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If return say accepted but no federal tax return

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Level 15

If return say accepted but no federal tax return

@d91cc237bff5   wrote:   "If return say accepted but no federal tax return"


With such little information, that can be interpreted in different ways.    So we have to start with a bit of guessing.  Are you trying to ask what if your TurboTax account says your efiled return was accepted, but you haven't yet received a Federal refund you are expecting?


By "return says accepted", it's not clear what that is referring to.   Is that what you are seeing for the efile status inside your online TurboTax account at the Tax Home when you log in?   If so, that means your efiled return was accepted by the IRS for processing.


The next step is to see what is displayed at the IRS "Where's My Refund" tool.  What do you find out there?


Or does that IRS WMR tool say your refund has been approved and sent, but you haven't received it yet?


Since your short question can be interpreted several ways, if you need more help, please explain with enough info that we can understand exactly what you are referring to.   This is a public Internet forum, however, so do NOT post any personal info in this public forum.

Level 15

If return say accepted but no federal tax return

@d91cc237bff5 "accepted" simply means tbe IRS acknowledges receipt of your tax return.  It does not mean it has been reviewed or approved.  The IRS is woefully backlogged and you'll just have to be patient. Here is what the IRS website states: 


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 more than 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.

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