The IRS has upgraded its “Where’s My Refund” tool, offering taxpayers detailed messages conveying refund status in plain language, seamless accessibility through mobile devices and the IRS2Go app, and notifications indicating whether additional information is required by the IRS. These improvements address previous limitations where the tool lacked specificity regarding direct deposit timing or the issuance of paper checks, resulting in uncertainty for taxpayers. Factors affecting refund timing include errors in returns or reviews for credits like EITC. Despite enhancements, delays persist for returns with identity protection PINs, leaving tax practitioners speculating on causes.

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