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IRS Updates: Code 1121 and an Increased Number of Returns [VIDEO]

February 15, 2014 : Kristin Shaw - Editor

The IRS issued a couple important notices this week, and we wanted to share the information with you.

First, it is no exaggeration when we say the IRS is busy. As of Feb. 7, the agency had received more than 27.3 million tax returns, an increase of 2.5% compared to last year. So far, 19.5 million refunds have been issued.

The week of President’s Day is a time when many people are trying to contact the IRS, so the agency has announced that it will not answer all questions over the phone. Chiefly, representatives will not give you information on the status of your return if it has not been more than 21 days since it was received. You can check your status with Where’s My Refund. The IRS also recommends using online tools if you have a tax law question or need to settle a tax bill, instead of calling.

Also, there has been some concern among taxpayers who are seeing “code 1121” appear on the Where’s My Refund site. The IRS has said that this code is just a reference tool and that it does not indicate an audit. Their recommendation is to keep checking Where’s My Refund for updates. There is no need to call for more information.

Finally, one last reminder that Where’s My Refund only updates once per day. If you log in multiple times within 24 hours, you can risk being locked out.

If you still need help with a tax question, you can search H&R Block’s answers database or, of course, schedule an appointment with a tax professional.


Kristin Shaw - Editor

Kristin Shaw - Editor

H&R Block

Kristin is a social media manager at H&R Block which, most importantly, means she is the editor of BlockTalk. Before joining H&R Block, Kristin worked in marketing for higher education institutions. She loves translating confusing tax concepts into information normal people can understand.

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  • Deanne

    I filed my taxes the 20th of January they got accepted pretty fast and even said they were deposited into my bank on the 3rd… My money never showed up so I checked IRS2GO again and it showed the code 1121 and my refund had been delayed …now I have to wait another 8-10 weeks for it :( people really rely on and need that money

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