As of Feb. 18, the average refund was $3,536, over $700 higher than last year’s payment of $2,815, as reported through Dec. 3. However, the average may change as millions of Americans file their returns.
The latest filing season statistics come amid a challenging season for the IRS, which is still digging out from millions of unprocessed individual returns from last year.
“We urge extra attention to those who received an economic impact payment or an advance child tax credit last year,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. “People should make sure they report the correct amount on their tax return to avoid delays.”
The IRS sent about 7.4 million “math error” notices for stimulus payment mistakes from Jan. 1 through July 15, 2021, delaying refunds, and many are still waiting for a resolution.
Check your refund status
While IRS couldn’t issue refunds for the earned income tax credit or the additional child tax credit by law until mid-February, those payments should reach filers by March 1, according to the agency.
You can check your refund status with the “Where’s My Refund?” online tool or through the IRS2Go app. You may see an update 24 hours after the IRS has received your electronic filing or four weeks after sending a paper return.