2020 to 2021 IRS Tax Refund Processing Schedule and Direct Deposit Cycle Chart – When Will I Get My Refund!


This article was last updated on February 15

[2021 IRS refund schedule] While the 2019-2020 tax season was much longer than planned due to Coronavirus/COVID related impacts, we can expect it to return somewhat to normal in 2021. However due to the payment of two round of stimulus checks (recovery rebate credits) by the IRS and some additional tax legislation to update (EITC income years) the IRS has had to push out the start of processing tax returns by 2 to 3 weeks to Friday, February 12, 2021 per their latest announcement. This is 2 to 3 weeks later than when they normally start processing in late January as originally estimated. Tax payers can still submit and file their return with their preferred provider (we recommend Turbo Tax) but the IRS won’t begin processing and paying returns until after February 12th, 2021. The estimated 2020-2021 refund processing schedule table below has been updated to reflect this.

It is likely to be a very busy 2020-21 tax season with many people filing and claiming their missing stimulus check payments (especially dependent stimulus’) via recovery rebate credits. So even though the IRS is only starting processing in mid-February, if you get your key tax documents (see due dates) you should submit and file your return so that top of the queue when the IRS starts accepting and processing tax returns. This should ensure that your refund is also processed as soon as possible.

According to the IRS in 2020, they received more than 167.2 million individual returns and issued more than 124.8 million refunds for more than $314.5 billion. This number is expected to increase to over 175 million in 2021 due to the claiming of missed stimulus payments as a recovery rebate credit in tax filings.

Below is the latest table showing estimated tax season refund payment dates based on past refund cycles and IRS guidelines. It shows the date your refund will be processed and paid based on the week your return is accepted and approved by the IRS. For refund dates specific to your tax filing go to the Where is my Refund (WMR) page or use the IRS2Go mobile application.

Note that as in previous years, if you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) your refund may be delayed beyond the standard processing times shown below. This is to allow for fraud and dependent verification processing required by law. Based on IRS guidance you can returns with EITC and ACTC claim won’t see any potential refunds prior to the first week of March 2021.

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2020 IRS Tax Refund Processing Schedule in 2021

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Start Date Tax Return Accepted by IRS (WMR status = Return Received)IRS Refund Accepted Week Ending Date (WMR status = Refund Approved)Estimated Refund Date (via Direct Deposit)Estimated Refund Date (via Paper Check)
February 12, 2021February 21, 2021March 5, 2021March 19, 2021
February 22, 2021February 28, 2021March 12, 2021March 26, 2021
March 1, 2021March 7, 2021March 19, 2021April 2, 2021
March 8, 2021March 14, 2021March 26, 2021April 9, 2021
March 15, 2021March 21, 2021April 2, 2021April 16, 2021
March 22, 2021March 28, 2021April 9, 2021April 23, 2021
March 29, 2021April 4, 2021April 16, 2021April 30, 2021
April 5, 2021April 11, 2021April 23, 2021May 7, 2021
April 12, 2021April 18, 2021April 30, 2021May 14, 2021
April 19, 2021April 25, 2021May 7, 2021May 21, 2021
April 26, 2021May 2, 2021May 14, 2021May 28, 2021
May 3, 2021May 9, 2021May 21, 2021June 4, 2021
May 10, 2021May 16, 2021May 28, 2021June 11, 2021
May 17, 2021May 23, 2021June 4, 2021June 18, 2021
May 24, 2021May 30, 2021June 11, 2021June 25, 2021
May 31, 2021June 6, 2021June 18, 2021July 2, 2021
June 7, 2021June 13, 2021June 25, 2021July 9, 2021
June 14, 2021June 20, 2021July 2, 2021July 16, 2021
June 21, 2021June 27, 2021July 9, 2021July 23, 2021
June 28, 2021July 4, 2021July 16, 2021July 30, 2021
July 5, 2021July 11, 2021July 23, 2021August 6, 2021
July 12, 2021July 18, 2021July 30, 2021August 13, 2021
July 19, 2021July 25, 2021August 6, 2021August 20, 2021
July 26, 2021August 1, 2021August 13, 2021August 27, 2021
August 2, 2021August 8, 2021August 20, 2021September 3, 2021
August 9, 2021August 15, 2021August 27, 2021September 10, 2021
August 16, 2021August 22, 2021September 3, 2021September 17, 2021
August 23, 2021August 29, 2021September 10, 2021September 24, 2021
August 30, 2021September 5, 2021September 17, 2021October 1, 2021
September 6, 2021September 12, 2021September 24, 2021October 8, 2021
September 13, 2021September 19, 2021October 1, 2021October 15, 2021
September 20, 2021September 26, 2021October 8, 2021October 22, 2021
September 27, 2021October 3, 2021October 15, 2021October 29, 2021
October 4, 2021October 10, 2021October 22, 2021November 5, 2021
October 11, 2021October 17, 2021October 29, 2021November 12, 2021
October 18, 2021October 24, 2021November 5, 2021November 19, 2021
October 25, 2021October 31, 2021November 12, 2021November 26, 2021
November 1, 2021November 7, 2021November 19, 2021December 3, 2021
November 8, 2021November 14, 2021November 26, 2021December 10, 2021
November 15, 2021November 21, 2021December 3, 2021December 17, 2021
November 22, 2021November 28, 2021December 10, 2021December 24, 2021
November 29, 2021December 5, 2021December 17, 2021December 31, 2021
December 6, 2021December 12, 2021December 24, 2021January 7, 2022
December 13, 2021December 19, 2021December 31, 2021January 14, 2022
December 20, 2021December 26, 2021January 7, 2022January 21, 2022
December 27, 2021January 2, 2022January 14, 2022January 28, 2022
January 3, 2022January 9, 2022January 21, 2022February 4, 2022
IRS Refund Processing schedule - How Your Tax Status Changes over 21 days

