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If your return has any of the refundable credits (CTC, ACTC, AOTC, EITC, RRC) your return is likely to be delayed. All of these returns are subject to additional review. With everything else going on at the IRS this year (COVID and two tax-law changes since December), there is no timetable for when the refunds will be issued.

To realize how bad things are at the IRS this year, they discovered a problem in their electronic debiting system. Some people who scheduled direct debit payments for their 2020 balances or 2021 Q1 estimates didn't see the payments made on the scheduled date. They just announced that all the "missed" payments will be taken by next week, but will be credited on the originally scheduled payment date.

Don't blame the IRS. Blame Congress who keeps cutting the IRS funding while dumpling more responsibility on the agency. This year was the first year in many that IRS funding increased, but that was mostly to deal with the direct impact of COVID on the agency.

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