PATH Act delayed refunds for some filers
If you didn’t receive your refund as early as expected, it could have been delayed due to the requirements of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, which took effect in 2017. The PATH Act gives the IRS more time to detect and prevent fraud, resulting from identity theft and other factors.
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. This year, the IRS anticipated that the first round of refunds affected by the PATH Act would not go out—at the earliest—until late February.
The IRS is doing its best to process all refunds as quickly as possible, but if you claimed an EITC or ACTC, you may have to wait longer than usual.
If you filed early and haven’t received your refund, read below for more information. If you used your refund to pay for your TurboTax fees, there might also be a delay through Santa Barbara Tax Products Group (SBTPG).
In addition to the PATH Act requirements, other issues can delay refunds, including the amount of time a financial institution takes to process a direct deposit. If you’re concerned or have received a refund for a different amount than you expected: