Why is my refund different than the amount expected on tax return I filed?
June 11, 2014
A) Your refund may be different from the amount you expected for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Errors on your tax return: If you made mistakes on your tax return, such as incorrect income or deduction amounts, it could result in a different refund amount than you expected.
- Math errors: If you made math errors on your tax return, it could result in a different refund amount than you expected. The IRS will correct math errors and notify you of any changes made to your return.
- Delays in processing: The IRS may experience delays in processing your tax return, which could result in a delayed refund. For example, if your return is selected for review, it could take longer to process and issue your refund.
- Changes to tax laws: Tax laws can change from year to year, which can affect the amount of your refund. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, for example, made significant changes to the tax code that could affect your refund.
- Offset for past-due debts: If you owe past-due debts, such as unpaid taxes or child support, the IRS may offset your refund to pay these debts.
If you received a different refund amount than you expected, you can check the status of your refund using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website. If you believe there is an error on your return or you have questions about your refund, you can contact the IRS for assistance.