Federal income tax refunds may be delayed by stimulus mistakes, paper

Some things are turning into bad bets this spring. Putting money on Gonzaga University or the University of Kentucky making it to the Final Four in the men’s NCAA basketball tourney. Thinking Tom Brady would really, truly stay retired from football. Imagining no one could possibly have a reason to remember the 2022 Oscars. 

Add another to the list: Banking on seeing your federal income tax refund cash within the advertised 21 days. 

Many people, plain and simple, shouldn’t bet on getting refund money quickly, as the Internal Revenue Service is once again cautioning taxpayers not to rely on “receiving a refund by a certain date, especially when making major purchases or paying bills.”

The IRS has a list of reasons that refund money could take months to get, even if you file electronically, including cases of identity theft.