Why Is It Taking So Long To Get My Tax Refund

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When it comes to tax season I receive a lot of reader questions, many tinged with a hint of desperation, around why IRS tax refunds are taking so long and what can be done to get refunds sooner rather than later. Here is a sampling of comments from the current and past tax seasons:

Help me please. I filled February 4th and my taxes were expected Feb 7th. I filled head of household and claimed both of my children and have my own business so I have a schedule c. I’m still waiting. All the websites are saying my taxes are still being processed and I need this money now and every time I call IRS I get automated people HELP [Jenny]

Well I filed on Feb 14 and still WMR [where is my refund] says still processing ugh IRS told me to wait till 21 days before I call them. Ugh [Shirley]I filed my federal on Jan. 30th and it was received on the 31st. I have called 3x and each person has told me something different. Two said there was an error on my return and they had not sent a letter, so it was something the IRS could correct. It has been the “21 days” they talk about, but nothing. I have received my state refund. How long is this going to take??? [Lisa]

why is my tax return taking so longI have the education form 8863 and I filed Jan 30 and been accepted, I understand that the form did not get released until Feb 14. How much longer and are they behind. I have bills to pay and a single mother? Getting frustrated and really impatient. [Rachelle]

Our taxes were turned in Jan 30th, by tax lady. We still have not received our Federal tax return but we have our state refund. It was turned in E file. How much longer is it going to take? Everyone around us is getting theirs but ours [Dusty]

Mine got accepted on Jan 22nd and it has been 20 days. WMR does not show the bar on where’s my refund nor a date. Just says that it is still being processed and a date will be available soon. I called the IRS and they said that I had to verify my identity and had to call another number and verify some information and was put on hold about 3 times. Then said it had been verified and it would take 9 weeks for me to get my refund. Help! [Alex]

2016 Tax Season Refund processing by the numbers (from WalletHub) : Average Wait time for IRS calls – 30.5 Minutes (62% unanswered); 700%+: Increase in tax-related identity theft cases vs 23% Decrease in IRS enforcement staff since 2010.

So what can you do if your tax refund is taking much longer to get than expected?

There are two main categories that cause your tax refund processing to taking longer than expected. Either something is wrong with your tax return filing, e.g. missing information, additional Identity fraud/verification (details below),  incorrect social security numbers etc; or information from related sources (employer, ex-partner) do not add up. For example same dependent claimed in multiple tax returns. So here are a few things you can do to try and figure out why your tax refund is so taking so long to get to you.

  • Check the IRS tax tool, where’s my refund (WMR) or IRS2Go mobile app, to get the official status of your refund (see estimated IRS refund schedule). It is updated daily (overnight) and provides the latest processing status of your tax refund. The IRS has announced that it expects to issue more than 90% of refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days (not business days). So even if you have submitted all your documents you probably need to wait for at least 21 days before taking on more drastic actions. And if you paper filed, you may need to wait more than 6 weeks before hearing back from the IRS.

IRS bars offical - Where is My Refund (WMR) Return Received, Refund Approved and Refund Sent

  • Why is my e-filed tax return in “Pending” status and the IRS has no record of my tax return? TurboTax experts say that after e-filing, your federal return may sit in “Pending” status 24-48 hours before its processing status changes. If you contact the IRS or try to look up your return or refund status on their site while your return is in “Pending” status, don’t be alarmed if they tell you they have no record of your return. This is normal; once the IRS acknowledges your return, they will update your status to via WMR to Return Received, Refund Approved and Refund Sent. See this article for more details on what the WMR refund status’ mean.
  • What do these IRS refund status’ mean? Return Received means the IRS has your tax return and is processing/reviewing it. Your estimated refund date will be available as soon as the IRS finishes processing your return and confirm that your refund has been approved. Generally it takes just a few days for the status to shift from Return Received to Refund Approved if all is in order. But any issues with processing your return will delay things and a refund date will not be provided until your refund has been approved.In some cases the refund tracker graphic (shown here) will not be shown if your return is being reviewed prior to step two: “Refund Approved,” and instead an explanation or instructions will be provided by the IRS depending on the situation. This can happen even if you previously checked Where’s My Refund? and it showed the status as “Return Received” along with the tracker. If the IRS needs more information specific to your return, they will contact you by mail (be aware of IRS imitation scams). You should follow the instructions in the IRS letter as soon as possible to prevent further delays with receiving your return.

Here is more refund information from some online tax providers – > TurboTax ; H&R Block ;  TaxAct

  • Review your tax return and make sure there no obvious mistakes like missing names/SSN or forgetting to sign your tax return. According to the IRS, one of the main things causing people to experience delays in getting their refunds is returns that are not accurately completed. So to ensure you get your refund ensure your return is as accurate as possible. You can resubmit an amended tax return entering the changes and explaining why you need to amend your original tax return. You don’t have to redo your entire return, either. Just show the necessary changes and adjust your tax liability accordingly. You usually do not need to file an amended return because you forgot to include tax forms such as W-2s or 1099 forms. The IRS normally will send a separate request asking for those documents.
  • Get online help from various articles on people seeing delays with their refunds. On one of my articles covering the IRS refund schedule I got 5000+ comments, with the following useful real life tips you won’t find elsewhere:

Obamacare forms for are still causing a lot of delays : I (Jeff) filed Jan 20…accepted Jan 21. I received a letter about affordable care act on Feb 10 requesting a new 1095. Sent them the forms same day. I called them a week later and nobody would talk to me until we waited the 4-6 weeks as stated on the letter. Called 4 weeks later and they confirmed that they accepted the forms and updated affordable care act on my return and should receive a return within 7days. On day 7 march 16, I received a letter stating more info was needed. I finally spoke with someone who was willing to share info at the IRS. Because I lost my job and income was cut in half between 2013-2014, I was considered highly likely someone trying to commit fraud. They said I can’t get any info until 45 days after my income verification letter which is April 30.

