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

[2021 IRS refund schedule] The latest tax season has been more of the same with long processing delays and delayed refund payments for many tax payers. This is due in large part to the processing and payment of two further rounds of stimulus checks (recovery rebate credits) by the IRS and new tax legislation under the Biden ARPA bill to provide pandemic relief.

This all meant that the the IRS has had to push out the start of processing 2020 tax returns by two to three weeks to February 12, 2021 and have delayed the end of the regular 2020-2021 tax season to May 17th, 2021. It is expected that tax returns and refund processing will stretch well into summer as the IRS clears a large back log of current and past tax year returns, in addition to making catch-up stimulus payments.

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The estimated 2020-2021 refund processing schedule table below has been updated to reflect the delayed start and extension to the tax season. Note that refund deposit dates could be much longer than shown (the IRS says on average most refunds are processing by 21 days) if your return is pulled for additional security or manual processing checks. To get the exact date of your refund payment check the IRS’ Where is My Refund (WMR) tool/app.

It’s also important to note that not all states have extended their tax due deadlines, so check with your states’ tax or treasury website for when your state or local taxes are due in 2021. Failure to pay state taxes could result in penalties.

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.

You can also see earlier updates from prior tax seasons and the nearly 4000 comments around dealing with delayed tax refund processing issues! So stay tuned and subscribe to get the latest updates and helpful articles for the upcoming tax season. I also post regular Youtube video updates on tax related topics like this article.

2020 IRS Tax Refund Processing Schedule in 2021

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

The estimated tax season refund payment dates schedule is 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.

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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[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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3,979 thoughts on “2021 IRS Tax Refund Processing Schedule and Direct Deposit Cycle Chart – When Will I Get My Refund!”

  1. I mailed mines in on the 2/02/17 and it was received by the 6th. Wmr didn’t show it being received until they started processing it on the 2/17/17 and has been showing processing ever since. I decided to call today and they told me it was under review but they’re done and suppose to be releasing my funds today, a hard check for some reason. Even though they released my funds it doesn’t mean they’re gonna cut a check today and it could take up to 4 weeks to receive it. If I don’t receive it in 4 weeks I was advised to call back . I hate the fact I paid my taxes on time but it’s taking so long for me to get my loan back

  2. Was just informed by IRS that my returns are held for identity verification BUT they said they sent the required letter to the wrong address–and I have to wait for a new one (2 weeks to send), wait for an appointment, and then 9 weeks to process. I’m now three more months away. Unemployed, overdrawn, broken. The only option to provide the money to take care of my kids is my life insurance–I have to provide for my kids, by any means necessary. I’m afraid this is my only option–I’ve have thought this through and see no other way. I did everything the way I was supposed to, but they didn’t–and now my family is going to pay an incredible price. I just can’t do this anymore.

    The posts in here have been helpful–thank you. I hope everyone’s issues work out and refunds start appearing–and I truly hope none of you folks feel compelled to take such drastic actions as I have decided to. Best of luck.

    • David….I’m not sure if you have a relationship with God but I just want you to know that God is a provider. Keep your head up and trust and believe that death is not the answer. Quick money goes fast. A life insurance policy payout will not sustain your family forever, but you as the head of your family will. God is amazing and your life is more valuable that money. I must say, suicidal thoughts is from the devil and the Devil is a liar. Hold on, your money is on the way. In the mean time don’t give up. God has a plan for everyone and if you haven’t gotten to know him, try him. He’s a great friend, doctor and provider. I hope and pray you are able to receive this message in time and know that life is more valuable than money…..May God bless you and your family with all that you need.

  3. i filed through turbo tax, and it says ive been accepted. irs accepted me on Feb. 24th.
    but on my “wheres my refund” timeline it still says processing. is this normal? im supposed to get my taxes on the 17th at the latest. im scared something is wrong.

      • Im supposed to get my deposit tomorrow too. Can anyone comment then and let the rest of us if theirs came? Lol ive been through enough and im worried it wont come when it says

      • mine was also accepted on the 22nd and they are still saying they are processing it as of the 7th. What gives none of the “schedules” are correct. I know it is an estimate but they sated that it would be the 3rd when direct deposit was supposed to go through. Guess I’m nervous also!

      • WMR says my refund was sent to my bank account on 3/8 (yesterday) Today it’s still not there. Did anyone get theirs yesterday?

    • mine said deposit today and it is not there ……and when looking at the website it does not show sent ..but when I look at the refund calendar it says March 10th …..did anyone else get there money today??

