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Level 1

Refund delays

My refund was accepted March 4th but still has not been approved yet. Is there a delay going on with returns right now??

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Intuit Alumni

Refund delays

The IRS releases most refunds within 21 calendar days after the e-filed return has been accepted (received). 


To check your e-file status, please use the link below:


You can also check your refund status at:

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Level 2

Refund delays

Did you ever receive your refund? Just curious, because I’m in a similar situation right now, with mine. 

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Refund delays


Please see the links below for information on why your refund may be taking longer. Also, the IRS does have limited staff right now.

If the IRS Where’s My Federal Refund? site shows your refund is processing, during this time, 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. 

Continue to monitor the IRS Where’s My Federal Refund? site for updates. Updates are made daily, usually overnight. You may also download the IRS2Go app to check your Federal refund status.

Where’s My Refund? has a tracker that displays progress through 3 stages:

(1) Return Accepted "Received," (2) Refund Approved and (3) Refund Sent.

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