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    Wheres My Refund North Carolina- Share your experience with filing your North Carolina Tax Return and tax refund progress with others. If you have state information this is a great place to post. To check North Carolina Wheres My Refund? go to North Carolina Department Of Revenue

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  • #4245111 Reply


    Lisa, your 8 weeks began on 3/2 when it went into stage 1. So I imagine they are just going to give you the run around until the end of this month. You’re close to 8 weeks from 3/2, so hopefully you get your money soon. If you haven’t got it after 8 weeks from then, I would definitely call, and not accept “call back next week” as answer. Try to get the right person who can tell you why it’s taken longer then they say it “could take”

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    accepted, 02/12
    Been in stage 1 since 03/02
    just called again and was told to call back next week .

    This is ridiculous I am passed all deadlines and timeframes and am getting nowhere
    bad enough, I owed and they were deducting from my check for six months and debt was cleared before I filed my taxes so I dont owe them anymore money but yet, they hold what they owe me

    #4244957 Reply


    My return has been saying stage 1 for over 30 days, I have surpassed my 8 weeks and still have yet to hear anything about my return. I called last week only to hear call back next week and that it is still processing. Clearly they do not abide by their own words because i am passed the 8 weeks from date of acceptance. I am not sure what is going on with the NCDOR but I need answers!

    #4244943 Reply


    In the past, I’ve mailed in my NC return (because the refund amount was so small and didn’t justify me paying to e-file). I had a slightly unusual tax situation in 2017, so I used a CPA this year, and he e-filed both my Federal and State returns.

    I don’t know the exact date he e-filed (it was either 3/16 or 3/19). My Federal refund was deposited within a week. My NC return went into Stage 1 on 4/10. It hit Stage 2 on 4/12 and Stage 3 on 4/13. My refund was much less than yours, Misty and Tim, so maybe they are holding onto the higher dollar refunds.

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    I mistyped that and sounded stupid. Meant to say “I didn’t even think about it”. Anyways, it does make sense to me that the state would drag it out past the deadline just so they can start receiving payments for taxes owed. Then I bet all of a sudden the stages will actually move at the pace they say. I worked in VA also for last year, and they had my taxes approved, done, and funds sent in like 2-3 days. Actually got my VA return before my fed. Federal is fast with theirs. I’m glad that I will just have VA to deal with after this return from here on.

    #4244812 Reply


    Misty, thanks for the response. I am also owed almost 1k. I didn’t even think about that the about it, but the state may be taking longer to “process” the higher amounts owed so they can take in money that’s owed to them. Also known as Ponzi scheme. It just doesn’t make sense that it would take 3 months(if it takes 8 weeks from when stage 1 hit) to process my taxes. I bet if I owed 1k, they’d process it overnight and be sending me the bill next day.

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    I too, heard it takes up to 8 weeks from the day it hits stage one. I was accepted Feb 6th and went to stage 1on March 2nd. I’ve been in stage 1 for 6 weeks as of today and there’s no answers from NC DOR except call back after the full 8 weeks if it has not progressed to the next stage. The only thing I can say is to hang in there. We are due over $900 and I’m sure they are holding a lot of people’s returns expecting to collect the interest on it. Even the wonderful Governor Cooper has commented on here that we should feel lucky to even get a return this year and not to expect one at all next year. It’s ridiculous.

    #4244770 Reply


    I was also told that it can take up to 8 weeks from when stage 1 starts. Is there anyone out there that was also told this that has gone to a further stage, or actually received their return? Mine was accepted on 2/28/18, hit stage 1 on 3/30/18, and on 4/16/18 I was told that the processing time is when it shows in stage 1, not when accepted. I am just trying to get a realistic answer/expectation besides in can take 8 weeks. I’ve been in stage 1 for 3 days more then the site says it can take. Any reply would be appreciated, and I will post any updates I get along the way.

    #4244657 Reply


    @emily or anyone. How long does it take to actually hit bank? I just got was changed to stage 3 on Friday, April 13, 2018, and am wondering if it should be there tomorrow morning or does it typically take longer?

    Filed – 03/13/18 with turbo tax
    Accepted – stage 1 around 04/06/18
    Stage 2 – 4/10/18
    Stage 3 – 4/14/18 -waiting to be deposited in bank via DD.

    #4243661 Reply


    Called and spoke with someone. I filed on 1/28 and was accepted 1/29 by state. The lady said they did not start “processing” the return, even though it had been accepted, until 2/23!! Almost a month later. She said that is the date they ask you to give them 8 weeks to process from. So apparently the end of April is when I can expect to see my return! Wow. I have also heard that they have to start paying interest after 45 days, so it would be in their best interest to process it asap.

    #4243648 Reply


    Was in stage 1 for over a month including yesterday. Check today and not showing any stage anymore. Just says it hasn’t been processed. Anyone else having this issue?

    #4243645 Reply


    Filed my state taxes Feb 11. Got my federal return back in exactly a week. As of today, (4/4) I have still not received my NC tax return. I’ve tried calling multiple times and haven’t gotten in touch with a single helpful person. It moved to Stage 1 about 2 weeks ago. To say the people of NCDOR are idiots would be a disservice to more respectable idiots everywhere. As far as tax return processes go, NC is space ages behind everybody else.

    #4243410 Reply

    Robert Anderson

    Filed on 2/1, hit stage 1 on 3/2 and it has yet to be updated.

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    Paige Diamond

    Filed my return on January 25th. NC received it on Jan 29th and accepted it on Feb 1st. this is April 2nd and STILL says stage one online.

    #4242838 Reply


    Filed on 2/1.
    Accepted by NC on 2/2.
    I have checked the site numerous times and it went into stage 1 on 3/6.

    When I called the (877) number yesterday, I was told that I should be at least in stage 2 but she wasn’t sure and was told to call back today (3/28).
    Called again today asking for status update because it has been more than 15 days, only to be told that it may be up to 8 weeks to process.

    I said that the site stated 15 days to move to next stage but she only kept repeating that its up to 8 weeks. I figured that I wasn’t getting anywhere with her so I just hung up.
    Clearly, she was waiting for 6pm and didn’t care to at least try to look into the problem.

    #4242751 Reply


    It took my return about 5 weeks to say it was in stage 1. I filed in the middle of February. We shall see!!!!!

    #4242544 Reply


    Finally after almost 8 weeks Thursday would have made 8 weeks since I filed and they accepted it. Our refund was deposited this morning, but here’s the kick the site never updated me to Stage 2 or 3. I’m still in stage 1 on there. So if I were you I would call in and find out what’s going on and they could possibly tell you if they actually sent it to the bank or not because not everybody is updating on the refund site

    #4242513 Reply


    Filed: 2/13
    Federal Refund Deposited: 2/21

    As far as my state taxes, I checked NCDOR on 3/15 and it said my refund had not even been processed. Today, 3/26, I am in stage 3 (“refund has been issued to the bank account provided on your return and should be processed within 10 days”). Hopefully it will not take that long.

    #4242207 Reply


    I finally went from stage 2 (refund approved) to stage 3 (refund issued to my bank) on the same day, Friday 3/23. It says it can take 10 days to process and show up in my bank?? Anyone that has already received their DD for NC- how long does it take for the refund to show in your bank after they issue the refund? 10 days seems to be an extreme amount of time for a direct deposit to “process”…

    #4241809 Reply


    Corrorection,updated 3-13,not 2-13

    #4241808 Reply


    It took me over five weeks just to go to stage 1,I efiled 2-1,,once I got to stage 2,It went pretty quickly,on 2-13,I updated three times in one day,at nine that night,it said refund sent to bank

    #4241621 Reply

    Robert Anderson

    I have been in sage 1 since 3/2

    #4241595 Reply


    Refund accepted on 02/02/18, hit Stage 1 on 03/06/18. This morning, 03/22/18, still in
    Stage 1. Uggghh!!

    #4241481 Reply


    My daughter’s refund was accepted 1/29/18, was processed on 2/26/28 and still in Stage 1 3/21/18! Multiple calls to local NCDOR and Raleigh with nothing they say thay can do! My other daughter filed on the same day, both live in the same house, and she received her refund 2 weeks ago! Come on NCDOR! Do your job!!

    #4241118 Reply


    Our state was deposited last Tuesday,March13,Our preparer made a $30 mistake,which may have contributed to the delay,came down with the flu,so running behind on my update,efiled early Feb.

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    when is the next big update? is it monday or tuesday night? also when do they deposit?

    #4240796 Reply


    Filed 2/6. Stage 1 on 3/13. Saturday it changed to “refund amount was changed”.

    I did use TurboTax option to deduct cost from refund. Anybody else get this message?

