IRS Will Begin Accepting Delayed Tax Returns Feb. 14

Important- This post relates to late legislation for tax year 2010 and not tax year 2011.  There were no filing delays for your 2011 taxes.  This is an older post.  There is no need to wait to file your taxes.

The IRS announced yesterday that they will begin accepting returns affected by the filing delays starting on February 14 – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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The good news is you don’t worry this doesn’t mean you need to wait until mid-February to file your taxes.  TurboTax is ready to accept your return today, whether you’re impacted by the delays or not.

If you claim itemized tax deductions on Schedule A, the higher education tuition and fees deduction and the educator expenses deduction, you can prepare and e-file your return now with TurboTax and we will hold it and then automatically submit your federal tax return to the IRS.  TurboTax will submit your state tax return immediately so you can get you your state tax refund as quickly as possible.

The IRS stated in their announcement that the filing delays, which impact both paper and e-filed tax returns, will affect approximately 9 million taxpayers (based on estimates from last year).

What about your state refund?

We know that everyone wants to get their refund ASAP.  Since TurboTax is the market leader, we have been able to work closely with states to get you your state tax refund as quickly as possible, even if your federal return is delayed until Feb. 14.  Not all other software or tax stores are able to do this for their customers.   To find out if your state is accepting returns from TurboTax now check out this post.

Have any other questions?  Leave them in the comments and we will try to help you out.

TurboTax Ashley

I have worked on the PR and Social Media team at TurboTax for the last 5 tax season. In addition to helping customers, I enjoy traveling, a glass of red wine and reading a good book.

Comments (132) Leave your comment

  1. My return was affected by the delay in processing education credits, which were supposed to begin processing on the 14th. It’s the 21st and I still don’t have a refund date. How much more of a delay will there be?

    • Same thing happened to us. I filed on Jan 30th delayed until Feb 14th and accepted on the 14th. Still in processing. So frustrating.

      • Yes very. There’s so much information out there, and some of it contradicts what the IRS or TurboTax says. :/

  2. I put my social wrong on my return how can I correct it will the irs just reject it and I can fix it and resubmit please help

  3. I was advised by TPG rep. that IRS only does deposits on Wed. This is not true my friend got her refund on Tuesday and her husband received his Friday. I filed on 1/28/12, with a deposit date of 2/8/12 but it has changed to 2/14/12. Still no money when I checked today irs website says we are still processing your refund. What is going on?

  4. This is saying that federal returns won’t be accepted until the 14th of February for people who E-filed before the 26th & that they’ll get an e-mail saying when IRS has accepted it…I finished E-filing with Turbo tax on January 20th 2012. I got an E-mail from Turbo Tax saying that the IRS had excepted both my state & federal refunds on the following day January 21st 2012. Here it is the 7th of February & I haven’t gotten an e-mail saying it would be delayed. Where is the communication? Why is Turbo Tax not telling people what’s going on? I’ve had to hunt the answers down online because Turbo Tax lied to me. If they supposedly accepted my return on Jan 21st, then why is it saying they won’t be accepted now until Feb 14th??? Please someone explain this to me…I’ve tried using the “Where’s my refund” Site & they can’t seem to find anything on me. Answers please & thank you :) I need my money

    • Hi Samantha,
      This post is related to late legislation in tax year 2010. This has nothing to do with 2011. There was no late legislation for tax year 2011. The IRS is experiencing a delays due to their system delays. If your tax returns were accepted I’m sure you will receive your tax refunds soon.
      Thank you,
      Lisa Greene-Lewis

  5. Ashley, thanks in advance! We are filing our return for 2010 which includes personal and business. We are looking for the transmittal from the IRS. Do you happen to know how quickly they submit the Transmittal or what the time frame is?

    Thank you very much,

    Jeff Harris

  6. HI Jeff,

    Do to the high volume of returns the IRS is receiving, you might see delays in the time it takes to get your refund. I recommend checking the IRS Where’s My Refund tool for the latest information on when you can expect your refund.

    http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96596,00.html

    Keep in mind, the IRS only updates it once a week on Wednesdays, so check back after Wednesday for the most current status.

    Ashley

  7. so are they still delaying taxes i filed mines on feb 10 they said mine would be on the 25th but no later than march 1st so whats the problem

  8. Hi TurboTaxUserCarlos,

    There are a couple of reasons that the IRS would mail you a check when you have selected direct deposit. The most common reason is if you accidentally put in the wrong bank account information.

    Ashley

  9. Hi,

    I used TurboTax to e-file. The IRS accepted my return on Feb.17. I specified direct deposit for my refund, but when I go to the IRS’s “Where’s My Refund” page, I keep getting the message that a refund check is scheduled to be mailed March 4. As I say, I specified direct deposit for the refund and the IRS’s “Refund Cycle Chart” says that direct deposit refund could go out as early as Feb. 25. I do not see any indication of a direct deposit in the amount of my refund yet, and my bank claims that they have no knowledge of it. Does this mean that the IRS is in fact mailing a paper refund instead of simply depositing it per my instructions?

    Thanks

  10. Hi David,

    If your return was held until Feb 14, that means you filed a form or claimed a credit that was impacted by the IRS filing delays. Regardless of the method you used, your return would not be processed by the IRS until Feb 14.

    According to the IRS Refund Cycle Chart (link below), the earliest returns processed on Feb 14 would be able to receive your refund is today. I understand it is very frustrating, but TurboTax has no control over IRS processing times and the issuing of your refund.

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p2043.pdf

    I hope you get your refund soon.