If you have debt or penalties from the prior year, you may see a long delay in your refund or offsets to what you expected refund. Jessica filed her taxes and they were accepted on 1/22/2015. After the 21 days past [Jessica] contacted the IRS who advised there was a hold on my taxes but they couldn’t tell me what for. At this time I had error code 570 on my tax transcript. The said they had to send a referral off to have someone look at my taxes to see what was wrong…i had to give them 30 days to review my info. After the 30 day time frame I called the IRS back the agent advised no one had reviewed my tax info there for they had to send it back off and I had to wait another 30 days for them to review it. A couple of weeks after the 2nd phone call to the IRS i got another code on my transcript of 896 Refund applied to non-IRS debt with my full refund amount to the side of it…I called the IRS back to see what the code was …the agent advised my refund was sent over to the Department of the Treasury so they could pull whatever amount i owed out (witch turns out was the OBAMA fee for not having Ins. last year even through the Irs agent I spoke with advised it was not). The IRS agent advised that from looking at my transcript it seemed like they were taking my full refund even through I do not owe anything to them. A few days later i checked my transcript…there was a new code of 892 Correction to interest credit transferred out. Now I am still waiting for my refund and cant call the IRS back until 4/27.

Contact a Tax Advocate per Renee’s advice: ” Hope this helps. I filed via Turbo Tax and was accepted Feb 19th and on the 20th I received an Auto call stating my Healthcare.gov was off and to wait for the paper. My WMR status went into “Your refund is still processing” stage after March 6th

I called Healthcare.gov and was told that my health insurance was only off by $1 so I didn’t have to amend my taxes.

March 16th I contact the Tax Advocate and she was able to look deeper because my 2014 Transcripts show N/A as if I never filed. The Tax Advocate said that IRS did not accept my Taxes until March 4th and since the Healthcare.gov screwed up.. Everyone has to count 40 days from the time it was accepted. Although my healthcare form was only for a $1 difference, there were many that were a lot larger than $1

So, It looks like I have to count 40 Days from the REAL IRS Acceptance Date of March 4th.. This is 13 days after Turbo Tax stated that my taxes were accepted.

I don’t think this is Turbo Taxes fault. It’s not Obama’s fault either. I’m grateful to pay $131 for Premium Insurance instead of the $489 monthly premium that was increasing through BCBS.. I even have the same Account with Blue Cross…

So.. there you have it.. if it was accepted March 1st.. Count 13 days.. That’s when its really accepted.. then count 40 additional days before your refund or taxes move forward hope this helps”

  • If you claim certain credits like the Earned Income Credit or Education credits in your tax return, the IRS announced that refunds these returns generate may take longer. So expect your refund to take longer in this case – possibly into April, even if you filed early.
  • Hire an accountant or tax services firm to follow up this issue on your behalf particularly if you have a tax obligation to the IRS. But be warned, these are not the cheapest options and if you refund is less than $1,000 it may not be worth the cost.
  • Calling the IRS is an option, though getting through to someone is a challenge. You can go the IRS resources page to get the latest contact IRS numbers/locations.Here is a way to get a real IRS person:
    • Dial 800-829-1040 – if they say they have high volume calls hang up, you’re wasting your time, call again until it doesn’t say high volume.
    • Then dial 1- for English or 2 for Spanish.
    • Then listen to the options and dial 2 then 1 then 4, then 2 again, until it finally asks for your social… they will try to trick you after that, but don’t dial anything it will take you to an operator. it’s a process but you’ll get to someone as long as you DO NOT say you have questions about your refund, cause then it will tell you to go online. make sure your cell is charge when you call cause you can wait up till an hour. Good luck people, and hope we all get our refund. Heck, we worked for it!!! =)

Tax Payer Identify Verification Delaying IRS Tax Refund Processing and Direct Deposit Payments

In a lot of recent cases, it appears that the IRS is delaying refund processing because they are having to spend a lot more time validating tax payer identities given the rise in online tax related fraud over the last few years. In most cases the IRS will notify selected tax filers via WMR or mail (they will never call you) to contact a IRS number to verify their identity. After verification it could take up to 9 weeks for you to get a refund. See more in this article.

Refund Offset – Why Your Refund May be less than expected

Another area of confusion for those expecting a refund is that when they get a refund it is actually less than the amount they were expecting or provided by their e-filing tool. The reason for this is that the federal government has “offset” or deducted monies from your tax refund to cover debts you owe other federal agencies. Under the law, federal payments such as tax refunds can be collected against by approved agencies (e.g the IRS) before being paid to you. You will get  a letter from the IRS explaining this offset to your federal refund and why it differs from what was estimated in your filed return. They will give you an opportunity to dispute this collection, but you will have to prove you had no federal obligations. If you have questions regarding the offset of your refund you can call the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) on 800-304-3107.

If I can order my IRS tax transcript does it mean I am getting my refund direct deposited soon?

This question comes up a lot and I have seen a few comments on this as shown below.

Tracie – If you can get your tax return transcript then you will have your DD within two days I hope this helps someone GOD BLESS AND I HOPE WE ALL GET OURS IN A TIMELY MANNER SINCE THE FIX IN THE SYSTEM

Ashley – Filed and accepted on the 19th. Still can’t order transcripts online or over the phone. No info available in WMR. Says still processing. I seen on another forum that the IRS does bulk approvals on Sundays and Wednesdays, so I’m PRAYING I am part of that chaos so I can get my money this week! Never had to wait this long.

jessew – I have talked to the IRS and they finally moved my bar from 1 bar to 2 approved this morning. Go to the home page and request for a transcript if it goes through they have processed ur taxes that is what the irs lady tolled me. good luck everyone

Estella – I ordered my transcripts yesterday and was able to. If you are able to do so then you’re taxes have approved. Transcript have to be accurate because they are used for loan purposes. I filed on the 23 and was accepted same day. This morning I was approved with a DDD of 02/10.

Yes there is a correlation because to get a transcript the IRS generally has to have processed your tax return (and refund where applicable) and are an official IRS document. But the IRS is very clear that being able to request a transcript does not mean you will imminently be getting a refund and is among the common myths and misconceptions repeated in social media. They still say that checking the WMR tool is the best and official way to check your refund status.

However I have been seeing a lot of comments from people saying that when the WMR site provides limited information on the refund, requesting a free IRS transcript seems to be another way of checking the status of the refund. Generally if you can request a transcript, it means the refund is on the way and the IRS has completed processing of your tax return. But this is all anecdotal evidence.

Tax Topic 151 vs 152 notice

When you log on to the WMR website or IRS2Go mobile app, you may be presented with a message to refer to IRS Tax topic 151 or 152 in relation to your refund. But what do these mean? Tax Topic 151 simply means that you’re getting a tax offset (see above) which may result in your refund being less than you expected. You will get an official IRS letter/report explaining the actual offset and adjustments to your tax return, and details on how to appeal this action – but likely it will delay you getting your refund. While not great news, the silver lining here is that the IRS has processed your return and your adjusted refund (where applicable) should be on its way.

Tax Topic 152 on the other hand means means you’re getting a tax refund in line with IRS processing guidelines (generally within 21 days) and this notice confirm the methods for payment (direct deposit, check).

I know it can be really frustrating to see ongoing delays in getting your tax refund. My answer is be patient, look into the above steps and contact a tax advocate or tax professional if you get nowhere with the IRS.

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557 Comments on "Why Is It Taking So Long To Get My Tax Refund"

Jacob

I worked in US as J1 student last summer and I mailed my tax return 04/08/16. It´s already been 4 months and I still got nothing. When I wanna check my refund status there´s still written We have received your tax return and it is being processed. It´s been 10 weeks like this! I want to find out what is going on but when I try to call IRS I can´t reach them. Anybody know some e-mail address I could write to? any advice please? Last year I got my refund up to 10 weeks and this year I did it the same way

Danielle Taylor
Filed January 18, 2016 through Turbo Tax, requested DD Called IRS 2/20/16 due to no DD and was told we needed to verify the dates and legal authority to claim reported dependents. February 22, faxed in court documents showing guardianship and legal right to claim, letters from school showing registration dates and current enrollment. April 27, called again to be told that supported documentation showed relationship not specific dates proving dependents resided with us. COURT ORDER CLEARLY STATED WE WERE AWARDED THE RIGHT TO CLAIM 2-09-14!! How much clearer do they need!? Obtained letters from school with very clear specific dates, matching residential addresses, and noted guardianship. Rent receipts for head of household and lease showing listed residents. Faxed this April 28, 2016. Today, July 27, 2016 Still no refund. Still no change in status. Still no agent willing to speed up process. They claim they have 45 days after… Read more »
Kathy

Please stop giving the federal government an interest free loan by overpaying your taxes! Figure out what you think your obligation should be early in the new year and adjust your payments accordingly. Under pay slightly and make sure you save money to meet any shortfall come filing time. If you do over pay then you can apply your overage to the next year’s taxes, and reduce your monthly payments accordingly.

Aimmee

Final Update!!!!

Filed 1/30/2016
Accepted 1/31/2016
Faxed 1095, 8962 & Recalculated 1040-A on May 2nd, 2016
Received TWO different Tax Advocates as of May 5th, 2016
After healthcare fiasco, and 6 long freaking months and TWO Tax Advocates…finally got a DDD of June 24th…..Jesus it has been horrible!!!! My bars have returned as of today, June 23rd, on the WMR site….thank god!!! Now let’s see if I do get my money!

Robert

My tax refund was submitted on may 5th and as of june 9th which is today I still haven’t received my tax refund. Does anyone have any explanation on why it’s taking so long?

Aimmee

I submitted mine on Jan 31st..just received word today (6/10) that is was approved on June 2nd…what a mess this year has been all because of obama-care..if you had their health insurance for even 1 day in 2015, you better hope you submitted the 1095, 8962 and correct calculations on your 1040/ 1040A (whichever you file yearly)…but then again it can be a general delay like I have seen from most people on this forum and this one I tend to read more since there is more issues pple are having since day one, http://www.savingtoinvest.com/2015-irs-refund-cycle-chart-for-2014-tax-return-filings/

If its been a back and forth, request a tax advocate, I would wait till at least 8-12 weeks after filing to request one. Again I only got a approved date..not a refund date so that is another waiting game I am sure…such a shame how long its been…

Missy

They claimed i had obama care in letters they sent. Now they’ve confirmed that i DID NOT, admitted i don’t owe anything and still can’t explain why it hasn’t been sent.

Karl

How many people longly expe ting their returns voted Republican?

Tom
It’s good to know that I’m not alone with this whole tax return dilemma. I definitely can relate to everybody in this discussion, as I’m having the same problem, since I’m still without a tax return for whatever reason. I’m extremely pissed that not only is my refund late, but the way the IRS has been leaving me hanging, because I cant get any real answers about this whole dilemma and they won’t even take my calls after several attempts, they just keep sending me to main menu forcing me to choose an option or they terminate the call. Using the where’s my refund?option certainly does me no satisfaction. We know our taxes are still being processed, but what’s the hold up? My wife and I didn’t have this problem last year. We got our return in a timely manner. Me and my wife e-filed jointly back in March, at… Read more »
P Jeffries

I’m in the same boat to i call and can’t talk to anyone its been months app keeps saying processing.

Jennifer
My accountant filed 02/12/2016, on 03/12/2016 I received letter saying they needed my Healthcare Marketplace form. I faxed that 03/14/2016. I received another letter 03/22/2016 stating that someone tried to file taxes w/my SSN. Come to find out my job had security breach and over half of employees were affected. I called 03/28/2016 to verify that everything was ok. Per IRS everything was good to go, they had my form and everything. I should have DDD 1ST week of April. I called again 04/07/2016, because of security breach at work and the FBI getting involved, they froze my SSN. I had to do ID verify, which because of the situation I had to go in person. 4+ hours later on 04/12/2016 they verified my ID and said oh it is all good now, you will need to wait ANOTHER 6-8 weeks for processing. REALLY?? I am now on week 3… Read more »
Sam

sorry to hear about your issue. the very same thing happened to my husband and I last year. I will say it took 6 months from the time my verification was 100% complete. There are a lot of things that have to be in place including pin codes for the next tax season. its still taking a long time this year…I’m assuming its from the fraud from last year. good luck to you. I hope this helps

Jennifer Earlywine

I got it last week but my prepaid debit card tried rejecting it for being to large. It was a nightmare

Ivy

I filed electronically on 2/06/2016. Today is 5/3/2016 and I have not received my refund it has been sitting on processing since 2/07/2016. I have called 1x and they told me that it will be another 4-6 weeks. Well it has been another 6 weeks and still nothing. So i have been trying to call again and can’t get through and when I did the lady hung up on me. I am getting really annoyed. I have a simple return. I am married and work one job, husband works one job, have one child. We don’t own our own business or anything like that. getting really frustrated.

Petey

What number are you calling? All the numbers I try hang up and I am unable to reach someone or leave a message

Marie
I filed electronically on 02/13/16. Confirmed receipt on WMR. A few days later checked WMR and all bars were gone. Called the IRS was told they could not help me until after 21 days. I called again after 21 days, was told it was pulled on 02/22/16 for review and it would take 6 to 8 weeks….this weeks is my 8th week. I had contacted the IRS through out at random times and was told that nothing was wrong with it and it was still being processed wait the 6 to 8 weeks I was told, nothing new was ever told to me. I called the IRS today being that it was been 8 weeks, the representative could not tell me why the hold up, there weren’t any notes that anything was wrong with my refund and could not tell me was it had not been released to me. She… Read more »
Elisa

Any update?

Flowers

Wow, My situation is nearly identical to yours. I called the yesterday because it has been 9 weeks. The representative told me almost the exact same thing, that she could not tell me why there was a hold up and that she was sending my case to another department to research whats going on. She also told me that it could take up to an addition 12 weeks to get a response!!!! I am pissed. I don’t know what else to do.

Marie
Filed electronically 02/13/16. Accepted the same day. Checked WMR and it confirmed that it was received. A few days later the bars were gone and it stated that the refund is being reviewed and still being processed. Called the IRS and they informed me that nothing could be done until 21 days. I called the IRS on 21st day and they said my refund had been pulled for review on 02/22/16 and it would be 6 to 8 weeks from that day, to continue checking WMR for updates. I called the IRS at random times just because the WMR had not updated and they just kept telling me that everything was fine, there was no issues, still being reviewed and had to wait the 6 to 8 weeks. I tried everything, I tried ordering my tax script and have not being able to, I tried calling the ID theft hotline… Read more »
Rob

they most be doing this kind of delay on purpose to get more money out of us i read and know people that went thru a tax advocate and they charge them for their help some charge 100 to 500 and that BS…like really we just want our money back i been waiting since Jan 22 still nothing.

Marie

Really? I was told that it was a free service.

Rob

Thats what i thought too, well my friend. She said when she got her money deposit, 200 were missing she call to find out and they told her it was 200 charge for the tax advocate service.

Marie

Well I guess I will find out when they are suppose to contact me within the next 7 days if their services are free or not. They give the impression that it’s free…..OMG…..I can’t win!

Marie
Received a courtesy call from the Tax Advocate Office in Houston, TX, that’s where I am. She said that they had received my request and my file had been assigned to Andover Mass., she provided me the name of the person and phone number. She further stated that I should be receiving a call from them by Monday 04/18/16. I checked WMR this morning 04/14/16. It went from saying ” Your refund is still being processed and a refund will be provided when available” to “We have received your tax refund and it’s being processed”. I have no idea what that means! Does it mean the process will start all over again??? Regardless, there’s a bit of hope that something is going on and my refund is being moved around. I hope I get it before the TAX ADVOCATES charge me for their help. I had no idea there might… Read more »
Elisa

I checked mine today and my message also changed to say the same :(

Marie

Yay! Checked WMR this morning 04/16/16. The orange bars are back and my refund was approved and a deposit date of 04/20/16. It’s been a long battle…but it seems to finally coming to an end.

Marie
Filed 02/13/16 electronically, accepted by the IRS that same day. WMR showed received initially, a few days later all bars were gone. Waited until my 21 days. Contacted the IRS spoke to a live person and was told that it was pulled on 02/22/16 for a review. She further stated that she didn’t see anything wrong with the return and to allow it 6 to 8 weeks. From then to now, I’ve called randomly and was told about the same thing each time that it was pulled in February for review and if I have not received any letters not to worry they are still reviewing my refund and give it 6 to 8 weeks from when it was pulled for review. So that will be April 18 for the full 8 weeks. We shall see and I will update you guys. I do check the WMR site religiously every… Read more »
Eric

I want to thank this site for providing important information. I was able to speak with a live representative once I followed the instructions in the article (stated below too)! Thank you.
Now, let’s see if this will take (9) weeks or if I’ll get lucky

Mike

My refund status has been saying still being processed since I filed in January, now as of last week it make sure you entered your info correctly which I did, what does this mean? Does it update once the refund deposit date is available? or does it just get deposited?

Jen

Me too! The first agent said I would get a letter asking me for more information. The second agent said it was pulled for a manual review and no letter would be sent . The third agent said Im in my 6th week of review and had to wait 8weeks. He said there weren’t any errors and any notices. He apologized for the wait. Today April 5th Im in the 7th week.smh

Flowers

I am at my 9 weeks and I called yesterday. I was told that she did not see any errors and that it may take an additional 12 weeks!!!!

Ryan

This had happened to me for the past 5 years. I’m single, file 1040 form with one or two w2s. Always have insurance and never had Id theft. I’ve learned that the agents will always give different answers or just tell you to wait 9 weeks. I never receive a letter in the mail asking for more info. Usually just keep checking online status and sometime in June or July it will give me a direct deposit date. I really wish I could find out why but the irs are liars and really don’t give a F if they take forever. It’s sad and one day I will just change it so I get no refund and more on my check. You really have to learn to just forget about your return because it will drive you crazy looking for an answer or getting your hopes up.

Rose Severance

Filed Jan 28th. Still waiting. Had to mail insurance crap. Called 4/25. No record of my return. 5th week in a row..5th lie. Told Mrs. ROPER that I WILL NOT SEND IN FORMS AGAIN.ITS BS. YOU’VE ALL TOLD ME DIFFERENT STORIES. IN DONE WITH YOU PEOPLE and hung up.

Shelley

It’s all BS! If we owed them they would be tacking on interest to it, but they owe us and it’s ok to take as long as they damn well, please?????? I’ve been waiting since January. I did what they told me to do and still nothing!! My state is also not being refunded to me, they are taking their sweet ass time too!!

Doris

So i was able to talk to someone and they told me my 9 weeks process stared on Feb 17 after the 9 weeks have passed if i haven’t receive my deposit i can call them back. So not sure about this But has anyone been told to wait the 9 weeks and actually received the deposit with in that time ??? or didn’t get it after the 9 weeks and had to call them back?? plz help..loosing my mind over this sigh

Flowers

Its been past 9 weeks for me. I called yesterday and was told that it could take an additional 12 weeks.

