Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021
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wryan979
Returning Member

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

I filed in early February and received notification that my filings were accepted February 13.  I have received my state refund a few weeks ago, but not federal.  Every time I check my federal tax on the site it says my tax return is still being processed.  Several family members and colleagues with similar tax situations have all filed and received their federal within 2-3 weeks.  

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Mvp1612
New Member

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

I'm having the same issue, filed in Feburary also. I received my state return over a month ago but federal still being processed. 

mahawkins_
New Member

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

Following this topic. I’m having the same issues!

JotikaT2
Employee Tax Expert

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

Trying using the following link to track your refund.

 

IRS processing time and refund status 

 

The online link is your best option to track your refund.  I have attached a link with more answers from the IRS as to why your refund may be taking longer to process.

 

Federal refund questions

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wryan979
Returning Member

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

I have been tracking my refund status using their website, but it’s been in pending state in perpetuity for nearly two months now. I have also not received this latest stimulus. 

The answers on the website have been 0 help. I’ve tried calling the irs several times now and I could never get through to a live person.

 

what other options are there? From my standpoint on everything I’ve read and seen thus far this seems to be a TurboTax issue as everyone I know who has used a different service did not run into any issues. 

JohnB5677
Expert Alumni

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

An additional alternative is to contact a local IRS office.

 

 Taxpayer Assistance Center Local IRS Office .

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trmbtrmb
Level 2

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

Same problem here. I also did not receive the second stimulus check, never came in the mail. I filled for the tax credit. I filled in Early Feb and was accepted the same day. When I check the status it just says "still processing".

KathrynG3
Employee Tax Expert

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

When the tax return is received, it is marked accepted, which means received. When the IRS has processed the return, then it will advance to approved

 

If there are any issues with the return, the IRS must redirect the processing for review. There is a backlog of returns being reviewed and recalculated that will cause delays.

 

What you can do while you wait is to create or log in to your account at the IRS to get more information than what is available at Where's My Refund.

 

To do this, go to: IRS View Your Tax Account. Otherwise, to contact the IRS, call 1-800-829-1040 and they are open Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM. For more contact resources, see IRS Let Us Help You.

 

For more information, see: 

Does "accepted" mean my refund is approved?

My return is accepted but still not approved. Is there a problem? Should I be worried?

2pedersens
New Member

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

Same for me. Filed Feb 12, was accepted 2 days later and I am still waiting for a large refund. Calls to the IRS will not go through.  They already want my first estimated payment when I haven't got my refund. Friends and family have already received their refunds. I am beginning to think it is a Turbo Tax problem and will not used them again.

 

CatinaT1
Employee Tax Expert

Where's my refund? Filed early February 2021

According to this IRS update as of April 16th:  

 
 

The IRS is now opening mail within normal timeframes. The IRS has also made significant progress in processing prior year returns. As of April 9, 2021, we had 1.5 million individual tax returns received prior to 2021 in the processing pipeline. Including current year returns, as of April 9, 2021, we had 16.2 million unprocessed individual returns in the pipeline. Unprocessed returns include those requiring correction to the Recovery Rebate Credit amount or validation of 2019 income used to figure the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Advance Child Tax Credit (ACTC). This work does not require us to correspond with taxpayers but does require special handling by an IRS employee so, in these instances, it is taking the IRS more than 21 days to issue any related refund. If, as a result, a correction is made to any RRC, EITC or ACTC claimed on the return, the IRS will send taxpayers an explanation. Taxpayers are encouraged to continue to check Where’s My Refund? for their personalized refund status and can review Tax Season Refund Frequently Asked Questions.  

 
 

How long you may have to wait: The IRS understands the importance of timely processing of tax returns and refund issuance. We are processing returns received over the summer and fall in 2020 due to the extended July 15, 2020 tax filing due date. While the majority of 2019 refund returns have been processed, in some cases, we are processing tax returns that were mailed with a payment even though payment associated with these returns have been processed by the IRS. However, we are rerouting tax returns and taxpayer correspondence from locations that are behind to locations where more staff is available, and we are taking other actions to minimize any delays. Tax returns are opened in the order received. As the return is processed, it may be delayed because it has a mistake including errors concerning the Recovery Rebate Credit, is missing information, or there is suspected identity theft or fraud. If we can fix it without contacting you, we will. If we need more information or need you to verify that it was you who sent the tax return, we will write you a letter. The resolution of these issues depends on how quickly and accurately you respond, and the ability of IRS staff trained and working under social distancing requirements to complete the processing of your return.  

 
 

What you should do: If you filed electronically and received an acknowledgement, you do not need to take any further action other than promptly responding to any requests for information. If you filed on paper, check Where’s my refund? If it tells you we have received your return or are processing or reviewing it, we are processing your return, but it may be under review. We’re working hard to get through the backlog. Please don’t file a second tax return or contact the IRS about the status of your return.  

 
 

E-filing your 2020 tax return: To e-file you will need to enter your AGI from your tax year 2019 tax return.  If your 2019 return has not yet been processed, you may enter $ 0 (zero) as your prior year Adjusted Gross Income. If you used the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool last year to register for an Economic Impact Payment, enter “$1” as your prior year AGI. See Claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren’t required to file a tax return.  

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