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]

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

There are two main reasons that your tax refund is taking longer than expected. Either something is wrong with your tax return filing (e.g. missing information, incorrect social security numbers) or information from related sources (employer, ex-partner) do not add up (e.g. same dependents 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, to get the official status of your refund (see estimated IRS refund schedule). It is updated daily 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. So even if you have submitted all your documents you probably need to wait for at least 21 to 30 days before taking on more drastic actions.

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 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 “Accepted” or “Rejected.”

Here is a way to get a real IRS person according to Emma”

  • 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!!! =)

Update: The IRS has said most taxpayers are filing their returns electronically and choosing direct deposit for their refunds. The average refund is worth around $3,000, with more than 96 percent of all refunds have been paid through direct deposit. One thing that could be causing people to experience delays in getting their refunds,  according to the IRS, is returns that are not accurately completed. So to ensure you get your refund ensure your return is as accurate as possible.

  • Review your tax return and make sure there no obvious mistakes like missing names/SSN or forgetting to sign your tax return. 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 2015 refund schedule I got nearly 1000 comments, with the following useful real life tips you won’t find elsewhere:

New Obamacare forms for tax year 2015 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. 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.

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 professional if you get nowhere with the IRS.

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Sheka

I filed my taxes on Jan. 22. I received a letter from the irs on Jan. 30th stating that they were thoroughly reviewing my taxes and they didn’t need anything from me and that I should call after 60 days from the date of the letter. On March 30th I called and they stated that everything was correct and that they would send a referral and that could take up to 30 days. I called back April 15 and they stated that the referral dept acknowledged the referral on April 9th and it will be another 6-8 weeks to process the referral! I’m getting very frustrated because it’s been over 90 days for me!!! They said everything is correct so what is taking them so long to send me my money!!!

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dayaniela

To reach a reprensentive presa 1 then 2 then 1 then 2 turno 4 wait dont put tour social and then press 2 call at 7 am

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dayaniela

Uggghh this phone to reach a reprensitive press one for english then 2 then 1 again 2 then 4 dont put your social and wait a sec then put 2 its best to call at 7 am

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bob

Filed 1/20 accepted 1/21. Finally calling this week as I have received no notices of any kind. Wmr States still being processed. Following all prompts to get to a person but consistently hear message that I should call back at another time and a polite voice says thank you before hanging up in my face. :(
My FIRST refund in 9 years due to drastic decrease in income. What a bummer!

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MZ_NENE

I FILED MY TAXES 1/20/15 AND IT WAS ACCEPT 1/21/15 BY THE IRS MY MONEY I WAS TO GET IT 1/31/2015 BUT BANK REJECT IT AND SEND BACK WAIT MY 21 DAYS AND TALK TO IRS AND THEY SAID THAT I SHOULD GET A LETTER OR I MAY NOT GET A LETTER BUT I GOT ONE ON 2/18/15 WITCH WAS A CP53A LETTER AND IT SAID THAT I DIDN’T HAVE TO NOTHING CALL THE IRS BACK AND THEY SAID THAT I HAD TO WAIT 8-10 WEEKS BEFORE THE CAN REISSUE MY REFUND I HAVE BEEN WAIT AND WAIT NOTHING NOW IT’S APRIL AND STILL NOTHING CALL THEY ARE SAYING THE SAME THING 4/19/15 MADE 8 WEEEK AND 3 DAYS THEY SAID THAT MY 10 WEEKS IS MAY 4TH CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME I HAVE TWO KIDS GRADUATION ONE HIGH SCHOOL AND THE OTHER ONE 8TH GRADE THIS HAS MADE SO F*** MAD

