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Is there a benefit to paying the TT fees UP FRONT vs. having them w/held from my return?

In 2016, I had the fees w/held from my return.  Once filed, it took the IRS WMR site 3 days to "accept"/give me one bar.  I filed on 01/13/2016 and received my return on 02/22/2016.  I noticed it sat in the Bank of Santa Barbara for a LONG time (I've read it goes there BECAUSE this is where TT collects their fee(s) and THEN direct deposits/loads pre-paid cards).  I've seen people complain that this EXTRA "stop" delays the returns.

THIS YEAR, I did NOT want it going to a 3rd party where it can sit.  I paid for my fees UP FRONT.  I filed on 01/19/2018 and it was "accepted"/sitting at one bar on the IRS WMR site within an HOUR of submitting it.  It also states "We have received your tax return and it is being processed."

What has been the experience of people who have had TT fees w/held from refunds VERSUS paying them up front?

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Is there a benefit to paying the TT fees UP FRONT vs. having them w/held from my return?

The very obvious benefit is that you get to avoid the "processing" cost - $39.99? - of paying for your income tax return from your refund.  I'd also guess that everything else being equal you'd always get your money sooner too since it doesn't have to go through another pair of hands before it gets to you.

Quite frankly I think it's absolutely idiotic to pay for your income tax return by using your refund.

Tom Young

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Is there a benefit to paying the TT fees UP FRONT vs. having them w/held from my return?

The very obvious benefit is that you get to avoid the "processing" cost - $39.99? - of paying for your income tax return from your refund.  I'd also guess that everything else being equal you'd always get your money sooner too since it doesn't have to go through another pair of hands before it gets to you.

Quite frankly I think it's absolutely idiotic to pay for your income tax return by using your refund.

Tom Young

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Is there a benefit to paying the TT fees UP FRONT vs. having them w/held from my return?

Well.  Thank you for that.  Last year I wasn't blessed with having the funds (for the services I needed) at the time I filed.  I understand why they offer the service - I simply wondered if it TRULY made that much of an effect on return time AND if OTHER people have had the same experience (or, have had their fees withheld and had a FAST turn-around time - isn't that possible).

I'm glad to know I was only "idiotic" last year, but not this year.  AND, appreciate your insight to my intelligence level - it gave me a good giggle.

For anyone who must use the service of having your fees withheld your refund (NO matter the situation), I  personally do not believe you are idiotic!  I posted the question for others to share their EXPERIENCE - not their opinions on individuals intelligence.
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Is there a benefit to paying the TT fees UP FRONT vs. having them w/held from my return?

have you updated to a ddd yet? if so how early did you get your refund?
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