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Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock) If you’re one of the unlucky taxpayers still waiting for your 2020 returns, don’t expect this year to be any better. Numerous sources have reported that the 2022 tax filing season is again going to be full of major delays. The Treasury Department warned at the start of this year that the IRS will face “enormous challenges,” largely due to the ongoing backlog of unprocessed returns from last year, among other issues. Still, there are certain steps you can take to minimize frustration in the face of an understaffed IRS working through a hefty backlog, budget cuts, and other challenges sure to cause setbacks. And considering the average tax return for the 2020 tax year was $2,827 , you have good reason to want that chunk of change as soon as possible. Here’s what you can do to try and receive your tax refund within 21 days of filing. The sooner the better Simply put, the IRS’ processing time will slow down as more and more people file. File your returns as soon as possible to increase your chances of getting your refund before everything is completely backed up. File electronically The IRS directly recommends e-filing , explaining that it is “faster, safer and more accurate than mailing your tax return because it’s transmitted electronically to the IRS computer systems.” Filing electronically can get you your tax refund within 21 days; paper returns can take six to eight weeks to process. To e-file your taxes, there […]