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My return status has been accepted for over a month... why?

Why has my return status been on accepted for over a month?
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Level 15

My return status has been accepted for over a month... why?

First, check your e-file status to see if your return was accepted:


 If accepted, they try to process it within three weeks but it can be longer.  This year if you have earned income credit,  additional child tax credit, unemployment  and/or  the repayment of the Premium Tax Credit then your return could be delayed in processing until sometime in May.


Once your federal return has been accepted by the IRS, only the IRS has any control.  TurboTax does not receive any updates from the IRS. Your ONLY source of information about your refund now is the IRS.


You need your filing status, your Social Security number and the exact amount  (line 34of your 2020 Form 1040) of your federal refund to track your Federal refund:


To track your state refund:


If you chose to have your TurboTax fees deducted from your federal refund, that will take some extra time, while the third party bank handles the refund processing.



New Member

My return status has been accepted for over a month... why?

÷Ok Thanks.  Why would they hold everybody's tax return for 1-3+ months

What is so special about May?  

When do i find out if it's going to be delayed?





Level 15

My return status has been accepted for over a month... why?

They are not holding EVERYONES return just those with certain things on them and MAY is the projected time frame for them to release them.  You can thank congress for the last minute tax law changes in the middle of an active tax season while simultaneously issuing another stimulus check.  The IRS only has so much computer strength  and personnel so some things are being delayed.  


First -- verify that your return has been filed and accepted --  then check the fed web site to see where you are in the process-

Check Your E-File Status on this Secure TurboTax website
- It will show the date you transmitted your return and if it was accepted or rejected.  
- Both your Federal and State will be listed separately if you filed both.
- It will tell you when you E-filed
- The electronic filing date

See the following TurboTax support article on checking your e-file status -

For the Feds:'s-My-Refund-It's-Quick,-Easy,-and-Secure.


If the return has been processing for more than 21 days then you can call the IRS …

Call the IRS:  1-800-829-1040  hours 7 AM - 7 PM local time Monday-Friday

When calling the IRS do NOT choose the first option re: "Refund", or it will send you to an automated phone line.  

So after first choosing your language, then do NOT choose Option 1 (refund info).  Choose option 2 for "personal income tax" instead.

Then press 1 for "form, tax history, or payment".   

Then press 3 "for all other questions."

Then press 2 "for all other questions."  

 When it asks you to enter your SSN or EIN to access your account information, don’t enter anything.  

- After it asks twice, you will get another menu.

Then press 2 and then 4 …       

It should then transfer you to an agent.


Or you can contact your local IRS office.  See this IRS website for local IRS offices -


If it's been more than 90 days since the return was accepted  then you can ask for help from the Tax Payer Advocate office:

At the following IRS website, find the USA map and click on your state, and it will give you the number of your IRS Taxpayer Advocate.

If you are unsuccessful with the Taxpayer Advocate for your area, you can also try the special IRS phone number for the Taxpayer Advocate Service at 877-777-4778.

More info on the Taxpayer Advocate Service:

Also see this article for more info on how the Taxpayer Advocate Service works:









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