  4. Just got off the phone with the IRS about 10 minutes ago. Finished return on Jan. 19th via Turbo Tax. Cust. Service Rep told me that they didn’t start accepting returns this year until Jan. 29th (first I’d heard of that.) Also was told that I should have a letter any day now requesting an additional piece of information, but of course she couldn’t tell me what that was and it couldn’t be handled over the phone (would have been too easy.) All the while I’ve been checking WMR multiple times per day and have had the same message since Feb. 16th “we have received your return and it is being processed.” The ultimate kicker is that this action required by the letter I’m receiving could extend my timeline out 30-45 days! Unbelievable.

  5. Is ther anyone who got their federal but is still waiting for their state?i filed and got accepted for both on Jan 31st federal got held because of the child credit but i got it on Feb 22nd,when i check my state however it says it has been received and thats all the information they have i am in NY,there are a couple other people i know who have not received their state refund either, this is the first year its taken this long for me.

    • I filed on Jan 30th of 2017
      Never had a problem before
      Yet, still am waiting for both of my federal and state. I am sure the IRS staffs daddies and mommies have gotten theirs the week of February 18th.

  6. The IRS is a flipping joke. I’m *hoping* Trump has some influence in changing how the IRS works (or getting rid of it altogether) in the near future. We had our return accepted by the IRS on February 10th, and opted for direct deposit, and STILL NO REFUND. Pathetic.

      • I filed mine on the 22 still nothing still saying Your tax return is still being processed, no bar. The scheduled above said i was supposed to get it today nothing in my account.

  7. So if there’$ gonna be a 140 million filers this year… there must be a 1 million irs employees working there so they can process all of us in just 3 months. I wonder if they process themselves first and their families and their friends next…so the rest of us have to wait so long haha…Im serious. Good luck everybody.

  8. I filed in January and got approved the same day but still here it is March and haven’t received my refund?

  9. I just want to say how helpful all of your comments have been for me today and how grateful I am to have found this site. I’m experiencing basically the same thing as everyone else. My status still says received and processing. I have not received a letter. I did have the EIC and when I spoke with the IRS last week the rep said my return looked fine and there was no action needed. He said to just be patient. I’m so glad to hear that other people are going through this and hopefully we will all get the funds we need soon. Luck to you all.

    • Me too! So frustrated with this. This is the first year that I have ever had this problem. Today is day 21. The status has been received and processing for about 20 days now. I called today, got a hold of a live person (finally), and he transferred me to the status line….. OMG!

  10. Filed Feb. 6th and they received it the same day.
    Called the IRS two weeks ago and they told us they were sending out a letter Mar. 6th (today). We called again this morning and they said it wouldn’t get here until the 13th.

    Because my husband just lost his job, we called the tax advocate service and were denied help because when we filed we had applied for a refund advance loan (which we were denied for). So, now we’re most likely going to be evicted or at least without utilities with the small children in the house. What can we do? Is there even anything we can do?

    • Tired of the bull I called last week and was told I should have already received a letter stating that I was under review but haven’t received any letter. I decided to call back this morning and spoke with a tax advocate who said that they are not mailing the letter out until the 13th of this month I filed on February 9th and it was accepted the same exact night I thought about seeing if the tax advocate could help if I still don’t receive a letter by the end of next week I’m tired of the waiting game. If I receive the letter I will keep you posted because the irs said they didn’t need any additional information from me but tax advocate said it’s very likely they do need more info

      • Same situation! I’m waiting on the letter they said will be mailed March 13th. Why wasn’t it mailed earlier!? I’m so tired of this nonsense.

      • We did get our letter today. When we had called they said nothing was wrong. And the letter basically says the same but they’re running it again just to make sure and we should just wait. 60 days from the date of the letter (3/3). Hoping that they’ll run it sooner and see that nothing is wrong.

        Hope for the best for you!!

        • Hopefully yours will come soon! I hope my letter comes on time and says the same thing! Thanks for the updates

  11. My return was accepted on 2/4 and I still have yet to see it. It should have been direct deposited the 17th…. No clue what is going on.

  12. I just called the IRS again. I filled on the 6th of Feb and it’s still a delay with my returns. The report said I’m going to get a cp05 letter. Anyone received that letter yet?

    • Yes , I filed 1/21 accepted 1/23
      Path message from 1/25 – 2/17
      Ordered transcripts 2/24
      Received cp05 letter stating their still processing my return an I need to take no actions .
      Cycle 20170405 processing date 2/13
      150 , 766 , 768 , 570 dated 2/20/17
      971 dated 2/27/17 and I’m still waiting …….

