take over 20 weeks for amended returns to be processed.

The Where’s My Refund? Tool is offered through the IRS website.

It displays information for the most recent tax year.

The tool has a tracker that shows the progress in the stages.

First you will see “Return Received”, then “Refund Approved” and finally “Refund Sent”.

The tool generally offers a date when you can expect your refund once the IRS has finished processing your return.

For amended tax returns there is a separate Where is my amended declaration? tool that can be used.

This year, tax returns will be accepted by the IRS by April 18th. Millions can expect delays in their tax returns when receiving a Topic 152 form

Caroline Bleakley

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