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Kendra

Why is this issue- “of millions of hard-working Americans NOT getting their tax refunds… and NOT getting any explanation” … NOT in the news??????
Somone needs to get this issue, out to the MEDIA!!!!
I don’t know, how to do it. Otherwise, I WOULD.
Someone needs to notify Hilliary Clinton… I highly doubt, any politician is aware, that this is going on.
If Hilliary Clinton brought this to the immediate attention, of the public… … and if she promised, to make it her goal, to: start making if a LAW, that the I.R.S. MUST return tax payers refunds, by a REASONABLE amount of time… she would win the election.
This issue, is HIDDEN. Only those of us, who have sought out, a site like this… know about this. OTHERS, think they are ALONE in not getting their hard-earned money, back!
Please! SOMEone… let’s get together, and somewhow bring this issue, to the forefront. Where is belongs!
. … Let’s start writing EACHOTHER, People! Let’s start doing something ABOUT this. … Before, the “income tax refund waiting game”, turns from: waiting 6 months for your return… to waiting over a YEAR. (That’s where I see this is going.) I truly believe, the government doesn’t HAVE our money. That’s what I believe.
I believe it is SPENT UP… BY THEM! And, that they are WAITING for the tax payers that OWE, in order to pay us, our money.
And, the bulk of the people who OWE… are millionaires, that never PAY taxes!
It’s a mess. A complete & total mess.

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Anthony

WHERE’S MY REFUND!! I filed on FEB 2nd, got accepted on Feb 5th. Waited 21 days until i contacted the IRS. I didn’t receive a letter or a code on wheres my refund. Had to verify my identity by giving them a million answers to questions about my life. The Rep informs me that the issue has been resolved and that they would release my funds. However, they told me to allow 6 weeks for the information to process. I call back 6 weeks later disappointed, this rep is telling me that i have to wait 6-9 weeks for my Tax refund and allow the time to expire for them to send a referral to release my money. Im sure on April 29th when i call back they going to take another 6-9 weeks to actually do their job. All of this is ridiculous almost 3 months and i still don’t have my 8000. ITS MY MONEY AND I NEED IT NOW!!!

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Kendra

Anthony!
Let’s keep in touch.
You and I, have the identical situation.
Get in touch with me, please.
kendrawilliams184
@
yahoo.
com

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David

Filed my taxes on 1/26/15 got accepted on 2/9 and still waiting for my refund. Called Irs and got nothing but run arounds and automated system robots. Checked status of refund and still says processing. These guys are just sitting around doing nothing and we’re all suffering for it!!!!!!

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Yaya

I filed my refund on 01/27/15. Two weeks later I received the identity letter and had to go to the IRS office (got there at 4am and left at 12:45pm), the lady told me I had to wait 6 weeks for my refund. Six weeks will be done on Wednesday and I’m super stressed out!! What do I do if I don’t receive them by that time? What number do I call? THIS SUCKS!!

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Yaya

Oh and on wmr it says its still being processed.

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singlemom

Filed feb2. Where’s my refund still says “still being processed” whats really going on? Im not sure how they expect people to be patient!! Im very annoyed with this IRS crap.

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jess

I FILED IN 2012 BUT NEVER RECEIVED MY RETURN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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lorryan

Call irs

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lorryan

after the referral,how long it takes to get your refund?

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javier

Tomorrow marks 8 weeks of waiting…called to see what was going on they said it just got processed April 9 and that I’m gonna have to wait another 8 weeks :(

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shamika

The irs full of shit

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cinimod

Says my money is scheculed to be dd on the 15th..crossing fingers!

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Stephanie Stacy

I filed my return on Jan 20th. It was received on Jan 21st. I got a letter saying I to provide birth certificates and social security cards on the boys. I faxed all the info they asked for. It took 6 more weeks to get a letter saying they received my paperwork and that they would make a decision by May 11. However if they didn’t make a decision by then I would receive another letter. This is unacceptable!!! The letter they sent me wanting more info stated I had to reply within 30 days. I guess they can make demands from me as a tax payer but they don’t have to follow the same time frame. When I check the “where’s my refund ” it just states it is being reviewed and if I have question then call the number . I have tried calling that number for a month now and it always tells me to call back at a later time because all agents are busy. This is unacceptable !! I’m beginning to wonder what our rights are as an American citizen. When you owe the irs money you are charged interest if it isn’t paid in a timely manner. Maybe if we started charging them interest for waiting on our refunds they would kick it in gear!!!

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Latonya

Um going threw the same thing. I was promised a letter sent out on April 13th. Still haven’t gotten it. They say once I gt this letter I still have to wait for a letter telling me if all my info was correct n then after DAT I still wld have to wait until I get another letter sayn when I wld get my check n then it still wld b 45-60 days bfor I wld get it. I wldnt gt money until Aug. Sept seems like

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cinimod

UPDATE: finally an 846 code! DDD of 4/27…good luck everyone!!

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Alfrieda

Where is my refund ?
It’s ridiculous that we are having to go though this,I paid all my bills so when I get my refund we
Could go on vacation now this happen,This is what we do every year this is a shame,I bet you my refund that every employee at the IRS has their
refund they just street us like sh–.
Vacation is over.

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Niki

Update on my comment back from back in March!
*Recap: I filed back in February and my estimated refund date was March 6.

I finally called someone last week and I waited for 30mins to speak with a live agent. They told me they was a very minor error in my refund they they needed to have corrected manually. That correction was made on March 26th. The agent told me they it would take an additionally 9 weeks for it to be processed and have the refund to me! I just checked my refund status and it looks likes it was processed and I hope to have it for this week!

I hope this helps anyone at all!

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Tamika

My husband filed on March 12th he still haven’t received his refund. We finally got a letter about identity theft, called the number and got that straight. The irs said thats all they needed. Okay IRS where is my husbands money? It’s our money and we need it now!!!!!!!!

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cinimod

Still waiting…….dreadful 570 code since early feb….hopefully transcripts update this week! Better yet, hope i see a deposit!!

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jammie

I filed 2-16-2015 and still go to where is my refund and it states still being processed what is the hold up? Wht is the problem? I need my money i have 3 kids i wanted to take a trip but cant cause i haven’t received my refund. Today is April 7, 2015 and its still processing

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Carol

Filed in JANUARY.
STILL waiting for refund!!!!!

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Lin Sanidad

UPDATE: I finally got hold of an IRS agent. (on hold for 20 mins). Told me to call some # or go to a website to do some identity verification. But since I never received any notice from IRS, I decided to call the # he gave me. Another hold for 25 mins). Finally another agent. Very rude. Very strict phone call. All info are confidential. No one can help me answer to questions she asked. If someone helped me answer she said she will end conversation and send me to the office instead. So all along hubby and I are waiting for our refund for a month and a week. Agent said today our refund has finally been processed. She said expect it in 6 weeks. But the first guy I spoke to said “up to” 6 weeks.

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lorryan

I file my return on Jan.31 2015,I call irs when my 21 days was up and they said that I had to wait 8 weeks so my 8 weeks was up today,I call back today and the guy told me that he did a referral to count 6 more weeks starting today for my refund or a letter

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Roxanne frey

I filed my taxes Feb 4 I already received my state return my my federal says still being processed …. I’m super confused …. can anyone point me in the right direction

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MC

So I’m still waiting on my refund as most of everyone else. . I filed the 30th of Jan and got accepted the 31st. I called and got a hold of a agent almost five weeks ago and they told me it may not be sent to me (by direct deposit to a net10 card) till 8 WEEKS from Feb 8th. They couldn’t tell me why it was eight weeks from tgat date but nevertheless, still waiting. . Thinking about calling them back, I was concerned that maybe I was being audited or someone stole my identity (No-one wants that tho, I promise). Anyone got any ideas or something to say that could offer some advice. . Other than being patient. . I’m running out of that. Any advice/info would be welcome. Thanks!

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Jay

Filed my return Feb 5 and was accepted Feb 6. Was told I am going to have to wait until mid April for my return. Tomorrow will be 8 weeks, 1 day and ‘where’s my refund’ is still saying it’s processing…

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shamika

Well my tax is about to be going on 3 months and still saying processing

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jess

Same here. Filed feb 4th, accepted later the same day, IRS says its still processing. Last year I filed Feb 17th and received it May 10th – 80 days or about 16 business weeks.

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jess

UPDATE:

CHECKED IRS.GOV AND IT HAS BEEN PROCESSED AND ACCEPTED AND IS SCHEDULED TO GO OUT TO THE BANK APRIL 15TH.

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jess

Update: received my refund as promised. Check your account before checking wmr.gov. My bank received it before they updated the status Of my refund.

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BRIA

So, how long was your wait? Mine now says, We have received, and its now processing.

MC

Mine says the same thing. . So frustrating

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shamika

So D warner how much days did it take after the referral was sent for you to get your return.

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Bossybally

E-filed 2/3rd refund was intercepted because my 2009 return was not filed. I quickly filed it on March 4 and have been waiting for my return. (Six weeks counting)
Any ideas?

