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 filed and return was accepted Jan. 23, 2017. WMR has shown “your return has been received and it is being processed” ever since. I have had the same job for six years, same dependents and filing statues for 10 years, and do not itemize. It has been well over 60 days and I would like to know where my return is? This is highly unacceptable as the government takes their cut out from our earned wages weekly with no hesitation and now that they owe people money they are taking far longer then stated in their own published schedules. Whats the hold up?

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  2. I filed Feb.22 and it says the IRS accepted it so why the holdup with my refund. I COULD DIE WITHOUT MY MEDICATION FOR AS LONG AS YOU ARE TAKING. ALL IT SAYS ITS PROCESSING.WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THE GOOD LORD TO RETURN.HE’LL BE HERE BEFORE MY MONEY WILL

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  3. I filed online on Feb 18 and was approved for Fed and State refund on the 19th of Feb. I received my Fed but not my State. Today is April 3rd! Called the IRS, “experiencing high call volumes” they say… I called them at 7 AM! I am HIGHLY UPSET! I’ve always received my refunds 2 wks after filing online. THIS IS ABSOLUTE BULL!!!

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    • Yeah, you do know that if you got your federal but not your state that you should be calling your state Department of Revenue, right? I mean, they mail the state return checks or directly deposit the money to your bank account if that is the option you chose. You don’t call the IRS for state refunds. At least use common sense.

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  4. Can the processing go for longer than 9 weeks? I filed january 5th. Had to verify my identity on feb 17 and still nothing. Wth is going on?!?!

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    • I am now at 75 days since my return was filed (Jan 26) and still saying my return has been received and is being processed. No status bar. I was wondering if I should call, after reading all of your comments, I guess I should. I haven’t received a letter or anything to update.

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      • I filed mine on Jan 11th and it was accepted on Jan 23rd. WMR has been showing “We have received your tax return and it is being processed” since around Feb 1. Here we are 11 1/2 weeks later and it’s STILL “being processed”. I called the IRS a few weeks ago and was told SOMEONE is working on it, but there is no timeframe or additional information available. My attorney then advised me NOT to call the IRS because they will delay your return even longer each time you call. Real nice….

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      • Yes, you should call. Our situation sounds the same.. filed around the time you did and Nothing! Called on 4/27/2017 and the ta said she doesn’t know why it was on hold but she was sending in a request to have my funds released. She took down my number and said that it could take up to 30-60 days to hear back. Wtf!

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  5. I filed my tax return January 31 it is now april 1 I still have not received my return it has been saying it is being processed for the past 2 months ive tried to call every number possible to contact the irs and no luck so far so any help? maybe a number or something to contact the irs so I can find out what is taking so long on my return.

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    • Same is happening to me. I filed Jan 31 as well and mine is still processing. Have you heard anything or know how to talk to someone to figure out what’s going on

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  6. Filed on Feb 17 and the wmr says can not give any info it’s now the 31st I called and they told me it doesn’t show if they have it or not like seriously

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  7. Was accepted on march 16th 2017 and been same status ever since. Why isnt my status changing from accepted. Have tax topic 152 but haven’t received a letter.

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  8. This is so ridiculous! I have so many bills to pay and they’re getting further behind. Iv’e been waiting since Jan 30 and WMR still says processing. I called and they said it looks like I should expect to see it around April 6. They are still working on it. Really??? Got my state March 7. Is the government broke??? I just refuse look at WMR anymore. I’m just check my acct. My friend got her money 2 weeks ago and WMR on hers is still saying processing. Something is clearly wrong this year. I don’t trust the government. In changing my tax exemptions and get all my money now.

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  9. Ok Filed Feb 10th accepted 11th through turbo w/eic. Month later called then they say servers were down the day i filed its messed up and they are pushing it through. Weeks later called again and they say they need to send the Verification letter but no one sent it and they will have to send another…. Got letter in called verified and now its an estimated up to 9 weeks more till I get money. This is just silly at this point but for now it just says Still Processing and if yours does you NEED to call the IRS and check your mail!

