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clutz1969
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When I checked my return status in the IRS app, it said some returns are being held until a certain date, and will then be released on that date. Am I among that lot?

Should I be concerned about being audited? This was my first year of doing business online, and the numbers are. meager. I qualified for a surprising amount of money and I feel as if they are targeting me already.
What should I be expecting from the IRS? And is the IRS's holding this years returns until a certain date an issue which explains the delay in obtaining approval?
Im confused, I thought I agreed to pay TurboTax the 85.00 in order to expedite filing for review, and obtain the IRS's subsequent decision faster than if I filed on my own? Now it appears I'm on a hit list, and will not see anything this year. I sure hope your advertisement which states you would be available when the IRS audits, is true.
Why didn't your program catch any discrepancies which would prevent me from receiving a return? I thought I was protected...
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MichaelF
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When I checked my return status in the IRS app, it said some returns are being held until a certain date, and will then be released on that date. Am I among that lot?

No, not necessarily.


Because of a new law, the IRS had to hold tax refunds this year that include the Earned Income Tax Credit and/or Additional Child Tax Credit, until February 15, 2017.

This law, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, helps detect and prevent tax fraud, and the delay in refunds allows the IRS to make sure taxpayers are claiming the credits properly and that they’re given what they’re owed.


While we at TurboTax have no way of finding out specific information about the processing of an individual tax return once it's been transmitted to the government, the activity you observe on the IRS's "Where's My Refund" website sounds normal (or at least not abnormal).

There's absolutely no reason to think that you're under review or that there is a problem, so please don't worry or be concerned at this point.   In fact, 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.  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 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 (plus refund) is simply moving through the processing system.  It could also be that the IRS is temporarily holding up your refund deposit while they verify 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 small delay.

If enough time passes after filing and "acceptance" (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.

For now, the best recommended course of action is patience.  The IRS doesn't always move as fast as taxpayers would like (especially when waiting for a refund).  Also, as noted above, the 2016 tax year may be particularly slow to issue refunds, due to factors that are outside of our control.

Thank you for asking this question

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MichaelF
New Member

When I checked my return status in the IRS app, it said some returns are being held until a certain date, and will then be released on that date. Am I among that lot?

No, not necessarily.


Because of a new law, the IRS had to hold tax refunds this year that include the Earned Income Tax Credit and/or Additional Child Tax Credit, until February 15, 2017.

This law, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, helps detect and prevent tax fraud, and the delay in refunds allows the IRS to make sure taxpayers are claiming the credits properly and that they’re given what they’re owed.


While we at TurboTax have no way of finding out specific information about the processing of an individual tax return once it's been transmitted to the government, the activity you observe on the IRS's "Where's My Refund" website sounds normal (or at least not abnormal).

There's absolutely no reason to think that you're under review or that there is a problem, so please don't worry or be concerned at this point.   In fact, 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.  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 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 (plus refund) is simply moving through the processing system.  It could also be that the IRS is temporarily holding up your refund deposit while they verify 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 small delay.

If enough time passes after filing and "acceptance" (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.

For now, the best recommended course of action is patience.  The IRS doesn't always move as fast as taxpayers would like (especially when waiting for a refund).  Also, as noted above, the 2016 tax year may be particularly slow to issue refunds, due to factors that are outside of our control.

Thank you for asking this question

clutz1969
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When I checked my return status in the IRS app, it said some returns are being held until a certain date, and will then be released on that date. Am I among that lot?

Thank you so much, this answer helps tremendously. And this happens whenever dealing with IRS issues. Patience is not one of my successful disciplines. My concerns are predicated upon my status as self employed, this being my first year in business.
The answer is awesome, thank you.
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