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Level 1

What does the Irs mean by they are processing my return

 
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Level 6

What does the Irs mean by they are processing my return

It simply means that your e-filed return is being processed and that the government hasn't approved or rejected it yet.  Sometimes return status does not update for several days or even longer.

During this time, the government reviews your refund (processing).
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.

It can take up to 21 calendar days after acceptance for the IRS to issue your refund, although most refunds go more quickly than that, while a small handful may take a bit longer.
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Level 1

What does the Irs mean by they are processing my return

Last 2 years no  gov shut down  so could  not working with full staff be rhe reason and the Path Act making it worse  because they cant start eic returns till feb 15
Level 2

What does the Irs mean by they are processing my return

I filed my 2017  tax via of your software. I am so distraught. I have been on my computer for weeks trying  to correct AGI for 2016 in which I did. and thought that it was efile by you, but just in case it was not I called IRS and I was able to fax the return last week and now learn that it is being processed.  I waited on the phone for one hour today only to speak to the rudest person ever, stayed on the phone with her for 30 minutes and all She could tell me was that my return was submitted several times and all have been rejected.  I am in the last phase of refinancing my home at a very low rate, however 2017 taxes need to be posted.  I just dont know what to do. Can you help either send me a msg. at [phone number removed], email, or call, I need help!!

Level 20

What does the Irs mean by they are processing my return

@Steward_a   E-filing is permanently closed for a 2017 return.  The only way to file it is to print it, sign it and mail it.  The AGI you were trying to use for e-filing does not matter when you mail the return.

 

When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s.  Use a mailing service that will track it, such as UPS or certified mail so you will know the IRS/state received the return.