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Jan 29th still says it's . . . why would take long?

 
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Jan 29th still says it's . . . why would take long?

There's absolutely no reason to think that you're under review, being audited, or that anything is wrong with your tax return, so please don't worry or be concerned at this point.  The activity you describe on the IRS's "Where's My Refund" website sounds normal enough.  The messages and bars on the Where's My Refund webpage change all of the time; and sometimes the same message is displayed continuously, or the bars disappear entirely.

Not all tax returns are identical either, and so they move through the IRS processing system at various speeds.  Other factors causing delays and increased refund processing times for many people this year are several new laws and executive orders that the IRS has been charged with implementing, including those of the 2015 PATH act.

If your tax return ever is chosen for further review, or an actual audit, then the website should indicate that, and also let you know to expect an IRS notice or letter by mail.  (You haven't observed any message like that, have you?)

Taxpayers who do have their returns held for review, and who expect to receive an IRS notice, tell us that this message appears clearly on the Where's My Refund website.  The behavior that you observe is more likely an indicator that your tax return is simply moving through the processing system.  It could also be that the IRS is checking for additional information on something related to your tax return (like matching your reported W-2 data with that separately reported to the IRS by your employer); but we wouldn't call that a review . . . perhaps only a delay.

If enough time passes after filing (21 days after e-file, or 6 weeks after paper file), and there is no new information, at that time the IRS indicates that you can call them, using the phone number provided on their Where's My Refund website.  As it is already beyond the 21 day period for you (as indicated by the dates in the text of your question), you are welcome to either call the IRS, or to continue and wait.

Above, the best recommended course of action is patience.  In fact, when it comes to the processing of tax returns, sometimes no news is good news (in that there's nothing adverse to your tax refund claim that the government has to report).  Please also remember that IRS doesn't move nearly as fast as taxpayers would sometimes like (especially when waiting for a refund).  Also, as noted above, the 2016 tax year may be particularly slow, due to factors that are outside of our control.

Thank you for asking this question.


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Jan 29th still says it's . . . why would take long?

There's absolutely no reason to think that you're under review, being audited, or that anything is wrong with your tax return, so please don't worry or be concerned at this point.  The activity you describe on the IRS's "Where's My Refund" website sounds normal enough.  The messages and bars on the Where's My Refund webpage change all of the time; and sometimes the same message is displayed continuously, or the bars disappear entirely.

Not all tax returns are identical either, and so they move through the IRS processing system at various speeds.  Other factors causing delays and increased refund processing times for many people this year are several new laws and executive orders that the IRS has been charged with implementing, including those of the 2015 PATH act.

If your tax return ever is chosen for further review, or an actual audit, then the website should indicate that, and also let you know to expect an IRS notice or letter by mail.  (You haven't observed any message like that, have you?)

Taxpayers who do have their returns held for review, and who expect to receive an IRS notice, tell us that this message appears clearly on the Where's My Refund website.  The behavior that you observe is more likely an indicator that your tax return is simply moving through the processing system.  It could also be that the IRS is checking for additional information on something related to your tax return (like matching your reported W-2 data with that separately reported to the IRS by your employer); but we wouldn't call that a review . . . perhaps only a delay.

If enough time passes after filing (21 days after e-file, or 6 weeks after paper file), and there is no new information, at that time the IRS indicates that you can call them, using the phone number provided on their Where's My Refund website.  As it is already beyond the 21 day period for you (as indicated by the dates in the text of your question), you are welcome to either call the IRS, or to continue and wait.

Above, the best recommended course of action is patience.  In fact, when it comes to the processing of tax returns, sometimes no news is good news (in that there's nothing adverse to your tax refund claim that the government has to report).  Please also remember that IRS doesn't move nearly as fast as taxpayers would sometimes like (especially when waiting for a refund).  Also, as noted above, the 2016 tax year may be particularly slow, due to factors that are outside of our control.

Thank you for asking this question.


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Jan 29th still says it's . . . why would take long?

The delay may be due to identity. If you changed addresses or moved out of state you can expect a delay and verification which means you will have to prove you were the person filing the taxes. I was one of many who had to show proof and if you had dependent's  it could take up to 9 weeks. I also had to verify my state identification. I had to take my ID, SS card and proof of Address as well as a copy of a power bill or a bank statement.  I hope this helps. I also be the letters that were sent out almost 3 weeks after filing. But call the IRS and the State to find out your process they are able to tell you whats happening with your taxes which is better than checking the wheres my refund.