Tax Refund Delay Extravaganza Kicks off the 2017 Tax Season

Tax Refund DelayMost people already know about the tax refund delay for 2017.  This isn’t because the IRS just feels like holding your money for fun this year. The IRS introduced us to this back at the end of 2015 but some are just finding out about it now.  Let it be known– if you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on your 2017 tax return it will be delayed, if you are an early filer.  So if ya don’t know, now ya know!

The IRS is not the Villian who planned a tax refund delay

New for 2017, even if you file your return and it gets accepted early, refunds with the EITC or ACTC won’t be released until February 15th according to the IRS. A new law took affect in 2017 that requires these type of refunds to be held.  What!!!? This is what will cause the tax refund delay. We wrote about the new law here in our PATH Act post where you can read more about the actual bill itself. The IRS isn’t being being a bully by holding on to our refunds.They are just the agency that carries out the what the the PATH Act requires. Don’t let yourself get into a pickle. Plan ahead.  I know it may seem like a punishment, but the IRS has been trying to stop ID theft and fraud.  They are hoping with this delay that they can ensure refunds get into the proper hands and keeping them from ID thefts and people who fraudulently claim these credits. The IRS believes many of these illegal returns tend to be filed early in the tax season. They have been getting skewered by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General over these matters. If you want to read more about these recommendations (butt chewings) and see the mechanics of the  new law, head over there to that PATH Act post.

Will the tax refunds be deposited on February 15th?

You very well could wake up to a tax refund deposit soon after February 15th.  We don’t know when the deposits will be sent.  That remains to be seen. But the IRS is saying don’t count on it until end of February.  We expect those with Netspend cards and similar types of cards who post deposits earlier than some banks to see deposits first.  But as the story always goes, it’s all speculation until the IRS refund machine starts pumping out deposits.

Let’s be real, there is always some sort of glitch.

We are not sure what is store for us this tax season, there always seems to be some sort of glitch every year. It’s easy to wonder if the new procedures will cause even more of a delay.  I can’t imagine a January or February without tax refund mania. We have come to expect the three ring circus and accept the daily nuttiness from our early filers (myself included). Count on the tax refund grapevine at igotmyrefund.com to help.  If you need more information please post a question and we will try our best to get you an answer. Also, search our site we have tons of information on many different topics.

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  1. igor's friend

        GLITCH MY A**
        Called the IRS took me three times to figure out the sequence to talk to a live person…
        after going to the local IRS office and proving I was me 2 weeks after filing electronically getting my money back through direct deposit supposedly being the fastest way to receive money. filed jan 27 seen irs feb 13. called april 4th and they say they have a hold on it and i was supposed to receive a letter. explained i had to prove who i was already. oh ok let me let you hold for about 7 min. 10 min later came back still researching. final answer uh LOL uh i dont know you should hear back from the irs in less than 60 DAYS. or the money should just fall in your lap.

        Im no tax expert but wheres the place to line up for this job. i can act completely incompetent for 50,000 a year.
        Seriously sounded like dracula’s egor when he laughed.

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      • JUNIE B JONES

            MY EXPERIENCE?
            FILED EARLY. MONTHS AGO. TILL WAITING. THEN I CHECK TURBOTAX… NO CONCERNS. I CHECK IRS… 1541 DELAYED! LASTIMA!

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          • Karen

                Hello, I filed 2/1 accepted 2/1 had the message returned still processing, changed to being processed received an email from turbotax saying that my fees hasn’t been paid bc either my refund has been reduced or not release. Well my refund hasn’t been release and that I have until 4/7 to pay the fees, what kind of mess is this???

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              • Ashlee King

                    @Kymber: I tried to get my transcript online but it says my phone number doesn’t match my name when I’ve had the same number for years.

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                  • Ashlee King

                        @taxtasha: filed on 2/21 accepted on 2/22 and still shows processing. Almost been 3 weeks. Still nothing. It never takes this long.

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                      • Payable upon death

                            @Almost there..: I will never file early again. I was worried about is theft. Our info was exposed by did hacks a few years back. EIC, additional child credits. We are caught in review and a hold was placed. IRS confirmed no problems. TAx payer advocates are trying to get the hold lifted due to hardships. If we are stuck processing later than May I’ll cancel my health insurance. Let some things go. TPA said it should only be two more weeks but could be up to four.

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                          • Alduwynne

                                @Shorty_0405: I work for a child support agency, most states are different but, CSE can hold the return for injured spouses for 6 months. Have your husband call your state and verify the time frame.

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                              • taxtasha

                                    Filed my taxes on Feb 6. Used turbo tax and did them myself.accepted the same day. First bar on wmr same day. Filed claiming 2 dependants, head of household, requesting a paper check to be mailed to my house. got my second bar on wmr on Feb 18. says my check should be mailed by Feb. 27. Anyone out there in a similar situation see their money yet?

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                                  • Shorty_0405

                                        I filed my taxes with my husband and did injured spouse since he owes child support, will I still get my refund back after the 15th of February like everyone else or is the wait longer then that, I chose to get it deposited into my bank account?

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                                      • MERLE

                                            I filed 2/1 with no mention of the PATH law. My return was accepted on 2/1 as well! The PATH blocker came up on the 12th then was told that my funds were going to be sent to bank on the 23rd…..a friend of mine filed on 1/26 and rec’d their refund on the 2nd…they have EIC as well as the child tax credit..they did not have to wait…frustrating! I called spoke to a live body and was told I still have several weeks to wait!

