Tax Topic 152

The Truth About Topic 152

tax topic 152Today, this scene is taking place all across the country. Tax Topic 152. People are waking up bleary-eyed, rolling over to reach for their iPhone and opening the IRS2Go app. A few seconds to type and re-type the SSN, select the filing status and enter the expected refund amount. What happens next will quite possibly set the day’s mood.

As the IRS is processing tax returns this season, people just like you will be logging into WMR until they are locked out for 24 hours. (You can still use the phone line!) The stress and anticipation is palpable! And there it is… TAX TOPIC 152.

Am I losing my refund because I never paid that parking ticket? Oh no! My unpaid state taxes have caught up with me!

No.

Was THAT there yesterday? Why would they add it?

It may or may not have been there yesterday. It may be gone tomorrow. There doesn’t appear to be any logical explanation for when Topic 152 shows up. But when it does, you are going to be ready!

Tax Topic 152 explains how refunds are distributed. And it’s there as a disclaimer.

It serves as one more reminder that the IRS needs 10-21 days to process a refund after receiving your tax return. It explains how to check your refund and points you Topic 303, a list of reasons why your refund processing may be delayed.

What it doesn’t do is serve as a magical indicator that you will wake up to a direct deposit date. In fact, you may see the topic appear and disappear several times during the time that it takes them to process your return. It also doesn’t mean your refund will be delayed.

We wrote more about Tax Topic 152 here.  Here is what the IRS says about Tax Topic 152

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  1. ehuggy080193

    So I efiled with direct deposit to my NetSpend card with TurboTax on July 11th. Got a email later on the 11th saying IRS accepted my return. About 5 days later the WMR app said it was being processed and gave me code 152 at bottom. Then about a week of looking at tax code 152 on my WMR it just disappeared and it’s been gone since. Today is July 27th and WMR app just says my return is being processed and a refund date will be given when they have it. I’ve gotten no email or regular mail for me to contact anyone at IRS. it’s been 16 days now and nothing seems to be going on. Anyone have an idea if and when I can expect my refund or when the app will update for me letting me know a date? Also is there a day in the week that I should look for an update? Like if it doesn’t update this ***day then I need to wait 7 days til the next ***day for the WMR app updates? Thanks for helping. I’m just a nervous wreck. Never needed money like this ever before and I’m just beyond worried something is going wrong and I can’t get my refund or something like that ;(

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  2. Klewis

    We files our taxes on February 14, 2018 electronically and are still waiting on them. WMR still says processing. tax topic 152. What may be the hold up?

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  3. ColeD

    @jemar707: yeah but how long did it take? I agree. Don’t have a heart attack. But its simple. Its random this year. There is no order. Ive filed before people and got the 45 day hold letter sent before people and those people have seen updates before me. Its random. Trying to find answers in tje chaos is asinine this year. It helps to find information but it really is pointless. They don’t know what they are doing.

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  4. nisha

    I filed my taxes and they were accepted on 02/21/2018. Around 03/12/2018 my bars were gone and I got the tax code 152. Today 03/19/2018 my bars are back and I have an expected date of 03/21/2018.

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  5. passion35

    @Size3ru: I been having the same post since 2/18 and I was accepted on the 1/29 I have no updates no nothing said I’m under review but to keep checking wmr so I’m trying to get an advocate cause this is ridiculous I feel they need to tell us what they actually are doing people do need their money these waits are extremely to long every time I talk to a rep it’s a different exscuse I don’t need exscuses I need answers and the truthful ones ppl would be so more relieved if they jus gave us the truth. I’m sick of seeing the 152 which they are saying on one site that so many or seeing this code 152 in this country thousands that’s crazy.

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  6. I need my $$$$ now

    Yes I been stuck on Tax Topic 152 for 4 weeks now. I finally was able to talk to a live IRS person…after waiting on hold for 10-15 min. I was told that my tax return was being reviewed to ensure that kids on my return belong to me. I claimed just one kid until a few months ago after having my second child. She said I sent a red flag and its on hold, and I will not be able to get my check for another addition 45 days. :(

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  7. Size3ru

    @jemar707: thanks, but I’ve already had a Fred Sanford one, and about to meet Elizabeth. This is too stressful. Thanks for the encouragement though

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  8. 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

    @Size3ru: don’t have a heart attack yet, this is what happened to me right before I got a DDD on WMR last year.

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  9. Size3ru

    Filed 2/5. I had one bar, now bars are gone. Message saying still processing and refund date available later. No tax topic codes. Amount still on the side. HELP!!!!

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  10. Destiny24

    I filed 01/29 and still haven’t gotten a DDD.called the IRS and they told me my refund was beheld for reviewing. The review started 02/14 and can take 45 days . They didn’t say why they just said it was selected for reviewing . Does anyone know what will happen .also I haven’t received a letter for the IRS or noting

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  11. Jessica
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Texas
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-19
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-20
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Green Dot card
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-17
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099

    Here for another year!!! I’ve always been a early filer, 1099, path act. Turbo tax, on my greendot card. This year will be different for us.
    Thinking of filing through a actual tax preparer. We flooded during Hurricane Harvey and I’m really weird about claiming our losses. It was alot.
    We just got out of a hotel not paid by FEMA. Does anyone know or have insight on filing for that this year? What I can claim? Its always been easy for me to self file…

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