PATH Act delayed refunds for some filers
By law, the IRS cannot issue refunds for people claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February 2018.
- The law requires the IRS to hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC.
The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or debit cards starting on Feb. 27, 2018, if direct deposit was used and there are no other issues with the tax return.
- This additional period is due to several factors, including the Presidents Day holiday and banking and financial systems needing time to process deposits.
This law change, which took effect at the beginning of 2017, helps ensure that taxpayers receive the refund they’re due by giving the IRS more time to detect and prevent fraud.
Most taxpayers won’t be impacted by the PATH Act
The IRS expects that the majority of tax refunds (more than 9 out of 10) will be issued in 21 days or less from the time of acceptance.
If you have not received your refund or have received a refund for a different amount than you expected:
- Track your federal refund at the IRS Where’s My Refund? site.
- Track your state refund here.
- See Related Information below for additional help.