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HllyGolghtly13

Hello all,

I have the same issue most people on here seem to be having – delay in receiving my refund. My return was accepted (according to Turbo Tax) on February 15th. I have already received my state (KY) refund. My federal refund has continuously said “still processing” when I track. After a bunch of Google searching, I saw that a ton of people seem to be dealing with my same issue. I decided to just move on with my life instead of checking every single day. Today is day 39. I finally decided to call the IRS, to speak to a live person today, only to go through a million prompts to be told that there are too many people calling, so I should try some other day. Aka they won’t even put people on hold anymore. (I was expecting to be on hold and would have been more than happy to wait.)

I guess my concern is that my return has been flagged for some reason (ID theft etc.), but I cannot seem to get through to anyone to find out. I get it. It looks like I’m just going to be waiting a while for my refund, which is frustrating. It is what it is, but does anyone have any suggestions to find out what the issue is on my return? Perhaps there is something I need to fix or re-send? I can’t get any information. I’m just tired of not learning something – even if it’s just some fed up IRS worker telling me “you have to wait 6 to 8 more weeks!!” Fine! I would just like to know.

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carol

Same problem here.

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D Warner

Filed on jan. 26 and was accepted that day.

At the 21 day mark the app stated my return was still being processed.

Called the Irs and no information was released to me at that time other than my return was being reviewed and that after 6 to 8 weeks I could expect more information.

Called mar 19 (still during the 6 to 8 week window) and was told I would have to wait till the period expired.

Called March 24, spoke to a rep who said that because I added a dependent this year (my son was born) that I was flagged for identity theft and that a referral to the department who oversees id theft would be placed on my account and reviewed and that it could take up to an additional 6 weeks. But he noted in my records that I did indeed add a dependent this past year and that hopefully my case would be resolved soon. That no letter was issued to me to confirm my identity.

Just thought I would share my little treck with the IRS this year… Will update when I find out more information hopefully when my refund is issued.

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Anthony

Same exact problem! I filed Feb. 2nd though.

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D Warner

Update: on the irs app it no longer says a date will be provided for my return…

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TheMom

Yikes. Have you by chance looked at your transcript at irs.gov? If they send a letter or whatever, it should be recorded there. Do please update when you get something! Thanks!

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D Warner

No I was for some reason locked out of my account on IRS.gov and I was assured when I called that I wasn’t sent a letter.

Mar 28:checked the app again. It actually today says my return has been accepted and that it should be posted on April 1… So I guess we will see if it happens… But I’m hopeful that it will happen.

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shamika

I have the exact same problem only thing is that i filed from since January 15 and still no refund

TheMom

Congrats! Please do let us know if it really happens..and that it’s not some agent’s idea of a bad April Fool’s joke. ;-)

Sandy roebuck

What number did u call? I never get a person.

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D Warner

1800-829-0582 ext 652 is the number I dialed. Talked to someone after holding for about 20 mins

I indeed got my refund direct deposited into my account this morning so no April fools joke!

I hope everyone else’s problems get resolved as well

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Anthony

Amen! Hopefully mine will come by next Wednesday!! But I can’t put a time table because I don’t have a date on the app yet! Congratulations though and thanks for your help.

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shamika

So how long after they put in a referral for you when will you get your return

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xphiled

That is really lucky you received yours. Tomorrow will be 80 days for me. I was told during one call that I would receive a letter in 2 weeks. After 2 weeks I called back and was told that it didn’t get sent and would take another 3 weeks to receive the letter. After another 3 weeks I finally got through to the Tax Advocates and she verified that no letter had still been sent. I’m waiting for her call back tomorrow. Where’s My Refund still shows “being processed”. I’m so frustrated.

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C

Thanks D Warner, the # you posted came in handy, it has been 37 business days as of today since I’ve filed my taxes electronically. I am being told to allow eight weeks from the time I filled for it to processed. I will wait and see.