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[COVID-19 impact update] The IRS has announced, under the national emergency provision to tackle the Coronavirus, that they will postpone the April 15 tax-payment deadline for millions of individuals, giving Americans an additional 90 days, to July 15, to pay file and pay their 2019 income-tax bills in an unprecedented move intended to ease the economic pain inflicted by the coronavirus outbreak. Further, because the IRS is now focused on paying out the 2020 economic stimulus payments and supporting the new UI stimulus measures in place with other agencies, refund payments will likely be delayed well past the estimated dates shown in the table below. Many readers have reported this and while it is very frustrating, there is not much that can be done given the economic fallout from the virus and soaring unemployment claims.

2019-2020 Tax Refund Processing Schedule

Tax Return Accepted by IRS After
(WMR status = Return Received)
IRS Refund Approved
(WMR status = Refund Approved)
Estimated Refund Date (via Direct Deposit)Estimated Refund Date (via Paper Check)
January 27, 2020February 2, 2020February 14, 2020February 28, 2020
February 3, 2020February 9, 2020February 21, 2020March 6, 2020
February 10, 2020February 16, 2020February 28, 2020March 13, 2020
February 17, 2020February 23, 2020March 6, 2020March 20, 2020
February 24, 2020March 1, 2020March 13, 2020March 27, 2020
March 2, 2020March 8, 2020March 20, 2020April 3, 2020
March 9, 2020March 15, 2020March 27, 2020April 10, 2020
March 16, 2020March 22, 2020April 3, 2020April 17, 2020
March 23, 2020March 29, 2020April 10, 2020April 24, 2020
March 30, 2020April 5, 2020April 17, 2020May 1, 2020
April 6, 2020April 12, 2020April 24, 2020May 8, 2020
April 13, 2020April 19, 2020May 1, 2020May 15, 2020
April 20, 2020April 26, 2020May 8, 2020May 22, 2020
April 27, 2020May 3, 2020May 15, 2020May 29, 2020
May 4, 2020May 10, 2020May 22, 2020June 5, 2020
May 11, 2020May 17, 2020May 29, 2020June 12, 2020
May 18, 2020May 24, 2020June 5, 2020June 19, 2020
May 25, 2020May 31, 2020June 12, 2020June 26, 2020
June 1, 2020June 7, 2020June 19, 2020July 3, 2020
June 8, 2020June 14, 2020June 26, 2020July 10, 2020
June 15, 2020June 21, 2020July 3, 2020July 17, 2020
June 22, 2020June 28, 2020July 10, 2020July 24, 2020
June 29, 2020July 5, 2020July 17, 2020July 31, 2020
July 6, 2020July 12, 2020July 24, 2020August 7, 2020
July 13, 2020July 19, 2020July 31, 2020August 14, 2020
July 20, 2020July 26, 2020August 7, 2020August 21, 2020
July 27, 2020August 2, 2020August 14, 2020August 28, 2020
August 3, 2020August 9, 2020August 21, 2020September 4, 2020
August 10, 2020August 16, 2020August 28, 2020September 11, 2020
August 17, 2020August 23, 2020September 4, 2020September 18, 2020
August 24, 2020August 30, 2020September 11, 2020September 25, 2020
August 31, 2020September 6, 2020September 18, 2020October 2, 2020
September 7, 2020September 13, 2020September 25, 2020October 9, 2020
September 14, 2020September 20, 2020October 2, 2020October 16, 2020
September 21, 2020September 27, 2020October 9, 2020October 23, 2020
September 28, 2020October 4, 2020October 16, 2020October 30, 2020
October 5, 2020October 11, 2020October 23, 2020November 6, 2020
October 12, 2020October 18, 2020October 30, 2020November 13, 2020
October 19, 2020October 25, 2020November 6, 2020November 20, 2020
October 26, 2020November 1, 2020November 13, 2020November 27, 2020
November 2, 2020November 8, 2020November 20, 2020December 4, 2020
November 9, 2020November 15, 2020November 27, 2020December 11, 2020
November 16, 2020November 22, 2020December 4, 2020December 18, 2020
November 23, 2020November 29, 2020December 11, 2020December 25, 2020
November 30, 2020December 6, 2020December 18, 2020January 1, 2021
December 7, 2020December 13, 2020December 25, 2020January 8, 2021
December 14, 2020December 20, 2020January 1, 2021January 15, 2021
December 21, 2020December 27, 2020January 8, 2021January 22, 2021
December 28, 2020January 3, 2021January 15, 2021January 29, 2021
January 4, 2021January 10, 2021January 22, 2021February 5, 2021

