Returns are usually accepted within 48 hours, but can take up to 72 hours. While your return is pending acceptance they are checking your personal information to make sure it matches their records, sometimes that can take them a little longer than the average estimated time. With the recent changes in the tax code, it may take a little longer than what you are used to for the returns to be processed.
The IRS issues most refunds within 21 days of your return being accepted.
TurboTax tracks whether your federal tax return as been accepted or rejected, and gives an estimate on when you can expect to receive your tax refund. Please see the following TurboTax FAQ for information on tracking your federal refund:
To determine the exact status of your state tax refund, you will need to track your refund by clicking your state below for tax refund lookup instructions.
You can follow these steps to contact the IRS about your return: Call the IRS at this number: 800-829-0582 (IRS phone support) Press 1 for English, then enter extension 652.
The IRS will be catching up on tax returns and you should see yours moving out of pending soon.
Some things that delay the process is if you have any refund offsets.
Please refer to the following help article for the details on your pending status.
Here's more information about an accepted return.
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It does not take 24-48 hours for the IRS to accept your tax return once you efile. Something is broken with TurboTax this year. In past years, returns were accepted almost immediately or within hours. NOW -- for some years, returns seem to be stuck. This is not the IRS ... this is TurboTax. Many people who have been stuck have gone to other tax services like H&R blocks, filed and been accepted within hours. All this while their return is still states "pending" at TurboTax. This is probably the last year I will use TurboTax because of this reason.
No true Heather14. TurboTax is doing something very odd this year, and we are not sure why they are holding returns for 24-72 hours - especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. It does not take 24-48 hours for the IRS to accept your tax return once you efile. Something is broken with TurboTax this year. In past years, returns were accepted almost immediately or within hours. NOW -- for some years, returns seem to be stuck. This is not the IRS ... this is TurboTax. Many people who have been stuck have gone to other tax services like H&R blocks, filed and been accepted within hours. All this while their return is still states "pending" at TurboTax. This is probably the last year I will use TurboTax because of this reason.
@acostar71 - if you paper filed, assume 6-9 months from when you filed as the IRS is woefully backlogged. Here is what the IRS states from their website:
How long you may have to wait: The IRS understands the importance of timely processing of tax returns and refund issuance. We have processed all error free returns received prior to January 2022 and continue to work the returns that need to be manually reviewed due to errors. We are continuing to reroute tax returns and taxpayer correspondence from locations that are behind to locations where more staff is available, and we are taking other actions to minimize any delays. Tax returns are opened and processed in the order received. As the return is processed, whether it was filed electronically or on paper, it may be delayed because it has a mistake including errors concerning the Recovery Rebate Credit and the Child Tax Credit, is missing information, or there is suspected identity theft or fraud. If we can fix it without contacting you, we will. If we need more information or need you to verify that it was you who sent the tax return, we will write you a letter. The resolution of these issues could take 90 to 120 days depending on how quickly and accurately you respond, and the ability of IRS staff trained and working under social distancing requirements to complete the processing of your return.
What you should do: In most instances, no further action is needed but you may check Where’s My Refund? or you can view your account. If you filed electronically and received an acknowledgement, you do not need to take any further action other than promptly responding to any requests for information. If you filed on paper, check Where’s My Refund? If it tells you we have received your return or are processing or reviewing it, we are processing your return, but it may be under review. If you filed before January 2022 and Where’s My Refund? does not have any information, your return has been opened but work on it has not begun. We’re working hard to get through the carryover inventory. Please don’t file a second tax return or contact the IRS about the status of your return.