Still waiting for tax refund after months, is there any way to speed up the IRS?
My wife and I are both in our 70s and retired. We depend on our IRA distributions and Social Security to make ends meet. We mailed in our 2021 Form 1040 in February (requesting a direct deposit of our refund). Beginning in April, I started checking the IRS site entitled “Where’s My Refund” but it always shows no record of our return being received. Many of our neighbors, who are mostly elderly like us and need their refunds, are having the same problem. I have called the IRS many times since April 1st, but all I get are recordings telling me how they are so far behind in processing returns. I want to file an identical return electronically, but there are numerous IRS notices saying to not file more than one return. If we can’t reach the IRS by phone, or get an appointment because they are too busy, and we can’t file another return or hire an attorney (which would wipe out the refund we have coming), what do we do?
A. You should continue to wait.