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lorryan

I never receive a letter either and now he said 6 more weeks

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Cindy

We filed via efile last week of February but my accountant told me that IRS rejected it and he tried submitting it again March 4 up to now it is still showing waiting for IRS acknowledgement. Called IRS last week and was advised that it was rejected and taht we need to send a paper copy of the return and that will push the refund for another 6-8 weeks and if they need additional info they send us a letter. The person who answered the phone doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about because he put put me on hold for research for 10-15 minutes giving me several reasons as to why it was rejected but he’s not quite sure that it’s the reason. Funny part is that we are set for direct deposit but got a check from the state last Saturday for a refund of $3.00. Does anyone knows if this is possible to get a refund by check even if set up for direct deposit? Now my accountant is mailing me the paper copy of the return and I will call IRS again this week just to double check if we really need to send the paper copy. This is he first time it happened to me and it’s just so frustrating!

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RC

Hello,

Although, we filed later than most, March 3rd, we are also anxiously awaiting. Here are our answers to your suggestions:
1) We have reviewed all Information – No Errors
2) We have, when possible or necessary, filed using earned income
3) We have been using the same accountant for years, and never had this happen
4) Why would we call the IRS when they will tell us nothing more than your article has told us, “Absolutely Nothing Useful”, just stalling measures used to pacify and misdirect our attention

“INTEREST EARNED” It is FAR more likely, that this administration is using one of their but infamous tricks. Knowing full well how the massive debt this administration has accrued, the IRS, with some White House coaxing, decided to “HOLD” these angry and impatient citizen’s money, in order to draw interest from their money, a simply ploy used by creditors all over this nation.

Why would they do that? Because they can. Why wouldn’t they tell us this? Because they are not obligated to.

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Yamilet

I couldnt agree with you more. :(

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TheMom

+1 Same with us. No errors. Filed through our CPA – same for years. We have filed and paid our taxes on time for 35 & 45 years – this is getting intolerable. I think IRS is sandbagging returns with refunds, hoping for a riot so they get more funding for ACA (Obamacare). 12 billion to run that operation – and they have more and more computer tech than ever before – and service gets worse? Inexcusable.

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Charisma

Filed through Turbotax on February 2. Accepted Feb 2..
Bars went missing a few days later and status said that my refund was still being processed and a date would be provided.
Called IRS on Feb 27. Had to go through verifying my identity. Was told that it would take 6-8 weeks to process and be received.
Called IRS on the 16th of March. Was told that refund was reviewed on March 11 and would take an additional 9 weeks.
Checked WMR On March 19, status says that refund has been accepted and is now being reviewed.
Checked WMR on March 21.. Refund is going to be direct deposited on March 25..

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TheMom

Please let us know how it goes. If you do get it, yours would be the first delayed refund that I’ve heard came through! Good luck!!

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Rebecca

I filed with H & R Block online January 28. Accepted the next day. Every time I checked WMR it says ‘processing’. Has been processing for 5 weeks!
Talked to someone at IRS today, they said it was still in review and to expect another 4 weeks before I get it. =(

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TheMom

This is just nutty. Here we are, law abiding taxpayers getting the knuckle from the IRS. Imagine if we owed – they’d probably have our returns processed in a week. Please update and let the rest of us IRS sandbagging victims know if/when yours comes through!! Good luck!

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terrance

I totally agree

Porchia

Was it deposited ?

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keshia1

call irs to talk to a live agent call (800)829-1040
press 1 then 2 2 again then press 4 and 1 that how u get through to talk to a live agent

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Pakly08

Thank you!!! I finally got through to a live agent. Every number I called was the automated system only.

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Yamilet

I filed my return with my CPA on 2/9 via efile. They took the entire 21 days to process the return and another week to approve and allegedly mail me a check on 3/4. Right around that time I received Notice CP53 advising that my refund would be sent in a check rather direct deposit because of the amount of the refund. It’s 3/19 and I still have not received my refund check. My fear is that the check is lost in the mail. Has anyone had a similar situation?

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shaquilla

Hey you guys if you have a facebook go on a page called we are family. Its a group of 2015 tax filers who haven’t received their return.. We answer questions and keep each other updated .most of us have gotten our return but we are still waiting with the others.

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BRIA

Helllo. This is my first year filing my taxes. I used TURBO TAX. However, I filed them at the end of JAN 28 its now, MAR 14 and I haven’t seen anything, but my state refund. This worries me. Does anyone know why this could be? I filed my daughter and that’s about it.

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joe

Have you checked your return transcripts?

