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rcmejia74
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Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

My taxes say accepted January 15th.
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BrandiLO
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Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

Every year the IRS does take some tax returns early as part of a test batch. To find out the actual day the IRS is going to issue you a refund, please go to www.irs.gov/refunds. The date you see within TurboTax Refund Tracker is a projected  estimated date range on when you can expect your refund based on other TurboTax customers who have already received their refunds. The most accurate and up to date information will be found on the IRS website. As you said most refunds are disbursed within 21 days from the date they are accepted. However, if you claimed the EIC or Additional Child Tax Credit, the IRS will begin issuing tax refunds on these returns on February 27, 2019 per the rules of the PATH act. If this applies to you, you may not see an update until late February. For more information on the PATH act and tracking your refund, please see the TurboTax FAQs below.

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BrandiLO
Intuit Alumni

Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

Every year the IRS does take some tax returns early as part of a test batch. To find out the actual day the IRS is going to issue you a refund, please go to www.irs.gov/refunds. The date you see within TurboTax Refund Tracker is a projected  estimated date range on when you can expect your refund based on other TurboTax customers who have already received their refunds. The most accurate and up to date information will be found on the IRS website. As you said most refunds are disbursed within 21 days from the date they are accepted. However, if you claimed the EIC or Additional Child Tax Credit, the IRS will begin issuing tax refunds on these returns on February 27, 2019 per the rules of the PATH act. If this applies to you, you may not see an update until late February. For more information on the PATH act and tracking your refund, please see the TurboTax FAQs below.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/5340655

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/5556415



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rcmejia74
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Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

The 'Where's My Refund Tool' does not have my information. Says, "Please wait 24 hours after taxes are accepted"
BrandiLO
Intuit Alumni

Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

Please make sure you are entering the exact amount of your refund as shown on your federal tax return.

• If you filed a Form 1040, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 20a.
• If you filed a Form 1040NR, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 73a.
• If you filed a Form 1040NR-EZ, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 23a.
• If you filed a Form 1040PR, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 13a.
• If you filed a Form 1040SS, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 13a.

Additionally, be certain you are choosing the correct filing status.

• If you filed a Form 1040, the Filing Status is shown on the top of the form above your name and social security number.
• If you filed a Form 1040NR, the Filing Status is shown on Page 1, Boxes 1 through 6
• If you filed a Form 1040NR-EZ, the Filing Status is shown on Page 1, Boxes 1 through 2
• If you filed a Form 1040PR, the Filing Status is shown on Page 1, Part 1 Line 1
• If you filed a Form 1040SS, the Filing Status is shown on Page 1, Part 1 Line 1

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BrandiLO
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Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

Also, you can check your efile status by going to: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/efile-status-lookup/">https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/ef...> to confirm that your return has in fact been efiled.
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rcmejia74
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Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

Line 20a was submitted, with correct filing status.  
Should I assume, my taxes have not been approved yet?
BrandiLO
Intuit Alumni

Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

Yes, additionally, if you filed for EIC or ACTC, keep in mind that those returns will not begin being disbursed until 2/27. Continue tracking on <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.irs.gov/refunds">www.irs.gov/refunds</a> and a direct deposit date will be shown once available.
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rcmejia74
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Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

Thank you very much for the quick and helpful feedback!
BrandiLO
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Why did turbo tax tell me to expect my tax returns on February 5th, if the IRS doesn't open until January 28th? Should I expect my returns 21 days from IRS tax day?

You're very welcome. 🙂
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