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  10. I filed on Feb. 4th electronically. I received my state refund within 2 weeks. I still have not received my federal. I tried to check the status online and it tells me that they cannot provide any information. I also have not received anything in the mail. Anyone else have this problem?

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    • Good Morning, I have the same problem with receiving my State refund which I filed online (Tax Act) I was approved for both the day after I filed.(Feb 19th) Got the same runaround you got with the IRS and WMR. My bills are piling up and I just bought a new car almost 4 months ago and I made a loan through the bank of my insurance company. My bills are piling up as well. This could potentially mess up my credit(which is in excellent standing-for now) and get my car repossessed. I am so angry right now. They don’t realize that there are REAL PEOPLE WITH BILLS TO PAY behind those numbers!

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  11. Filed on February 16 & its now march 28th and I WANT MY MONEY NOW. lol no but seriously I know some people who did fraudulent taxes & got theres before me. Its ridiculous…

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  12. I’m in the same boat as all of y’all! I e filed Feb 9th and here it is March 28th and still no federal return, so aggravating but what can I Do? I have not received a letter from the IRS and my status bar says “your tax return has been received and is being processed” nearly 2 months after I filed?!?! This is crazy, I guess my next step will be to go to local IRS office and try to find out because my patience has just about run out.

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  13. I filed my return electronically on February 22, I had to mail in forms for the Healthcare market place in which I did that same day. However I am still waiting on my return 5 weeks later and the WAR continues saying processing. This is ridiculous, I have complied with what the IRS wanted and still nothing.

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    • I am in the same boat. Filed Jan 30 and got a letter the next week to send in healthcare info. I sent it in on Feb 15 still no money as of March 29..I called they said we have info but still processing it. No date or nothing..ugggh just gotta wait.

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  14. I filed on the first of Feb, I was hold then they sent me a letter March 3rd to call them to confirm who i am and they sent my date through. I was to get it on the 15th- 20th. It is now 27th!!! What the hell?!?!?!?!

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  15. I filed my return on 2/23/17, lost my bar on 3/11/17, I began to worry and called IRS, Agent advised that they needed my 8962 and 1095 form and that it’s OK for me send the forms before I received the letter from the IRS. I faxed the forms on 3/14/17, received the IRS letter the next day. On 3/22/17, I lost my refund amount on WMR but Topic 152 is shown. I called IRS and they could not confirm with me if they have received my fax. IRS Agent advised to fax it in again, this time with the letter sent from the IRS. Refaxed on 3/24/17.

    Has anyone been in this situation? I just really want to know if they’ve received my fax and if my refund is coming anytime soon.

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    • Happened to me. Took them about 6 weeks after I sent the form to get back to me. They sent me a letter saying my refund amount was adjusted (based on the healthcare advanced tax credit) . Only adjusted it by 30 bucks. It also says on the letter my return will be here in 4-6 weeks. I e filed so Im hoping it comes sooner. Be patient

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  16. MY UPDATE……

    Filed the 12th of January, received the 25th of January, and after 2 VERY LONG months of waiting and having the WMR site say still processing………still processing, over and over again, FINALLY got the bar back, i have been approved and should get it by Wednesday ……………. So if your still waiting like i was and thought ok im NEVER gonna get it or thought that there MUST be a problem, trust me YOU WILL GET IT!!! Its ridiculous that it has taken this long for waaaaay to many of us but it will come……. I wish you all the best and wanna say THANK YOU because if it weren’t for this website and reading all your comments and concerns i would have felt alone in all this waiting. Wish you all nothing but the best and HOPE this does not happen next year.

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    • This helped me a lot I filed early January also and finally got my bars back today! Long wait that was..

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      • I filed Jan. 28th and I have called and talked with 3 different people at the IRS. They keep saying to watch for the bars on the website. I have not gotten my refund yet but did receive my state. I am beyond frustrated. Today they said that it may be any day now and to continue to watch the website. Sigh.

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    • I have been waiting 7 months, with the same notice every month that they need another 60 days. They say i dont need to do anything at this time. I checked my social security statement and it showed 1/4 of my income from 2018. Just last week it shows all of my income so i am hoping that a change will happen soon and i will finally get my refund.

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  17. ifiled on feb 4th. got my federal on feb 25th and still have yet to get my state taxes. the status on the irs website says its been received and is being processed and that theres no other information.

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  18. Filed on February 4th I got my state refund back in 7 days but haven’t got my federal refund it’s been 44days since I filed And my status still say processing my status changed on February 24th from accepted to processing 21 days later still no refund I thought it was just me I guess we all in the same situation

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    • Our return was accepted feb 3rd, we received state and still waiting on federal! Almost 60 days! We haven’t received anything in the mail stating they need anything, it’s crazy to me how many people are still waiting!!

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  19. I file for amend for the first time they said they receive it on March 2 and its still no activity after that. Haven’t received my state yet I was told that I was going to receive a letter in the mail about my state but nothing after that

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  20. I e-filed via TT on 3/5 and accepted 3/6. When I check WMR site, message “Take action…Please see below for additional info” appears, but doesn’t tell me the action I need to take. Just says there’s a delay processing the return. No topic number is referenced. Anyone else seeing this message?

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    • Hi, Tina it should be a link for you to click on at the bottom of the note and it will give you a number to call and a reference, my husband had the same issue and to send his tax return from 2013

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  21. I am so glad i am not the only one i was really begin to worry i was the only one who hasnt had their status change. I filed mine on march 8 and here it is the 24th 15 days later and still showing being processed. But a majority of mine is the tax care credits but i thought that wait was over as of feb27 but i guess not. This is insane. I have been waiting months to get my car out of the shop because i didnt have 2 grand. I am just praying it will hurry up . I have never had this issue!!! I filed my moms last week without any credits and she already has had hers deposited in her bank. Praying for a miracle right now!!!

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    • They received mine 3/8 too and I still haven’t received it, and the status bar disappeared. I’ve been worried about this, but I guess waiting is all we can do for now.

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      • I’m in the same boat. My return was excepted on 3/8 and I lost my bar the 27th. Still says being processed!!! Today is the 21st day. Just want my return!!

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    • Mines was received the same day…I ended up getting a letter to verify my identity. I verified March17 and have been waiting every since! This is ridiculous

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  22. Filed like Jan 25 still waiting march 23rd all it says is still processing don’t think taxes will be coming this year

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    • We filed 2/6 and just a week ago were FINALLY told what the hold up was. All of the letters and other times we’ve called they would never say anything was wrong or that they needed anything. We were furious. Finally they told us what the hold up was and we sent them the paperwork they needed. Now we’re just waiting on them to review that. Almost two months of them sitting on our return without them letting us know why… Be persistent when on the phone with them!!

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  23. I truly believe that if one filed the EZ form or 1040 but minimal deduction ( such as only tuition and or deduction for being, say, an educator), those refunds were processed and paid out. The more complicated and detailed the 1040 (e.g., lots of deductions, credits, mortgage and property expense deductions, tuition and educator credits, licensing tax deductions, spousal injury claim so one spouse doesn’t have to be responsible for other spouse’s tax debt), the far less likely you’ll see your refund anytime soon. I filed Feb 1, 2017. Accepted Feb 2. It’s now March 23, 2017. No refund. 9 weeks and going strong without a refund. Lol.

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  24. I feel for everybody here. I put my paper return in the mail on 2/13 with delivery confirmation (I didn’t file earlier because I am claiming both the EIC and the ACTC). It was confirmed delivered by the post office on 2/15, and a week later the WMR tool showed received. It stayed that way for 2 1/2 weeks when the bars dropped off and the generic “still processing your return” showed up. Thankfully my amount expected never went away. I am a pastor and our ministry taxes are a nightmare to begin with (literally have to create our own forms because the IRS doesn’t have one for us) being an employee for income tax purposes and self employed for social security purposes. I say that because my taxes always take a little longer, but this year is ridiculous. I usually have a week wait between the time the bars fall off and the refund approved. We are beginning our third week since the bars fell off, and as per my phone call I have to wait 6 weeks rather than 21 days since I filed paper return (even though they received it). It’s frustrating for me because I can never file electronically so I will always have a longer wait. Like everyone else, I made purchases expecting my return within a month, and my wife had a car accident that caused more repair bills. Now I have payments to make while waiting on my return. I feel for all of you guys and I pray your wait comes to a quick end. My only advice is the advice I gave myself for next year. I am adjusting my withholding (for a pastor that means changing my estimated tax payments) to a level that makes my refund minimal (or nonexistent) if I take the earned income credit and child tax credits into account. That puts more money in my pocket now, and makes this process less stressful for me next year because I won’t be expecting this huge amount of money.

