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. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-6
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-13
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @Destaney: Have you considered getting an advocate? You are in a hardship situation and you may be able to get it expedited with an advocate. If you decide you might want to try getting one, you can fax a 911 form to your local office and they will call you after looking into your return and give you an idea of what’s going on. Advocates are working, and they may be able to help.
    https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f911.pdf
    https://www.irs.gov/advocate/local-taxpayer-advocate

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  2. Destaney

    I filed my taxes January 31. I received a letter February 19 saying IRS was doing a review and I was looking at 60 days. April 19th was 60 days and now we are in May! IRS offices are closed so there is no one to answer where my return is. I am a single mother of three children that relies on my return. I have gone to Jackson Hewitt for 18 years. I have claimed the same three children for last 8 years and had the same job for 5 years. I am not exactly sure what they could possibly be holding my return for. Its terrible that the IRS is able to hold a person’s return for how ever long but if you owe them they won’t let you decide when you pay them 😒.

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  3. Shena

    @Rod: mines got accepted on the April 9 still on first bar im still waiting to when did yours get accepted

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  4. Rod

    This is a fking joke. Still haven’t got my refund or my stimulus what a joke. I’m looking in too taking this to higher courts. Fking bullshit joke

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  5. Rodney harrod

    This is a fking joke. Still haven’t got my refund or my stimulus what a joke. I’m looking in too taking this to higher courts. Fking bullshit joke

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  6. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-6
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-13
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @Michelle68: That date is to make sure the deposit is made successfully by that date. If you have the 5/4 date, you most likely have a deposit date of 4/22.

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  7. Michelle68

    So if my as of date on my return transcripts switch to 05 04 does that mean I am not getting stimulus until then

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  8. John doe

    I filed/ got accepted 3/25 had one bar said its being processed had code 152 checked it yesterday bars disappeared and my amount was off by like 400 dollars checked today to see if i had updates it was back to ” it is being processed” with 152 all info displayed and correct . any body have any thoughts about the bars disappearing and my amount wrong then every back to normal ?

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  9. mediumruth

    my refund was accepted but it keeps telling me still processing with this 152 code i e filed on feb 4th it’s now march 28th and it still says same thing when i called before couple weeks ago they said to call back last thursday when i called said there were technical difficulties and hung up. never got to speak with anybody. this is really unacceptable, never had a problem before with this efiling. any thoughts on how i get this resolved asap.

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  10. Mizwhyg

    This is so frustrating I felt February 13th was accepted the next day waited 21 days to be told that I need to fax my 8962 facts that on March 6th still waiting still saying being processed now my topic 152 has disappeared but still being processed when am I going to get my refund and what does it mean when the title topic 152 disappears

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  11. Mizwhyg

    Fax my 8962 about 3 weeks ago and my refund is still saying processing or being processing but my tax topic 152 has disappeared what does that mean

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  12. Chef

    Man this is out of control i filed on feb 11 with my two kids and 3 jobs at the same location i always do and same home address this never takes this long. I haven’t received a letter or anything from the IRS. Whats going on

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  13. Sick to death

    I filed 1/30, got accepted same day. I’ve been claiming same deductions for 10 years. Last I got a full time job, so income was a little higher. Husband is self employed, money has been short. I claimed eic, the usually. Been checking everday, says Topic 152. I called the irs this morning, got told I was on a 60 day review. I haven’t received any letter or communication. Was told there checking deductions and withholdings were correct. What the world. I’ve been filing the same way for years. No DDD, nothing

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  14. Debbie

    I filed on 3/4 recived TT 152. Today 3/14 no bars TT 152 is gone as well. No codes but still says processing. I did have to verify when I filed.
    Debbie

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  15. Less Government

    Filed via TT: 01/29/20
    Estimated DDD: 02/19/20
    Tax Topic 152: 02/08/20 – current day, March 9
    State Tax – Received
    Fed – Still processing… ?
    Hopeful that WMR will update before Thanksgiving. I would be Grateful

    Hopeful for update

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  16. Shunda

    Hello everyone just a lil FYI I went through this same mess last year and didn’t receive a refund til June let me tell y’all about this horror and to think they playing with me again this year with the same ol mess first off if you under review 9 times out of 10 you about to get dragged along with these 60 day review letters and the lie about do nothing until the 60 days are up well guess what soon your 60 days are almost up they will be sending another letter saying they need additional 60 more days and after that’s up again they keep sending these letters,I had to get on one of these forums for hope last year because we helped each other all us was in the same boat with this under review mess and each time someone got a tax advocate to help everyone tax advocate said the wages was missing like your employer didn’t send your w2 which had to be a lie they are backed up with so many refunds so that was the excuse cause ain’t no way everyone wages was missing long story short I finally said forget this I need a advocate by mid May I told irs I need a advocate I’m not waiting on another 60 days she asked did I have a hardship which you gotta tell them you have a hardship in order to get a tax advocate tell them your car broke down you can’t get to work I got a tax advocate she told me to send my last paystub and she will get them to release my tax it took about 3 weeks and I had a ddd by mid June if you don’t request a tax advocate I promise you will have a headache sometimes they will release your money before the 60 review is up but it’s very rare

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  17. Yasz

    I filed on Jan.30th a week ago I got topic 152 posted on my update and also got still processing . I called the IRS spoke with a representative the representative said that I was on review they randomly select people and to make sure I contact my tax preparer to make sure everything is okay . Is that the truth or are they just behind

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  18. Budxkk

    @jess801: I had to wait a couple months because I filed before Feb. 15th due to the PATH Act. You will get it, just not in the near future. That was my experience last year. I waited till this Tuesday to file.

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  19. Hi

    I have had tax topic 152 forever now . My acceptance date was 1/29. Says still processing . I need my DD already lol

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  20. Girlvet86

    Liberty tax lady just told me the general manager said we can expect our refund by end of this week or beginning of next week. Yay!!!!!

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  21. Kallensmama

    My bars are gone and it says my refund is still being processed! Filed and accepted 1/29…what does this mean?!

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  22. Meka

    @jess801: Not really sure but the past few years mines has went to processing and then “still processing” and then I get a refund date. Hope this helps!

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  23. jess801

    I filed Jan 31 had one bar a few days later the bars are gone with a message a refund date will be given when available
    A week ago I got a path act message
    And today no bars with a message we received your tax return and is processing
    Does this mean I’m under review
    This has never happened to me

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  24. For Sure

    Arlene, Ohio

    People last year PATH updated on a Saturday night on February 16th with a deposit due date and had a deposit date of Friday February the 22nd. So look for a update tonite after midnight. Panthers don’t update during the week is you look at the trend over the years. The IRS finishes their work by the end of the week and it updates in the system after Friday midnight so if you filed early look for your update tonite going into Sunday!!

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  25. blah

    @Court: My friend got hers and she has the child tax credits. Which is weird because everyone else I know has to wait

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  26. Court

    I hope this year there is a glitch that let’s eitc & actc go through before February 15 😈 😊😇

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