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I efile my federal and state since February 19 and the status is still pending it has not been accepted why ?

 
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CatinaT1
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I efile my federal and state since February 19 and the status is still pending it has not been accepted why ?

There could be a couple or reasons why you might be experiencing a delay;

 

1. First, the status might be pending for security reasons. This may be a sign that someone is trying to use your identity to file a tax return. The return has been placed on hold to give you an opportunity to cancel it if it doesn't belong to you. This can take up to 72 hours, after which your return will then be forwarded to the IRS, or if applicable, rejected. If rejected, you can then correct the rejection issue and resubmit. Please see this FAQ for reference.

 

2. Secondly, there could be a delay if your return has various refundable credits, such as the Earned Income Credit.

 

Note: Both instances may be applicable. That is, you could have a hold for security reasons first. And additionally for verification of the refundable credits in your return. In this case, delays might extend beyond 72 hours.

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