      • I just called today (March 8, 2017 at 9:00am EST). I filed my taxes on 02/10/2017. Was told I have a CP05 letter being sent via mail on 3/13/2017. Also said I need to take no actions and it could take up to 2 weeks for the letter to arrive in my mailbox. I think they are intentionally holding everyone’s money because they know next year additional cuts will be coming from Trump. Gee…..Thanks!!

        I’m a hard working mom of 3 and we needed that money to get through the end of the school year with spring break camp costs, end of year field trips, paying off debt etc. like many of you probably reading this.

        This waiting game sucks! I wish they would just keep it real because they have no problem snatching taxes biweekly from my paycheck.

  13. Filed on the 4th of February got accepted on the 15th. Its now March 6th still haven’t got my refund called the irs Thursday they told me that i will be getting a letter in the mail sayings why its taking long to process and an actually date i get my redund that can also take up to 2 weeks to get. Very frustrating! We need our money!

  14. “still processing…will provide a refund date when available”–the IRS is “still processing” but I’m still bleeding money. In all honesty, I am down to $130 in the bank, $43 in my pocket, and a couple of decent personal belongings remaining to take to a pawn shop. My 13 year-old actually tried to lend me the $300 he has saved (he lives with his mother)–I almost cried (but I was also really proud of him). He actually is worth more than I am at the moment. It’s hard enough day in and day out to live this way, but right now it is compounded with a feeling that my government is failing me. I might be unemployed right now, but I earned that refund last year when I had a good job–that’s my money. If I had worked with the unbelievable (and inexcusable) inefficiency and insensitivity of the IRS, I would I have been fired before the end of my first day in my job. Worst part about that is, no one with any power/influence/compassion will care enough to hold this bloated government agency responsible. This might seem like a strong statement to some, but I feel that unquestionably our government has failed us. Of the people, by the people, and for the people–what a joke.

  15. So this is the message I have on IRS2GO

    There is a delay in processing your tax return.
    If you have questions or need additional information, please have the following on hand when you call: A copy of this page. A copy of your tax return. The Social Security Number, Filing Status, and refund amount claimed on your return. Any notice that you have received concerning your refund.
    Please mention reference number 1541 to the IRS Customer Service Representative
    IRS Hours of Service: Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    On WMR…there is a exclamation mark and the word ACTION.

    Any comments?

  16. My taxes where excepted January 23 2017 and they have been saying processing every sense. I called the hot line on February 17th and a lady wouldn’t tell me anything. She asked me if I got a letter or a message. And I have not received any notification also she told me not to call back until 4 weeks later to the day I called . today is March 5 th and my return still says processing . When will I get a notice? Or will I even get my refund ?

    • I am still waiting for my refund or a notice on my refund . It has been 9 weeks now and heard nothing. I finally called a tax advocate to see if they could help and I no is they held mine to verify my income . That should tell the IRS I am in need of my money to live on . In stead they hold it and don’t tell me nothing so it will even take that many more weeks to get it . This system need to get fixed because it’s not working for the poor people like me .

      • A friend of mine did this for her Louisiana state return:

        “They are holding to draw as much interest as they can before they have to release it. I’d be calling them every morning, find one person by name, and ask them everyday where your money is. I did that in Louisiana once, her name was Alice, lol that I remember that!! Anyway got my check five days later. I called her every morning for a week and on Friday I said I’ll talk to you Monday!! She no, you don’t have to!! “

    • Mine is doing the same thing but mine said a date will be given after Feb 15 then went back to processing.

  17. Am I the only one who is actually reading all of these posts by multiple people and is thinking ok im not alone but also WTF? This will definitely teach all of us something about next year Nd what to possibly expect as well….hopefully not though…still no update on mine…filed on the 2nd…accepted on the 2nd…still processing and after calling…under review but no letter or date yet

    • I still haven’t heard or received anything yet. I filed on 1/20 got accepted on 1/23. Called the tax advocate they transfer me to the IRS. I asked what the hold up was after still seeing they had received my return and still being processed. They told me that if I haven’t heard anything by 3/17 to call back. They also told me that I was not expected to get any letters, but they are taking a lot longer than they should with processing.

  18. I got a Tax 151 your appeal rights and before I filed my taxes I had an offset of 300 dollars to Department of workforce Development.After I filed my taxes I payed it off. Now when I call offset line I have no debt owed. Are they still taking my money even though I paid it and will my bar come back?