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BRIA

NO. I haven’t.

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Joe

Hello. I have a question/comment. My tax return is quite different this year. I won a large sum of money in the lottery, over $100,000. I paid estimated tax at that time. I had no other income from last year (2014). I filed the necessary W2-G and my filing was at very low risk of audit. I filed 2/20, received my State on 3/7 (a Saturday, which was weird), but I still am receiving a “in processing” note on Where’s My Refund, for my Federal refund…no other information. I overpaid my estimated tax on the winnings by a large amount. Could it be possible since it’s been just over 21 days, that my return is receiving extra review? Would this be expected for a large refund? Anyone else have to deal with this?

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cinimod

I filed on the 29th of jan, still waiting without a clue as to whats going on…irs is of no use!

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teisha

Hi I also didn’t receive my fed refund and I did mines with h&r block on feb 2 and my boyfriend did his the same time and got his fed and state I just got my state and now I hear i have to wait untill 12 weeks is that true anyone knows what’s going on are they picking and chosen who to send refund too I never ever had this problem before what is taking so long

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Ojay

Just filed my taxes last Friday. If for whatever reason I don’t get it in the 14 days they said (1-2 weeks), I’ll let you know if they are still backtracked.

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jessie bonvillion

I filed and i just passed my 21 day mark so i called to check my Louisiana state refund and got Thu and i was told in my state return that my federal income gross we wrong i guess, but will that affect my federal return as wel? How much longer should i have to wait..

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lilspoiled

I am really confused why victims of identity theft have to suffer I filed on 1/25/15 I was excepted on1/27/15 call the IRS on 2 /27/15 was told because I used a replacement pin I had a holder on my account I was told the holder was listed a day b4 and I should get it soon it now my bars gone and it just say processing

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jh

I’m a victim of identity theft as well,I filed 1/26/2015 I call dem on d 15 of February and dey said since I had identify theft it’s gn tk 6 to 8 weeks and d hold been lifted but it still gn b d hold 6 to 8 weeks I still hvnt received my refund and it still say processing

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eleaor

jh
I know the feeling about victim if identity. I try to file my tax with trubo tax and I just get kick back so on feb 13 ,2015 I went to to h&r block and file and today it april 5,2015 and still hitting here hoping on day that I see my money. what I have read on here look like lots of people just playing the waiting game and I know it getting old.

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tyra

I have the same thing happen to me except last year I dint use the pin and I got my return as I was suppose to . This yr I didn’t use it my return was accepted jan 25 and on March 17 I called the irs and they stated I needed to resubmit my return with my pin so I had hand r block do it and it still says processing on wmr I called my tax preparer and she shows its been accepted I’m a single mother of 7 I need my tax money it’s really ticking me off everyone gives you different answers

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mitchell

i have been waiting over 8 weeks and no answers on my fed refund cant talk to noone what are some of my options to find out whats going on?????????

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Twan

I filed electronically on the 2nd of February and called 2 days in row – First day spoke to a women who was investigating and we got disconnected! so I took the challenge and called he next day and got thru – I was told that there was some financial issue going on and that from the 28th of Feb – I had to wait 6-8 weeks to get a refund. so if its truly 8 weeks that will be the end of April or first week of May. What is frustrating is that I was not notified – they could have sent a email if postage is too expensive.

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TheMom

Good luck! Hope you got good info. …and they could also post something on WMR site – for free!!!

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SUPERWAWIS

I filed on the 12 of FEB 2015. I have used the tool of where is my refund at the IRS website and guess what; “I must have made an error” and there is no trace of my record. I had an accountant do my taxes and they state what the IRS states; wait 21 days. Well, guess what, I am almost 30days and the IRS has no record that it was even filed. Why is it so ineffective? If it takes three months tell us its three months, don’t say 21 days and nothing. As far as I know, the IRS sets deadlines for filing; that favor should be returned.

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Teresa

I filed for my taxes on 1/31/2015 and I have not received my state refund, I check online and it has been saying. “We received your refund but have not yet approved a refund for you yet” I dont understand what is going on. Does anyone know why there is a delay. I personally know 7 people how filed same or after me and have already received fhere nj state refund back but I have not.

