I'm in the same boat. HOWEVER......what I find completely ABSURD is my friend filed 2 days before I did.....THEY DID GET EIC ALSO and they ALREADY HAVE THEIR MONEY!!!! so its a total lie that the IRS cannot issue refunds with EIC on it before late February!!! I did her taxes on 1/29.....she had money in hand on 2/7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They said don’t expect it to hit your account NOT that it will hit your account on Feb. 27. I was approved 1/30 and I’m getting mine next week.
Last year I was approved and given the money less than a week later. ITS POSSIBLE. AGAIN, they did NOT say they are not releasing funds until 2/27
Funds start releasing to people in batches to banks. 2/16-2/17
2017-To comply with the law, the IRS will hold the refunds on EITC and ACTC-related returns until Feb. 15th.
2018-The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or debit cards starting February 27, 2018.
Different wording but means the same thing, they are holding the refunds til Feb 15th in 2017 and holding the refunds til Feb 27th, 2018.
I don't remember exactly when I got my refund last year.