The Department of Treasury has already warned the nation of potential processing and refund delays as the IRS begins the tax season with over 6 million unprocessed returns from the previous year. The Covid-19 pandemic has created enormous problems for the IRS institution as they experience staff shortages and little to no funding to provide solutions to fix major problem areas. Nonetheless, the IRS encourages taxpayers to obtain proper tax information needed and maintain it on hand to ensure they complete and file an accurate return. The general rule of thumb for keeping tax documentation is between 3-7 years. According to the IRS “filing electronically with direct deposit and avoiding paper tax returns is more important than ever this year.” Ensuring that your return is correctly filed could lessen the time of potential processing & refund issuance delays.

Nonetheless, most individuals receive their refund within 21 days of filing their tax return. The IRS is hoping to keep that promise to most taxpayers amid processing delays considering that the returns are accurately filed. The IRS recommends all taxpayers file for electronic deposit of their refund to avoid delays of receiving a paper check by mail. Postal services around the country have also been experiencing delayed delivery of mail since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Be sure to keep this in mind as you mail out important documentation.