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Rena

Teresa mine was filed the same exact day and today is 37 days still haven’t gotten mine either nj state

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tia

Ive been waiting on nj state refund I’ve received my irs refund over two weeks ago n still no state refund no errors.wth anyone know anything ? Any number to call that i can actually get threw.

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Kim

I filed on Feb 2. It still says that my refund is being processed and it’s March 3. I cannot call the IRS as they are not taking live calls and I have no idea of something was done incorrectly. What should I do?

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Amber

Call the number 1-800-829-0582, the extension is 652, you will talk to a live person as long as you are patient and willing to hold up to 30 minutes. They will tell you exactly what is going on.

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Linda

its been over 30 days now and I have not received my refund yet. my name is
Linda B. Nettles
XXXXXX
XXXXXX
Head of house hold
3,434.00 is the amount. I need to know what is going on

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Kelsey

You probably shouldn’t post your Ssn on here… I would delete this

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SUPERWAWIS

DO NOT POST THIS INFORMATION HERE! YOUR IDENTITY COULD LIKELY BE STOLEN

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nolofinwe77

Did you really post your SS# dumbass?

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brenda

Why on earth would you post your personal info like that for everyone to see??? Take it down!

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Protector McGee

Please remove your personal information from the web. Not safe at all

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Ang

Linda your personal information is showing up please delete or edit this before someone takes your information

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chad

Don’t post your social security number and D.O.B. on the internet. Unbelievable.

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Morgan

Really?!

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Jason F

Please tell me that is not your social security number.

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Cindy

Linda I was just reading the comments in this section to get more information and noticed that you put your social security number and birth date (I am assuming accidentally) on this public forum! I don’t know how you can get it off of here however it is out there for the entire world to have access to!

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Andy (Author)

Removed social….not sure if real. But NEVER post your SS and DOB publicly. I am the admin of this site so hopefully I caught it in time. But this is a public site.

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Chris N

As of tomorrow, we will have waited for a month. No change in online status. So I tried calling the IRS, they are not longer taking live phone calls. You can use their automated phone system or go online to get questions answered.

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Andy (Author)

Sorry to hear that. Something has clearly been flagged in your refund. The IRS has acknowledged processing delay issues, but a month is quite long. Hang in there

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Ty

You can talk to a live rep I had to call tax advocators first and they transfer me to a live person. U must be adiment about speaking to a live person also. I finaly contacted a irs rep who told me that I would just have to wait 6 more weeks I filed febuary 13th and I still don’t have a federal return I did get my stat and that’s all that they could tell me that I would just have to wait. This is the first time that I did my own taxes with Turbo Tax and the first time that I have had a problem next time I’ll just go to my regular preparer. Trying to get away from fees costed me precious time. SMH… either way I’m losing

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Patrick

Filed 2/7 and was told it could take another 45 days. “From February 7 or today? ” I asked on 3/11. The lady said 45 days from 3/11! What? It sounded like she was making stuff up. Is there no way to speak to anyone who knows what’s going on?

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Moriah

How do I contact a tax advocate? I am a victim of identity theft on this years tax return and I need some answers and help moving this along. It’s crazy how you are treated by the irs employees after you wait on hold for 45 minutes just to be told nothing and get attitude from the other end of the phone.thanks in advance.

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Joyce

I sent my Illinois state taxes in the mail Feb 18th,2013. And i still have not go it back yet. I filed my Wi state taxes a day before the dead line. And received it back with in 4 week. So why is it taking so long to get my Illinos state taxes back?

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Dianne

I had filed my taxes on Feb 2,2013 the due date of receiving the refund was Feb 19… and had not recieved a letter so I decided to call the IRS, they need it copy of all the paperwork, so I did sent all the info. While on the phone they told me it might take any where from 6-8 weeks because they never received the electronic paperwork that HR block did. LOL but now I got a letter from HR asking me to pay ($300) for my filling when it was suppose to get out of my taxes. BUt now next yr I’ll call the IRS and they are willing to give me a phone number of PP that work for them and they will help me for FREE… NO MORE HR BLOCK, Im paying you tomorrow and good luck with the rest of your customers. :}

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Andy

.In a statement issued Wednesday, HR block said it is giving customers a $25 gift card that is meant to “account for any processing delay and express thanks for their patience.”

