The IRS is swamped. As it struggles to manage processing issues due to the pandemic and last-minute changes from the latest tax credits approved by the Biden administration, there’s one painful consequence for many Americans: a potential delay in receiving their tax refund.

In 2020, the IRS closed its offices due to the pandemic. This created a backlog of unprocessed paper 2019 tax returns the IRS is still catching up on—and that’s not even counting the high-volume of 2020 tax returns being submitted.

The IRS says that several services are affected by these issues, including a slowdown of reviewing newly filed tax returns—even if they’re filed electronically. This in turn can delay the issuing of refunds.

Delays in receiving your tax refund can be frustrating but you can go online to the IRS website and check the status of your refund by going to: