Top Reasons for IRS Tax Processing and Refund Delays

If you are frustrated with delays in getting your tax refund and the inability to get a straight answer from the IRS, then take some small solace that you are not alone.

In fact per the Taxpayer Advocate Services’s Annual Report to Congress this IRS’s Failure to Answer the Right Tax Law Questions is the #1 problem identified.

The natural conclusion is that this harms taxpayers and undermines their confidence in the IRS. Here are other issues raised when dealing with the IRS (which you may be facing yourself!)

  • Difficulty Navigating the IRS and reaching the right personnel to resolve tax issues (see some tips here)
  • Holding IRS Employees Accountable
  • The IRS’s Fraud Detection Systems Are Marred by High False Positive Rates, Long Processing Times, and Unwieldy Processes which Continue to Plague the IRS and Harm Legitimate Taxpayers by delaying their tax processing and refunds
  • Measures taken by the IRS to Reduce Improper Earned Income Tax credit payments are not sufficiently proactive and unnecessarily burden taxpayers
  • Math error notices from the IRS around tax payer filings continue to be unclear and confusing, thereby increasing Taxpayer burdens
  • The IRS does not proactively use internal data to identify Taxpayers at risk of economic hardship throughout the collection process

Source – TAS

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12 thoughts on “Top Reasons for IRS Tax Processing and Refund Delays”

  1. Filed February 17th electronicly, did my own taxes and still waiting. Topic 152.
    Received a letter 30 days ago, but no stated reason why. Married, filed jointly with 2 children. I guess we just wait. Beyond frustrating.

  2. We filed February 4th. Was accepted. Then received letter late March said we were under review. A week later another letter stating there was nothing we needed to do but wait 60 days. In May we received another letter stating the same, no information requested, but to wait an additional 60 days. July comes, still no refund and no letter was mailed. Was hoping that meant good news!? Called irs. No good news. Same run around. A 4th letter was not issued but said they put in a referral for 1 to be issued or to release funds. And this process too takes 60 days. Frustrated beyond belief.

  3. I gave my tax return to the mail lady March 6th of this yr and since March 13th, they have been verifying i! So how many people have to verify your tax return, the auditor Ms Galloway says they have no more than 45 days to issue your refund.

    Well it’s been 65 plus days….. so where is my money?

  4. I filed on Jan 24th and have not received mine and just get letters that have not gave me a reason or anything just telling me to wait. I have filed exactly the same for years now. I do not understand.

  5. Filed through Turbo Tax E-file and was accepted by IRS on Feb 22. Went with direct deposit, after little over a month
    and jumping through rings of fire i finally got to speak to semi conscious
    Human who told me nothing except that even though it was accepted feb 22
    They are now going to change accepted date to April 15 and hold 60 days from then! Im single, no kids, and filed same for over 30yrs! You can’t tell me they are not illegally holding refunds!

  6. I am trying to figure out how much I need to deduct so I will not be hit with a large bill-like this year? Cannot get through an d if you d0- you are on hold and eventually-someone cuts you off and you start over again! Hire more people- this is ridiculous!

  7. I was wondering the same thing I filed back in Feb 22 an it was accepted I’m being told it’s still processing with 152 code.

  8. still waiting on my tax refund file on march 11th had to verify my idenity on the 29th of march still waiting on my refund didnt show in my direct deposit call the IRS they saying 9 weeks and another rep saying 6 weeks iam so confuse about this is there anyone else still waiting on there tax refund

  9. I filed my taxes on Feb. 2 and was accepted on feb.2 I’ve been processing for 34 days now with the 152 code. Why is it taking so long? When nothing has change except my job everything else is still the same. Any errors that was made was corrected. Why is it taking so long? I need real answers this is so aggravating and still can’t get a straight answer from real human voices…its so sad


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