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“your refund is still being processed”, it has been 21 days. the operator told me they are sending me a letter just to tell me its still in review? should i be afraid?

the women form the irs explained they “see no issues and that it is normal to simply send out letters explaining it is taking a bit longer to process our tax return” is she pulling my string? can i still be approved even after receiving this letter?

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Level 6

“your refund is still being processed”, it has been 21 days. the operator told me they are sending me a letter just to tell me its still in review? should i be afraid?

This has been common this year.

The IRS started processing returns later than in prior years and as such has a backlog to work through. They also just recently started processing returns claiming EIC and/or ACTC.

During processing, 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 .
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Level 6

“your refund is still being processed”, it has been 21 days. the operator told me they are sending me a letter just to tell me its still in review? should i be afraid?

This has been common this year.

The IRS started processing returns later than in prior years and as such has a backlog to work through. They also just recently started processing returns claiming EIC and/or ACTC.

During processing, 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 .
Level 1

“your refund is still being processed”, it has been 21 days. the operator told me they are sending me a letter just to tell me its still in review? should i be afraid?

thank you so much.. do you know how much longer this process may take? can i still be approved any day now?
Level 1

“your refund is still being processed”, it has been 21 days. the operator told me they are sending me a letter just to tell me its still in review? should i be afraid?

How long did it take ?  I'm am currently in the same boat. It's day 21
Level 4

“your refund is still being processed”, it has been 21 days. the operator told me they are sending me a letter just to tell me its still in review? should i be afraid?

I am now beyond 90 days and got a letter today saying it could be another 60days.