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Why do I have the PATH message on IRS Where’s my Refund?

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If you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) you will have values on Form 1040 Lines 27a and/or 28.  If you claimed these credits, your refund is subject the the PATH Act.  When you check the status of your tax refund on the IRS Where’s My Refund tool, you with see the PATH message until after February 15th.

To see if you claimed these credits, look at your 1040.

Look on Page 2 of the 1040

Line 27a – EIC

If there is a value on Line 27a, your refund is subject to the Path Act because of Earned Income Credit (EIC).

Line 28 – ACTC & CTC Combined

If there is a value on Line 28, your refund might be subject to the Path Act, but you need to look at Form 8812 to determine if the value included ACTC.

Look on Page 2 of Form 8812

Line 15h ACTC

If there is a value on Line 15h, your refund is subject to the Path Act because of Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).

PATH Act Status message

What is the Path Act?

The Protecting American From Tax Hikes (PATH) Act is a law that was enacted in 2015. Part of the PATH Act affects those filing with Earned Income Credit (EIC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) as those refunds cannot be issued prior to February 15th.

According to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, the IRS cannot issue refunds before mid-February for tax returns that claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit.  This applies to the entire refund, even the portion not associate with these credits.  Check Where’s My Refund in mid- to late February for your personalized refund status.  It’s updated once a day and remains the best way to check the status of your refund.

You can read more about the Path Act here.

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  1. MaiMai

    @LC827: we seem to have the same dates and cycle codes.. 20220405.. year and it’s been 4 weeks since irs opened up for filing and 05 is what tells us it’s a weekly and on Thursdays. I wished I had more information on the return itself bc now it’s anticipation on when it hits the bank .


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  2. @Pammyp

    @bigredh-town: Yes!! Me too but according to @justtryingtohelp it will say this until 02/19/2022


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  3. bigredh-town

    does anyone esle woke up checked there wmr and path message still apears with tax topic 152


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  4. Jessmac042977

    @PatherEicActc:
    Any 846 code yet?


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  5. Tameka Laquada

    My status is saying that my return processing has been delayed beyond normal timeframe. What does that mean I have never had a problem with my taxes.


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  6. LC827

    Hello all. I pulled my transcript and account on the IRS website. I also have the PathAct Message. It states processing date of 2/14/22, but my cycle code is 20220405. Confused?


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  7. B

    @I need to know why: yeah I didn’t even fill out all that info and I still got the message like what is going on this year….


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  8. B

    I didn’t claim all that stuff so I still get the message or what.!?


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  9. PatherEicActc

    How do you know your transcripts are done processing I have the 766 and 768 codes but at the top with your refund amount where it says Taxable income it still says 0.00 not sure if it’s done processing


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  10. Elise

    Anyone else file with TT and getting refund on CK spend account? My refund was sent to my account it says on the 9th of feb 2022 and tpg has taken TT fees as well but hasn’t yet posted. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated


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  11. Pittsburgh pa

    @JustTryingToHelp:
    Where’s My Refund? on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go app will be updated with projected deposit dates for most early EITC/ACTC refund filers by February 19. Therefore, EITC/ACTC filers will not see an update to their refund status for several days after February 15. Due to weekends and other factors, the IRS expects most EITC or ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards by the first week of March, if they choose direct deposit and there are no other issues with their tax return.


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  12. Meggan

    @JustTryingToHelp: can I ask when u filed or when ur return was accepted?


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  13. JustTryingToHelp

    @I need to know why: If you can access your transcripts. They will give you an idea if they are processed. I have the PATH message. But on my transcripts my return has processed and shows a date of 2/21 and on my irs account it shows this year’s refund. Hope those helps. Good luck.


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