When you make any errors on your tax return, an amended return can be used to fix the issues. A lot of people are scared to find out what happens if you don’t pay taxes, so they might get confused when filing their taxes. Thus, mistakes are bound to happen and you have to file an amended return for that.
Still, some people might be scared to file an amended return because they don’t want to get in trouble with the IRS. At the same time, they don’t know how to track the amended tax return status.
This article presents everything you need to know about tracking your amended tax return, as well as other information you may find useful.
Did you file an amended tax return (Form 1040x) but aren’t sure how to track the status? There are a few different options for amended tax return tracking:
- Go to http://www.irs.gov and click Where’s My Amended Return.
- Call 866-464-2050.
Why Is the Amended Return I’m Tracking Taking so Long?
The IRS accepts most amended returns. However, since you have to mail amended returns to the IRS, they take longer to process. If you’re going to receive a refund from your amended return, the refund can take up to three months to arrive. You can check the status of your amended return on the IRS website.
Sometimes, the IRS disagrees with changes to amended returns. In this case, the IRS will usually send a denial letter or a more formal letter called a notice of claim disallowance. If that happens, you have two options to fix the issue: appeal the IRS decision or take the case to court.
Amended return denial notices are usually vague, so it’s not always clear why the IRS denied the amended return. Get help from a trusted IRS expert. You or your tax pro should start by getting a complete understanding of why the IRS denied the claim. Then, you’ll be able to choose the best course to take.
Calling the IRS For Amended Return Status
If the amended return/refund status tool does not provide new updates for several weeks you should call the IRS. But official guidance is to only call the IRS to follow up on delayed amended return refund status’ after 12 weeks.
The IRS amended tax return (toll-free) number to call for checking status is 1-866-464-2050. Both the WMAR and IRS numbers have English and Spanish options.
Just be mindful that getting a live agent can require a few attempts and expect some long waits.
Amended Return and Refund Delays Persist in 2022
Many filers are seeing still in process status in the WMAR tool reflecting the ongoing delays in the IRS for processing tax returns, which includes Amended returns from the 2020-2021 tax season.
The above message basically means the amendment hasn’t been processed by the IRS within the standard timeframe.
It does not necessarily mean there is an issue with your amended return. It’s just that the IRS has not gotten around to processing (and a lot of times it is a manual activity) your amended return.
If there are errors with your amended return, is incomplete or the IRS needs more verification information, they will send you a notice with additional details. See more IRS FAQs here on amended return processing.
How Long Will it Take to Get My Refund Payment?
Based on the latest tax season statistics, it is taking up to 6 to 8 months in some cases for the IRS to clear backlogs, which include amended returns or those that require significant validation.
Unfortunately, you cannot do much (even calling the IRS or taxpayer advocate service) to expedite this. You’ll just have to be patient and wait for IRS processing to commence.
Once this happens, you can review your free IRS transcript for more details and transaction codes.
Amended Return Processing Schedule
Unlike the regular IRS refund processing schedule where refunds are processed within 3 weeks, you will have to wait up to 20 weeks or more for the IRS to process amended returns since they prioritize regular returns.
This has been exacerbated in recent years due to IRS backlogs and staffing shortages.
Below is a table showing an estimate of when refunds will be processed (standard schedule), assuming it has been accepted by the IRS.
2022-2023 Amended Tax Return and Refund Processing Schedule
|Tax Return Accepted by IRS (Week Ending)||Estimated Refund Payment Date via Direct Deposit (Status = Refund Sent)||Estimated Refund Payment Date via Paper Check|
|February 5, 2022||June 25, 2022||June 30, 2022|
|February 12, 2022||July 2, 2022||July 7, 2022|
|February 19, 2022||July 9, 2022||July 14, 2022|
|February 26, 2022||July 16, 2022||July 21, 2022|
|March 5, 2022||July 23, 2022||July 28, 2022|
|March 12, 2022||July 30, 2022||August 4, 2022|
|March 19, 2022||August 6, 2022||August 11, 2022|
|March 26, 2022||August 13, 2022||August 18, 2022|
|April 2, 2022||August 20, 2022||August 25, 2022|
|April 9, 2022||August 27, 2022||September 1, 2022|
|April 16, 2022||September 3, 2022||September 8, 2022|
|April 23, 2022||September 10, 2022||September 15, 2022|
|April 30, 2022||September 17, 2022||September 22, 2022|
|May 7, 2022||September 24, 2022||September 29, 2022|
|May 14, 2022||October 1, 2022||October 6, 2022|
|May 21, 2022||October 8, 2022||October 13, 2022|
|May 28, 2022||October 15, 2022||October 20, 2022|
|June 4, 2022||October 22, 2022||October 27, 2022|
|June 11, 2022||October 29, 2022||November 3, 2022|
|June 18, 2022||November 5, 2022||November 10, 2022|
|June 25, 2022||November 12, 2022||November 17, 2022|
|July 2, 2022||November 19, 2022||November 24, 2022|
|July 9, 2022||November 26, 2022||December 1, 2022|
|July 16, 2022||December 3, 2022||December 8, 2022|
|July 23, 2022||December 10, 2022||December 15, 2022|