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Note that Jan 27th is when the IRS E-file system will start processing electronic and paper tax returns. Even if you submitted before this date, don’t expect refund processing and payments to take place beforehand.

EITC and ACTC Related Tax Refund Delays (PATH) Update: As in previous tax seasons a number of tax payers will see refund processing delays. The IRS had already announced that it will have to hold/delay refund payments for people claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) due to additional anti-fraud safeguards/reviews under newly enacted laws (PATH Act). But the IRS is now processing refunds which were originally being held up due to PATH mandates. You should no longer be seeing the PATH message as a blocker to get your refund processed and paid. If held up for other reasons (see below) you will get the applicable message/follow-up action.

The federal IRS refund schedule table below is only for electronically filed returns (e-file) done thorough online tax software providers and assumes your tax return was in order. I.e accepted by the IRS via the WMR tool and status is equal to “Return Received”. Paper filed returns can take considerably longer and would add 1 to 2 weeks to the time frames below. Again, use the the tax refund chart below as a guideline and refer to the IRS WMR tool for specific time frames related to your return.

Also note that it could take much longer to get your refund if the IRS deems your tax return submission needs further reviews or your identity needs to be verified. This would add two to nine weeks to the date range of your refund delivery date.

For those impacted by tax refund delays (and it will be a lot this year) make sure you also scroll through some of the 8500+ comments below this article from current and prior years for further ideas/support, including some useful tips and tricks to find out your refund status if you are not getting much insight from the IRS WMR tool. So hang in there if you are dealing with extended delays for getting for your federal tax refund. You are not alone.

For those experiencing ongoing issues or delays with their refunds check out this article on “Why is it taking so long to get my refund.” The IRS has said that  phone and walk-in representatives can research the status of your refund only if it’s been 21 days or more since you filed electronically, more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return or if the IRS tool Where’s My Refund? directs you to contact them. The WMR tool will also provide an actual refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. If your refund is taking much longer than the above schedule, and assuming your return was accepted by the IRS, please leave a comment below for the benefit of other readers. I can try digging into the reasons if a few people are seeing delays.

Help! My WMR status bar has disappeared – Does this mean by return is still being processed and/or will my refund be delayed?

As many folks have commented, the WMR tracker status bar may disappear or not be shown if your return falls under IRS review after it is received (Status Bar 1: Return Received) because additional information is needed for your return. This can happen even if you previously checked WMR and it showed the status as “Return Received.”  An explanation or instructions will be provided depending on the situation (eg PATH message or see Tax Topic 152 as discussed below)

But don’t panic when this happens. The IRS still has your return but things are essentially on hold until the IRS gets the additional information from you to continue processing your return . You will either get directions on WMR or IRS2Go or the IRS will contact you by mail. Follow the provided instructions and return any additional information ASAP to get your potential refund and reduce any further delays. Talk to your accountant, tax advocate or tax professional if you are not clear on what the IRS is asking for or you don’t get an update after 21 days.

WMR Path, Tax Topic 152 and 151 message 

Two of the most common refund related messages showing up on the WMR tool after your tax return is submitted are the PATH message and to Refer to Tax Topic 152. The PATH message relates to the The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH Act of 2015) and is to notify you that the IRS is required to hold refunds claiming the EITC/ACTC until Feb. 15 as described above due to further identity verification.

When you see the “Refer to Tax Topic 152” message it means your refund is being processed and the IRS is directing you its generic refund page for more information. There is not much you can do but wait to see if the IRS finds any issues or requires further verification of your identity or items in your tax return. See the various reader comments below on timing and their experience after getting this and other WMR messages.

A Tax Topic 151 message simply means that you’re getting a tax offset which may result in your refund being less than you expected. 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. 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.

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

This question comes up a lot and I have seen a few comments on this suggesting that that if you can order your transcript then your refund is on the way. But this is not a factual statement. Yes there is a correlation because to get a transcript the IRS generally has to have processed your tax return (and refund where applicable). 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. The IRS’ official line is that checking the WMR tool is the best and official way to check your refund status.

However I have read a number of comments here and on other tax sites 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.

A note about IRS system issues and refund delays

It appears that the IRS is again having issues with processing returns in a timely manner and so a number of people are seeing delays in getting their refunds or updates in the status of their refund on the WMR tool/app. The IRS has said that all system issues have now been resolved but given the various legacy systems they have and volume of processing I would not be surprised to see system problems arise again this year, which mean delays in processing and paying refunds.

See here for average refund amounts in past tax seasons and refund processing times by state

Amended Tax Return Refund Schedule

While the IRS promises to have regular return refunds processed within 21 days for nine out of ten tax payers, it does take quite a bit longer to receive a refund if you amended your tax return. Generally you will have to wait 8 to 12 weeks more for the IRS to process amended returns since they prioritize regular returns. Also note that the standard”Where’s my refund” service from the IRS does not track amended tax return status’. You need to instead use the IRS tool, Where’s My Amended Return.” You can also access the tool via phone by calling 1-866-464-2050.  Only call the IRS to follow up on delayed amended return refunds after 12 weeks. The number to call is 1-800-829-1040.

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3,836 thoughts on “2020 to 2021 IRS Tax Refund Processing Schedule and Direct Deposit Cycle Chart – When Will I Get My Refund!

  1. Why does my status say ” Your return is still being processed. A date will be provide when available.”?

    1. Exactly that. IRS has flagged your refund for further processing and will provide an update when done. Not much you can do until then.

  2. When I first checked my refund it had a bar with it saying it’s being processed now that I am trying to check it it says my information is being entered wrong when I know for a fact everything is right….What does this mean?

    1. Hi, I filed mine and it was submitted 2/12/21 and stated processing. And it is 3/2/21 and it is still saying processing. Something is not right “Wheres is my refund” is not giving me no approved status and it has been almost 3 weeks currently 19 days and IRS is saying I would have to wait until 3/5/21 to call them back which would be the 21 days. Is there some kind of delay this year with EITC, child tax credit or dependents or is it just me.

  3. I filed my taxes on 2/13/21 and received on the same day. Then I received an email on 2/14/21 that it was accepted. As of today it still shows accepted. The odd part is that when I went the the tax company website and looked at history it showed my return was rejected on the 2/13/21, corrected, and resubmitted on 2/14/21. The thing is that I never was notified of the rejection, and I never corrected my tax return and refiled. All of the information that is on the tax return is correct that was resubmitted. On the rejected tax code it has a completely different refund amount listed and under additional info it has the last 4 numbers of a social security number that is not familiar. So confused. It’s never taken 2 weeks for my status to change from accepted to approve.

  4. Its feb 27, 2021, i filed my refund online, jan 30, accepted feb 13, and still nothing. I had to claim my stimulus, otherwise unemployment is my only income, which i paid taxes from. So more or less a very simple return, and have direct deposit. Yet, i have nothing, not approved, nor a date.

