Taxes 2022: What is “Tax Topic 152” and does it affect your tax refund?

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Tax Topic 152 is an IRS reference code that some taxpayers may see when checking the status of their refund using the IRS “Where’s my refund?” ” tool. Although Topic 152 does not require the taxpayer to take any further action, your return may require further review and it may take longer than the usual 21 days.

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If you see topic 152, you may also receive a message that says, “We’re sorry, but processing your return has been delayed beyond the normal timeframe. You can continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information regarding your refund. We understand that your tax refund is very important and we are working to process your return as quickly as possible,” according to CNET and as reported by Market Realist.

The IRS lists several common reasons for delay:

  • Refunds for amended returns could take up to 20 weeks.
  • If you have filed an injured spouse claim.
  • Refund requests accompanied by a request for an individual tax identification number (ITIN).
  • It can take up to six months if you request a refund of tax withheld on a Form 1042-S by filing a Form 1040-NR.
  • The first refunds for Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit were issued on March 1, but if there was a problem with your tax refund, it could take longer.

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If you wish to speak with an IRS representative, the status of your refund can only be verified if:

  • It has been more than 21 days since you received your notification of acceptance of electronic file.
  • It has been more than 6 weeks since you sent in your paper declaration.
  • Where is my refund? the tool prompts you to contact the IRS.

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