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                                          • MAMJAM8886

                                                @Shatay89: Its not just H&R Block which I quit using because of their ridiculous fees. I used turbo tax again which I never had a problem getting my money early. My tax return was accepted on Feb 3 shortly after that had the path message with no bars. Bars came back on the Feb 17 stating my dd is Feb 23rd. We will see but I’m getting frustrated seeing others that have already updated.

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                                              • Almost there..

                                                    Still waiting
                                                    Filed: 01/17/2017
                                                    Accepted: 01/18/2017
                                                    One bar to path message to being processed.eictc/ATC
                                                    Still being processed spoke with live rep today almost done processing with thousands of early filers..Stay strong..

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                                                  • BebeNC

                                                        @Shatay89:

                                                        Next year sign up for a chime visa prepaid debit card. As soon as bofi fed bank (bank for h&r block) releases funds, they are sent directly to my account… No hold or anything. I get my money 6 something at night either the day before DDD or the day of. Last but not least, even for me, I’ve had to realize that relying on these funds can backfire. I’m sorry you’re going through what you’re going through though.

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                                                      • Shatay89

                                                            I filed 01/26/2017 with eitc and yesturday 02/18/2017 Saturday my mwr was updated to its approving my refund with DDD 02/23/2017. I tried calling emerald card services which by the way I didn’t want to from the jump use but was lied to so they can get there commision off me. I usually use netspend with turbo tax which by now I would have already gotten mines. So HRB takes my whole state money when I was told that take it from the federal check. I got 3 kids at that lil ones 6,5,and 2 and it has been hard eating and sleeping because of all of this.Plan ahead my ass and to add once more I was let go of from my job a week ago. Not all I us have that luxury to plan ahead and now after all this hrblock tells me until week of 02/27/2017 I will see my money. No the hell not, why give me a DDD that I will receive my money by Thursday 02/23/2017,but I have to wait till the 27th.

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                                                          • Eezzee

                                                                @Eezzee: Update. Friday woke up to no bars, message about processing. Saturday woke up to 2 bars and DDD of 2/23. ACTC, EIC, and business claimed. Good luck guys. This is way faster than last year for me. A month faster.

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                                                              • elizabethrussann

                                                                    @BebeNC: It looks like you will have to wait for the authorization code too. It wont hold your money up. It will just say you cant be verified and they will mail a authorization code to the address on your return. Sorry. I went through the same thing.

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                                                                  • Sara lee

                                                                        I got the message that i should receive my refund by 2/23 and I’m receiving direct deposit. Should I expect it before the 23?

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                                                                      • Lithium

                                                                            @DadOf4Boys05: I was accepted 1/26, path message until 2/15. On 2/16 it said processing. On 2/17 wmr said approved with DDD of 2/24. Hang in there… more wmr updates are expected from 2/16 – 2/18

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                                                                          • BebeNC

                                                                                @elizabethrussann:

                                                                                I went online to see if I could view the online version, then ran into a snag. They ask you to enter your phone number that’s listed in your name. My cell number is listed unknown, it’s not in my name so I couldn’t use my phone number. I wanted to see if it’d go through anyway but I didn’t want to do anything that’d hold my money up lol

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                                                                              • Nermal

                                                                                    @Waiting to long:

                                                                                    Yes it did. Then I had 571 under it to release the hold.

                                                                                    Checked wmr this morning at 5am still showed processing message. My 846 said 3/6/2017 issue date. Just got off work an checked wmr again and have a DD of 2/22.

                                                                                    So glad this is over.

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                                                                                  • elizabethrussann

                                                                                        @Jeo: its okay. if you log in and can see the years listed, you are looking for the 2016 account transcript. then at the bottom you will see any three digit codes like

                                                                                        846 refund sent and then the amount

                                                                                        if you cant access the 2016 account then it isn’t finished processing

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                                                                                      • elizabethrussann

                                                                                            @BebeNC: Have you checked your transcripts? I couldn’t check my transcripts because I had to wait for the authorization code they send via snail mail! but yesterday the mailman brought me an early Christmas gift…lol…there is hope!

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                                                                                          • BebeNC

                                                                                                @elizabethrussann:

                                                                                                You just gave me some hope lol. Filed 23rd. Last year I didn’t get an approved bar, or DDD until after I have already received my refund

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                                                                                              • elizabethrussann

                                                                                                    Filed 01/31..accepted same day, path message two or three days afterward, 02/15 updated to processing, 02/16 checked transcripts and had 846 code, 02/17 wmr updated to show ddd 02/22/2017. There is hope. Calimed add child and eic.

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                                                                                                  • Eezzee

                                                                                                        I can order both transcripts for this year. Is that a good sign? I have the generic message saying it’s being processed. ACTC and EITC claimed

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                                                                                                      • DadOf4Boys05

                                                                                                            Its 17th of Feb and STILL processing my returns, what have they been doing this whole time?? I do claim the EIC and CTC but this is ridiculous! Any insight?

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                                                                                                          • Hmomof3

                                                                                                                I have a ddd of 2/22!!! Filed wit hturbo tax and accepted 1/17. I had the Actc so I had the Path message until yesterday. Happy to finally have a date!

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