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I am wondering why I have not received my federal return yet?

I know other people have already received theirs using turbo tax.
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Level 15

I am wondering why I have not received my federal return yet?

You are always going to find someone else whose refund arrived faster, and someone who waited even longer than you.  That is the way it goes. Returns are not processed “first in — first out.”





Please note that the IRS says its own system is lagging and you do not need to call the IRS about your refund.




TurboTax gives you an estimated date for receiving your refund based on a 21 day average from your date of acceptance, but it can take longer.  Many refunds are taking longer during the pandemic. 



First, check your e-file status to see if your return was accepted: 



 If accepted, they try to process it within three weeks but it can be longer.  if you have earned income credit or additional child tax credit, it will be at least the end of February before you see your refund, due to the PATH act that requires that they hold your refund longer.


Once your federal return has been accepted by the IRS, only the IRS has any control.  TurboTax does not receive any updates from the IRS. Your ONLY source of information about your refund now is the IRS.

You need your filing status, your Social Security number and the exact amount  (line 34of your 2020 Form 1040) of your federal refund to track your Federal refund:   


To track your state refund:    




If you chose to have your TurboTax fees deducted from your federal refund, that will take some extra time, while the third party bank handles the refund processing.




**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Level 15

I am wondering why I have not received my federal return yet?

The IRS is backlogged due to the large number of filings, some related to the stimulus, and does not process First In First Out.  Also see:

Tax Season Refund Frequently Asked Questions | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)


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