Tax Refund Delays in 2018 for Millions of People

tax refund delays in 2018Millions of taxpayers who expect a tax refund can also expect tax refund delays in 2018.

Although the IRS claims they issue 9 out of 10 refunds within 21 days, that still leaves a lot of people who do not get their refund in 21 days.  According to the IRS, they expect to process nearly 155 million individual tax returns in 2018. They expect 70 percent of those people, almost 109 million, to receive a refund. If 1 in 10 tax payers don’t get their refund until after 21 days have passed, that still leaves about 11 million people waiting beyond 21 days on their refund. This is more than the individual population of Alabama and 42 other states.  So, it is still a lot of people.  To make matters worse, they are often left in the dark as to why their refund has been delayed.

Being that 1 person, is not fun. For some people who file early, a tax refund delay occurs because of the PATH Act which requires the IRS to hold certain refunds and not begin releasing them until after February 15th. With that, people are initially told to wait until after February 27th before calling the IRS to allow for time for a check in the mail or for a direct deposit.  But we have still been inundated with taxpayers asking about delayed tax refund delays in 2018. Telling taxpayers to keep checking the WMR gets old, quickly.  It is quite frustrating for people when all they see day after day is the IRS default message, “Your tax refund is still being processed. A tax refund date will be provided when available.” It just doesn’t suffice for people who are left in the dark wondering if they are at risk of being audited. This isn’t just an inconvenience for some people.  It’s downright maddening for people who look forward to their tax refunds each year.  And, it surely doesn’t suffice for a large group of people who rely on their tax refunds for things such as surgery, medicine, rent and food.

And of course, the IRS Where’s My Refund tool doesn’t offer people an expected direct deposit date. People are often stuck looking at the dreaded ‘…still processing…” message every day. Despite making multiple calls to the IRS, many people still have no explanation for a delay in their tax refund. Calls to the IRS are less than helpful because many people are now being told to wait an additional 45-60 days.  Most are are being given no explanation other than “your tax return is being reviewed.” Some people are being told that they will get a notice and just need to wait 6 weeks to receive a letter in the mail.  Others have found out they have been selected for Identity Theft Verification and after doing so it can take another 9 weeks.  And another group of people we have seen have been told their wages do not match what they reported, so their return has been sent to Integrity and Verification Operations for review.

Have you called the IRS? What are they tellling you when you call about tax refund delays in 2018? Join the live conversation here.

So what’s next?

Taxpayers have been turning to their IRS Account Transcripts for more information.  Are you stuck with Transaction Code 570? Trying to figure out what your Cycle Date means? (You can look it up here.) You can read more for The Truth About IRS Transcripts in our next post.

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  1. NCVETUSMC

    i filed 2/24/2018, and it is now 5/7/2018…still processing. I never get anyone on the phone. So I must wait.

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  2. C

    This is the first article I’ve read that is accurate as to what is happening this year. We can’t rely on the news anymore to report accurately.

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  3. jemar707
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Ally
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-24
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-28
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Mar-28
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099
    • TC 570, TC 571, TC 971, TC 846, 4464C Letter, CP05 Notice, Daily

    @Mad taxpayer:
    @Butterfly

    It seems many people were stalled in an income wage verification rut. Some seem to be clearing up on their own if they filed an accurate return and the IRS has been able to verify income. Others, with even minor discrepancies, are being required to file amended returns to restart processing. Some people have requested the assistance of TAS because the IRS is giving little info or canned scripts when you call. And then, there are a ton of people like you just sitting in the dark.

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  4. Mad taxpayer

    I filed back on 2/9/18 accepted the same day. Had the one bar for two weeks, then went to no bars, and that is where I am at. I have not called, no letters received, and cannot order a transcript, it’s not available. WHAT IS GOING ON??????

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  5. Carolyn

    @Tadija: This story is very similar to mine. Turbo tax said I should have my refund by 2/21. Never got it. Called irs and they said my taxes are being reviewed because of all the fraud and identity theft. I should call back if I don’t get my refund by 4/1 (which is apparently 45 days after they decided to review) :’-(

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  6. jemar707
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Ally
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-24
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-28
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Mar-28
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099
    • TC 570, TC 571, TC 971, TC 846, 4464C Letter, CP05 Notice, Daily

    @Tadija: right!

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  7. jemar707
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Ally
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-24
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-28
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Mar-28
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099
    • TC 570, TC 571, TC 971, TC 846, 4464C Letter, CP05 Notice, Daily

    @Tadija: We are pretty much in the dark and think the 45 days line is just something they are spitting out to get people off the phone.

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  8. Tadija

    I was accepted 1/29. Two dependents. Received state 2/8. As of right now, Ive had the Delayed symbol on WMR for 12 days now. They told me im under the 45 day hold, but quickly hung up. Does anyone know if it definitely takes the entire 45 days or is that the maximum? Is there a chance theyll be here this week? I have rent to pay, just as Im sure the rest of you do! This sucks!

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  9. PrincessJulieanna

    Filed 1/30 on path . Had bars until the 20th , haven’t received any letters called the irs and they told me I’m under review …

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  10. MiamiLove

    I have shared this on so many people pages and sites and by text and emails in less than 10 minutes. Our voices will be heard. Ummmm can you post the IRS site? What’s trump real page? Send his ass link 😂😂

    Reply
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  11. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-18
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-22
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Credit union
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-20
    • Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    Yes, I will definitely share it everywhere. This is crazy were stuck with a 570 code that can mean so many things but yet when I call you tell me over and over nothing is wrong we just need an additional 45 days and some people are getting 60 days just to hold it for no apparent reason. It is said we keep getting different dates to get us off the phone. wait until after 21 days. wait until after 02/15. wait until after 02/27 now wait until we’re ready.

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  12. jemar707
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Ally
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-24
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-28
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Mar-28
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099
    • TC 570, TC 571, TC 971, TC 846, 4464C Letter, CP05 Notice, Daily

    @The IRS snack b*tch: Please do — I don’t think people realize how many are affected. It’s not even so much the delay, it’s the not knowing what’s going on that is upsetting so many people.

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  13. The IRS snack b*tch

    Can we start sharing this article all over social media? THIS ARTICLE, WHAT THE IRS IS DOING NEEDS TO BE MADE FAMOUS. SHARE, share… SHARE

    Reply
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  14. jemar707
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Ally
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-24
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-28
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Mar-28
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099
    • TC 570, TC 571, TC 971, TC 846, 4464C Letter, CP05 Notice, Daily

    @C. Howard: Seems like they are telling everyone different stories. And that most just follow a script saying wait another 45 days. I am sorry you are getting the run around too. Checking for offsets should be a normal part of processing I would think.

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  15. C. Howard

    I called last week, told everything was good just give it time to process to call back monday if no change, called yesterday instead of monday, told my filing status didnt match prior years(it has in fact been married filing joint since 2013 i have proof), told her to recheck, she came back and said she apologized for that and the real reason was they were making sure i do not have any offsets, it could take an additional 3 weeks to go through making sure no offsets. I am beyond frustrated!

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