Sher
I filed my taxes on March 3 via TurboTax as I have for the past 5/6 years and received a notice they had been accepted on March 4th. I was suppose to have my return no later than the 25th of March, but as of today I still do not have it. I contacted the IRS using the number with the 652 extension someone suggested on this site and got a hold of someone in 15-20 minutes. The lady said my ACTUAL ACCEPTED date was March 14 and not March 4th I had been notified of. She verified my information and said there is nothing I need to do but wait 9 weeks. She said 9 weeks is what they’re required to tell everyone though it could be sooner. There’s still a chance I could get mine 21 days from the accepted date, but there are no clear patterns or… Read more »
Toya

I filed on 2/5/16 got them back a wk later.. My mom filed on 1/31/16 and still hasn’t gotten hers yet..idk wat the irs doing

Starks

I mailed my returned on 3/16/2016 and it got to the IRS on 3/18/2016. Checked the WMR tool and it said accepted with one status bar, Check WMR again on 4/5/2016 and the pizza status bar was gone with topic 152 on the bottom. Called the IRS same day and spoke to a very nice rep and was told to just wait another 6 weeks.

Whitney

Me and my now Ex husband submitted our taxes on Feb 2nd and we still waiting they say cause they didn’t receive his 1095a form so I faxed it over same day and that was 2/22/16 and we still haven’t heard nothing I called and they said we gotta wait 6 weeks before calling back that would be the first week of April now I hope I hear good news cause I can’t keep waiting !!!! Its funny how uncle same can take there time giving you your money but quick to take there’s …. Smh I wish I can tell them just wait 6-9 weeks and I’ll think about paying you BOL yea right ! Wow IRS I know y’all can tell me the real story on what’s going on but choice to give us the run around

DR Wilson

Short answer to that question is

The IRS is a corrupt entity that make up their own rules and break them just as quickly as they fabricated them.

Really no way of saying

I got my tax refund last year no issues within a normal 20 day range. (ex wife got it all for back support)

But it was paid no issues.

This year the IRS sends me a letter saying “You’ve never filed taxes in your entire life”

Really? You got them last year.

So I sent them a copy of all of them including the letter they sent me the previous year.

They are corrupt and need to be shut down.

David

I filed the middle of January and my refund is still processing for some reason. It shows topic 152 which means everything should be inline to receive my direct deposit. Unreal!!

Mark

I file thru H&R Block Jan 22 and was accepted 23th …been over 2 months and still says processing… i done everything i could…lost hope. just like we have a dead line to file they should have one for them to deposit. ugh

Tanisha

E-filed 7 weeks ago. Still no Federal Refund. Just got state last week. Ordered transcripts 4 weeks ago…still no refund. Ridiculous…

lana

Hello . I filed with TurboTax in jan.and iam still waiting for a date . I have called the irs 2 time and both time they have said iam not marked to get a letter about anything and to just wait. I have been waiting over 2 months and no one can tell me why? Any one know whats going on ????

stacey

they are telling me the same exact thing..

Terri

HI IM GOING THROUGH THE SAMETHANG U ARE. I FILED JAN. AN I CALLD TWICE AN THEY TOLD ME IM NOT GONNA RECEIVE A LETTER I HAVE TO WAIT. BUT PEOPLE WHO FILED AFTER ME HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THEIRS. THIS IS REALLY CRAZY!

lana

Its very up setting not knowing what is going on.

Jennifer

Filed 1/25…still no refund…had bars…lost bars….bars came back…bars gone…irs says 9 more weeks from Feb 8th! ahhhhhhhhhhh

Heather

Today my wmr changed from “your return is still processing and date when be provided when avail” to “we received ur refund and it is being processed” anyone else have this? How long faster did u receive DDD?

Elisa

mine just did that. Any update?

Kayangel876

Has anyone been told 9 weeks but received before 9 weeks was up? Anyone? Pls…

Kimberly Anderson

I. Filed on Jan 27 was accepted same day.waited 21days and call had to do identity. They then told me I have to wait another 9 weeks. It is now march 15 and I and still waiting. I have now been waiting 8 weeks total still nothing.I called the IRS and asked them if they were going to pay me interest and late fees ha ha they were pissed I even asked. God forbid you owe them though. Good luck everyone I hope you getjxq9 your money soon. Sincerely giving up!

K Ellis

I filed on Feb 19th…after a couple of days the where’s my refund bar disappeared when I called IRS both of the people I talked to said my return had been recieved & went through on March 8th…idk what went through even means & each one said something different… One said wait 6weeks after March 8th another said wait 9

Heather

I just called today bc today made it the 21st day and I had to verify my identity. I was told it would take at least 9 weeks but I’m PRAYING it doesn’t take that long.

Sky

I hope they told me the same thing

blair

what number did you call

Heather

1800-829-1040 once I talk to someone they told me I had to verify my identity and gave me a different number for that

Ashley

Yeah, my husband had to verify back in March. Good luck. We’re still sitting around waiting for ours. After verifying we were told to wait 6-9 weeks it’s been 8 weeks. I’m sure we won’t receive it in this time frame. We’ll have to call back and talk to an advocate I’m sure and that’ll be another 6-9 weeks

charles R.

Yeah, I’m confused because they claim it can take up to 21 days. Isn’t that false advertising, though? They claim that it may take up to and not more than that? I’ve never had to wait this long. I feel bad for everyone, but it sucks. All I forgot to do, was sign my gd tax return. I sent it to the supposedly quicker route and it’s been over 21 days. Go fig.

Monique

I filed electronically with a tax firm on Jan 16, Irs received and accepted on Jan 18th. I am still waiting. I called and spoke to a rep and he said its under review and Will be another 12 weeks! I’m a single mom, worked part time last year and had health coverage all year. My taxes are very, very basic. I don’t understand what their doing but I’m looking at a 4 or 5 month wait and when I read all these other stories how people have to wait a few extra weeks…wish it were me.

