How long does it take for injured spouse refund?

Asked By: Allen Verbitsky | Last Updated: 16th February, 2020
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How long does it take to get a refund if you file an injured spouse form. According to the IRS instructions for Form 8379 - Injured Spouse Allocation: Generally, if you file Form 8379 with a joint return on paper, the time needed to process it is about 14 weeks (11 weeks if filed electronically).

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Also to know is, how long does injured spouse refund take 2018?

about 11 weeks

Secondly, will my injured spouse refund be direct deposited? Yes, the Injured Spouse Allocation, Form 8379 can be paid through Direct Deposit only if you E-File the form with your Tax Return. If you send it in the mail after you have filed, you will most likely receive a paper check in the mail.

In respect to this, can you check the status of an injured spouse claim?

Check your status by entering your Social Security number, filing status and exact refund amount. If you filed your return electronically, information is available within 24 hours. If you mailed your return, your status updates within 4 weeks.

How does the injured spouse claim work?

An injured spouse is simply someone whose tax refund is used to cover the past-due debts of a spouse or ex-spouse. When married taxpayers file a joint return, each spouse has an interest in the jointly reported income and in the debt. The IRS will inform you and your spouse if an offset takes place.

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How long does it take to get injured spouse refund 2019?

Time Needed To Process Form 8379
Generally, if you file Form 8379 with a joint return on paper, the time needed to process it is about 14 weeks (11 weeks if filed electronically). If you file Form 8379 by itself after a joint return has been processed, the time needed is about 8 weeks.

Can the IRS deny an injured spouse claim?

You can file an Injured Spouse claim after you file your tax return. The IRS recommends allowing 14 weeks for Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, to process. The IRS will notify you by letter of acceptance or denial. If you are denied Injured Spouse relief, the IRS will give you 30 days to appeal the decision.

What qualifies as an injured spouse?

An injured spouse is not someone who has been lied to or misinformed about debt incurred within the marriage. Individuals in that situation might qualify for innocent spouse relief. An innocent spouse is someone who shouldn't be held responsible for items filed on a joint tax return that they did not know about.

Where do I mail an injured spouse form?

You print and mail to IRS center for the area where you live and you can go here to find address for center for your area https://www.irs.gov/uac/where-to-file-paper-tax-returns-with-or-without-a-payment.

Can injured spouse get earned income credit?


To be considered an injured spouse, you must have paid federal income tax or claimed a refundable tax credit, such as the Earned Income Credit in Notice 797 or Additional Child Tax Credit on the joint return, and not be legally obligated to pay the debt of the spouse.

Does an offset delay your refund?

The remainder of your refund will be processed as usual; an offset shouldn't delay it.

How do I contact the IRS about an injured spouse?

If you haven't heard from the IRS within that time frame, you can contact them at 1-800-829-1040.

The IRS states that the time to process an Injured Spouse Form 8379 depends on how it was filed:
  1. E-filed – 11 weeks.
  2. Filed by mail – 14 weeks.
  3. Filed by itself after the return has been processed – 8 weeks.

How do I electronically file Form 8379?

Yes, the Form 8379 Injured Spouse Allocation can be filed electronically with your tax return when you are using Turbo Tax to e-file the return. You must be completing your tax return using the Married Filing Jointly tax status when e-filing.

Do state and federal refunds come together?

No, your Federal and state refunds do not come together. They come from two completely separate entities.

How often does Where's my refund update?


The IRS only updates your refund status information once per week on Wednesdays. If you e-file your tax return, wait at least 72 hours from the date the IRS confirms receipt of your return before checking your refund status, and at least three weeks if you mail the return instead.

Can I file injured spouse online?

If you believe you qualify as an Injured Spouse, you must file Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation. You can prepare Form 8379 online and e-file it with your tax return using eFile.com, but you may need to paper file this form with your return if you attach any additional documentation.

Can you file injured spouse after filing taxes?

Yes, you can file form 8379 along with your original tax return or you can file it by itself after you are notified of an offset. If you are filing Form 8379 by itself, it must show both spouses' social security numbers in the same order as they appeared on your income tax return.

Why haven't I got a refund date?

The reasons you haven't gotten your tax refund might include your return has inaccurate information or was incomplete. You're a victim of tax fraud, or your refund was sent to the wrong bank. You amended your return, or you claimed certain tax credits. Your refund has been offset to pay a debt.

How can I check my refund?

You may also call 1-800-829-4477 to check on the status of your federal income tax refund.

*In order to find out your expected refund date, you must have the following information:
  1. The primary Social Security Number on the return.
  2. The filing status used on the return.
  3. The whole dollar amount of the refund.

Why is there a delay in processing my tax return?


Filing an incomplete tax return
A common cause of delayed tax return processing, leading to delayed refunds, is missing information on the return. "Failure to include basic information, such as the Social Security numbers of dependents, can significantly hold up a refund," according to Lee E.

How long does it take for tax refund to show in bank account?

showsRefund Sent,” the IRS has sent your tax refund to your financial institution for direct deposit. It can take 1 to 5 days for your financial institution to deposit funds into your account. If you opted to receive your tax refund via mail, it could take several weeks for your check to arrive.

Why does Where's My Refund say no information?

When checking on the status of your refund at the IRS Where's My Refund (WMR) site, you may get the message: We cannot provide any information about your refund. You might receive this message because: Your e-filed return was accepted (received) by the IRS less than 24 hours ago.