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payne1702
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What does delay in processing mean

 
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What does delay in processing mean

It means your return will simply take more than the usual 21 days to process. 


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. 


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Critter
Level 15

What does delay in processing mean

It means your return will simply take more than the usual 21 days to process. 


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. 


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payne1702
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What does delay in processing mean

Thank you
payne1702
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What does delay in processing mean

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