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Tax Refund Questions

Has your tax refund not arrived yet and you need to know what to do? What should one do if the spouse’s name is on the refund check by mistake? Most people eligible for a tax refund are looking forward to getting it back in a timely manner. However, there are instances where something has happened and the taxpayer needs an Expert’s insightful guidance. Below are some of the most commonly asked about tax refund questions answered by Experts.

What is a tax refund?

This is a refund from when the tax liability is less than the taxes that are paid. A taxpayer can often get one if the tax they owe is less than the sum of the total amount of the withholding and estimated taxes that have been paid, plus the refundable tax credits that they have claimed. This money is given back at the end of the financial year.

How long does it take to get a tax refund back?

In most cases, processing a paper return could take the IRS about 6-8 weeks. To check the status of a tax refund, go to “where’s my refund?” by clicking on:,,id=96596,00.html?portlet=106.

What should be done if a refund check has not been received?

In the event that the refund has been sent but not yet been received, get in touch with the IRS and ask them to do a trace on the refund and see if the check has been cashed. There is also a phone number listed on the “where’s my refund?” result page that one can call incase the IRS has an issue with the tax return. By providing the reference number on the call, the IRS should be able to furnish further details about the status of the refund.

What form should be submitted to get a tracer on it?

The form is the Internal Revenue Service Form 3911. To access the form, click here:

In a typical case, a person may file a Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund Form 3911 (Rev. 4-2009). However, much like a bank, the IRS will also go through a routine process to determine whether the refund check was cashed or not before they send the taxpayer a new one.

How to cash a tax refund check if one’s estranged spouse’s name, whereabouts unknown, is listed on the check?

Case Details: Filed married, separate in New Jersey.

There are two ways to take care of this; first, go to a check cashing office because the same rules that apply to bank policy may not apply here. Second, call 800-829-1954 and explain the issue in order for them to reissue the check. If the IRS has made a mistake, they will rectify it so calling the number above may be the surest way to solve the problem.

Is it possible for a person renting a homestead in North Carolina to get a homestead tax refund?

In most states, including North Carolina, there is no property tax credit or refund that renters can seek.

According to the IRS, 77% of tax returns receive a refund check, usually deposited directly into their bank account usually within three weeks. This is a huge step forward from the 1990’s when a refund could take up to twelve weeks to come back to the taxpayer.

If you have more tax refund questions, direct them to tax Experts who can offer quick and insightful information to help with your case. Experts are available online day or night at your convenience.


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