Why Is It Taking So Long To Get My Tax Refund and Why Your 2020 Refund May Be Delayed by the IRS

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. This is no different in the current tax season where a number of folks have commented on potential and actuals delays with their refunds.

In fact for the current tax season the IRS has already announced that there will likely be tax refund payment delays due to the January Government shutdown and existing tax code changes. In particular for those claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) refunds may not be processed until after February 15 (with payments coming 2 weeks later) in order to perform further identity verification checks. Keeping checking WMR for updates and exact dates on your refund payment. 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.

Other reasons your refund may be delayed per the IRS

  • Additional or random security checks – especially if fraudulent activities were associated with your filing in the past
  • Amended returns require additional, and manual processing, which can see refunds delayed for up to 16 weeks
  • Missing or incomplete documentation or information in your return (most online tax filing software checks for this, but manually filed returns are more at risk)
  • Incorrect bank details or account numbers provided in your return (see below for how to address)
  • If you are using a pre-paid card for the first time and were using a middleman bank (SBBT, Republic, Bofi, etc), some people have had their refund not deposited because the middleman bank does not test deposits to ensure the account is active and correct
  • You filed an injured spouse claim
  • Refund claims with an application for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) attached (see Topic 857 for more information on this)
  • If you requested a refund of tax withheld on a Form 1042-S (PDF) by filing a Form 1040NR (PDF), allow up to 6 months from the original due date of the 1040NR return or the date you actually filed the 1040NR, whichever is later, to receive any refund due (see more details in tax topic 152)

Here is a sampling of comments from the current and past tax seasons around IRS refund payment delays:

So basically if you claim your children/EIC are you going to be delayed? We’ve claimed the same every year I just don’t get it. I filed in early January with a tax service and they didn’t mention the delay. I’m going to assume it’s not going to be deposited in the next week like we were told. This really bums me out [Amanda]

I’ve file the same job for 9yrs same two kids they shouldn’t make us wait. They should go after the people who’s file fake returns it’s the hard working people money they taking anyways [GrayLady].

Help me please. 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]

I’ve carried my child for 20yrs. I don’t understand why they have to wait [to send me my refund]! Every year it gets worst! We want what belongs to us! [Sharon]. Well I filed early and still WMR [where is my refund] says still processing ugh IRS told me to wait till 21 days before I call them. [Shirley]

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why is my e-filed tax return in “Pending” status and the IRS has no record of my tax return? TurboTax experts say that after e-filing, your federal return may sit in “Pending” status 24-48 hours before its processing status changes. If you contact the IRS or try to look up your return or refund status on their site while your return is in “Pending” status, don’t be alarmed if they tell you they have no record of your return. This is normal; once the IRS acknowledges your return, they will update your status to via WMR to Return Received, Refund Approved and Refund Sent. See this article for more details on what the WMR refund status’ mean.
  • What do these IRS refund status’ mean? Return Received means the IRS has your tax return and is processing/reviewing it. Your estimated refund date will be available as soon as the IRS finishes processing your return and confirm that your refund has been approved. Generally it takes just a few days for the status to shift from Return Received to Refund Approved if all is in order. But any issues with processing your return will delay things and a refund date will not be provided until your refund has been approved.In some cases the refund tracker graphic (shown here) will not be shown if your return is being reviewed prior to step two: “Refund Approved,” and instead an explanation or instructions will be provided by the IRS depending on the situation. This can happen even if you previously checked Where’s My Refund? and it showed the status as “Return Received” along with the tracker. If the IRS needs more information specific to your return, they will contact you by mail (be aware of IRS imitation scams). You should follow the instructions in the IRS letter as soon as possible to prevent further delays with receiving your return.
  • Review your tax return and make sure there no obvious mistakes like missing names/SSN or forgetting to sign your tax return. According to the IRS, one of the main things causing people to experience delays in getting their refunds is returns that are not accurately completed. So to ensure you get your refund ensure your return is as accurate as possible. You can resubmit an amended tax return entering the changes and explaining why you need to amend your original tax return. You don’t have to redo your entire return, either. Just show the necessary changes and adjust your tax liability accordingly. You usually do not need to file an amended return because you forgot to include tax forms such as W-2s or 1099 forms. The IRS normally will send a separate request asking for those documents.
  • Get online help from various articles on people seeing delays with their refunds. On one of my articles covering the IRS refund schedule I got 7000+ comments, with the following useful real life tips you won’t find elsewhere:
  • 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 (under PATH act). So expect your refund to take longer in this case – possibly into April, even if you filed early.
  • Hire an accountant or tax services firm to follow up this issue on your behalf particularly if you have a tax obligation to the IRS. But be warned, these are not the cheapest options and if you refund is less than $1,000 it may not be worth the cost.
  • Calling the IRS is an option, though getting through to someone is a challenge. You can go the IRS resources page to get the latest contact IRS numbers/locations.Here is a way to get a real IRS person:
    • Dial 800-829-1040 – if they say they have high volume calls hang up, you’re wasting your time, call again until it doesn’t say high volume.
    • Then dial 1- for English or 2 for Spanish.
    • Then listen to the options and dial 2 then 1 then 4, then 2 again, until it finally asks for your social… they will try to trick you after that, but don’t dial anything it will take you to an operator. it’s a process but you’ll get to someone as long as you DO NOT say you have questions about your refund, cause then it will tell you to go online. make sure your cell is charge when you call cause you can wait up till an hour. Good luck people, and hope we all get our refund. Heck, we worked for it!!! =)
  • Check with the middleman bank (SBBT, Republic, Bofi, etc) that they received your refund and sent it to your personal account. If filed jointly make sure both names are on your bank account/pre-paid card as this can sometimes cause your refund to be held or rejected.

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

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

Refund Offset – Why Your Refund May be less than expected

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

When will I get my paper check if my Direct Deposit is delayed or rejected?

At times people will change their bank accounts after their return is filed or provide incorrect account numbers. In these instances the IRS will issue a paper check when they cannot send by direct deposit. This will delay your refund, but the actually IRS processing time for a paper check  is only 2 extra days more than direct deposit. Usually paper checks are mailed on Friday’s and you usually get within 1 week; the following Friday or sooner. The US Postal usually don’t deliver refund checks until Saturday morning to prevent someone watching your mail and stealing the check.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax Topic 151 vs 152 notice

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

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

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

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686 thoughts on “Why Is It Taking So Long To Get My Tax Refund and Why Your 2020 Refund May Be Delayed by the IRS

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

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

    1. If you filed a joint return you both may have to go into the IRS to verify identities. But the IRS letter should clearly state whose ID needs to be verified. May just be your husband. But I am almost certain that your kids do NOT have to verify ID if you are claiming them as dependents and they are not filing their own tax returns. Also if under 18 they definetly won’t have to. See this article on IRS ID verification where you can call the IRS line to confirm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Then press 4 “for all other questions.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Generally your refund should be sent to the option you selected in your tax filing. But for returns that are subject to ID verification I am seeing the IRS mail checks to the address stated in the tax return. This is to prevent further online fraud as a physical address is easier to validate and harder to scam online.

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

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

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

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

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

      1. I filed on Jan 24. It was accepted Jan 26. Bars disappeared after two weeks. After my 21 days were up I called and was told I had to do verification. That was Feb 16. Still no refund and it’s March 21st. Lucky me. No bars no nothing. Just waiting….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. I did mine on Jan.28 and was approved on Feb.6 and got refunded on Feb.10. I did my cousins on Feb. 2 and got approved the Feb.6th and got refunded the 10th as well. I ALSO did my moms on Feb. 1st and she still hasn’t gotten approved and still stuck on the first bar.

    1. Just goes to show the vagaries of IRS tax processing. But each return is different and your mom may have had health insurance or flags from prior returns that is causing delays.

  26. I went back into processing after closing for review how long will it take to process my return now

    1. IRS says up to 9 weeks. But I have seen people get the refund within 2 weeks in some cases

      1. Ok thank u n it has been saying for the longest still processing will provide refund date when available. I called and was told it closed out from review feb 11th nd back into processing.

        1. Have you got your refund yet I’m having that same problem and they told me it was closed out on the 17 of Feb and to wait 9wks

        2. Had to verify identity as well so curious how did you find out when your refund would be deposited? Did it change on WMR or what? Mine still saying being processed.

        3. Hi Tisa, I faxed my 1095a form on the 13th I was told it was out of review and back to processing. I’m getting direct deposit. So do u think I should have my return soon direct deposit

        1. I filed feb 26 ots now march 2 im just wondering why the wmr doesent even say accepted it has no info

  27. I talked to the IRS, I was told I have an identity fraud indicator on my account in which I can’t pull my transcripts offline. I filled my taxes 01/31/2016 and my bars disappeared on m 02/05/2016. This happened last year, no letter no communication, I called IRS last year to find out they had to confirm my identity. Not sure why I keep having hassle with them, but my taxes only changed by address and employment. Three years ago I had a tax offset by unemployment and wage garnishment so wound up paying more than I owed, if verification of identity is required something so small why wait for 21 days to pass to resolve the issue? The government clearly doesn’t wait for their funds, web make people who are honest wait for theirs?

    1. Thank u so much for sharing this celia I filed on 01/19/15 and I called irs and i was also told I had a identity theft indicator on my return as well and they told me If I dont get or receive anything by April 1st to call back but I dibt understand y I have to wait that long I called the id verify number and they said I dont need to verify im so lost I dont know what else to do!!!

    2. Good luck Celia. We had the same problem last year (identity fraud) and it took a year (Feb 7 2016) to get our refund. We called many many times over the 2015 year and were told something different every time we talked to someone. Had to re-file (we had started with turbo tax) So we re filed and were told to fax it in. We did. they said they didn’t get it. Re-filed again and they said they got it. After many months and many calls, my last call in Dec. was told they had two and didn’t know which one to use. How stupid do they have to be. They were the same! Yes, they probably had two since we had to re-send (apparently they did get the first one we had to re-send. Was told they would disregard one and in six weeks we should get our refund. We spent many hours just waiting for someone to answer the phone when we would call. I hope you have better luck. We filed this year 2 weeks ago. Hope we don’t have to wait a year again.

  28. I have filed my taxes on January 27 and it so says same that it is received. I have requested my transcripts a week ago and still no update!! Please help..

  29. Filed my taxes at southland mall through unitedway on 2/6/2016.When I check wmr which is everyday,it says they can’t give any information until 24 hours after I’ve electronically filed.Well tomorrow it will be 1 week since I’ve filed and it still says the same thing.Even when I called the Irs and keyed in my info it was the same reply.What could be the problem,oh and no I do not owe any government facilities,please help.

    1. you should check with the people that you filed your taxes through this happen to me and they had rejected my taxes cause one of my kids bdays was entered wrong

  30. I called the irs yesterday cause I filed on the 30th an haven’t move off of being processed she said I didn’t have any issues she put me on hold came back an said everything looked good an just keep waiting… She said most likely next week we shall see… Just wondering if I had to prove my identity would she have told me? Still feel like something wrong..

    1. mine says approved and it is suppose to be sent today the 12 but it has not moved to sent yet

  31. How comes i can only order 2012 to 2015 transcripts. I see no place to order 2016 transcripts

  32. Apparently the IRS has pissed off half of the US this year. I filed 1/29, my return was accepted within 1 hour. Less than 3 days later WMR gave me the status update that my refund had been approved with a ddd of 2/12. I checked back a day later and it updated w a ddd of 2/10. WMR says refund sent that showed 2/9 yet I still do not have my money!!! I’ve called my bank (suntrust ) for the last two days to see if it shows pending on their end and NOTHING! Checked my bank this morning hopingit would be there and still nothing….frustration doesn’t even begin to cover what I’m feeling at this point. The last two years I’ve had the hardest time getting my refund for other reasons other than the money wasn’t deposited by the dates they provided. Wth is going on?????

    1. I got a date that mine will be sent today 2/12. I will be getting a check but it has not changed on the wheres my refund

      1. Did you receive your check yet. I got a check too and it says sent 2/12/16 but still no check.

  33. Mine was filed on Jan 29, no progress as of yet on the refund site other than it was received. Glad that I didn’t vote for Obama.

    1. You are dumb! Whatay off the site if you don’t have anything meaningful to say pls

  34. My return was accepted on January 19th, still processing. Called on February 9th and was told that they could not tell me anything, I called this morning and am being told that I am going to be receiving a letter stating why it is still processing. That is all they could tell me. I to am depending on that money. I lost my job at the end of January. Anyone know of any resolution?

  35. Found out this morning that my refund is on hold till I get a letter from them about what is wrong and what they need!! I’m no accountant I don’t do taxes I just went to TurboTax and answered questions and put in the figures from my w2 but now they are saying I have to do the healthcare form 1095 A but I didn’t have that healthcare so I called them but it will take them a month to correct it so I’m just sending it in but now I have to fill out another form to go with the 1095 A!! So confusing!! But sad reality is I’m not getting my refund anytime soon!! Advice though is to call the irs early!! I called at 7am and got through ok and was told what was wrong but I have to wait for the letter to come in the mail so that’s the big problem waiting for the letter!! I will keep you updated and hopefully I will get my money by April!! So sad and mad at the same time!! Don’t know what’s gonna happen with all the loans I owe!!! Good Luck everybody!!! Hope yous have better luck then me!!

    1. Mine still says that it was mailed today. I will check tomorrow and see if it is updated. I hav not heard anything else.

  36. I called the irs and they said there was a hold and that she would send over for referral she had to verify my identity and that it can take 12 weeks from today for me to get my refund or they would request additional info. Will it really take that long

  37. best way to get in contact with the IRS is call the report fraud number and someone will answer right away and say what your question is but the IRS cant give you any information until 21 days after you have filed

  38. My WMF states I should receive my refund by February 10th. It’s Feb 10th and it’s not deposited to my bank account as yet. Very frustrating.

  39. I e-filed online through H and R block..I chose to have my refund added to their emerald card (which I have recieved already) but they said the refund will be added in 7-21 days after the I.R.S. accepted my return. Then I got an “estimated” refund date, which is 21 days from the day the I.R.S. accepted my return. My question is that date final? Or is it pretty much the latest date? Or can it come earlier than the 21 day, estimated date I was given?

  40. Ridiculous ddd Feb 10 after filing on 1/22 its right at the 21day mark, was hoping it would come at least one day early, checked account this morning no such luck

    1. That’s two days early tho…A total of 19 days if you filed on 01/22 and receive it 02/10

  41. Filed taxes with turbo tax 01/22/2016 accepted same day. Been waiting for a change in status at 9pm @ PST irs2GO & IRS website doesnt show me the status bar anymore just says your tax return is still being processed and a refund dd will be provided when available

    1. I did mine on 1/21/16 with TurboTax and I am going through the same exact thing!! Mine was accepted in 10 min, I was so happy thought I would have it by now the 21st date is tomorrow and its still stuck on accepted!!! It’s been on accepted for 21 days now! I am beyond frustrated looking everyday for a change and still nothing!! I did get my state which is nothing but I don’t understand what’s going on!! Now the bar’s are gone for 2 days now but still saying accepted!!! This don’t make sense to me a girl at my job did hers and got it in her account in a week and I’m still waiting for anything to happen!! I’m gonna call irs tomorrow not that I think that will help any but I’m just stuck at what to do next!!! I’m so confused and frustrated!! I don’t know if it has to do with TurboTax or the irs!!! Either way this is so not fair they should go in the order that they are received!! Everybody after me has already gotten theirs!!!

    2. Me too! Accepted on jan 22nd, I’m still on F’ing processing! I am really stressed waiting for my money. :( Hope they get their act together soon! I called and they told me it was a system error..well, fix it! If I owed them money they sure wouldn’t accept my system error excuse!

  42. My tax return has said still processing for two weeks now feel so screwed.I am homeless now because I lost my job on Xmas and haven’t been able to find one.I have a pregnant girlfriend and we desperately need this money why are they playing with my emotions.has any one seen or can give me any hope on this or what I need to do to get my return asap? “Still processing will provide refund date when available”HELP

    1. I have been having the same issue I filed on the 19th was also accepted the 19th. When. I checked WMR on the 29th i received the same message you have. I called over and again to and was told that my return was being held and that I had to verify my Identity and was given a number to call and do so which I did. I passed the series of questions but was then told it could still take 9 more weeks to process my refund. I hope it doesn’t take that long after I call the taxpayers advocate service tomorrow morning. I hope this helps you.

      1. My refund went from recvice to please check your information u enter and renter it again I did that same thing

    2. Contact an irs tax advocate. If a delay in taxes cause you financial hardship they may be able to help you get your refund faster.

    3. I am in the same boat I called irs this morning and they told me that I will recieve a letter soon telling me that my refund is being reviewed

    4. My status bar went away Sunday morning my 21st day passed Wednesday . I havent received anything by mail for any errors I filed mine to recive on a net spend card received the card in no time . Now when I call I talk to animated systems can’t get through and desperate to pay rent before I’m evicted.. mother of 4 and really don’t have patience with them at the moment … I filed through turbo tax also which I have always done but won’t again I have friends who did it through the irs and got there’s in 4 days … Hopefully something will change for all of us best of luck

  43. I can’t believe this I have been waiting since the 21st!! It has been stuck on accepted for almost 3 weeks now!! My money is supposed to be here in 2 days and its still stuck at accepted!! I really don’t understand what’s going on!!! This is horrible and frustrating and to not know what’s going on is the worst!!!! I just wish they would give us our money or at least answers!!!

  44. Very happy to have our refund by 2/10. Checked my H&R card this morning nothing yet. I’ll try again tomorrow if not wednesday for sure.

  45. I’m getting so frustrated it has never taken this long to get my refund. And when I call I can’t get a real person. It has been stuck at accepted since the 25th.

  46. UPDATE : I lost my WMR bar that said Accepted as of 11:00 A.m.. WMR now states your tax refund is still being processed a refund date will be provided when available. Has this occurred to anyone else? If so how soon after did you receive a DDD date? Is this a step in the receiving direction? My 21 days is up tomorrow 2/9.

    1. Last year that happened to me. I received my return in May when I submitted my return in February. What happened was that my return was flagged and needed additional review. Hopefully, that’s not your case.

    2. You may have to verify your health care i had the same problem faxed my 1095 a form this morning then called the irs then he said allow 6 weeks to process smh

    3. Yes mine is saying the same and when I contacted irs they’re saying it’s under review

  47. I myself was accepted the 19th. My 21 days is up tomorrow on 2/9. The where is my refund tool still says my refund is being processed. I was succesful at ordering both tax transcripts last week and thought i would see a DDD but never did. I know a few people who filed the beginning of February and already have direct deposit dates.Seems like all the ppl who were accepted Feb 19th are still waiting so i wonder Whats the hold up?? It’s beginning to annoy me that there are still no updates to my refund

  48. It’s been over 21 days and still no updates, tried calling the irs and all it does is give me an automated system. How can I actually reach a person?

    1. Call this number 1-800-829-0582 and enter ext 652. That will connect you to a live person immediately

  49. Hi I was wondering if anone else got the topic 201 or is it a general message for everyone

  50. Filed the 14th, accepted the 19th and mine still says processing. I’d love to know what’s going on…everyone seems to have gotten there money or at least know when they are getting there refund. I am supposed to have mine by the 9th but it’s not looking that way :/

    1. I myself was accepted the 19th. My 21 days is up tomorrow on 2/9. The where is my refund tool still says my refund is being processed. I was succesful at ordering both tax transcripts last week and thought i would see a DDD but never did. I know a few people who filed the beginning of February and already have direct deposit dates.Seems like all the ppl who were accepted Feb 19th are still waiting so i wonder Whats the hold up?? It’s beginning to annoy me that there are still no updates to my refund.

      1. I agree! My app still says processing and will provide an update when available. Got ahold of someone today and they said if I didn’t get my refund this week try calling next week. Are you serious? No help!

  51. I filed 2/1 so far still on accepted. Checked to see if I have offsets and luckily I don’t, but can’t order my transcripts yet so that’s probably not a good sign. Been following a group on Facebook and last night almost half of them received their second bar and DDD today. A lot of them filed in January so I understand they have been waiting a long time but a lot of them also filed on 2/1, 2/2, and 2/3 and received theirs as well. I just don’t get it. I know they tell us not to depend on our refunds but we do. I was let go from my job on Xmas Eve and thankfully I had enough in saving to cover January’s bills but I was expecting my refund in a timely manner so I wouldn’t have to stress in February. This is just such complete Bs. At least process them in order or let us know what the damn hold up is. Ok just needed to vent.

    1. Per the IRS – Will ordering a transcript help you determine when you’ll get your refund? No, a tax transcript will not help you determine when you will get your refund. This is among the common myths and misconceptions that are often repeated in social media. The codes listed on tax transcripts do not provide any early insight into when a refund will be issued. The best way to check on your refund is by visiting “Where’s My Refund?” IRS transcripts are best and most often used to validate past income and tax filing status for mortgage, student and small business loan applications and to help with tax preparation.

    2. The offset number isn’t always correct i called several times with it saying i had no offsets then my refund got approved with a offset of 1700 and the offset number still says i don’t have any offsets

  52. I have seen where people have stated wmr told them their refunds were being used to satisfy a debt but they still received there refund dammit I hope I get lucky like that I say that because the irs took my refund last yr which was supposed to cover it..I do owe workforce but the letter I received in Dec stated the dept of finance would take state refund to apply…

  53. People must have they ddd because no one is complaining about they taking to long. But anyway they are releasing dates all this weekend. Keep checking back

  54. As previously stated, I also filed very early and was finally approved last night with a DDD of 2/10. Not sure why it took so long, but I think next year I’ll wait to file a bit later that way I don’t have to wonder why it’s taking so long.

  55. PPU filed 1/15 accept and hour later and I was finally approved with a ddd of 2/10 last night

  56. Filed 1/31 and accepted the same day. Ordered my transcripts yesterday and woke up this morning and it was approved…DDD is set for 2/10.

  57. Accepted the 1-12 went from one bar to none to prossessing for weeks now is there some kind of delay or explanation?

  58. I call the irs today, accepted on 1/20 still processing it said and no bar for last week.. All they told to wait until Wednesday are they kidding.. I have a sick family and they are in there death bed.. Don’t have money to travel, I’m so piss because I did my taxes early.. I did the taxes early this year because I know my family need me there.. If my uncle pass way I can’t go because the irs playing games I’m going to go off them. All that I want to know that if there a problem so it can be solved early.. I already call the offset number, no offset as of today.. Irs get off your butt and send people there refunds because a lot of people there need there refunds.. For bills, rent, car, and other things.. I hope everyone getting there refunds soon..

  59. Per turbotax people who’s returns were accepted the same day as mine, already have their refund. Why is it taking so long to get mine?

    1. Wow! I dont know how you guys filed but I filed on a site that has no fee. So is this a punishment for not going to Turbo Tax or the overly priced tax companies?

    2. I filed using turbotax too and I filed and was accepted on the 25th and still nothing just says accepted.

  60. It does look like there\’s a delay to people who filed early. I filed on the 14th and was accepted on the 15th, yet I don\’t even had a DDD yet and i\’m without any bars. According to Turbo Tax, only 49% of people who filed the same day as me have received their money which is far below the 90%. 21 days comes on the 8th and it\’s not looking like 9 out of 10 people will make that deadline. I\’m not in any desperate need for my refund, but some communication in the mail or an email from the IRS would definitely be appreciated.

    1. I filed the 14th, then mine was accepted on the 19th…. my wmr bars disappeared for a week, then it finally updated today saying I will get my $ on February 10th. Alot of my friends have been waiting awhile

  61. I am happy to see a deposit date for Monday. After our experience last year (didn’t get refund till end of September) I was dreading filing this year.

  62. I filled on the 25th and mine is still stuck at has been received. Im getting very frustrated right now.

    1. I filed and was accepted on 1/27. No movement, but others who were accepted same day already have their refunds. Makes no sense! I have never had a delay like this.

    2. Mines still saying that as well I filed on the 22nd and it was accepted on the 23rd very frustrating

      1. i filed 1/22 and was accepted, i lost my bars and tax topic 152 on 1/30 and since then it states still being processed and a ddd will be provided when available.

  63. My husband and I filed on 1-20 thru turbo tax accepted the next day and has been processing since I don’t even have a bar. I have people who filed on the 29th get theirs today? What could cause the delay? Should I be worried?

      1. Me and my Wife are having the same issue we filled on the 20th and got accepted on the 21st as well.. I was starting to get worried but know that I see we are not the only one’s with this issue it makes me feel a little better about things.

        1. I filed on the 21st was accepted an hour later and was told via TurboTax I would have mine by Feb 11th the latest but here it is 2-8 and still stuck at accepted!! I never had this problem and the worst part is there is no way to find out what is going on!!! Same thing with my daughter she filed on 23 and was accepted right away but still stuck on accepted!! Don’t know what’s going on but we need our money this is crazy!! They didn’t wait to take the taxes why do we have to wait so long!!And the worst part is most people I know filed after me and got theirs already!!! What is going on it would be nice to know!!!

  64. I filed on the 15th and accepted on the 20th, today it says I can order my return transcript. Does that mean I should be getting a DDD soon because WMR is still at one bar.

  65. Here’s one for you. My husband and I filed a joint return. When I check wmr under his social, he has no bars and the still processing message. Under my social, I have 1 bar for the same tax return. Either way, still no refund and we filed on 1/18 and supposedly the return was accepted on 1/20.

  66. Filed the 19th. One bar. I filed with my sisters. They both received theirs yesterday. I think my frustration comes from being kept in the dark. The IRS made it very clear by saying that their computers were down yesterday, yet DDD were made and bars were moved. I understand that things come up but this is beginning to look like a cover up for something else. It is very aggravating knowing that you are sitting at one bar when a person who filed days after you are already receiving their money. We will get it , yes, but just like they expect all the answers when we send in our returns, I think it’s only fair that we receive answers about when we will get ours back.

    1. Omg, this is so frustrating. I’m relieved that someone else understands how I feel, I’m still stuck on 1 bar….my sanity is being tested. My brother who filed after me received his refund and I’m still on 1 bar

      1. Hate to say I’m your not alone i filed 1/17 and NOTHING still 1bar. My co-worker filed 1/29 and got hers today and her return was much more than mine.. NERVE WREAKING

    2. Man I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one but sorry for everyone else’s misfortune! Idk what’s going on but I was supposed to get mine today and its still on accepted!

  67. I just can’t anymore I lost my one bar 4 days ago, it still saying processing for last two weeks since I filed and received.. Now this computer glitch, this is just the irs buy time to get the money to send the refunds.. I know people that filed a week after me they already have received there refund.. First and last time I will filed early.. I was accepted on 1/20/2016..

    1. A friend of mine did hers on the 24 and she received her refund on feb 3. i filled mine on the 21st and it shows one bar. So aggravating but your money is being taken before the paycheck hits your hand or companies are fined for sending taxes in late.

  68. Hello,
    Everyone i submitted my refund thru taxact on 1/19 and i owed a debt for a student loan and my refund was approved on yesterday with a deposit date of feb 5th.

  69. I filed my taxes on 1/12 was accepted on 1/14. I still haven’t heard anything No bar , No DDD , No date. Today is the 21 days for me and I try calling and can’t get a hold of anybody. This is crazy I need my money.

  70. Me and my mom are both tired of waiting this is all insane. We have NEVER waited this long before. Really hope they get the computers back up and have our taxes soon. Filed on 1/27/16 and accepted on the 29th. Trying to be patient because i know others have been waiting longer but they need to fix all of this mess!

  71. I filed early got accepted on the 14 of january but my thing still say processing. I heard theyre having a problem with the system. Hope i get it soon coz its taking forever.

  72. My tax laid texted me today she told me the where’s my refund system is down so people aren’t getting dates or the bars are just gone just check ur account daily. I did my tax return on the 14th n yet gotten anything back … So I hope I gave y’all some good info……

  73. Me and my wife filed through turbotax on 1/22 we always filed separately. turbo tax stated it got accept by IRS. when i look at their website mines still shows pending, her already says sent for deposit. why s mines taking so longer than usual

  74. I’m so nervous…. I filled my taxes Jan 14th and its still not saying approved…. My bars dissapeerd today so I hope that means they will be approved soon I don’t care hw long it takes for me to get them I just want to know that they will get approved and there is no issues!

  75. I filled on Jan 14th and got approved on the 19th still at one bar and no deposit date. What’s going on.

  76. I filed 1/19 and was approved the same day. I’ve got two bars and it is supposed to be in my bank TODAY 2/3- WHERE IS IT?- my bank dosent even say pending!

  77. Frustrated again can’t call can’t chk status it said I exceeded my daily limit. If u call it hangs up on u. Wats really goin on?

  78. I think they’re updating now, both phone number and site are unavailable. Filed on the 25. I had two deductions, one was there last year and the year before, one new because I had my daughter in March 15. Used TaxAct.

  79. Its been almost two weeks since I filed wmr still saying return accepted I filed on January 21st

    1. The exact thing is happening with me….im getting so nervous. ..i filed mine and my sister’s on the 22nd and she has hers mine is still saying accepted

    2. I am in the same boat and am getting a bit anxious since more and more people are getting approved and I’m still sitting at “processing” and my bar recently disappeared. It’s never taken me this long to get approved and if something was wrong, I figure I would have heard something by now.

      1. Yeah it is pretty nerve racking when you have been waiting 2 weeks and someone get theirs in 7 days.

  80. Ok I was able to order both transcripts yesterday, today I got an update saying take action and code 151. Everyone says its EIC, but we haven’t changed anything for years. But we did forget to file unemployment that caused us to get more refund then we should, we called turbo tax and they said to wait until we get our refund and then do an amended return and send the difference. So could it just be the unemployment causing this or is it for sure the dreaded EIC proof thing?

    1. and filling an amended return is no big deal, u just have to send in the paperwork, u cant file an amended return thru on line..k i did it last year, no problems at all. very easy.

  81. I filed with tax act online on January 12 its only being processed still not saying nothing at all

    1. I covered it in this article, but When you don’t have any bars on the WMR it usually doesn’t mean anything is wrong. Sometimes when you check your tax refund status and the bars are missing, they reappear as soon as the next day so you can relax. As you will see with a lot of the comments here there are lots of others who have no bars. Give it a few days, even a week, before you throw yourself into a frenzy — because your WMR bars might reappear quickly and mean nothing. Just a few users see a change in the way their tax return is being processed and often the Where’s My Refund Status will update with other instructions if you need to do anything.

      1. Well Help me out…..I filed 1/19 my bars have been gone since 1/22….ive called they keep saying nothings wrong…..what do you thinks up?

  82. Makes me wonder about the people that are working at the IRS. We hear something different from someone different every time we call. At least if you could get a straight answer (or a truthful one or an educated one) from the same person each time you call it would help. Still waiting! :(

  83. Where is my refund ! H.R.Block agent sent a letter to the IRS of 6/26/2015 for the refund of $1,143 for
    2013. I have called many times and latest info was that the case # 1068623 had arrived for audit 6/2015
    My wife has passed 12/1/2015 and I NEED this money, please give me the latest on this grossly overdue
    return —-GCZ

  84. Here it is Jan. 8th and still haven’t received our income tax refund for 2014 that we filed last year in Feb. Did finally get a letter from the IRS in the mail last week after talking to them in Dec. Said we should get the refund soon. Well, I won’t hold my breath. Been fighting the IRS about this for almost a year now. Don’t know if we should file this year till we get back refund for last year. I wonder if anyone else has had this kind of trouble for this long? Also wonder if we ever do get our refund if interest will be added to it?

    1. Having the exact same problem. I’ve received two notices in the mail, both saying that my return was under review. The last on I received on March 24th, 2015, said that the review would be completed by May 04th, 2015. Okay, so here we are in 2016, and I still haven’t received mine. I’ve tried calling the IRS countless times, but I can never seem to get through to anyone. I often here a previously recorded message that says no one is available to take my call.

      This is a HUGE pain in the ass. Especially since now the online “where’s my refund” tool no longer even finds my return. I’ve decided to go to H&R Block tomorrow with the hopes that they will be able to help me locate my missing return. I’m more than frustrated at this point. If I owed the IRS the amount of money they owe me right now, they’d be all over me about it, hounding me, or garnishing my wages. Sickening.

        1. Contact your local text advocate for help. We spent months with our advocate helping us. They can get information that we cannot get and they can put a rush on things. Our problem was that the company my husband worked for wouldn’t verify his employment without his concent. Of course no one told us that the IRS and the employer were not getting anywhere and that they needed his concent. I really hope this will help you all.

        2. H&R Block, will do absolutely NOTHING to help you.
          I know this from EXPERIENCING the same thing, that all of you, on this website have.
          I spent over “3 & 1/2” weeks on the phone, with the IRS… all while H&R Block claimed they would do NOTHING, to help me.
          NEVER AGAIN, will they do my taxes.
          To make matters worse… H&R Block CONTINUALLY harassed me, for THEIR outrageously HIGH fee, to be paid PRONTO.
          All, while NOT GIVING A S***, that my taxes were NO WHERE close, to being distributed to me.

  85. Well, commented back Sept 2nd because hadn’t received refund. Now it is Dec 3 and still haven’t received refund. Have called several times since Sept. Last call waited forever to get someone and they looked into it and said they would call us within two weeks. Been almost a month since that call. Still haven’t received call or refund. This is absolutely the most ridiculous thing I have ever encountered. It is crap and I think the IRS is crap and crooked to boot. It needs to be abolished!

    1. Wow, Connie! Completely unacceptable. I would be storming into that I.R.S. office, if I were you.
      I would also, be trying to contact “news media outlets”, to bring this subject, to light.
      I think WAY, WAY more people, are experiencing this problem, than most are aware of.
      This is just ONE of FEW sites, that was created, for people to vent. But, I would guess that there are THOUSANDS of people, just like you, who STILL have not received their refund.
      Scary. Scary world we live in, nowadays. Government, are flat-out thieves. No other explanation.

  86. Irs tax advocate can only help you if you are about to go dumpster diving for food, or if you are having to live in a tent due to hardship from not getting your refund. I just wanted some answers like what is holding my refund up? What do they need to complete it? Wouldn’t even look into it. That’s our tax dollars at work. I only called since it’s been over 8 months since I filed, and no one has any answers.

  87. My 92 year old mother had her accountant file her taxes online in March. She received a letter from the IRS two weeks later asking her to verify her SS# and personal info. It is now October 13th and every day I check that stupid “Where’s My Refund” website that says the same thing, Your refund is still being processed!! This is bullshit!!!!! There’s no one to call and it seems none of our elected officials actually give a crap. What if my mother had no family and needed this money desperately to live on. There is something so wrong about this agency. Why isn’t something being done??

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