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If turbotax says irs accepted your refund does it mean there done looking through it and I'm just waiting on the timing of EIC dates??

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No, Accepted means your tax return is now in the government's hands and has passed the initial inspection (your verification info is correct, dependents haven't already been claimed by someone else, etc.). After acceptance, the next step is for the government to approve your refund.

 

Once your returns have been accepted , it is up to the IRS & State when refunds are issued. The IRS states that nine out of 10 e-filed tax returns with direct deposit will be processed within 21 days of IRS e-file acceptance.  There are delays with returns that include the ECI/ACTC credit, the IRS states that deposit dates should start showing sometime this week.

 

Mailed paper returns: If you filed a paper return, please allow 4 weeks before checking the status. Refund processing time is 6 to 8 weeks from the date the IRS receives your tax return

 

States differ when they issue refunds.

 

You can checked the IRS website Where's My Refund for your Federal information?

https://www.irs.gov/refunds

 

If you have a State refund, click on the following link, then click on your State

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/refund-status/help

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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No.  Accepted only means your return met the requirements for the IRS to start looking at it.  It does not mean your refund has been approved.

 

TurboTax gives you an estimated date for receiving your refund based on a 21 day average from your date of acceptance, but it can take longer.

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 20 of your Form 1040) of your federal refund to track your Federal refund:   

https://www.irs.gov/refunds

To track your state refund:    

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899433-how-do-i-track-my-state-refund

On the IRS site you are also offered the use of an app called IRS2Go

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901548-why-do-some-refunds-take-longer-than-others

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.

https://www.irs.gov/refunds/tax-season-refund-frequently-asked-questions

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2840013-does-accepted-mean-my-refund-is-approved

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2724106-my-return-is-accepted-but-still-not-approved-is-there-a-pr...

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/3397970-path-act-delayed-refunds-for-some-filers

 

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/refund-timing

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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Refund

No, Accepted means your tax return is now in the government's hands and has passed the initial inspection (your verification info is correct, dependents haven't already been claimed by someone else, etc.). After acceptance, the next step is for the government to approve your refund.

 

Once your returns have been accepted , it is up to the IRS & State when refunds are issued. The IRS states that nine out of 10 e-filed tax returns with direct deposit will be processed within 21 days of IRS e-file acceptance.  There are delays with returns that include the ECI/ACTC credit, the IRS states that deposit dates should start showing sometime this week.

 

Mailed paper returns: If you filed a paper return, please allow 4 weeks before checking the status. Refund processing time is 6 to 8 weeks from the date the IRS receives your tax return

 

States differ when they issue refunds.

 

You can checked the IRS website Where's My Refund for your Federal information?

https://www.irs.gov/refunds

 

If you have a State refund, click on the following link, then click on your State

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/refund-status/help

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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