Wondering where your IRS refund is? There’s only ONE way to find out. It’s NOT the 2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart. It’s the online Refund Tracker found on the IRS website. If you don’t have a computer you can call the IRS Refund Hotline and a customer service rep will type it in for you on his or her computer but they won’t tell you anything more than what you would have found out by logging in yourself.
You can’t expect a Refund Cycle Chart anymore…that’s old news. Yes, you used to be able to check your IRS refund with a chart because the timing was predictable. No longer. Times have changed!
If you think you have found a 2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart then you have found something that someone who is not from the IRS has created because they know you are looking for it. Seriously, times really have changed. It’s hard to get used to new ways of doing things but this is the new era of identity theft, fraud and hacking. The IRS has had to completely revamp its way of processing your income tax returns so that pretty much obliterated the 2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart.
They have been forced to install fraud-protection measures in the tax return processing division. Some tax returns are pulled for further scrutiny while others are not. This is what totally wrecks the idea of a 2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart. You just don’t know whether your return is late because there’s a problem or if because there’s not a problem but the IRS just needs to check it a little more carefully.
And if you call the IRS Refund Hotline don’t think you’ll get any more information than the Online Tracker will give. Those people answering the Refund Hotline telephones are just customer service reps. They don’t have access to much at all on the IRS system. They can only type in your social security number for you and tell you what’s up with your Refund. They cannot tell you why it has been saying in process for three weeks, for example.
For the IRS Online Refund Tracking tool, go here to the IRS website.