  5. My tax refund was received on February 12 2021 its February 23rd and it still says received and being processed why is it taken so long for it to say approved

  6. My accountant filed my 2019 1040 electronically which was received by IRS 3/27/2020. Status was “Still In Process” through 11/30/2020. Sometime in December status changed back to “Received.” What’s up with that? Made numerous attempts to call anyone at IRS and have been in phone system hell. Now the Status site says info provided does not match their records! Well…that’s because the site has changed for the year 2020 returns. Ahhh!!!!! Anyone have a phone number someone will answer? 10 months and counting.

    1. Finally someone who saw the exact messages on the website. It’s a bit comforting to know that I’m not the only one who noticed that their information was there “last year” and after their website maintenance at the beginning of the year, it now says that it does not match their records. I will be sure to provide any information if I ever receive any.

      1. Thanks T B. It’s so frustrating. Likewise, if I find anything, I’ll be sure to share.

        1. Hi Mary, it’s 2/2/21 and I finally received acknowledgement on the IRS website. They processed my e-filed return that was accepted on 4/30/20 and are supposedly mailing out the refund on 2/5/21. Not sure why they’re mailing it since I’ve always had direct deposit. I won’t complain though. Just relieved that they finally processed it!

  7. If the irs stated my refund will be sent by the 23rd of December will it still be sent if their system is “under maintenance” until January?

  8. Hello everyone im in the same boat. I have been waiting since june and nothing yet. It’s sad people lost there homes and great jobs due to this covid. People are still waiting for there tax return to help with food, bills, Christmas gifts, clothes, etc. It would help if they will be honest with us and why it’s taking this long. I hope and pray all of us get our tax refunds soon.

  9. I filed y tax return on February 28th, 2020. Several letters later from the IRS stating they need to review the information provided, I re-submitted a 1040x with my accountant in June 2020. Called and spoke to an IRS representative and was informed they received my 1040x but processing and refunding will not happen until December 2020. As of today, 12/9/2020, I’m still waiting for the processing and refund. Checking their website states your refund is still being processed. Beyond frustrated as like many others, this refund will help with the many bills that piling up.

  10. I defiled my return for direct deposit in March 3, 2020. I called IRS through July and was told to call a tax advocate. I did, but they wouldn’t return any of my phone calls for months. I tried calling the IRS again and was told they can’t talk to me since I have a tax advocate even though the advocate won’t contact me. I called my state senator which said he made contact with the IRS on my behalf about 3 weeks ago. No further word has been received from his office. I call and ask for an update, and they tell me that they will give IRS one more week to respond. Single income with 2 kids. Guessing no Christmas presents for our kids this year. 3 cars need inspections and repairs. Husband needs at least 1 working car for work. Eye infection from very old contacts since I can’t afford to buy new ones or see my eye doctor. Dog has seizures and is in need of shots. Can’t do that either without money.

  11. I send my paper taxes on March 26 2020. At the end of July 2020 the irs accepted my taxes. To day October 26 2020 system said ” you tax refund is still been processing a refund date will be provided when available” no tax topic showing. Either stimulus check. So yes struggling, with kids and no money and haven’t been able to get in touch with irs.

  12. Hello everyone it’s been a little over 180 days since I filed my return spoke to a representative today and was told that they’re still processing my refund that there was nothing else for me to do and to please allow another 60 days Checked the irs.gov website and it read this “Your tax return is still being processed.

    A refund date will be provided when available.
    Please read the following information related to your tax situation:
    Tax Topic 152, Refund Information”

    Any one in the same boat or have been waiting longer I’m even opened to advices or suggestions
    Please And Thank You

    It’s My Money And I Need It Now Lol!!!!

    1. Same her, 8 months still processing sent additional info they requested via fax…in March, now they tell me to resend it…very frustrating…feel everyone’s pain

    2. Amen!!! Mine is saying the same thing I’m getting scared!! Mine says same thing

  13. I filed back in January!! Got a letter to verify my identity. So i did that, then got another letter saying i had to pay 24.55 before they would release my taxes. Here it is sept 3 and still no taxes or stimulas!!! Very pissed off and frustrated

    1. Who said you need to pay $24.55 before they release your taxes? That seems a bit strange. Was the letter from the IRS?

