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Sina_kona808
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I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

E filed on the 18th and the IRS accepted on the 19th? I thought returns weren’t being accepted till after the 29th? I also check led the where’s my refund on the IRS site and it also says accepted?

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MichaelDC
New Member

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

Even though, the IRS will begin accepting e-file returns on January 29, 2018, a few returns will be processed up to a week before this date for testing purposes.)

Note: If your return is among those that the IRS processes early as part of its testing, your tax refund (if any) won't be processed until after January 29.

brandiporter
New Member

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

I'm not sure if the info about test batch is correct,  because I know a bunch of ppl who were already accepted .
tawnywatson
New Member

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

I was also accepted on both sites on the 19th so if we were "the chosen batch" does that mean we will be one of the first processed as well??
Critter
Level 15

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

First not all returns that have been filed to date  have been accepted thru the early test return program  and a few of those that have been accepted for processing have been given a DDD on the IRS website but  not all... the IRS originally stated that  the processing process would start  on the 29th but they seem to be ahead of schedule which is nice to see.
reneekale
Level 1

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

@Critter#2  thank you thank you thank you.
Critter
Level 15

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

NO ... the IRS pulls returns early for testing purposes ... BUT the returns will not start processing until the 29th.  Accepted for processing and actually being processed are 2 separate functions. 

xmasbaby0
Level 15

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

Your return must have been in one of the "test batches" they take early.  So woohoo!  Accepted!  But--that does not mean an early refund.  Refunds will not be arriving before the end of February.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/2018-tax-filing-season-begins-jan-29-tax-returns-due-april-17-help-avai...

**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.**
reneekale
Level 1

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

I filed on the 23rd, received an e-mail from turbotax on the 24th stating my federal was accepted by the IRS. WMR is on 1 bar. I know I won't receive anything until mid Feb.
Critter
Level 15

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

Yes ... the IRS always pulls returns for testing early and they have even issued some DDD already starting the 29th so they are happily ahead of schedule ... watch the WMR? tool at the IRS for further updates on your refund :

<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/refunds">https://www.irs.gov/refunds</a>
reneekale
Level 1

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

@Critter#2 appreciate the info. I was just wondering. I've seen people on other threads say they already have a date. I have EIC so I know I won't receive anything until mid to late February.
Critter
Level 15

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

I am a tax preparer and I check some of my client returns this AM  that I have already filed so I have first hand info on this.

If you go to the IRS.gov  WMR? tool you will see that delay warning ... it is the same thing as last year and it will always be the same going forward.
Critter
Level 15

I thought refunds were not getting accepted till the 29th?

Here are my annual words of caution since some are so eager to file the returns early….remember patience is a virtue and don't plan on your refund being in your account on a certain date then you won't be disappointed or overdrawn.  It is very possible that you  get a DD date then it gets put on hold while the IRS reviews the account which can delay it for months. Do not be in a rush to transmit the return … once you press that button you cannot stop the filing or make any changes until the IRS accepts or rejects the return.

Last year the IRS started verifying W-2 forms before issuing a refund which means filing your return before the W-2 is issued will not work since your return will be held up until the employer has filed the W-2 with the IRS. And if you have Earned Income Credit or the Additional Child Tax credit the returns cannot be processed at all until 2/15 so those refunds will not hit until late February at the earliest … see this page : 

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/2018-tax-filing-season-begins-jan-29-tax-returns-due-april-17-help-avai...


The IRS no longer processes returns in first in first out batches. They are processed individually so returns sent in at the same time will not necessarily process together. Even if you are one of the few accepted early during the testing phase doesn’t mean your return will be processed before the 29th.  In fact, in the past when there were major tax law changes the early programming had glitches, those that were taken early were actually stuck in processing for months…. I would never want to be a test subject for the IRS computers.

The IRS states that 9 of 10 returns will process in 21 days or less. However considering that the IRS processes more than 140 million returns that means 14 million will be delayed for more than 21 days. 

Think of the IRS process as a long pipe line. Some returns will be rejected before being allowed into the pipe and the rest will be accepted. Then once accepted into the pipeline many will process directly through without any delays and some will not.  Some returns will be siphoned off for further review of some kind. The basis of what triggers these reviews is a well guarded secret but some are just picked randomly every year.

Some reviews are automated and some will require human attention. The processing times will vary and due to the continued understaffing situation   they are likely to take much longer this year than last.


First -- verify that your returns have been filed and accepted --  then check the fed & state web sites to see where you are in the process-

Check Your E-File Status on this Secure TurboTax website
https://turbotax.intuit.com/efile/efile_status_lookup.jsp
- It will show the date you transmitted your return and if it was accepted or rejected.  
- Both your Federal and State will be listed separately if you filed both.
- It will tell you when you E-filed
- The electronic filing date

See the following TurboTax support article on checking your e-file status - 
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1908859-how-do-i-look-up-the-status-of-my-e-filed-return

For the Feds:
http://www.irs.gov/Refunds/Where's-My-Refund-It's-Quick,-Easy,-and-Secure.

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-answers-common-early-tax-season-refund-questions-and-addresses-...

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/2016-tax-changes
https://www.irs.gov/Refunds/Tax-Season-Refund-Frequently-Asked-Questions



For the states:
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899433-how-do-i-track-my-state-refund
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901670-how-do-i-contact-my-state-department-of-revenue   

 

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