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What is Tax Topic 152?

Tax Topic 152 from the IRS is a code you might see when you check the status of your refund with the Where’s My Refund (WMR) tool at the website.  It is not an audit…chill.  What does IGMR think?  Tax Topic 152 is a default processing message that appears while your return is processed. No worries. Some people believe you get Tax Topic 152 just before you get approved for a direct deposit date (DDD), and some people receive this as soon as they get their status update on the WMR (Where’s My Refund) which shows their return was received, but whichever way you get it here is what the IRS.GOV says about Tax Topic 152:

Tax Topics – Tax Topic 152 Refund Information

Tax Topic 152 – Refund Information
There are three options for receiving your federal individual income tax refund:

  • The fastest way is by direct deposit (electronic funds transfer) into your checking or savings account, including an individual retirement arrangement (IRA);
  • By purchase of U.S. Series I Savings Bonds; or
  • By paper check sent to the address listed on your return.


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  1. Mom

    Is anyone else’s refund taking months

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  2. 3d's

    I filed on 2/25/21 and I still have not received my refund it has topic 152 on and states its being processed. I have not any letters or anything, I am not understanding why or how come its taking this long. Can anyone help me?

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  3. @morganB

    @Nina: I agree they didn’t start processing until February 12 so that’s the date I filed mine but here we are almost April and nothing yet!

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  4. Nina

    Its bs I did my taxes back in January everyone else has gotten theirs back the answer I got is their behind well that’s bs I filed first they should go in order

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