  14. My tax refund for $11,000 with accepted on January 29th and it only says we have received your refund and it is being processed we’re not one we almost at September 1st I have not received the letter or anyting I electronically filed and have direct deposit setup what a bunch of bull

    1. Wow – that’s a long time. Have you contacted the IRS? It could be held up due to a Fraud issue and you need to call them to validate identity, especially given a relatively large amount.

  15. I e-filed my 2019 taxes mid January 2020, it was accepted a few days later. Receive a letter late February that my 2019 was being placed on hold due to me not filing 2016-2018 (my mistake I get that) I completed and mailed paper returns for the missing years the day after I received the letter. I sent them priority mail so they should have received them prior to COVID-19 shut down. It is August 17th 2020 and just got off the phone with the IRS and they say that haven’t received the missing years but about 2 months ago I opened a case with the tax advocacy and they said IRS had received my 2016. Bottom line is I’m waiting on over $9k to be issued to me and they have no concern to find out more. Let me OWE them that much and I bet they wouldn’t stop until they got theirs!

  16. I received a notification that my 2019 taxes had been accepted on Feb 5th(although I sent them in January 27th,2020), so Feb 5th -Accepted by IRS. I received a letter 44-something C, advising that my return was under further review for verification of identity. I called the number on the letter and verified my identity through the link/ website that the letter provided. The rep I spoke with on the phone, after I completed the verification online said it could take 60 days to complete the verification and receive the refund. Why the heck is it currently August 15, 2020 and I have received NOTHING!!! I have called the tax advocate office in Jacksonville, FL about 6 times, left message to return my call, as their phone recording advises they will do- but of course they NEVER returned my call. I even called the Orlando office twice with no reply still! Can’t get a human being on the phone at either office!! This is sickening! What the hell is everybody using COVID-19 as an excuse not to do their freaking job?? I had a rep of another organization tell me on the phone yesterday that they are not currently accepting payments “over the phone with a live rep, due to COVID-19- I had to make payment via the automated phone system which of course comes with a service fee. This is beyond absurd and it’s a disgrace and disservice to American tax payers like myself! I got the measly stimulus check back in April, but honestly I don’t give a damn about that!! I NEED my federal tax return for 2019!! I have property land taxes that are overdue, and this puts my property at risk! I have been beyond patient, but I’m about to lose it in a minute!!! Help!!

    1. This is the number I have been using to get through to them 18558732100 because I have been waiting since feb 7 2020 and still waiting and they told my job did not report my income . I hope this help.

  17. After using one of the electronic options for both Fed and State and being told I would have to pay for state I sent the printed fed tax return in by snail mail on April 15. I sent it from the Post Office but I decided not to ask for delivery confirmation. In July I talked to a very polite trying-to-be helpful IRS representative that told be that she could not confirm they had received it but I should call back in August. I can wait for any refund but I did express some concern that if they had not received our return by July 15th we would be open to penalties. She said not to worry. I am still worrying and now the irs.gov site says not to call. I get that they have been closed because of Covid19, and short-staffed because of a bad administration . I guess all I can do is wait and worry some more.

  18. I filed my 2018 returns by mail and e-filed 2019 returns on March 27th, 2020. I owed some state taxes yet from 2017 which got paid by my e-filed 2019 state return, so I got a deposit for the remainder on April 5th. The next day I got my full federal refund for 2019. Then 3 days later, I got my stimulus. April 19th got my full 2018 state return by mail. Now I sit here, with not one update on my federal 2018 return, no letters of any kind, I even sent in paperwork again in case it got rejected, on JUNE 30th. Still nothing. Transcript looks exactly the same says nothing was filed in 2018 at all for a return with that * by it…

    1. Same here! I filed my 2018 by mail March 3rd, filed my 2019 efile April 9th. Got my 2019 back within 10 days, not a word about my 2018. though. Transcripts for that year have no update. I called last week and was told it’s not showing in the system, but to give them 6 weeks from August 1st. If nothing by then to call back. I’ve been waiting over 5 months already and now have to wait longer…this is getting ridiculous!

  19. Help my son file electronically in February and said accepted by IRS, then processing. Here it is July 18 and it is still processing. The irs.gov site says, “Do not file a second tax return or call the IRS.” Guess they don’t want to be bothered about it since it’s no money out their pocket!