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  25. I filed on feb 26th excepted the same day its now been 25 days and wmr still says processing and has no bars or anything

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    • You need to call the irs! It’s pass 21 days and now they have no choice but to help you.

      You might need to verify your identity. If you’re pass 21 day’s something else is going on. Call them ASAP! And don’t stop until you talk to someone

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  26. I electronically filed in Jan 28. It was accepted. I still have not received my refund and the status says it is still being processed.

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  27. If u own money to other sources, your tax refund will not send to your bank. Unless, your tax refund is more than what u own.

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  28. After filing on January 26 and accepted same day, and hanging it say “received refund and processing” for weeks, I checked it today and it finally said approved! Should be getting it on the 22nd. I think theyre just behind and we gotta be patient, you guys should check yours just incase! It seems they update on Saturdays, goodluck everyone!

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  29. I filed on March 2 , accepted on march 3. i was finally able to order both my transcripts yesterday March 17th. According to the tax calendar I should have received my refund yesterday I have not. My status has not changed says we have received your retun and it is being processed. With tax topic 152.

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    • I share the exact same story. My refund was accepted on the 3rd. I opted to do direct deposit. I have yet to see my refund. When I go to where’s my refund, it says it’s still being processed with no date available. I’ve never had this happen in all the years I’ve been filing electronically. Im very disappointed and I want my refund!!!

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  30. I filed my state Jan 29 it was excepted Jan 30. It is now March 18 and still in processing. 47 days is ridiculous. I’ve called and no answers were given for why it was taking so long. Getting very angry they said they had everything.

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  31. Filed taxes and accepted 2/2… Got a letter last week and had to verify my identity 3/10.
    Still nothing. No bars . No update. Nothing. Everyone I know has gotten thier refund (filed after me) and I’m stuck with shit.

    Reading some comments below…. some of Those who verified thier identity when I did has received a release date. But not me. Should I call it’s again? I know some people had to verify twice.

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    • My 21 days is tom. My tax return was accepted the same day I exiled using turbo tax. My status bar was there for first couple days then disappeared.. mine doesn’t give me a Path message or tax topic or anything.. says “Your Tax Return is still being processed. A refund date will provided when available” and in my notes it read for the irs go app to check on statuses and that they are updated daily typically overnight…. I have not received any emails nor anything via mail or phone or with turbo tax. My identity and taxes were stolen couple yrs ago (last time i tried filing other than this yr) could that be why? Are they needing to confirm my identity? And if so, why haven’t I received any type of notice? Help?! I’ve never have had to wait this long for a return.. a week and half at the most! Thanks!

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  32. Question! Since I was able to order return transcript and account transcript will I get a update soon???? So tired of all of this

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  33. I filed my federal and state on Feb 6, 2017. Returns were accepted by the IRS the next day. I am still waiting for my refund on 3/17. I am sick and tired of checking the IRS Website daily only to see the same ” Your returns are being processed” verbiage. I have no dependents, so why am I still waiting for return. For the last 15 years I have filed the first week of February and always got my refund in 3 weeks. I guess this year is different?? Maybe this is a IRS SLOWDOWN while they gain interest on our refund money? Call the IRS and get a computer telling me what the refund website already says. Something smells fishy here?

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    • I am in IN as well, filed Feb 13th and accepted the same day. One week later I had my state refund deposited. Federal still says processing.