  19. Filed on Feb 20 said it was accepted. Website showed me the status then out of no where last Saturday it’s goes away. And now I just see msg your refund is still being process we will provide at date when one is available. Called irs was told that I should have a date by March 5th. Ummm really not sure if that’s going to happen. Haven’t received any letters In the mail been checking mailbox like crazy. Ugh
    Can someone plzzz let me know if they are having the same issue????

    • Jasmine I am having the same problem…filed on feb 2 and accepted the same day….still processing…was told im under review but the guy didbr knw why and that I will receive a letter

      • It’s crazy! because the lady that i spoke with told me that it was no additional information that they need from me. And I don’t receive a date by the 15th then give a call Back.

      • I was told I was being reviewed last Thursday and I would receive a letter in the mail after I have seen nothing but a date will be given when available. Today it says accepted and should be in my account on April 25. I’m confused. I don’t know what to believe anymore.

    • I was told yesterday that I was just put in the system for a cp05 letter. I was told 45days which is June 2 but that’s a Sunday so expect it June 3. Hope I see a change on wmr.

  20. Has anybody who filed on turbotax with dependents gotten their refund yet? They said the week of 27th but still nothing. Or gotten any new info about it? Lmk Thanks.

  21. I filed on Feb. 12th. Turbotax told me my refund was accepted. Haven’t received it yet. I went on WMR tool today. The info I got was “your refund has been delayed contact IRS” Does anyone know what this could mean?

    • WhAt happened ? I have the same message please keep me posted with any new infO and I as well will update you

  22. I filed and was accepted on Feb 8. A few days later the timeline on WMR disappeared and read there’s a delay in processing with code 1541. Finally today the timeline came back and said my refund was accepted and it will be sent by March 8. I’m guessing the IRS is just way behind. Have patience and everything will work out. My family needed this bad!

    • My online banking app says my refund will be posted tomorrow. Thank God. Our wonderful President is cutting funding to the IRS and that’s why it’s taking so long to process these returns.

      • I read this morning that the IRS paid out like $64million in fraudulent returns last year. They’re just trying to catch the errors because it costs them a lot of money. In addition, they’ve updated their systems and ran into some initial errors. This is what is causing a lot of the headache. Most of the returns that were fraudulent claimed the child tax credits. Hence the reason a lot of you are caught up.

        The state refunds are a different matter. California simply is staggering refunds because of lack of funds on their end. BS, I know, but unfortunately, we can’t do anything. The best we can do is to try to either owe or get nothing back.

  23. Update on my status of we have received your refund an. Its being processed… I filled online sith 1040.com on feb 11th an just today i got my approval an due date of refund its says the 8rh so i hope it does….

  24. Just wanted to let everyone know that I called and they said that I was under review and I would receive a cp05 letter and this could take about 60 days after receiving the letter to get my refund went on the IRS website just to check like normal I had an exclamation mark well well I also went to the WMR app and they both say expect your refund by March 8th and of course give till the 13 the to get to your bank!!! SO PLEASE CHECK TODAY I wasn’t expecting my return til May!!

    • Did you call yesterday?

      We had called late last week and they told us they’d be sending a letter on March 6th. Hopefully we’ll be lucky and get a date too!

      • I called March 1st and the rep said he didn’t even know when the letter went out??? I was waiting to receive it either today or next Saturday cause apparently that’s when they come but decided to check and it changed from that exclamation mark and on the WMR app to accepted and a date. .. I will definitely post on here if and when I actually see it in my account. Also I live in Georgia and fraud is big out here so a review is just to make sure.

    • Omggg thank you for saying that!!! I just checked mine and it said deposit date is March 8th as well!!! My day has been made!

      • Mines says the 8th too, but what if I didnt opt for direct deposit? How long will it take for them to mail my paper check after that? QTNA….

    • Same here checked my wmr and now I have a date for 03/08/2017 I’m definitely in a better mood now

      • Lucky you!

        I am still waiting for my letter saying that I will have a date posted on their website within or less than 45 days after I receive my letter. This is my second letter stating it’s being under review and no further actions is require but to wait for a date to be updated.

        My problem was I filed with my last pay stubs and I was unable to submit my W2 form in time.
        Hopefully everyone gets theirs in no time.

        Good luck everyone?

      • I did my taxes on 2/22 didn’t receive an update until 3/4 with a deposit date of 3/8! If you don’t have direct deposit on WMR says that people will receive there checks by mail by 3/10! Hope this helps everyone has so many things that can be done with their money! Bills, food, etc! Good Luck Everyone, Don’t spend toooooo much!

