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. Return accepted 3/19, WMR still say processing. Amended accepted 04/02, still processing, told to just be patient and wait more weeks or months. Cycle code is 20211902

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  2. I Filed my taxes back in Feb got them back in March got my 3rd check.When it comes to filing the Amended return and March before the tax laws took place for some reason because there backed up Now that delay my CTC payments spoke with a rep) Within 30 day someone will reach out to me Wow

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  3. I efiled our taxes on eztaxreturn site on Feb 14. I have used them for the last 7 years and never had a problem. On about Apr 15 I received a letter from the IRS saying they needed proof of all my federal tax payments for 2020. The only payments made were through taxes taken out of my paycheck so I sent a copy of my W2. When I finally got a hold of someone, after about 50 calls, they said we were randomly selected for a W2 check. WHAT?? Doesn’t my employer submit a copy to them when they send me mine? I think it is just a stall tactic and they are holding larger refunds because they are broke. Its not right we had to cancel a vacation and run up credit cards in order to pay for things that our tax refund would usually pay for. So its now Jun 19, almost 19 weeks since I filed and 9 weeks since I responded to their notice, and still nothing! This is not right.

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  4. I currently filed my taxes through freetaxusa and it was approved and excepted and says on my account log that it would electronically be deposited to my account that I had put on there to get directly deposited. This was Feb 2nd 2021 and it still has never came on my card yet and it seems like there had to be something possibly going on for it to say its being processed on irs website where my refund and says it would put the date whenever it would be posted . Honestly cannot get a hold of anyone on phone to speak with to ask them what is going on . Its even been way to long period to electronically be going to be posted to my account checking. Can someone help me possibly please

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    • Unfortunately IRS said taxes will be taken up to 10 weeks this year and for the next couple of years . More likely if your expecting a higher amount of tax return. But may be you will have better luck !!

      How do you speak to a live person at the IRS?

      The IRS telephone number is 1-800-829-1040.
      The first question the automated system will ask you is to choose your language.
      Once you’ve set your language, do NOT choose Option 1 (regarding refund info). Choose option 2 for “Personal Income Tax” instead.
      Next, press 1 for “form, tax history, or payment”.
      Next, press 3 “for all other questions.”
      Next, press 2 “for all other questions.”
      When the system asks you to enter your SSN or EIN to access your account information, do NOT enter anything.
      After it asks twice, you will be prompted with another menu.
      Press 2 for personal or individual tax questions.
      Finally, press 4 for all other inquiries. The system should then transfer you to an agent

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  5. Hi everyone, I filled my return April 14th. My stature with the IRS is still processing. Nothing yet … It is so frustrating because I am going on a vacation in June, planned a year in advance and was really counting on my tax return for a successful family vacation. I’m sad-mad…. I know the IRS is swamped but I do also tell they are highly unorganized this year. I just need them to get it together and send me my hard earned money. :-D

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    • Kelli, I am in the exact same situation. We are going to visit 85 year old ailing MIL and we barely have enough to get there and pay for room so we will have to borrow from relative for spending $. Meanwhile should have received refund at beginning of June with plenty of time to buy things for vacation now we can’t even buy food or pay any bills. I really hope irs will pay interest. Ha! What a joke. All of this could be handled with a mass hiring campaign for good paying jobs with health care and work from home. They would have jobs filled so fast and at least get things on track for future. I’m so depressed Good luck I hope things work out for you!

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  6. Had a Tax Accountant do my taxes like every year, and always have received my refund in two weeks. My siblings and almost everyone I now filed their taxes two weeks after me, at the end of April 2021 and have already received their refunds, and I am still waiting on mine. Can’t reach a real person at IRS, and the same recording saying it’s being processed. I need that money to live on and pay my bills but evidently they don’t care. It’s frustrating, to wait and not know when your money will arrive. If it was the other way around, you’d be hearing from IRS asking you where their money is.

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    • All I can say is hang in there. I was accepted February 13th 2021. I got my refund finally yesterday with interest I might add. A whopping $4.35. The delay in the IRS processing my refund in turn caused me to miss out on the 3rd stimulus package when it was issued by direct deposit to most so now they’re not doing anything but checks and they’re not sending me that until next week and then however long it takes to crawl its way to me.

