IRS Update on Processing of Income Tax Returns

The IRS provided an update last week on the status of the processing of income tax returns as follows:

  •  All paper and electronic individual returns received prior to January, 2022 that were free of errors and did not require further review have now been processed.
  • Of the 8.7 million unprocessed individual returns filed in 2022, 1.7 million of them require attention to correct errors or special handling.  The remaining 7 million are paper returns waiting to be processed. 

Wow, 7 million paper returns – not something to happen quickly.  But, the good news is that if you are entitled to a refund and haven’t received it, it will come eventually. 

If you want to check the status of your refund, go to and the Where’s My Refund section.  You can track whether your return has been reviewed and approved, if a refund has been issued (important if you are expecting a check, so that if you haven’t received the check you can follow up), or if your refund is among the 7 million returns yet to be processed. 

Bottom line – file electronically when possible!  Refunds come quicker.


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About the Author

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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