      1. Aug 23 and IRS site still says processing, has said this for the last 6 months now! I have talked to several other people and every single one who was supposed to get a refund said the same thing, they filed in February online and still says processing. Yet all the articles I read like this one above acts like your refund is only being delayed a few weeks, not six months. How have none of the tax advisors or financial newsletters heard of this when it is happening to so many people????????

        1. Me too. I filed in April. It’s now been 4 months. We e-filed. I’m confused as to why there isn’t more information about e-filing being SO delayed too.

        2. bro I filled in feb I waited to june 30 called them they then said im on a 60 day review from june 30 so that would be aug 30 .. I called aug 30 they said we sent you something in the mail and it started that day for 60 days now its sept 23 the 60 day of that time and now I still havnt got it yet

  20. I filed paper return on March 30th, now it’s July 15th. I haven’t received my refund yet. The WMR tool doesn’t even give me a status which would mean they haven’t even opened my return? I can’t even get a confirmation that they received my return.

  21. I spoke to someone they turn around and they said it was because they were closed and that I had a topic 152 but it wasn’t on me I had to wait until they went back and open and look at everything and then since they July 15th got an extension other people got extensions so I don’t know if my employer got an extension if they did I think this is what’s holding my taxes though and I’m just getting really tired of them because every year I get out of it or I don’t get my income tax until October that’s pretty upsetting sometimes I don’t feel like fighting anymore cuz it’s like every year every year something’s wrong with my taxes and it’s not in my behalf..and they said that I couldn’t call back because the fact is it’s going to do another 45 days from the date that I call back they’re just full of crap and then all my stimulus check I finally got it like on the 19th of June and I couldn’t cash it until June 20th but prior to that they had gave me a date of June 10th and I never received it so I noticed that they they changed my day I just don’t understand why we are getting so much fun is for everything that is going on and I understand that it’s a lot of stress on them but come on..and I told the guy that I needed my refund ASAP cuz I had a heart attack and I now my hours are completely cut and it’s it’s just sad how the system is is running and it does it’s not fair to us people that work and pay taxes

  22. i filed back in February using a paper return i finally got and update last night that says my refund was changed to $0 and ill get a letter in 2 weeks explaining why this is ridiculous ive never had any problems i got my full stimulus for my wife my son and I 2900 and now im not getting a refund im really hoping they are open on monday
    06/08/2020 so i can call and find out why i dont owe any federal or student debts so i cant see why this is happening i really hope its just an error

  23. Does anyone know what the message “We cannot provide any information about your refund. You must wait at least 24 hours after you get the acknowledgement e-mail that your tax return was received by the IRS.” means? Below that it refers to tax topic 152. It was accepted over 48 hours ago. How long should it take to at least say processing or something?

  24. My tax refund is still processing since February 17th 2020 and doesn’t have a available date when i can expect it. It says still processing

    1. Having the same issue. Called and spoke to a representative who said that my return was under review. Since the covid happened, they just started staffing the offices last week. I found that I can only get an IRS staff member live on Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am – 6:00pm (Eastern). Whenever it continues to say “still being processed”, the IRS is verifying information that doesn’t look right. It goes through a number of different IRS accountants to do a fine tooth combing through your return. It’s usually become numbers don’t match up somehow. If you file an “amended” return, it could take up to 4 months for you to get your return after the date they receive it.y best suggestion is to keep calling every Wednesday and Friday. When it takes you through the automated system, press 1 for English. Then it will take you through more selections. Press 1, then press 2. It will give you a bunch of choices. Don’t select any of them. Just stay on the line and they will eventually transfer you to a live person. It may take from 30 min to and hour. But it’s worth it to find out what’s going on. Just make sure you call on those two days during those hours. Anything outside of that you won’t get a live rep.

    2. same here my was finally updated last night and now im getting $0 i dont understand why and i cant call till monday

    3. The latest is that the IRS made a massive screw up and thousands of refunds were incorrectly labeled as “balance due”. They blame the computer, it’s never the programmer. A purge file is to be run the week of 6/29/20 to correct their mistake, then 2 to 3 weeks for the money to show up.

      1. My son, one of my nephews, my next door neighbor, several people I work with, and several women in my running group all filed in February online, supposed to get refunds direct deposit, and all of them say still processing, today is Aug 23 six months later. If purge was run in June, why have none of them heard anything yet? Seems this has happened to lots and lots of folks but nobody has any answers.