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      • As of today still says processing – waited on phone for half hr nobody came on so I hu. over 6 weeks now

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  34. Okay you poor guys!! I feel all of your pain. So i filed on 2/25 and was accepted literally that same day. I claimed my son for the Child Tax Credit and of course i recieved the EIC. Im totally stressed. I live with my terminally ill mother (whom i take care of) my 7 year old, my husband, and i am avout 6 months pregnant with my daughter. I need this money to get out of an enormous hole of debt caused by a car accident on January 26th that has left me a pile of bills. Im so stretched to the limit and so i am very very frustrated by now. As i said, i filed and it was accepted on 2/25.. my WMR tool has not budged at all!!! It just is stuck at “return received” and the very annoying sentence regarding the 21 days it usually takes for refunds but “may take longer under certain circumstances”… what a load. Then i get the “topic 152” and a bunch of the same information over and over. I have tried to get a hold of the IRS and finally spoke to someone who told me “it hasnt been 21 days and if you dont have anything by Monday (March 20th) please call us back”! I am so frustrated! I have never had a tax return take so long. I have college expenses on there like student loans and a pell grant but i dropped out of college when my mom became ill. So im confused. Is my college holding it up? Is my EIC holding it up?? My CTC?? Or is the IRS just doing this for no reason and making me dig deeper and deeper into debt. I would appreciate anyone who can give me answers and or advice. All i havd been told is “be patient” well anyone who is like me and stretched to the limit on their finances can understand thay patience flys out the window when you are desperate and everyone around you has been getting their returns! Just for extra info I filed 2/25 using Turbo Tax Free and i live in Nevada where we do not get state taxes.. and again my return was accepted maybe an hour after i filed on 2/25. I appreciate all of your help, and again good luck!

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    • UPDATE
      finally after a whole month I will be getting my refund soon. Have to wait until 9 weeks tho because I have to get a paper check due to a friend that I thought was a friend. Put random account numbers that wasn’t my bank account info on my taxes even tho my taxes papers clearly have my bank info. So that caused my taxes to be under review I field Feb 20 accepted same day. Just got a letter yesterday to call a number so they can process my taxes. So any mistakes guys can cause u to go under review. Lesson learned for me u can’t trust everyone. Good luck to all !!!!!

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    • Ashlee,
      what number did you call? Could you share it with me? The number I have found will not give me a real person, just a computer that tells me what I already know “return still being processed.” I too have a child and EIC but was accepted the end of January and even with the processing not starting until February 15, should have received my refund by now!

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      • 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”.

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        • Follow steps above to speak with someone. But FYI if it’s not pass your days they will not give u information.

      • 18008291040 okay so this is a process. You have to call and press 1 for english.. then press the option for PERSONAL TAX INFO not the one for tax status or anything like that. Then the option for tax history or payment and then the option for all other questions. It takes a lot of button presses to get there and finally you will verify your ssn and info and get a live person. Probably a rude one at that, which is what I got. Please note that all they will say is “sorry i cant do anything” if it hasnt been 21 days.. personal experience..

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  35. Been waiting n waiting… Was recieved,accepted… Processing n still processing. Called 3 times and get NO reason or explenation,besides the same as it shows online and NO letter recieved,but agent said everytime a GENERIC letter will be sent,JUST SAYIN PROCESSING NO INFO NEEDED. SERIOUSLY… SAME JOB,SAME CHILDREN OF MINE AND NOT MUCH CHANGED… YET… I AINT GOT MY RETURN OR GOT ANY CLEAR EXPLANATION FROM CALLING. SEEMS LIKE JUST BS HONESTLY!!! Ways to fk ppl.

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  36. Wow, I thought that I was waiting too long for my refund until I came on here. Some of you have been waiting way too long. I filed both state and federal on 3/7 and for federal, the message changed to your return was accepted with one bar. 3/11 the bars disappeared and now it says your return is still being processed and a refund date will be provided when available with article 152. I feel so helpless, not knowing what is going on. My state website just says checking for errors and nothing is required from you at this point. If I don’t receive either my state or federal refund by Monday 3/20, then I will be calling someone. This is ridiculous. It’s my money and I need it to pay for bills. It’s a decent amount of money too. Why does the middle class get so screwed these days? Screw this country.

