Tax Topic 152

Here is what the IRS says about this: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc152.html

The Truth About Topic 152

Today, this scene is taking place all across the country. 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.

Submitted by user: Waitingwithpatience

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What Others Are Saying:

  1. Jazx

    I filed2/2
    It was recieved 2/6
    My status is say the same old its being processed a refund date will be provided when available ……
    ….😰😢please help me out
    What dose it mean

    Reply
  2. Raynne

    @Running With Scissors: thanks, I know last year I got my DD exactly 21 days after being accepted.

    Reply
  3. frustrated suicidaliiy

    How long does it take to get your refund after you faxed in all the information they asked for after you recieved a Tax Topic 152 and you faxed in your 8962

    Reply
  4. Elizabeth

    @H and r block sucks: how can I see all my info like what you have on your post? My wmr says deposit to my bank on 2/23 and now emerald card is telling me the 27th

    Reply
  5. Running With Scissors
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Fees:

      Free

    • State:

      AL

    • Filing Date:

      Feb-10

    • Date Accepted:

      Feb-10

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Suntrust

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-23

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Feb-27

      Education Credit (8863)

      Tax Topic 152

    @Raynne

    You will prob get a DD this weekend or next week. I filed on 2/10 and just got one today. I usually have had my refund within 10 days of filing in the past but the 27th makes 17 days so that’s still not bad. Can’t complain about that. I know over the past few years I have seen many here take much much longer!

    Reply
  6. Kimikaze
    • Fees:

      Free

    • State:

      Maine

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-31

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-31

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Credit Union

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • WMR Bars:

      No Bars-PATH Act Message

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-17

    • WMR:

      Feb-22

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Feb-22

    • I Got My Refund!

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2

    @NEEDMYREFUNDNOW: There were a few who did for a 2/27 DDD

    Reply
  7. H and r block sucks
    • Tax Preparer:

      H&R Block

    • Fees:

      From Refund

    • State:

      CA

    • Filing Date:

      Feb-17

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-18

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Emerald

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-18

    • WMR:

      Feb-23

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit

      Tax Topic 152

    My money is here :-)

    Reply
  8. JM

    Anyone file around feb15 2017 and get approved yet? Usually I mine in 8 days and by the 5th day I have ddd but oh.no not is year… I hope I don’t have to sit long is year.. the anticipation of not knowing is driving me nuts. Lol

    Reply
  9. WifeyJ1

    I done my taxes on Feb 10th and my doesn’t say processing or nothing but they can’t provide any info and tax topic 152. Can someone please explain what is the problem please,

    Reply
  10. Cha ching Tn

    Woke up this morning with ddds for February 23, finally after being accepted on Jan 23.The stress is mostly over
    Good luck everyone!!!

    Reply
  11. Update yet 2017

    I don’t think you can go by the refund date until you see movement on your account. That’s my guess.

    Reply
  12. liljerry

    IRS accept my tax return 1/23. Yes I got a small EIC and the Child tax credit (single Daddy). Was told in those cases the return would be released today 2/15 but still says “return being processed, a date will be given as soon as available”.

    Reply
  13. Kimikaze
    • Fees:

      Free

    • State:

      Maine

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-31

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-31

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Credit Union

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • WMR Bars:

      No Bars-PATH Act Message

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-17

    • WMR:

      Feb-22

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Feb-22

    • I Got My Refund!

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2

    @Update yet 2017: We have hear one report of an offset saying paid on the offset line, other than that no major updates for DDs showing or pending.

    Reply
  14. RyTheGuy

    @Angie64: it means it is still processing. Give it some time. I have the same message and normally will change after 1.5 weeks. Can not order transcripts either but keep trying and once it lets you than you should have an update the next day

    Reply
  15. Mason1221

    How do I read the codes on this return transcript? I have a 4
    150
    805 (of$30 which i assume is my Taxact holdings)
    766
    and 768
    no 840 like I usually get with the amount next to it but im on PATH.

    Reply
  16. Angie64

    Your tax return is still being processed…a refund date will be provided once available…

    What does this mean l??? Can anyone help me….and no I don’t have eic and it won’t let me order my transcript..

    Reply
  17. jeleesa

    hello i was kinda worried because my bar disappeared, and i dont have a path act message its just telling me that my refund is still being processed i think im getting audited.

    p.s I had EIC

    Reply
  18. Confused in minnesota

    Anyone from minnesota get their state back if so how long did processing take

    Reply
  19. SWEETLADYACE
    • Tax Preparer:

      H&R Block

    • Fees:

      From Refund

    • State:

      PA

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-16

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-17

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      H&R Block Emerald Card

    • WMR Bars:

      1st Bar

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-18

    • WMR:

      Feb-23

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2

      Tax Topic 152

    Did anyone get their PA refund yet? It appears that they are dragging their feet😡

    Reply
  20. TryingToBePatientButGettingNervous

    @kimikaze: Thank you! I was worried I did something wrong on my taxes when I couldn’t order a copy of my 2016 Tax Transcript. :-/

    Reply
  21. Kimikaze
    • Fees:

      Free

    • State:

      Maine

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-31

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-31

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Credit Union

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • WMR Bars:

      No Bars-PATH Act Message

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-17

    • WMR:

      Feb-22

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Feb-22

    • I Got My Refund!

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2

    @TryingToBePatientButGettingNervous: You just haven’t finished processing yet. Once you can get you 2016 Return Transcript then look for an update on WMR the next day

    Reply
  22. TryingToBePatientButGettingNervous

    When you call for transcripts is says you can get two mailed to you. is there something wrong with what I filed if I can order just the summary of my taxes and not able to order the transcript of my 2016 taxes? I don’t understand what the big difference is and why there are two transcripts and why I can only order one!

    Reply
  23. Emsjuju

    Some helpful info per Turbo tax:
    “When using the IRS’s online tool, it isn’t necessary to check back every day. The IRS only updates your refund status information once per week on Wednesdays.”

    Reply
  24. Daisy

    @second year vet: it says you should be accepted by 24 hours after filing. Now as for being approved that will take some time. I get you are a vet but are you getting any earned income credit? Or getting a child tax credit??

    Reply
  25. second year vet

    I filed and e sent on the 25th and still hasn’t been approved yet. The last few years I would get accepted as fast as twenty to thirty mins and here it is passed twenty to thirty hours. What’s up with that?

    Reply
  26. jemar707
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Fees:

      In Advance

    • State:

      FL

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-18

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-19

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Ally

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-17

    • WMR:

      Feb-22

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), W2

    @Anonymous: Like we said, Tax Topic 152 explains how refunds are distributed. And it’s there as a disclosure.

    Reply
  27. Anonymous

    Tax Topic 152 does mean something this year. It explains that by law the IRS is required to hold funds for people filing EITC until February 15.

    Reply