Wendy
Hi Everyone….I want to Thank you soooo much…I followed your advice of how to talk live to a representative by following this advice: Dial 800-829-1040 ~ Press 1 or 2 for your language preference… ~ Press 2 ~ then 1 ~ then 4 ~ then 2… then enter the PRIMARY (whose listed 1st on your return) Social Security number…it will confirm the correct entry… After that…DO NOT PUSH ANY MORE OPTION BUTTONS…you will be connected to an agent shortly. I called this a.m. at 10:40 Central time…it said this was a high call volume time…I was connected literally in less than 60 seconds after I confirmed the social security number. Ms. Pettis anwered and was a peach to help me. She found the problem within 3 minutes. I hung up..located the information they needed to have corrected (I miss spelled the last name on one of my dependents..silly huh)…I had… Read more »
Ashley

Did you called after your time frame was told or just randomly call?

chrissy

I filed on feb 25 and accepted ten min later by the irs i have been checking wmr every day today is 14 days and still no change its still processing this is verry frustrating im starting to think maybe something is wrong has anyone filed on our after that date got theres back yet

Max

I filed the same date and it still say its being processed

Blanca

I filed on the feb 26 and I being checking to and it says that is being processs

Maria

Filed the same day as you and we have been in processing with one bar since the 26th. We too were accepted within moments after filing.

chrissy

Todays day 16 and still says processing this is crazy just for a simple return with one dependent

Mary

I filed Feb 1 it’s now March 6 an it still say still in process

Amanda

We filed Jan 29th and still waiting. My
Husband called and they said their system failed around time we filed and they are just now getting to those peoples and to not expect it until middle of April!

Melanie

Horrible

Nancy

i did mine Jan 22 and got approved 23th is March 6, keep checking my direct deposit card that i got from H&RBlock still says been accepted by IRS and is processing, this thing is getting out of control idk wtf the IRS is doing, especially when my friend did it Feb 3 and she got hers 3 weeks after ugh but i feel your frustration.

lana

I have tried many times how are u guys getting a hold of a live person at the irs

Lenny D

Call the IRS: 1-800-829-1040 hours 7 AM – 7 PM local time Monday-Friday

When calling the IRS do NOT choose the first option re: “Refund”, or it will send you to an automated phone line.

So after first choosing your language, then do NOT choose Option 1 (refund info). Choose option 2 for “personal income tax” instead.

Then press 1 for “form, tax history, or payment”.

Then press 4 “for all other questions.”

Then press 2 “for all other questions.” It should then transfer you to an agent.

Or you can contact your local IRS office. See this IRS website for local IRS offices – http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-Your-Local-IRS-Office-1 or call 1-844-545-5640 to set up an appointment

Or you may want to contact a Taxpayer Advocate in your area. See this IRS website for Taxpayer Advocate in your area and a toll free number – http://www.irs.gov/Advocate/Local-Taxpayer-Advocate

Shelley

1-800-829-0582 ext 652 This is the number I called and got somebody within 15 minutes.

kyshia

ok how i got a hold of them i called 1-800-829-1040 ok so after u call press 1 for your language then press 2 then press 000000000 until they pick up

Tiffany

They have a few number that you can all to speak with a live person

lana

How many of you that are waiting 100 years for your refound used turbo tax?

Charles

I am :( Getting really annoyed too. It is ridiculous. We just want our damn money back! Ugh…. We have bills to pay and have to live while going to school and working for free. WTH? The IRS is the worst. Are they understaffed or something or what? Makes no sense at all I mean really? All to verify a damn sig. Howa hard is that? LMAO! SMH

kyshia

this is my first year using turbo tax but i filed feb. 4th nd accepted on the 5th had one bar untill the 18th then it said tax return recieved nd its been processed dd will be available soon. then from there i call on the 26th because that was my 21 days they said my taxes was sent to IRS proctetion. so i had to prove my ID….. so i did that not knowing they was sending a letter i recieved a letter on the same date stating something about my ID so i called once again on March 1 and the man told me its back in proccessing it will take 8 to 9 weeks for me to get my taxes

KY876

i used turbo tax but this is something i do every year for now the past 5 years and this is the first this has happened…did you use turbo tax as well?

KY876

I think I may have read almost all the comments and questions here, I just want to know, did anyone lose status bars on WMR and go to “tax still being processed” receive their refund on time, or without having to do anything but wait? curious because I think my status bars disappeared 4 days after refund was accepted. I called IRS and they said i have to wait until my 21 day is up but then i asked them if there is any fixing needed to avoid long wait though IRS rep said no, that they dont even know yet weather something needs to be fixed or not…Help pls.

ROb

Again: Ok so question i got my state check today so does this mean i should be getting the federal deposit anytime soon or is just the waiting game with the federal direct deposit?

lana

Waiting game I got my state long ago still waiting over a month and a half for the rest

andrea

i had the same issue. I filed Feb 6. Got my State a week and a half later. Its now March 7th and still no federal return. Status still only says received. I can’t imagine this is normal…..

ROb

i been checking my card but all i get is $0 and just says IRS approved and is processing my return, everything is good so why still processing and no deposit makes no sense its been 1 month and 10 days since i been approve and still says processing, ugh this is getting supper annoying.

Shannon

I filed my taxes in Jan 2015. They were received by the IRS on Jan 29. I have called and asked if I needed to verify my identity. I was told no, but had to answer alot of questions about who I am and where I have lived etc. The gentleman was very nice, it’s just rather frustrating…. we are now into march and all the website says is still processing….

Shannon

Update: Spoke with the IRS today. This woman was very helpful. Here in December I was supposedly sent a pin (I have been a victim of identity theft) and I never received it. I was instructed by the IRS to file a paper return and to use direct deposit. well finding out today I was instructed wrong…. I now have to wait till the end of March.. possibly longer bc of this error. I was told today I should have been able to get a replacement pin so that I could e-file. So now the wait continues…. So with that being said, I guess patience is a virtue. Be Blessed!

Tiffany

I called today because it’s the 21st day and I still haven’t received my refund, and I have no bars. It give me the 152 tax topic, but when I spoke to a representative she told me my refund was excepted on 2/12 but turbo tax say it was excepted 2/10. She also told me it looks like they will be sending me out a letter and there was a code 134 on there. I can’t find this code anywhere on the IRS website. Has anyone else had this issue or received this code?