H&R Block said more than 90% of clients affected by the filing glitch by now should have either received their refunds or been told when to expect the check. In mid-March, the Internal Revenue Service said roughly 660,000 tax returns were being delayed by up to six weeks because a field on Form 8863, which is used for educational credits, was left blank.

Wow $25! Do I have to pay tax on that?

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Dianne

Thanks Andy!! But $25 is nutting compare to $300 that they charged me. Giving you guys an update I file my taxes on Feb 2 and today is May 30 and nutting yet. Not even a letter in the mail. This is ridiculous. When I called the IRS they all gave me different information One person even told me that e-file taxes was deleted while was getting process!!! OMG IRS is good to collect the money! I hope i get enough interest

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Ken

8 weeks now and no refund,got a letter saying they needed a copy of form 8863 education credit,called them and was told they already have that form and dont know why letter was sent and to send a copy anyway but can take another 8 weeks,what the heck is this asking for forms they lready hve to delay paying us our refund.Tazes were professionaly prepaired and thier making false claims for forms they have.

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Marty Grimell

It was just reported that H&R Block improperly filed Form 8863, used to claim educational credits, leaving a mandatory field blank. The snafu is impacting about 10% of the 6.6 million tax returns containing Form 8863. So if your refund is taking a while and you used 8863 along with H&R block, get ready for a long wait.

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Heide

Ughh!! Thank you for that information! I filed on Jan 28th through H&R block! It is March 15th! I had an educational credit for my child. I always get in within two weeks and have had and educational credit the past three years. I have called H&R twice and they say they do not know why. I suppose why would they admit it is their fault. Makes me feel a little better. Thank you again.

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Garth

I was able to track down my refund after it was 40 days overdue. The IRS site has some actual information (though finding it took luck and a lot of google searches) which may help to get infomration. Not know is the most frustrating thing, so I hope this helps other people.

1.) You may call the Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954. Where’s My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. So calling can get you more information than is available online

2.) Processing refunds/returns may take longer under certain circumstances. Refunds from amended returns will generally be issued within 12 weeks. Injured spouse claims can take longer depending on the circumstances

– See Topic 303, for the most common errors such as :
1.Incorrect or missing social security numbers.
2.Incorrect tax entered based on taxable income and filing status.
3.Computation errors in figuring the taxable income, withholding and estimated tax payments, Earned Income Credit, Standard Deduction for age 65 or over or blind, the taxable amount of social security benefits, and child and dependent care credit. Also, missing or incorrect identification numbers for child care providers.
4.Withholding and estimated tax payments entered on the wrong line.
5.Math errors, both addition and subtraction.

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Ask Me Fast

42 days for us and according to the IRS they are still processing it. What angers me is that people who work just enough to get EIC have already recieved theirs. I have used H&R block for years, but since they are beating around the bush with us I think this will be our last year. H&R block fees…bank fees….what a waste of maney when you can`t get your refund.

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Heri

Over 50 days for me!, not easy when your wife and you work paycheck to paycheck, supporting kids on a very tight budget and anxiously wait for your refund for a yearly relieve!. I also want to add that we had filed taxes with H&R block for 6 years straight, this year been the last time!

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gail

The reason it is taking so long for some folks is due to the surge in identity theft. The IRS is taking longer to process/review returns which is yielding success in reducing identity theft but also has a side effect: delayed tax refunds for many legitimate filers.

The IRS says it has strengthened the electronic system used to screen returns for potentially fraudulent refund claims by thieves who often use other people’s Social Security numbers or other identifying information. When the computer detects reason to suspect fraud, it refers a tax return for investigation, holding up the refund for weeks. IRS officials say they have cleared a backlog of returns that were held up early this year by computer glitches that have since been fixed.

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Jimmy

Do you think the sequester is affecting irs processing? Took me 28 days to get my refund and
I only had wage income and no dependents.

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Brian

Yet another reason to adjust your W-4 correctly so that you do not have to worry about a refund at all. It’s better to get the money straight from your employer, rather than filtering it through the government.

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Kurt @ Money Counselor

There’s a lot of tax related id theft going on these days. A crook who’s gained access to your SSN files your return before you do and collects a fat refund. When you file your legitimate return, the IRS is confused. I hope that’s not what’s holding up your reader’s refunds, but it’s possible.

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