    • Marie I got told that same thing that I had a cp05 letter on file they told me they didn’t know if it was going to be mailed or not I filed on 2/7 and it was accepted. And now its been saying received return and its being processed been saying that for 2 weeks now I checked this morning and still the same thing..:-(

      • I got that same response but stay positive because that red exclamation thingy scared the crap outta me but I was also suppose to receive a letter and still haven’t but the date changed so stay positive because I googled the crap outta Cp05 and saw horror stories but I just said it’s because of the EIC and the Act Credit it’s coming Laura I’m gonna keep updating this feed when and if it deposits

      • Same EXACT boat! This is just crazy! Filed February 8 my gf filed on the 12th she got hers a week ago and has children! I’m guessing everyone that filed on 6th 7th or 8th of feb is experiencing this wicked delay! Code 1541… this is just craziness

        • No I filed 1/26 and got accepted the same day I have code 1541 no letters or nothing and I haven’t received my money yet

  25. My return was accepted on 2/11. Almost 2 weeks ago, I checked WMR and it had the big exclamation mark and said TAKE ACTION ! Please see below for more information about your refund. Well all it says below is:
    There is a delay in processing your tax return. That is ALL ! At the bottom it says if you have questions, Contact Us. When I click on the CONTACT US link provided in that statement, it brings up Reference Code 1541. I had tried to order my transpripts but it kept telling me they were not available. I was able to order them on Wednesday, both my Accoynt & Return Transcript BUT that same message is still there. Anybody??

  26. Filed and was accepted January 13th with EIC so I knew they wouldn’t start processing until mid February. Today I am still getting the “processing ” status so I called.
    I’m under a 60 day review which they started February 13th. No letter has been mailed yet but they have ordered one to be mailed. She couldn’t tell me for sure when but possibly March 13th. She said it would just say they are reviewing. There are no actions I need to take or further information they need from me at this point.

    Are the 60 days only business days or 60 days in general?

    This is incredibly frustrating.

  27. My taxes were accepted on January 28th. I got a letter about mid February saying they needed my 1095 and form 8962 to continue processing my return. I faxed them my info last Tuesday so its been about a week and a half since i did so…i went to see if i could order my transcript just now and i was finally able to. They say to give it like 6 to 8 weeks for my return to finally come after i sent that info, but im curious…does it mean i wont have to wait that long to get it since i was able to order my transcript? Ive been reading the comments and it seems like its good news so far. Anyone know if that means maybe itll come soon? Please help! Lol

  28. I filed my taxes back on January 13th when I got my w2’s. I showed a status bar initially but now show only the “received refund and is being processed” nonsense. They said my return was being held because of the EITC and Child Tax Credit which I was aware of prior to filing my taxes. Now, we’re obviously well past the 2/15 date of processing of those held returns but they won’t give me any information as to why it’s being held. I’ve tried every trick in the book to try and get them to give me some sort of information but nothing is working. I’ve been filing the same for the last 5 years since my son was born. I don’t see what the hold up is. If there’s an issue with something like needing to confirm my identity, just tell me and I’ll send what I have to. Stop having me be stuck in la la land and give me some sort of update.

    Starting to get incredibly frustrated over here.

      • Same here. Only difference is my husband was told last week that they would be sending a letter on March 6th. Why wait that long?? And they wouldn’t tell us what it would say it what was needed. It could even be a letter stating they were just going slow reviewing it. -_- so stupid.

      • Me either. And they said none have been generated (yet). It’s incredibly frustrating. It’s not that I NEED the money but it would certainly be nice considering I’m in the process of buying a home and would like the extra cash soon to cover extra closing costs and all.

        Hopefully we all get some sort of update soon.

  29. I filed my taxes Jan 16 2017. Only Actc and Eitc. Today is 03 03 17 I still haven’t received anything or a call back number, I check my status of my refund and it still “processing”. I need to know what’s going on with my refund seriously!!

    • Wow that’s a shame I filed mine on 2/22/17 and the IRS accepted it on 2/23/17 it’s the 3/4/17 I checked WMR and my status is still on the first bar which says tax return has been received tax topic 152 but last yr I got my taxes back in almost a week! And I have yet to receive a date and they haven’t approved it yet I filled two of my kids on my taxes and now they have us waiting longer when people have things to pay with there money!

