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Processing times question

Are the processing times for state of CA, until you get your refund, from when they receive your documents or from when they are done processing it?

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/aboutFTB/Timeframes/?WT.mc_id=Contact_Slab_Processing_Times#/

So let's say you mail your return.  The website says that for individuals, it takes 4 weeks.  They get it on Jan 1.  Let's say they finish processing it on Feb 1.  Do you receive your refund 4 weeks from Jan 1 or 4 weeks from Feb 1?

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Level 1

Processing times question

The IRS releases most refunds within 21 days of the date that the IRS accepts the return.  See below for information on how to track your refund.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/5340655


Level 1

Processing times question

@TurboTaxEdwardLO so in this case, "accepted" means when it is processed?  So in my example, it is 4 weeks from Feb 1?
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Level 15

Processing times question

"accepted" means  accepted for processing --  from acceptance to release of refund  is generally 21 days. However, if for some reason , the return needs human intervention, the three weeks processing time can be extended  quite a bit. Check  WMR ( Where is My Refund at <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.irs.gov">www.irs.gov</a> ) for the most current status.
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Processing times question

What is interesting is that I submitted my 2017 taxes for federal and state at the same time.  Already received federal but still waiting for state.  I guess that makes sense because federal claims 21 days and CA state claims 4 weeks from when they receive it.  However, also submitted 2016 amended taxes for federal and state at the same time.  Both federal and state amended times are estimated at 4 months.
For amended, already received state refund BUT have not received federal refund.  Federal is taking longer this time around for amended.
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Level 15

Processing times question

CA , unlike most other states , accepts and processes returns in parallel to the IRS ( does not wait for Fed files ).  
Amended returns are paper returns, must be scanned and  entered into separate processing stream and  with some amount of  manual handling & lower priority , takes longer --- around six weeks from mailing in, at least.