There are a few reasons why your refund may take longer than 21 days.
The PATH message is for those that claimed Earned Income and Additional Child Tax credits on their returns. There will be no change to that until around the 17th of this month. Details are below on that. And Tax Topic 152 is just a generic message that the IRS provides when they are still in processing stage. It will show approved once they finish processing your refund.
Per the IRS : "By law, the IRS cannot release refunds containing the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit before mid-February. “Where’s My Refund?” will be updated February 17 for most early filers who claimed the EITC or ACTC. These taxpayers will not see a refund date on “Where's My Refund?” or through their software packages until then. EITC and ACTC refunds should be available in taxpayer bank accounts and debit cards starting Feb. 27, if taxpayers used direct deposit and there are no other issues with their tax returns.” More details can be viewed here Avoid the Rush: Track Tax Refund Online at IRS.gov
law, the IRS cannot issue refunds for people claiming the Earned Income Tax
Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February 2018
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