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Have my taxes been filed

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Have my taxes been filed


 Some clarification is needed here. Only you can e-file your tax return. Nobody else can do it for you. You are the one who has to click that "TRANSMIT MY RETURNS NOW" button. When you have transmitted your return to the IRS, you will receive two e-mails. You will receive physically separate e-mails for a state return, if a state return is filed, for a total of four e-mails. Two from federal, and two from the state.

The first e-mail informs you that you have successfully TRANSMITTED your return to the IRS. This e-mail usually arrives in 10-15 ***minutes. If you don't have that e-mail, then you did not finish the process.


The second email informs you if your transmitted return was accepted, or rejected by the IRS. If rejected, follow the link in the e-mail to deal with the rejection issue. This second e-mail can take as long as 48*** hours before you receive it. Once your return is accepted, DO NOT lose that e-mail. It's the only solid proof you have, that the IRS accepted your e-filed return. Without it, should the IRS claim you did not file a return, you lose the argument. If it's not in writing, it did not occur.


Once you have that e-mail indicated the IRS has ACCEPTED your return, TurboTax has fulfilled the obligation you paid them for, and TurboTax is no longer in this equation anymore.


Just because the IRS has accepted your e-filed return, does not mean they agree with it. It can take 4 weeks or longer for them to process it. To follow the processing, you can do that at  It will take 48-72 hours*** after the IRS has accepted your e-filed return, before it will show up on that IRS website.


*** since the IRS will not process any returns until 1/27 your return may not be accepted for processing until the end of the month ... the usual 48-72 hour time frame is not correct prior to the IRS system coming online.




-          You did not click the TRANSMIT MY RETURNS NOW button and/or did not *F*I*N*I*S*H* working through the program after you did click it.

-          The e-mail address you provided is wrong

-          The email was moved to your junk, trash or spam folder by your email program, or depending on how things are set up on your end, the email was deleted entirely.

-          Your e-mail provider marked the e-mail as spam and moved it to your *ONLINE* junk, trash or spam folder, or just deleted the email entirely with no notification to you. That’s your provider’s fault. Not yours or TurboTax’s fault.

-          You deleted the email without reading it, mistaking it for spam from TurboTax.


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Have my taxes been filed

Can you still file my taxes?

Employee TurboTax Specialist

Have my taxes been filed

TurboTax is not able to file your taxes for you. You use the TurboTax software to file your own return. 


Please click to learn more. 

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New Member

Have my taxes been filed

I filed on 4-1-2020 and have not rec'd email confirming.  I also used my online checking to pay  on 4-5 and that has not been accepted by IRS.  How long do I have to wait for confirmation of taxes been accepted and money accepted?


Employee TurboTax Specialist

Have my taxes been filed

First, check to see if your return was filed by checking your e-file status. If no status is showing then the return was not completed and submitted. 

If you don't see a status, go through the TurboTax File section again. Be sure to go all the way to the end and select Transmit my returns now.

When you e-file your federal return you will receive two emails from TurboTax. The first one will say that your return was submitted. The second email will tell you if your federal return was accepted or rejected.  If you e-filed a state return, there will be a third email to tell you if the state accepted or rejected your state return. 

If you find your return was not completed and e-filed, you can follow the complete instructions in the link below:

How do I change from mail to e-file in TurboTax Online?


If your e-file status does show pending, it can take 48-72 hours for the IRS to "Accept" your tax return.

What does "Pending" mean?

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