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Interpreting the “Where’s My Refund?” IRS codes

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Have you filled your taxes and received a code when checking the Where’s My Refund page on the IRS site? We certainly understand the frustration that comes with checking on your refund status only to find that it has been delayed due to an error. Here is a list of codes and what they mean and if you still have questions please don’t hesitate to call us today at (423) 405-3278 and we will be glad to assist you, or call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

IRS Tax Refund Reference Codes

1001 – Refund paper check mailed more than 4 weeks ago See IRM 21.4.1.3.4, Refund Issued But, Lost, Stolen, Destroyed or Not Received
1101 – No data, taxpayer filed paper return more than 6 weeks ago See IRM 21.4.1.3.1.1, Return Not Found
1102 – No data, taxpayer filed electronic return more than 3 weeks ago See IRM 21.4.1.3.1.1, Return Not Found
1021 – FMS part offset, check mailed more than 4 weeks ago See IRM 21.4.1.3.2, Return/Refund Located
1061 – FMS part offset, direct deposit more than 1 week ago See IRM 21.4.1.3.2., Return/Refund Located
1091 – Offset for Tax Topic 203 – Unpaid Child Support Claim
1121 – Problem identified; P-Freeze IRM 21.5.6.4.23, P- Freeze
1141 – Refund delayed liability on another account; V- Freeze more than 8 cycles IRM 21.5.6.4.34, V- Freeze
1161 – Refund delayed, bankruptcy on account :-V Freeze, CLOSING-CD-IND is ‘Y’; less than 8 weeks IRM 21.5.6.4.35, -V Freeze
1181 – Refund delayed, pulled for review, not within 7 cycles conduct account analysis
1201 – All other conditions not covered by a status code conduct account analysis
1221 – Refund delayed, pulled for review, within 7 cycles conduct account analysis
1241 – Paper return received more than 6 weeks ago; -E Freeze; in review, notice for additional information will be received IRM 21.5.6.4.8, -E Freeze
1242 – Electronic return received more than 3 weeks ago; –E Freeze; in review, notice for additional information will be received IRM 21.5.6.4.8, -E Freeze
1261 – Paper return received more than 6 weeks ago; –Q Freeze; in review, notice for additional information will be received IRM 21.5.6.4.25, -Q Freeze
1262 – Electronic return received more than 3 weeks ago; -Q Freeze; in review, notice for additional information will be received IRM 21.5.6.4.25, -Q Freeze
1301 – Fact of Filing Electronic return received more than 3 weeks ago; no other information See IRM 21.4.1.3.1.2, Return Found/Not Processed
1341 – Refund delayed, liability on another account; V- Freeze IRM 21.5.6.4.34, V- Freeze
1361 – Refund withheld for part/full payment of another tax liability; V- Freeze IRM 21.5.6.4.34, V- Freeze
1381 – Refund withheld for part/full payment of another tax liability; V- Freeze IRM 21.5.6.4.34, V- Freeze
1401 – Refund withheld for part/full payment of another tax liability; V- Freeze IRM 21.5.6.4.34, V- Freeze
1421 – Refund delayed bankruptcy on account; -V Freeze; more than 8 weeks IRM 21.5.6.4.35, -V Freeze
1441 – Refund delayed, SSN, ITIN or Name mismatch with SSA/IRS; return posted to Invalid Segment IRM 21.5.6.4.13, I- Freeze
1461 – Taxpayer is advised their refund check was mailed undelivered by the Postal Service. Taxpayer is provided the option to update their address online. Check account to determine if the taxpayer changed their address online. If address is changed, advise taxpayer their request is being processed. If taxpayer did not change their address, follow instructions in IRM 21.4.3.4.3, Undeliverable Refund Checks.
1481 – Refund delayed, return Unpostable See IRM 21.4.1.3.1.2, Return Found/Not Processed
1501 – Direct Deposit between 1 and 2 weeks ago, check with bank, file check claim See IRM 21.4.1.4.7.1, Direct Deposit of Refunds
1502 – Direct Deposit more than 2 weeks ago, check with bank, file check claim See IRM 21.4.1.4.7.1, Direct Deposit of Refunds
1521 – No data, paper return taxpayer filed more than 6 weeks ago; TIN not validated IRM 21.5.6.4.13, I- Freeze
1522 – No data, taxpayer filed electronic return more than 3 weeks ago; TIN not validated See IRM 21.4.1.3.1.1, Return Not Found
2007/2008 – Taxpayer’s check returned undelivered by the Postal Service and taxpayer does not meet Internet Refund Fact of Filing (IRFOF) eligibility. For example account may have an additional liability, or a freeze code other than S-. Analyze account and take appropriate action.
2009 – Taxpayer’s check returned undelivered by the Postal Service and taxpayer does not meet IRFOF eligibility. Taxpayer does not pass disclosure through IRFOF due to lack of data on IRFOF. IRM 21.4.3.4.3, Undeliverable Refund Checks
8001 – Paper return taxpayer filed more than 6 weeks ago, failed authentication Conduct account analysis.
8002 – Electronic return taxpayer filed more than 3 weeks ago, failed authentication Conduct account analysis.
9001 – Taxpayer accessed Refund Status using a secondary Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Refund Status could not be returned. Get a Primary TIN Analyze account and follow appropriate IRM.
9021 – Reference Code for all math error conditions Analyze account and follow appropriate IRM
9022 – Math error on return. Direct deposit more than 1 week ago Analyze account and follow appropriate IRM
9023 – Math error on return. Refund paper check mailed more than 4 weeks ago Analyze account and follow appropriate IRM
9024 – Math error on return. Balance due more than $50 Analyze account and follow appropriate IRM