March 14, 2018 4:16 PM
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Yes, Bogart is on the right track. The code 1541 is a generic internal code used by the IRS to identify returns that have been "Delayed". There are different reasons accounting for the 1541 reference number; so not everyone’s reason will be the same. And it does not always mean that there is something wrong with your return. The most general reason is typically that they have a backlog of returns and are behind on processing.
However, some other reasons that are generally related to this code:
- You claimed Earned Income Credit (those were held til mid-Feb before they begin processing)
- Hold due to a current or prior year return that was filed incorrectly
- Hold on current return to resolve past filing issues if there are prior year returns you didn’t file
- Filed and you owe past due obligation (i.e. federal/state taxes owed from prior years, child support, student loans, etc.)
- IRS has an overflow of returns at this time and maybe behind schedule
You call the IRS tax refund hotline at 800-829-4477, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Or, call the 24-hour assistance number at 800-829-1040 and mention the reference the code 1541 to them and they can provide you with further details.