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    • Hi THIS IS CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON I FILED MY RECOVERY CREDIT FEB 12,2021 MY RETURN IS STILL PROCESSING. A REFUND DATE WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN COMES AVAILABLE. SMH.

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  7. i agree. Nine weeks this wednesday. No chaange at all. Accepted 3/17. Entire return will be eaten up by past and current debt. Help!

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    • I hit 12 weeks tomorrow when my payment day is scheduled. It’s crazy. My refund will go towards taking care of the debt accrued, but it still won’t get me back to 0.

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  8. Still waiting for 2019 taxes. Federal taxes show excepted on March 16, 2020. Five months gov refund site showed pending. Nine months it showed processing. Now says no information available at this time! I’ve tried calling for several hours over several days but no luck reaching a live person…

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  9. Efiled son in laws Feb 17th, received email it was accepted by IRS same day.
    Done correctly
    Where’s My refund has been at “return received” since that day
    He also had not received any stimulus payments so has those due him with this refund.
    It’s been almost 3months!
    The only change would be his address from 2019 to 2020

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  10. After reading all of the above comments I am pretty depressed. With all the political BS on the news about helping people get out of their COVID caused financial stress, you would think there would be some greater sense of urgency to deliver. My taxes were accepted on March 5th. Because I was laid off from a company after 31 years, I secured a new job in 12 days at a 52% pay cut. This caused a big over payment situation ( 2019 pay vs 2020 and then the stimulus credits in 2020 etc) The IRS owes us over $9000 and also the $2800 stimulus) Today is May 7th and the IRS web site still says the same old thing, “being processed”. Instead of a help I am now running up new debt on bills I must pay and have to do so on credit. I am going to go back to claiming 10 dependents again so I owe the IRS next year. I will pay on the last day. I hope the comment that I saw about the IRS having to pay interest after 45 days is true, penalties should be a two way street.

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    • I’m here to tell you that I have already hit the point of having to use credit to pay my bills waiting for these payments. Even if I got everything I am owed today it wouldn’t cover the entirety of what I now have in credit card debt. I’m owed I’m owed jjjj

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    • Good Morning David, I too am so frustrated with the IRS. Our return was accepted on February 25th , and we still have not received our federal refund $8000 to be exact. I have tried on numerous occasions to contact them via telephone and have only been able to speak with someone one time. She stated that ” because they updated their systems back in February, anyone filing electronically would see a delay because of the new changes”. Unbelievable isn’t it. I hope that they do give interest on the late payment . We are now going into week 11 and they said that it should only take 10 weeks. Needless to say, we are beyond frustrated. I hope you have received your refund by the time you receive this response. Have a great day .

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      • We are having the same problem. Our taxes were received on March 22. IRS2GO is saying still processing. I have talked to an actual person twice. The first time in May. I was told that most likely it would be refunded on June 2nd- and no explanation as to why. I called again on June 3rd because we are still processing and no refund. I was told that Ayers Consolidated had our return and they are still working on it-again they couldn’t give me a specific reason why it was even tagged for review. They just told me to continue to be patient. Ha!

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    • I am a self employed construction worker in iowa. I have not taken a day off from work because if covid since it started. I have been fortunate enough to make enough money to just get by. I have 2 kids and my wife to care for. I have no credit cards and I have no savings. I am slowly falling into debt every day with the cost increases on everything. I have a no idea when my refund will come if it does but it looks like it will be just getting me back to even. It is worse then the media is letting on. I see buissnes closed and closing every where. I will say that I have had my best year last year but the cost of living has gone up.
      It’s not right that we face penalties for sending our taxes in but we have to wait for an undisclosed amount of time for what could mean life or death to some.

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  11. Got approved Feb 12 bit have earned income tax credit so understand take little bit but over 8 weeks now says same thing on it’s site refund date will be provided when available this is crazy bet they got there money let someone do that to them bet they get their money immediately we need our money bills piling up seems like they don’t Care, heard sending more in first week of may hope that’s when we get ours good luck

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    • We filed March 19th & received our State immediately but still have no refund date for our Federal. I have called multiple times & never get ahold of anyone. It’s very frustrating

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  12. Finally the status changed today!! I filed 2/12 and accepted 2/13. Today it was approved and given a deposit date.

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    • Awesome! Glad to hear that someone has progressed beyond the abyss of non information. Gives me a little hope that mine will change soon.

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    • That is absolutely insane!!! Did it keep telling you that it was being processed but with our a refund date?

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      • My still says processing with no date for my refund. This is after being accepted February 13, 2021 & finally getting the only bit of communication from the IRS on May 1st, 2021 stating that I needed to verify my identity. I have a single 1099-G no special deductions of any sort. I got a link & pass code to go in and enter my AIG & expected return amount. Then received an email saying that my identity has now been verified and they would continue processing my return. I should get a date for my return payment when processing was complete. I could expect up to 9 weeks before payment was received. I don’t understand what the problem was with my identity or how that verified anything.

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  13. I’m in same boat was accepted Feb 14th same day as my ex she got hers back in 2 weeks but yet I’m the one who has children and they on my return. You would think people with kids would take priority over single people but seems only single people are ones getting theirs back I don’t know anyone claiming children that’s got a refund yet only single people with smaller refunds almost makes you wonder if they don’t have the money to cover them and are waiting for those people who have to pay in to do so before they have funds to pay everyone else. Yet again our great government fails us. Now I understand why people are avoiding paying taxes period . it’s our money and we can’t even get it or our questions answered. I can’t even understand people answering phones at irs. They speak broken English and mumble on top of that. This is last year I ever file I’m doing tax exempt from now on and they can come after me to get paid. By law if it’s over 45 days getting you your refund they are obligated to pay you interest on your refund.

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  14. Filed electronic with direct deposit via H & R Block 2/18
    Text response of “accepted” 2/18
    Today is 4/23 and still says “in process” on IRS ap.

    No contact or corrections requested from IRS. Unable to reach live assistance.

    Single mom, I do not qualify for any stimulus checks, I do not receive child support. I work in healthcare and had cut hours and a pay decrease due to the pandemic. My taxes were done correctly. No changes in address, bank, name, or deductions from previous year. This is very frustrating! I feel like we all deserve some sort of compensation!!!! I already pay a ton in taxes each year. But come on Uncle Sam!! This is absolutely INSANE!

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    • I feel you Sis! We need our money and it is ridiculous that we have to wait so many weeks for them to get their stuff together.

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  15. This is happening to me too. Im on week 8 and still “still processing” and topic 152.
    I called and got through, rep said its 1-10 weeks with topic 152. So I’m looking at Mid May.
    Im not going to call again, it was extremely hard to get through anyway.

    waiting it out, but so frustrated.

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    • What number did you dial. How did you reach a person? I have been trying to reach a person and I essentially get the same info on the website and hung up on by a recording.

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      • I have called 50 times at least, and have only been able to get through once 2 weeks ago.
        Just call the 800-829-1040….once you get past the first I believe 2 messages, hit 2,2,4 then 2….ask to speak to someone in individual returns. I got through when I called in the afternoon.

        good luck

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      • Call 800-829-1040. Hit prompts in order even if they seem wrong. I got this from irs person. DO NOT ENTER YOUR SOCIAL # you will get a real person.
        1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 2, 4. I’m still waiting as well, accepted March 3.

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    • i agree. Nine weeks this wednesday. No chaange at all. Accepted 3/17. Entire return will be eaten up by past and current debt. Help!

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    • Thank you for the info for the 152 topic. Mine says the same thing. I’m so far into debt that it seems impossible to get out.

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    • I filed in march and its June and I still have no refund and it’s hard ccalling and getting through to anyone at the irs I’ll be going on 60 days this month from when filled I have email from turbotax saying thanks for filing your federal taxes on april 16th through 26th. And still haven’t recieved anything on my turbo tax card this is frustrated as ever makes you think. What’s really going on

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  16. The IRS began processing on February 13th and we are now at April 18th. No update and I am at a loss – we have never experienced this. I keep thinking I should just re-file…. assuming this is a bad idea? ‍♀️
    Someone out there, please help.

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  17. My husband and I filed our taxes on January 30th and they were accepted on Feb. 13th. Since then they have been in “processing.” I call and speak to a rep almost every other day to figure out what is going on. One week ago, a rep. informed me that there was an error with some of our income (it had not been reported by our employers), this caused them to pull our taxes until they figured this out, then they were reuploaded into the system on 3/30. Four days ago, a rep. put in a “referral,” to speed up the process since it has been longer than 8 weeks since we filed. Two days ago, we were told it is STILL in processing and they do not have any idea of a timeframe of when we will receive the refund. They did say that the “referral” would cause someone from the processing department to reach out to us, but they have 30 days to respond. So no rush there with any of them. We have 4 small children and this is beyond ridiculous. We have filed taxes for the past 9 years, and normally have our refund by the third week of February to the first week of March. I have never waited this long. The irritating and frustrating part is constantly being told by reps. that they cannot provide any information other than it is “still in processing.” Someone is getting paid way to much money to mess with the livelihoods of others and we need answers now!

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    • I have still yet to be able to get a hold of a rep. Seems weird to me that the majority of the people still waiting are those who were accepted between February 12th & February 16th.

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    • What number are you calling to reach a live person. I can never get through to a human and that is adding to my frustration. I was expecting my refund back in March and here it is May and no information. I am a single mama and our bills haven’t stopped just because the Government takes their time.

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      • My apologies but where have you aliens been the past 365+ days the whole processes of life has taken a delay and not to mention that many many many people have lost their lives…a little more sensitivity, compassion, and yes most importantly PAITENCE please.

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        • Seriously? My mother was one that lost her life due to this awful virus on December 9, 2020. I filed her final tax return the same day I did & she got hers in 10 days. I imagine that you have already received yours. Have patience you say? That ran out well before tax season.

  18. Hello my name Octavia I started filling my taxes the second week of February 13 got approved. went to the website still in process. try calling no answer says still in process. Been more than 21 days still waiting.

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  19. Same here. Filed Feb 12, accepted Feb 13. Bars have disappeared. Calling the number does not help. Says call back even at 7 AM. I’m at my wits end with no answers. My daughters all filed the same day and got theirs back within 2 weeks. The only dependent I claimed this year was my 16 year old son. My ex didn’t even put our son on his and he’s already received his return within 2 weeks and he filed 3 weeks after I did. This is so frustrating. There is no reason not to have the return paid yet.

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  20. I filed my taxes on 2/21 and they were accepted on 2/22 well it happened just like it has to a lot of other people that it’s still being processed.. I call the irs for a couple weeks now and finally got threw to them today and was told I probably won’t receive tell around may 7th due to they are still working on peoples 2019 taxes !!!!! How is it our fault that these people want to file taxes because they can get a stimulus check!?!!?!

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  21. I filed 2/16 (CTC/EITC)
    Have gotten no notice they need anything and status still says “still being processed.” I am a teacher, single mom of 3 and I could really use “my” money to pay bills. I agree with other poster who states IRS always has to get their money and interest right away, we should get ours just the same.

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    • I still have no word of any kind. I spend hours of each day running around the same pointless circle. No stimulus no return. Been accepted since February 13th 2021.

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      • I did the same thing and nothing now I lose my car about to b kicked out i owe about 4,000 in rent and they don’t care i did get no stimulus checks i about to b in the stress

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        • I hate this. Never had I imagined being so helpless feeling financially. Honestly I hate to say that had my mom not passed away in December & left me the money she did with life insurance I’d already have lost my home & vehicle… This all makes no sense.

  22. This number is no longer accepting calls either. I need to talk to an agent. Accepted 2/12 and still nothing.

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    • call the 800 number that ends with 1040 or whatever, and when asked for your ss # enter nothing. and it will ask you a few more prompts and connect you to a real person.

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      • Nope, all I get all day is a recording that says call volume is too high please try again…then it hangs up. On a different note I got a letter from the IRS stating that I needed to verify my identity. Got on the website they gave me for verifying my identity and was asked to enter the amount of my AGI & the amount of my expected return. That apparently verifies I am myself and got a Thank You & told that I should have my return in about 9 weeks… I’ll believe it when I see it.

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    • Great news!!! Filed taxes 2/10/21 accepted 2/12/21. Got a letter from IRS 3/11/21 saying I needed to send my 1095-A form and fill out the 8962 form. Because I didn’t initially filed it when I e-filed. I didn’t have to amend. Faxed all paperwork needed the next day 3/12/21z Finally got approved today and will get my deposit May 10th. Keep your head up y’all hope this is good news for some. I checked 2 days ago and nothing and now today it shows approved. So if you haven’t checked today. Check.

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  23. After reading many comments seems like early filers are having issues.. I did have my return reviewed last year and it was almost 4 months before I received my refund. However, this year I filed 3/23/21 through Turbo Tax, same way I’ve filed for 15 years, return was accepted same day within 2 hours and I checked both my Federal and State ( South Carolina) both are in last stage on bars.. with federal DD date of 3/31. SC updates every Wednesday and usually is within 2 days of Fed DD, consistent with my returns in the past. I’m assuming my state will be DD by 4/1.

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  24. Both my husband and I’s (with Child Tax) and my son’s (with EIC) returns were filed on February 2 and accepted on February 12. Bars went away a week later and since then, NOTHING! So frustrating that they can’t even give us a general time frame or update. Absolutely incompetent! How are we supposed to ever trust them again after this??!

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  25. I filed Jan 28, 2021
    Accepted Feb 11, 2021
    Had 1 bar for about a week and then it disappeared and states return is still being processed. I never had a tax topic.
    I did claim the EITC and CTC.
    Received a ID verify letter 2 weeks ago and verified online. Where’s my refund finally updated over night Last night (3/25/21) from return is still being processed to return is being processed.

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    • Same here.
      Filed February 12th, Accepted February 13th.
      WMR bars, tax topic 152 appears
      WMR bars disappear, still says tax tax topic 152..
      According to my IRS account my return has never been filed, but I can’t efile again anywhere it is automatically kicked out since I have filed a return. So here it is march 28th. No return, can’t get the stimulus because I have no return on file. Couldn’t get the 1st two stimulus because my now deceased mother claimed me as a dependent which was no benefit to her, but prevented me from getting them. Tired of this crap.

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  26. My partner and I both filed on 2/1 and both of our returns were accepted on 2/12 without any issues.

    A few days after being accepted, bars disappeared for both of our returns and we were directed to tax topic 152.

    It’s now 3/22 and neither of us have gotten any updates on our returns. Still showing tax topic 152 and we’ve received nothing in the mail saying we need to submit additional information. Because of this, we both missed out on the most recent stimulus.

    Calling the IRS is a waste of time, they’ll just tell you to “be patient” and “wait another week” before calling just in case it updates. Insane.

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    • Something has got to be done about this…..We can not be in the minority where this is happening….I am a single father of 4 after losing my wife to a tragic car accident 4 years ago and raising 4 teenagers is extremely difficult financially so i quickly got my documents together and filed my taxes on 2/1…..started checking the IRS app and around 2/14 it said electronically it has been received…..around 2/28 i started checking again every single day and now it is 4/2 and it is still showing “still being processed” Topic 152….i check the mailbox everyday for any document sent by the IRS that they need further information to verify my identity but nothing ever comes in the mail….How is this even fair that this can happen?? This is OUR MONEY…we overpaid in our taxes and we NEED OUR MONEY now….not when someone decides to take a look at it. No phone support…no answers why its delayed…..Its really frustrating because this money would really help with the impact the COVID has had on our family. Common IRS…do something about this please.

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      • I called the member for the amended tax return it gives me a 18008290582 number with Ext 652 doesn’t tell me where it is just to call the number when I call the number tells me to call exactly at 7am because they have a high call volume any new updates

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        • It told me that i called was on hold for a rep for 30 minutes and the lady told me she had no idea why it told me to call them bc she wasn’t seeing anything on her end that needed verification. And she wasn’t aware of any thing i needed to do to speed the process

      • I think Congress needs to investigate this! It’s NO COINCIDENCE that SO many millions of people have the same issue! Personally, I think it’s bcuz these irs agents are allowed to work from home and nothing is getting done while “little timmy is crying at moms feet”, or she has to make little timmy lunch! I have filed for 20 years and NEVER had an issue like this! Accepted on 2/12…..STILL no update! How can others who file after us get their refunds? It’s ridiculous. And the excuse about line 30 mistakes are bologna …there is No errors department when it comes to line 30 ( stimulus rebate ), it’s a computer fix. The computer automatically amends the issue and pushes it back to process. I GURANTEE IF THESE IRS AGENTS WERE ACTUALLY IN AN OFFICE INSTEAD OF AT HOME, WE WOULDN’T HAVE THESE ISSUES! Time for Congress to intervene!!!!

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        • I filed 3/1/21 and was accepted 3/2/21 and the bars showed processing for about 2 weeks then disappeared and from then has said still being processed a refund date will be posted once available. If has been 1 1/2 months now 7 weeks since I filed and was accepted. I’m still in the same boat.

    • Se for my return absolutely no communication at all on what’s going on so extremely frustrating during a time most people need that money.

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  27. Looks like a whole lot of us are in this same boat. Filed Jan. 29. Not accepted until Feb. 12. Ever since that time, it is “still being processed.” And, there is no way to reach out and find out what we might have done wrong.

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  28. Filed 2019 and 2020 taxes. Both accepted and in process. 3rd stimulus payments went out today. Since the IRS hasn’t updated my 2019 or 2020 bank information, I can’t receive the stimulus. Even though, they have all of the information to distribute the funds. 2020 taxes have been in process since 2/23/21. Refund isn’t the problem, but I really need the stimulus. Is there a “fix” for this? I’ve tried calling, but unable to get through to anyone to get an answer.

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    • I still didn’t get my first similars second one or the third one and I still didn’t get my refund is been past 21 days

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      • Hey this is Robert Harvey. I have called multiple times and as soon as they Send me to the REFUND department. It clearly comes back with the automated answering machine. With due to HIGH come voulum. Your call can’t be answered. Call back at another time. Now I have been PROCESSING since February 12,2021. And still no refund nor scheduled date. This is ridiculous

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    • Exact same thing here I filed early to get my new van i account on file and they haven’t processed so they sent stimulus to closed account again ! I really needed that money so frustrating and you can’t even get irs on the phone

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      • I’m just going to give up i tried i tried everything nothing i got no were to go can’t pay my car note and all the bills just going to give up

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    • I still have not received my 2019 tax refund. filled July 2020. 9 months-filed electronically. Nothing special about my tax return, no earned income etc. I have called many phone numbers and it appears no .one is answering. All send me back to the Where’s my Refund at irs.gov. I did get 1st and 3rd stimulus check but not the second.

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      • Connie this is not a helpful reply but… I am still waiting for 2019 return. Filed electronically. Accepted 3/16/20. Where’s my refund site showed pending for 5 months then processing for 9 months. Now says no information available :-( Have not been able to reach a live person on phone. Not sure what to do next. Your post just made me feel better knowing I’m not the only one still waiting for 2019 refund.

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  29. 3/16/21.
    Filed 2/24/21
    Accepted 2/25/21
    WMR bars, tax topic 152 appears
    WMR bars disappear, still says tax tax topic 152 3/15/21
    Transcript says NA for 2020
    I’m in batch 5 for weekly processing.
    Only thing changed from last year is my address. Never taken this long. I had to claim stimulus rebate. I’m a healthcare worker barely making ends meet in Florida. People need this money!

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    • Mine was received March 10th, still nothing. I to, am a healthcare worker (we got the short end of the stick) raising my SIX nieces
      and nephews. I didn’t get a CTC check for any of them. I’d just settle for my amended return at this point!

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