Post # 1
My husband and I filed our joint tax return on February 15 and received our State tax refund within two weeks. However, our Federal tax refund has still not been deposited. We paid a tax preparer (our credit union provides this service) and it was electronically filed. The IRS website states that refunds will be issued “within 21 calendar days.” Well, it’s been well over 21 calendar days and we still can’t find out any information. All I know is they have received and are “processing,” but can’t give a deposit date. This is so frustrating because we’re due back several thousand dollars.
Is anyone else in the U.S. having this problem?
Post # 3
I got mine a couple weeks after e-filing. But my brother is a student and had some education related deductions. He received an email stating that all education deductions were being futher reviewed which would delay the return.
But if you e-file I think you can check the status of your return, so that would be worth checking out.
Post # 4
We got ours within in a week of filling last part of January/early Feb
Post # 5
FI got his (he claimed me) about a week after his state returns. I think it was about, a month ago that we received it? He filed in early February
Post # 6
I just filed two weeks ago and am anxiously awaiting my returns. Hopefully it doesn’t take the full 21+ days to get here.
Post # 7
I filed in the beginning of Feb and had my Federal by late Feb/early March.
Post # 8
Nope. We did receive our state refund earlier than federal, but we got an email that our federal return was being processed and then another when it was accepted. The deposit was supposed to be made within 21 days after it was accepted, and we received the deposit just shy of that time period.
If your return is “processing,” that means it hasn’t been accepted yet (meaning it is being reviewed). Filing for credits or having a more complicated return can make processing take longer. Once it is accepted, then you will receive the deposit within 21 days (not 21 days from filing).
Post # 9
I efiled on January 28th, they accepted it right away, processed it on January 31st, and I had my refund on February 4th.
Post # 10
@anemonie: Any idea what would cause it to not be “accepted” and be reviewed? Our return wasn’t too complicated; we have a son in college full-time and claiming him but that’s it, and it’s the same as last year. The only difference from last year is I was single last year and married this year. Could that cause a delay?
Post # 11
We got ours back in early february, about 2 weeks after efiling.
Post # 12
@Sunfire: Everyone’s return has to be processed the same way, but having a more complicated return just makes it take longer.
We filed for a tax credit, and that definitely caused a delay. I filed at the end of January or very beginning of February and it wasn’t accepted late February. We received the deposit in March.
Everyone’s return experience is a little different as a result, but if it’s been several weeks and you haven’t gotten word of your return being accepted, you might want to call your tax preparer and ask what the hold-up is. It might just be that the IRS has a big influx of returns in March, or it could be that there is additional processing time for a credit or deduction you filed for.
The IRS also has a tool called “Where’s My Refund?”, which I checked constantly until ours was accepted. You need the exact amount of your expected federal return, your filing status (e.g. married filing jointly), and your social, and it will tell you the status of your return.
ETA link to the IRS tool: http://www.irs.gov/Refunds/Where's-My-Refund-It's-Quick,-Easy,-and-Secure. Looks like you have to copy-paste that whole thing in your browser because the Bee cuts it off at the punctuation in the link.
Post # 13
@Sunfire: We filed ours in the beginning of February, and we didn’t get an email that they accepted it until February 14th. We were told we’d receive it in 21 days or less, but we still haven’t received it. I’ve been checking irs.gov and until today, it wouldn’t even give me a date on when we would receive it. Finally though, it gives me a date that it should be deposited in my bank account by then end of this week.
It was the most frustrating wait, but seeing that date this morning made my day! We are also due back a pretty big return so we were really anxious. Were either of you students in 2012? DH takes night classes and he has student loans from it so we were able to do that student credit. I heard on the news a few days ago that that was causing some delays for people.
Post # 14
We got ours about 2 weeks after fililng. I was expecting it to be a much longer wait.
Post # 15
@anemonie: I’ve already checked that website a hundred times, lol. But thanks for the info! I just found out that the education credit tax forms are causing 600,000 refunds to be delayed, which includes ours. Rats!!
Post # 16
@BeatlesFan629: Yep, just found out the same thing. Thanks! 🙂