    #4240730 Reply


    Filed 1/29, accepted 2/1. Went to stage stage 1 Feb 28th. Still as of 3/18 in stage 1. I called Friday they said nothing was wrong but that it could take up to 8 weeks. Ummm your site says up to 15 days but not like you care. This is ridiculous.

    #4240377 Reply

    Robert Anderson


    I called and was told it was 15 days in general. But then she said check back in a week. But she knew I have been processing since the 2nd. I dont think they even know..

    #4240214 Reply


    @Robert Anderson

    Do you or anyone else for that matter, know if the 15 days is calendar or business. This is ridiculous

    #4240213 Reply

    Thomas S

    Files 2/8. Status FINALLY updated to Stage 1 as of 3/15! I feel much more optimistic with seeing SOME movement here at least. Just hoping it doesn’t take another 15 days before Stage 2. C’mon, need my refund before Easter weekend. Crossing fingers :)

    #4240212 Reply

    Robert Anderson


    I am in the same boat. I updated to stage 1 on 3/2 and have been stuck on there ever since. I hope it is just 15 days.

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    Tax status is in Stage 1 as of 3/2

    #4240204 Reply


    NC accepted 2/1
    Stage : 3/2 – no movement since then. Msg says it may take up to 15 days to move to the next stage.

    Is this supposed to be 15 business day or 15 calendar days??? Anyone know when the updated their systems??

    #4240008 Reply


    2/4 e-Filed and accepted
    3/9 Stage 1
    3/13 Stage 2
    Waiting on stage 3.

    Wondering how long yours took to go from stage 2 to 3?

    #4240006 Reply


    @Kevin: It had happened to me once but after I entered SS# and refund amount, it showed the correct status. It could be system glitch or operator’s error :-)

    #4239878 Reply


    Yesterday my status was Stage 2, this morning it says no stages & still processing

    #4239641 Reply


    Updated to Stage 2 today. Getting closer!
    Filed & accepted 2/5.
    Stage 1 – 3/12
    Stage 2 – 3/14

    #4239638 Reply

    Thomas S

    Filed 2/8 electonically through H&R Block. NC refund still not received/processed. The least that NCDOR can do is verify that my refund was received, even if it takes 8 weeks to process. And let’s be honest, there is NO FREAKING WAY it takes 8 weeks to process anything in 2018. C’mon man.

    I am guessing there is an unstated system at play here. As my pending refund is rather substantial, I am going to speculate that it is systemically shuffled to the bottom :)

    #4239540 Reply

    Beyond Hope

    Filed and accepted 2/7

    Stage1 this morning 3/14

    Gonna cut that 45 days close…

    #4239513 Reply


    @Ashlyn thanks a lot my refund was sent to my bank yesterday as you said it would be. Good luck guys.

    accepted 02/01
    stage2 03/08
    then my direct deposit was credited 03/13

    hope that helps

    #4239379 Reply


    Mine just updated refund sent to bank

    #4239370 Reply

    Robert Anderson

    I have been at stage 1 since 3/2. This is ridiculous. A lot of people process in 3 days or less. I am on day 11 and still no movement.

    #4239300 Reply


    @Craig: My stage 1 took 2 business days. Went to stage 1 3/9, approved 3/13.

    #4239299 Reply


    01/28 Filed
    01/30 Accepted
    03/02 Stage 1 (Processing)
    03/08 Stage 2 (Approved)

    Year 2054 Stage 3 (Refund issued)

    #4239266 Reply


    Filed and accepted 2/6.

    Went to stage 1 this morning

    How long does stage 1 take?

    #4239217 Reply


    Filed 2/2, entered stage 1 3/7, and no movement since. Just wanted to drop in and give an update.

    #4239214 Reply


    e-filed and accepted on 2/5. Finally hit stage 1 over the weekend. Not sure if it was Fri.(9th) or Sat.(10th) So finally there is movement!!

    #4239164 Reply


    Hooray, it progressed to stage 2 around 1am today, 3/13!

    As a reference, e-filed and accepted 2/4, stage 1 on 3/9.

    It looks like when the stage 1 message changes from “up to 15 days to process” to “call if it has been 60 days” may be hint that it’s about to progress to stage 2.

    #4239038 Reply


    Mine went from stage 1-Tuesday-stage 2- Friday,now waiting on stage 3-It may have been on a limited schedule today,due to snow

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