Sage
Understanding Your CP134B Notice This balance due notice alerts you there is a discrepancy in the amount of federal tax deposits credited to your account from the amount reported on your tax return, and to make payment by the pay-by-date listed on the notice. What you need to do If you agree with the information as shown, pay the amount requested. If you’re enrolled in the EFTPS: The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, please use that method of payment. If you’re not enrolled in the EFTPS, pay by check or money order. Make payable to United States Treasury. Write your taxpayer identification number, tax form number and the tax period on your payment. Mail your payment and the payment stub in the enclosed envelope. If you made payments not shown on this notice, call us at the number listed on Page 1. For tax forms, instructions and information visit http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs.… Read more »
Ebony

I got family members who work at the IRS they mention they don’t have enough processors on the floor and they are so backed up smh

Barb

I e-filed on 2/22/16 and the WMR doesn’t even say they were received? ????

Bre

we efiled on 2/24/16 and thw WMR still doesnt show anything did you ever get a response?

Rebecca

I filed 27 and still nothing not even that it was received but my tax accountant said they accepted it

lisa

I e-filed my Colorado returns 8 weeks ago. According to “where’s my refund?” it’s been stuck on “approved” and has said, “You can expect to receive your refund within 5 days”….for the past 2 weeks. It’s supposed to be deposited into my bank account, so I know it’s not a lost check. I’m becoming angry, because I promised a person in deep need that I would give them my refund. Colorado’s lackadaisical, incompetent way of doing everything is unacceptable. I assume everyone who works for this state’s government is high on weed all the time and can’t pull their act together.

Valisha

Filed 1/19/16 accepted the same day week later got topic 152 so the bars went away, recieved letter to update identity online after my 21 days still nothing so figured i would request for transcript did so a week after verified identity woke up this mrng with bars back on WMR now saying approved and dd for March 2 so we’ll see. Will updated on March 2….crossing fingers

Gtetchen

Did it come March 2 then…something happening to me …filed Feb 8/ excepted 9 tax topic 152 and no bars and it’s 21 days today

Melissa

I also got a DDD of March 2nd and still nothing.

LaShaen K.

I filed with Turbo Tax on 2/11/16. Taxes were said to be approved a few minutes later on the same day. I was stuck on one bar for what seemed like forever. I saw many people saying that once you can request your return transcript then your refund shouldn’t be far behind. I was finally able to request my transcript yesterday (2/26/16) & woke up today with two bars and a DDD of 3/2/16. Which is my 21st day. Just be patient guys! Hope this helped!

KY876

how do i request for transcript? like where will i see that im able to or not? thank you pls help

Gtetchen

So did you get it ?? Same thing for me filed and accepted on Feb 9 today is 21 days and no bars and no money

ROb

Ok so question i got my state check today so does this mean i should be getting the federal deposit anytime soon or is just the waiting game with the federal direct deposit?

ROb

so any ideas?

Shelley

If you haven’t gotten your return CALL. I found out mine was in the error department and there was no sign of a letter going out to me. The lady I talked to put out and email to the department to get my letter out. Had I not called I don’t know how long it would have been. All it said was there was an error and it was in the error dept. I recommend calling -1-800-829-0582 ext 652. I waited about 10-15 minutes to talk to somebody.

Monique

Does anyone know how long it takes to get the refund after you do the ID verification?? i went to my appointment today and so far the guy said everything is good but he didn’t tell me a date for the deposit.

Sage

-Wednesday, 3-9-16:
Just to update what I wrote below, back on Monday … I did received my direct deposit of my federal refund taxes this morning (3-9-16), just like the WMR tool said I would. So, after verifying my ID on the phone (on 2-29-16), till getting the actual refund, only took 9 DAYS (even though IRS rep said it would take up 9 weeks!)

Sage

I verified my ID by phone on Monday, Feb. 29th, 2016 (at that point, the bars on the WMR site had disappeared, though it did say it was still processing), and was told it would take up to 9 weeks. But then 5 days later on Saturday (March 5th), the bars were back, but now it showed “Refund Approved”, with a date of March 9th, 2016 for a direct deposit of my refund.

James

Verified identity on 2/9 wmr updated 4 days later with a mail date of 2/22 it was mailed on 2/22 and we received it 2/25

Kristie

Filed on Jan 27, 2016 excepted same day. WMR say Feb 25, 2016. Nothing yet. Last year did not have a issue. Friends and family have filed after me have received them already. Help!

Jahnice

I filed Feb 11, 2016 and on my where’s my refund app I’m still stuck on “Refund Recieved” my best friend filed the day after me and received her refund 3 days ago I don’t know what to do… I called the it’s and they have told me to wait the 21 days but it’s been two weeks and I’ve still been stuck in refund received!!!

Nacy

Hello, well i have some questions, my husband called the IRS and they told him that he has to go in person to the nearest IRS office and verify identity, so did anybody else had to do this and if you did, was it just the ID verification of yourself or do we have to take our children too, IRS didn’t mention verification of the kids just His so i am just wondering if i should worry about not taking the children with him? sorry so new to this is kind of thing is freaking me out like if we did something wrong lol

chelle

Please list all numbers that you used to call.

Jane

Ok, so here’s my update:
Filed on 1/20 accepted on 01/21…was kicked back of e-file on 02/05 which placed the “still processing….” Message. Called IRS they said it was an ID issue, nothing for me to do just wait the 5-6 weeks….I came in here, read that some of you advised to do the ID verify, I did it, nothing changed…a week later I read on here to order your transcripts, ordered mine on 02/18 and on 02/20 a DD was FINALLY given of 02/24!!! Thank you all for your help! Best of luck to you all!

Cpl4200

Just found out I will get my refund on Feb 24th… Can’t trust what the government days anymore. No wonder Trump is doing so well….

Amy

Did you have to verify anything?

lana

The info you gave me to talk to a real person dose not work . The option have changed . Please help me speak to a real person my taxes are over two weeks late and I need to fix my car bad.

Lenny D

Call the IRS: 1-800-829-1040 hours 7 AM – 7 PM local time Monday-Friday

When calling the IRS do NOT choose the first option re: “Refund”, or it will send you to an automated phone line.

So after first choosing your language, then do NOT choose Option 1 (refund info). Choose option 2 for “personal income tax” instead.

Then press 1 for “form, tax history, or payment”.

Then press 4 “for all other questions.”

Then press 2 “for all other questions.” It should then transfer you to an agent.

