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My return was accepted feb 7th but still processing. called irs but they dont know why.

I called the irs and they said it can be 8 weeks before they have an answer on what I'm suppose to do. it was accepted on Feb 7th.  but i can't track it.

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My return was accepted feb 7th but still processing. called irs but they dont know why.

If you have not received a letter from the IRS asking for information regarding your return, there is nothing you have to do on your end.

The general timeline of e-filed returns is: Transmission > Acceptance > Processing > Approval > Refund.

After acceptance, but before processing the status may not be available. If  you contact the government or try look up your refund status while your return is still pending, don't be surprised if they tell you "no record found." This is normal; until the government starts reviewing and processing your return, they won't have any record of it.     

Delays have been common this year.

The IRS started processing returns later than in prior years and as such has a backlog to work through. They also just recently started processing returns claiming EIC and/or ACTC.

During processing, the government reviews your refund. During the review process, they look for math errors on your return (extremely rare in TurboTax) and they also check if you owe back taxes, unpaid child support, or other debts.

If they need to make any corrections, they may offset (reduce) your refund. In some cases, the correction might even increase your refund.

Once that part's done, the government approves your refund, which means it's ready to be deposited or sent.  At that point the IRS site will update with a direct deposit date.

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My return was accepted feb 7th but still processing. called irs but they dont know why.

If you have not received a letter from the IRS asking for information regarding your return, there is nothing you have to do on your end.

The general timeline of e-filed returns is: Transmission > Acceptance > Processing > Approval > Refund.

After acceptance, but before processing the status may not be available. If  you contact the government or try look up your refund status while your return is still pending, don't be surprised if they tell you "no record found." This is normal; until the government starts reviewing and processing your return, they won't have any record of it.     

Delays have been common this year.

The IRS started processing returns later than in prior years and as such has a backlog to work through. They also just recently started processing returns claiming EIC and/or ACTC.

During processing, the government reviews your refund. During the review process, they look for math errors on your return (extremely rare in TurboTax) and they also check if you owe back taxes, unpaid child support, or other debts.

If they need to make any corrections, they may offset (reduce) your refund. In some cases, the correction might even increase your refund.

Once that part's done, the government approves your refund, which means it's ready to be deposited or sent.  At that point the IRS site will update with a direct deposit date.

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