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Is it normal for my federal return to still say processing after 2 weeks of being accepted

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Is it normal for my federal return to still say processing after 2 weeks of being accepted

@ a33e0ab3c4b1  asked:  "Is it normal for my federal return to still say processing after 2 weeks of being accepted?"


You didn't say where you are seeing that, so I'll assume you are referring to the IRS "Where's My Refund" tool.  


If so, that's extremely normal.  Two weeks is often not enough time.   The IRS claims that most efiled returns with refunds are processed in less than 21 days, but a significant number take longer than 21 days.  If there is anything that needs review or manual processing, it can take much longer, even weeks/months.   But 2 weeks is still within the normal time frame to be processing of an efiled return.

Is it normal for my federal return to still say processing after 2 weeks of being accepted

@a33e0ab3c4b1 - 21 days is normal if you have a simple return and there is nothing on lines 27a, 38, or 30 of form 1040.  Set your expectations at a few months as the IRS is woefully backlogged.  this is what their 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 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.

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