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article imageIRS asks taxpayers to limit visits to 'Where's My Refund?' page

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 15, 2013 in Business
As people eagerly await their tax refunds, the IRS is asking web users to limit visits to its "Where's My Refund?" site due to a high level of Web traffic that is arriving daily.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an alert yesterday on its main website that the agency's "Where's My Refund?" page is experiencing a high volume of traffic and "strongly urged" taxpayers to limit their visits.
The agency indicated that the high level of traffic could impact the performance of the website and requests taxpayers to check the site no more than once per day.
"IRS systems are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and the same information is available whether on the Internet, IRS2go smartphone app or on IRS toll-free lines. While "Where's My Refund?" is updated nightly, your account will not change that frequently," the government agency said.
According to Accounting Today, the IRS delayed tax season until Jan. 30 this year and could not process several important forms until the second week of February. Last year the agency saw delays because of new identity theft filters designed to help weed out possible fraudulent returns.
The IRS said the majority of tax filers sending in their return electronically with the direct deposit option selected should expect to see their refund in 21 days. The agency also offered some tips to taxpayers that have refund questions.
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