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Has anybody else had problems with their returns taking forever to process?

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Has anybody else had problems with their returns taking forever to process?

Not sure what you mean by  "forever" since the IRS did not even begin to process 2020 returns until February 12.


Please note that the IRS says its own system is lagging and you do not need to call the IRS about your refund.


Sadly, the IRS refund site is behaving erratically and is not always reliable this year.   TurboTax has no control over this and cannot find out anything about your refund for you.




TurboTax gives you an estimated date for receiving your refund based on a 21 day average from your date of acceptance, but it can take longer. “21 days”  is not a promise from TurboTax or the IRS.   Many refunds are taking longer during the pandemic.  The IRS is backlogged —-they are still trying to process millions of 2019 returns; and they received over 35 million e-files when e-filing opened for 2020 returns.



First, check your e-file status to see if your return was accepted:


 If accepted, they try to process it within three weeks but it can be longer.  if you have earned income credit or additional child tax credit, it will be at least the end of February before you see your refund, due to the PATH act that requires that they hold your refund longer.


Once your federal return has been accepted by the IRS, only the IRS has any control.  TurboTax does not receive any updates from the IRS. Your ONLY source of information about your refund now is the IRS.

You need your filing status, your Social Security number and the exact amount  (line 34of your 2020 Form 1040) of your federal refund to track your Federal refund:

To track your state refund:

If you chose to have your TurboTax fees deducted from your federal refund, that will take some extra time, while the third party bank handles the refund processing.



**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Returning Member

Has anybody else had problems with their returns taking forever to process?

Wow.  I guess I am just not as smart as you are.  I guess I had not waited until after the 21 days were up to ask if anyone else was having issues with TurboTax.  I guess I never checked the IRS website.  I guess I just figured I would get on here and act like I haven't ever filed taxes before.  For your information, I had exhausted all other avenues for seeking information before I submitted a question to this forum.  I will certainly not make that mistake again.  I know of five of my family members who used H&R Block, filed after me, and have already received their refunds.  And they each paid way less than I did to get their taxes done.  

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