  30. Sounds like a lot of you could benefit in attending Financial Peace University. I haven’t received my refund either, accepted on 23 Jan with Child tax credits and still no scrilla. I don’t need it, but I am pissed I gave the government an interest free loan and now they are buying “fake mustaches”…

  31. I filed my federal income tax on 1-24-17. I received the state but has been over a month in receiving the federal.

  32. I’m having to wait until March 10th for my refund to be mailed out, and the IRS stated that it will take 3-4 weeks to receive it.. My bank rejected it February 23rd, due to my tax preparer missed the first number of my DD account,

  33. I’ve been waiting since February 5th and still nothing what is going on!??? I didn’t have the earned income credit or the child tax credit what’s going on??? I got married in October 2016 filed joint still should have had it by now! The IRS.gov says it’s still processing how come I can’t talk to someone live???? I need the money got bills to pay this is BS!!!!!

  34. My refund was accepted on February 22nd and today is March 3rd the status has not changed (still processing) and I do not have earned income credit any type of chowder Day Care Credit nothing that should hold it Last year it only took 10 or 12 days to receive .
    I called the IRS and they told me I had to wait until March 15th before they could research it
    That is BS!

    • You and I are having the same issue with the same dates….I think they are just doing this on purpose honestly…I mean come on….I file the same every year….been at the same job for 16years……like wth man!!!!!i need my money horribly

  35. I filed on feb 2 and was accepted on the 5th…still waiting….called the irs today and im under review…for what? Don’t know and neither did the representative! No date but will receive a letter….sounds familiar to many of us huh!!! I have 3 kids and funds and really tight. I think I asked every question I could think of and it seems like noone knows anything there…..nevertheless….frustrated…annoyed…pist….all of the above

    • They told me the same thing. Mine were excepted on the 10th of February. I too have 3 dependants. Wow this sucks! I asked was their a window for how long it would take and i was told their is no time limit.

  36. I filed my tax return on January 23rd.. I haven’t received and notices or messages on WMR. It has just said refund being processed…. since the day after it was accepted.. I’m confused because I haven’t received any PATH msg.. I didn’t qualify for the EIC this year but I did get the ATC., not sure why it’s taking so long but I’m really concerned.

  37. Im sadly having a lot of the same problems. Im 21, single and have no children and nothing to really claim. My tax return was accepted Jan 31st and I waited the typical 21 days and I had nothing. Then the information bar completely went away and about 7 days later the IRS says its processing. My job made me part time for this month and I was really hoping for my tax money to help support me instead of the $35 dollars in my bank account. This sucks. Causing so many problems and heartache for people.

  38. Does anyone know if there is any way to get help before the dreaded 21 day wait has ended? I’m down to $300 in my checking after some bills, with no solid income on the horizon (I’m unemployed), so I’m really on the verge of collapse here. I’m in the “accepted 2/17–processing with WMR bars–bars disappear–stuck at the ‘still be processed…date will be provided when available’ stage.” I’m getting close to living in my car with my dog unless my refund arrives soon. Like most here, I’m unbelievably frustrated, but I’m also really scared. Does anyone have some insight on how I can find help, or am just stuck at the mercy of a mammoth, bloated, immoveable government bureaucracy? Sometimes I feel like I care more about this country than the government does…”of the people, for the people, and by the people”…my @ss…

  39. I just called the IRS they say my taxes are under review. My husband and I have four children, three of which are ours and a foster son. She told me I had to wait, it could take up to sixty days… We have never had any issues ever before, never had to pay ever, in fact we both pay in extra so we don’t. We need our money, like I said I have a family of four children and I am trying to do the right thing here by helping the government by raising some else child and not asking them for assistance. I know they have to keep us safe but I do think if records are under review there has to be a faster process. Btw I had my taxes done by a Brooker doesn’t that count in the governments eye for something. It’s not like I did the on line.

    • I was told the exact same thing yesterday! They say it’s not showing that I need to turn anything in but could take 60 days to process and will send out a letter telling me I’m being reviewed I’m soo disappointed I have 3 children and go the same method as well please keep me updated with your status I’m thinking about calling a tax advocate for help

  40. My taxes were filed on Feb 11th. I waited until the end of the month which my tax lady said I should get Federal by. I have already received state a week ago. It is now March 2nd and app is showing still being processed. If I don’t get it by the end of this week as far as bills go I will be in a lot of trouble ahhhhh. Where is my money!! My son is 2 and since having him I have always received it within 2 weeks. Getting nervous over here!!

    • I just got off the phone with the IRS and she stated that she isn’t showing any letters or anything but IF I haven’t heard anything by 3/17 to call them back.


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