It usually takes around 21 days after filing for the refund check to be on its way, so If you’re one of the people who have already filed their tax return, you should be getting your refund check soon. So, what if it’s already past the 21 days and you still haven’t received your check? It may not be because the post office is inefficient, there may be other reasons why your refund check is late. Here are some common reasons for delays.
If you made any typos or mistakes, it can cause everything to be held up, tax forms must be legible. If you spell your name wrong or reverse some digits on your Social Security number, maybe you used an incorrect mailing address. Even sloppy handwriting can cause an error. Sometimes people are in a hurry and make these kinds of mistakes. Take your time and make sure you get everything right.
Filling out tax forms requires some math, after all, it does have to do with money. Make sure and double check all your calculations before putting them on your tax forms. Math mistakes, no matter how small will cause problems and delays. Nowadays there are plenty of tax software products that do the math for you so there should be less chance of these kinds of mistakes.
An error in your filing status can cause problems and delays. Make sure you are filing with the right status for your situation. There are several descriptions when it comes to filing status. Are you married, divorced, head of household are all different filing status’s when it comes to taxes. Your filing status determines your filing requirements, standard deductions and tax amounts. Make sure you get the right status, or you may be paying too much, or not getting the right amount of a refund. Having the right filing status will also help keep your refund check on time.
There are plenty of ways to make mistakes on your taxes. When it comes to doing your taxes, it pays to make sure everything is right. It may also pay to let a professional handle it.