Or you can contact your local IRS office. See this IRS website for local IRS offices – http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-Your-Local-IRS-Office-1 or call 1-844-545-5640 to set up an appointment

Or you may want to contact a Taxpayer Advocate in your area. See this IRS website for Taxpayer Advocate in your area and a toll free number – http://www.irs.gov/Advocate/Local-Taxpayer-Advocate

lana

Hi my taxes have be processing for over a month . Why is there such a dealy? ? I got my state right away . I cant get a hold of a real person when I call the irs . Iam feeling up set and iam sure being up set at the irs will get me no where.

bridgett

my tax return says processing a refund date will be provided when available i called irs and they said i didnt have any flags no i. verfication or any forms of letters that been sent out i filed jan 12 and was a victim of idenity theft in 2009 but got it all taken care of in 2014 and they sent me small checks through that year to make up for what they took out my refund why is it taking so long

kayla

What number did u call

Amber

I filed Jan 25th and accepted same day, we have no flags, no request to identify our selves, and tried to order transcript says our address don’t match which is bs, so wet can’t order them and of course H&R block told us to call it’s like paying them$400 isn’t reason enough to find out what’s going on???

Dawn davis

I tried to order transcript it also said addreys didnt match so i tried again and used the address friom last years return and was able to order although my address has changed i made sure my w2 and all other places matched y new address when i called tgey couldn’t tell me anything except that they hadnt completed processing to update new address.

Valisha

Does anyone know after you’ve verified your identity will your refund then be mailed or still come to your bank? And how long if anyone has done this process already?

Paul

I filed Feb. 2, 2016. I’ve been reading and researching, from most cases, does the WMR give you a code IF there is an error with the return? Or do most people have no error code at all even after 21 days has passed? I check WMR everyday, no error code, just says that it is still processing. After 21 days will it say if I have an error?

james

Me too bro myself say the same thing

Yon

Im furious, my chest is on fire!!! I want my money!!!! WTF. CANT MESS WITH PEOPLE MONEY

Chris
I filed on Jan 29, accepted same day, 21 days pass and my money still ant here. WMR is junk, it gets overloaded because people check it more than once a day even though the irs tells them on their site that the damn thing does not update but once every 24 hours. IRS is loaded up because they have been understaffed by the democrats, congratulations to all of you whom elected to vote for them. On a more pleasant note, I spoke with an IRS rep today, after waiting for 21 days as the IRS site clearly tells us to do….very nice man, said there were no problems but may take another week or two to finish processing. Call them only if has been 21 days or more since you were accepted, otherwise, you are just jamming up their system for the rest of us whom read their rules… Read more »
Fay

Now the democrats are responsible for his late tax return. Lmbo!!! Genius!

chelle

what number did you call?

NoTrump

Why does it have to be democrats? Last time I checked republicans are for a smaller government. Check you facts. Good day sir!

joel

Its been 23 days since I got accepted I efiled Jan 28 got accepted same day every since no updates on wmr just same message as everyone else is it because its my first time doing taxes cause the IRS rep said they were making me an account on Jan 12 since it was my first time please need answers

Sandy

How long does it take for you to get your taxes if their saying they got to verify proof of income

Caitlin

I filled on 1/19/16 & today is 2/19/16. I called the IRS & asked what was taking so long & the woman I talked to said that I would get it by 2/16/16. OBVIOUSLY that is wrong so now I am waiting till 2/23/16. Let me freaking get ready not to get it though because this is the only time I am truly waiting on it when needing to pay a large bill. Thank you IRS for truly screwing over every one.

uli

I filed on 23 got accepted the 24th of January. I’m in the same boat as u.. I’m beyond pisssd

Jessica

I filed my taxes Feb. 1 and was accepted the same day but my bars have been gone since Feb. 3 and says it is still processing. My 21 days will be sunday. Does anyone know what is going on? Last year when my bars disappeared it said that i had to prove my identity. Is this what is happening again and did my return get flagged because of last years taxes?

Sam

I did my Taxes Jan 16th got approved Jan 19th ( when they started taxes ) its now Feb 19th and nothing…. they still say they are processing them a month later.. anyone know what might be the hold up? everyone else I know has received their refund, all of them did theirs after me..

Cpl4200

Just called 2 mins ago and was told I had to wait 6-8 more weeks for refund since IRS screwed something up. I file Jan 23rd, they said the 6-8 weeks starts from Feb 17th. Didn’t even apologize. Not the reps fault so I was nice. I like to be taken to dinner, before I get f###ed..

Cpl4200

Just called 2 mins ago and was told I had to wait 6-8 more weeks for refund since IRS screwed something up. I file Jan 23rd, they said the 6-8 weeks starts from Feb 17th.

Connie

Well, finally received my refund from 2014 that I filed in Feb 2015 on Feb 7th of this year. Only took a year. But I got 23 whole dollars in interest from them. The IRS is a joke.

Jay

What took them so long?????

Nikki

The time 4:52am my refunded has been deposited !!! I had a DD of Feb 18th, right on time ! Good luck !

Redbone

So I filed on Jan 24th and I called today first lady told me sumthin about issue with my maiden name and then I called back and his othr lady told me I was randomly selected for the 5 week review I’m like wtf…Anyway she says after 5 weeks then it should be approved. This is crazy ..I’m still gonna keep checking tho

tiara

I did my taxes on Jan 27 and its the Feb 16 still processed at my return and will let me know when a refund date is available should I be worried

Porsha\'

My return has been on hold and I filed 1/28. Tomorrow will be my 21 days and it still says processing. IF YOU HAD OBAMACARE AND DID NOT FILE THAT ON YOUR TAXES THEY WILL BE HELD!! I called and talked to someone that told me that it was being held because I did not file my 1095 A and would need to fax that information in. It is going to take 4 weeks to process so be prepared to wait. Hope this helps.

Kona

I wonder if we have the same fax number, which one were you given

Tosha

Can you provide the fax number. I received a 1095 A form too but I had already filed my taxes not even realizing I had coverage for the month of Jan 2015.

ale809

U need to wait for the 12c letter cuz it has specific control and fax number for youu, not everyone has the same fax

Kona

Same exact thing was told to me today

Tammany

IRS is down today smh

Erin

My 21 days are up and still nothing. I had the bars that said accepted and then went away to we are still processing your refund. This is bullshit. I don’t normally count on my refund but we had a transformer on my block blow and it screwed up my washer and I need a water heater. Ugh beyond frustrated.

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