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    • The irs won’t help u or tell u anything until 21 days after u have filed so if u call the 20th then ur not going to get any answers I know I tried to call today and nothing no help till my 21 days are up and I filed febuary 27th so u need to wait 21 days till u call

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      • For federal yes it’s 21 days but it doesn’t say that on my state website, and even if they try to tell me that, i’m not taking no for an answer. My mother got her state refund in 5 days. Monday will be day 11 for me.

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  37. I dont wanna sound stupid but im kinda new to the whole transcript thing, if i order my transcripts does it in any way mess up the irs processing my return? I mean will it slow it down or hold it up in any way? Sorry i just want to make sure i dont slow anything down cuz god knows its been SLOW ENOUGH ON ITS OWN!! Thanks to anyone with knowledge on this matter!!

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  38. They need to crack down on the “self employed” people or at the least figure out a better system for this… Everyone else with legit returns and W’2’s are suffering because.of a few scammers. Smh.

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    • Your statement is extremely ignorant. I’m a single mothER of two and I run a small online buisiness therefore I’m self employed. I’m offended I work my ass off just like you but since I file a schedule c im a scammed and I don’t deserve a prompt refund. SMH WOW. I’m sure flag about one thing here and that is I’m blessed with intelligence not ignorance. Think before you speak please.

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      • Thank you!! I have been cleaning houses for years and I work my ass off, too,and I also am self-employed. I didn’t appreciate that comment,either,as I have always worked hard for my money. Just because you may be your own boss does NOT mean you’re not an honest, hard-working individual.

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  39. It has been over 8 weeks since I filed my return. My status on WMR says Tax Topic 152 – still being processed you will receive your refund date at a later date. I called IRS and they say there was a system error? Still no refund in my account? This is ridculous – what is going on????

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  40. Why is it that the honest and legitimate people have to suffer because of the many dishonest.people. How many of us are waiting for our money and we need it now, not tomorrow. I know we will have a long wait and this is the first time due to financial hardship that we will have to miss our mortgage payment.

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  41. I filed taxes February 10th. It is now March 16th and my taxes still say processing. I need answers. What’s going on

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    • Me too! Filed and accepted Feb 11th. Called after 21 days And was told I was under 60 day review. Received a generic cp05 letter around March 10th. Tax advocate had me send in my w2’s because it looked like my employer failed to do so. They were submitted to IRS on Match 17th. Also received I’d verification letter on March 17th. Called and completed that… the nice lady on the phone told me she cleared that part but there is still a freeze on my refund because the IRS is not finished reviewing it. Here we are March 24th, still no update. The tax advocate office said they should be finished by April 23rd!?! Really? What was the point of asking them to step in?

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  42. I filed my taxes early February and was given a return date of March 2nd. At the end of February I received a notice stating if I didn’t file 2013 taxes my 2016 refund would be withheld. So, next I filed before March 3rd overnight through USPS and haven’t heard anything from the IRS. Also when I call I never get an answer.

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    • Same here I been trying to see how long that they take so my 2016 would be released and all I get is a bigger headache anybody know how long this take before I lose my mind? Please I need a answer quick if possible

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  43. I filed on march 2 and its already getting the 23 next week, and its still saying that it is processing. i have a shit load of bills to pay, when can i expect this already

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    • Our taxes were filed on the 7th of March and like you we have many bills to pay. All of us abiding and honest people are suffering because of the wrong doing people, we have to suffer. Hopefully all of it (not likely) will be cleared up soon and we will have them very soon. Good Luck.

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    • I got mine today! Hang in there. I would suggest calling your bank to see if a transfer has been made or received. That’s what I did and it was there. Good luck everyone!

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    • I have a DDD of 3/15/2017 and still nothing. I filed on January 31. By the way I have PNC Bank, I don’t know if that makes a difference

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    • I have a ddd of 3/15 as well and still nothing. I filed and wAs accepted back in January 31. I have PNC bank idk if that may make a difference when the bank decides to cleAr

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