  25. Filed mine on Feb. 7th 2020, now it’s May 24th and the “Where’s My Refund?” tool still says, “Your tax return is still being processed.” No changes in job or family size. They based our stimulus check off of the 2019 return because my oldest son turned 17 (in 2019) and we didn’t get $500 for him, if they used 2018 I think we should have received the $500 for him instead. The waiting is terrible, and interest for other stuff doesn’t stop because the IRS is behind schedule. That’s our money and I want it!

  26. Filed April 16, accepted by IRS April 17. As of May 21 by return is still saying “processing.” I owe money this year, so I’m surprised they haven’t finished processing my return so I can pay. This is bothering me as I’ve never had a return take more than 14 days to ever process, so I am hoping it is because COVID and the IRS reducing certain operations.

  27. E-filed and accepted 03/17/2020; 8 weeks ago. Still processing? I think there should be a class action lawsuit against the IRS. In the very least, the same interest accrual we would be required to pay is what we should auto-collect from them. This delay is costing me $$$. Sickening.

  28. Filed electronically on February 12th, accepted on the 14th. 1040 with Injured Spouse form. WMR tool reports that it’s being processed, and to read article 152. IRS is no longer staffing phones for any reason.

    Help would be appreciated

    1. My husband and I are in the exact same situation. No one to call either since the call center is shut down.

  29. I filed on Feb 12, 2020 and received confirmation it was accepted. Taxact shows that my return was accepted. WMR still says “still being processed.” There is no tax reference code. I have received no notice from the IRS of a review. When I try to access my transcript it shows no record of a filed return for 2019 tax year. When I try to call the IRS I get a message that there are no staff to take calls due to COVID19. I had a CP friend try to look into it and he couldn’t get through either. What can I do? Is there any way to refile?

  30. I filed my taxes back in End of January waited 21 days to find out I had to wait 1-2 weeks for a letter for identity verification and then told had to wait up to 9wks more well sat was 9wks and it still says it’s processing and nothing has changed….still waiting what the hell!!!!!

  31. Well the damn get my payment tool said my stimulus check would be direct deposited into my account today may 6th guess what it didn’t make into my account what the hell is going on I really need this money bc I really need the help what do I do now wait or what bc it never came it was set to be deposited today may 6th it’s 8pm what the hell

  32. My tax return was e-filed on Feb. 7, 2020. It is now May 4, 2020 and the “Where’s My Refund?” tool still says, “Your tax return is still being processed.” It does not give the TT 152 message or a PATH message. I received my stimulus check based on my 2018 return. The only thing that has changed on my return is that I went from Head of Household to Married Filing Jointly. There is no one staffed to answer any of the phone lines and no one to email. Does this mean I don’t get any of my money now or it seems I’ll be waiting forever? It’s been well over the 21 days and friends of mine who filed 2-3 weeks ago have received their returns!

    1. I e-filed mine in March 27th and was accepted the 28th! It is May 11th and still processing I even called in they do not need any information just still processing. I also did not get a stimulus check! I’m not shocked this is going on at all!!

      1. same here. filed March 31st. accepted but still processing. no stimulus either. have 3 kids. filed married-joint

  33. I filed and mailed my papers on March 8th and the refund check tool cant find my status at all. Im just worried if it ever made it to the processing center.

  34. March 3rd for me! Still getting the TT 152 and still processing. The IRS employees are sitting at home getting paid. I can’t believe they’re scared they’ll get the coronavirus over the phone. It’s been a month, they could’ve had the offices sanitized and know who’s possibly sick. No reason they can’t get their lazy butts back to work! We need more detailed info than these generic messages.

  35. My boyfriend and I completed our taxes on March 15th; they both were accepted. March 17th my boyfriend had an expected check date; His was deposited on March 24th. However mine is still processing!! WHY? I got my stimulus check, which was sent to the wrong bank. That lets me know that the RS hasn’t even looked at my taxes, because I have a new bank now. If they had been already looking into my taxes, why did my stimulus check go to the wrong bank? I NEED MY MONEY NOW! if I was to owe the IRS, this would be whole new outlook huh?

    1. Mine says still processing: however, when I filed it showed I would owe the state. I received my stimulus and they took out the money that I owed the state but yet it says my refund is still being processed. smdh!!!!

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