    Ashley

  11. THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING! We filed on Jan 30th. Delayed till Feb 14th. like everyone else. Got a Email from turbo tax that are returned was processed and sent to the IRS. It could take up to 8-14 days for our return.Ive been waiting the past 3 fridays for my return to hit my account.Nothing? We really need this money. like everyone else. I think next year I will use H&R Block. Maybe I will Have different results.

  12. I files with Turbo Tax and all was fine and both IRS and MD accepted returns and I got e-mails to that effect. But 1 broker is very late and send me some things which means I must files Amended return. Yet Turobox does still think IRS has not accepted and allows no amended return. Yet they are wrong (turbo tax) and I do not know how to proceed to do form 1040x

    • An iesnretting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers!

      • Hi Devitha,
        Thank you. We will keep that in mind when we write on future topics.
        Lisa Greene-Lewis

  13. Hello, Finally my federal was accepted..that was friday it is now tuesday and my state is still pending! I live in vermont, ( not sure if that is having anything to do with it or not) but, im frustrated….can someone explain why my federal went through and was accepted but my state is still pending?

  14. If it helps, I filed my taxes on Jan 22nd and they were accepted the 15th of Feb…..i did have itemized deductions so i just had to wait it out and cross my fingers……

  15. Does this mean the Federal Goverment will delay our response back because of President’s Day. It seems like it has been nothing but wait…wait..wait.

  16. HI Everyone,

    Some good news for you. As of 7pm (PST) last night, we had transmitted all held returns to the IRS.

    We understand that this caused a lot of anger and frustration and thank you for your patience this week.

    You will receive an acknowledgment from TurboTax, once your return is accepted by the IRS. That usually takes 24-72 hours. Once your return is accepted by the IRS, the IRS processes your refund based on the IRS E-file Refund Cycle Chart. You can go to the IRS E-file Refund Cycle Chart to get the projected date of your refund based on normal processing. (link to PDF chart: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p2043.pdf )

    To find out when the IRS currently expects to issue your refund, check the IRS “Where’s My Refund” tool. “Where’s my Refund?” is updated every Wednesday, so check after Wednesday for the most up to date information. (http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96596,00.html )

    Ashley

  17. Hello! Quick question, my return says it was accepted but not yet acknowledged, does that mean it was accepted in time for tomorrow’s deadline, and I will have the refund next week?

  18. Thank You Ashley for keeping us updated. I’m sure this had to be frustrating on your side also and appreciated being kept up to date on what was going on and why. I had repaying the home buyers credit that delayed my refund, so am hoping to see an update on it soon.

  19. Just wanted to give everyone an update.

    All held returns will be transmitted to the IRS by the end of the day today. You will receive an acknowledgment from TurboTax, once your return is accepted by the IRS, usually within 24-72 hours after it’s been received.

    Ashley

  20. Hi Cynthia,

    Once your return is accepted by the IRS, the IRS processes your refund based on the IRS E-file Refund Cycle Chart. You can go to the IRS E-file Refund Cycle Chart to get the projected date (this can change) of your refund based on normal processing. (here is a link to PDF chart: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p2043.pdf)

    To find out when the IRS currently expects to issue your refund, check the IRS “Where’s My Refund” tool. “Where’s my Refund?” is updated weekly, every Wednesday, so check after Wednesday for the most up to date information. (here is a link: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96596,00.html)

    Hope this helps clarify.

    Ashley

  21. I am getting worried. I submitted my taxes to Turbo Tax a couple of weeks ago. My Maryland return was already accepted and I got my refund! But I really expected my Federal Return to be “accepted” by today. I am afraid April will roll around and my Federal return will still be in limbo. Can I just cancel it with Turbo Tax and send in the paper copy? This is a real mess. True the Feds started it but I cannot find any good information on Turbo Tax’s website!

  22. Just curious if there is a time schedule for submissions on delayed returns. I have been a loyal turbotax user for at least 6 years but it doesn’t seem fair that my sister filed on Monday and already her taxes have been accepted and I filed Feb 2nd and no end in sight.

  23. Hi,

    I’m totally confused with all the delays going on I have a question i e-filed on Feb,3 and was accepted the next day Feb,4 my estimate tax return date was Feb,18 now they changed it to the 22nd it doesn’t say its been delayed or anything and I didn’t claim itemized tax deductions on Schedule A, the higher education tuition, fees deduction and the educator expenses deduction so my question is will my return be interrupted by the ppl delayed or should it still be on track? Please Help!!

    Thank You!

  24. I sent my taxes on Turbo Tax February 1, 2011 03:32 PM PST. It was Sent to Tax Authority

    February 15, 2011 03:11 PM PST. If this helps anyone with when theirs will be submitted.

  25. hi i had my redund delay but i think they ready accepted and i went to ( wheres my refund)and it says that me refund is going to be on february 18 did you think they are saying the truth shoould i espected my refund

  26. My Federal Taxes were accepted by Turbo Tax on 1/16/2011. I still do not show that my form has been filed. My question is how someone who filed with H&R Block 3 weeks after I did with the same delay has already had their form accepted by the IRS. January 16th seems like it would be on the first in list and I am just confused as to the delay. Please advise.

  27. Jacquelyn is right, the question of where your transmissions stand is being evaded, and that does not look good. I am quite certain there are people there who can answer the question, “Have you finished transmitting the submissions from month of January to the IRS yet?”. Since you email the people whose transmissions have been accepted by the IRS, you also have access to the date they submitted to TurboTax. This is a simple question – not when am I getting my refund, but what date are you up to since you keep track of who was first in and first out? We would really appreciate an answer before the blogosphere and social media sites get any angrier.

  28. Hi All,

    We are submitting as many held returns daily as the IRS systems will allow, which is why we aren’t able to give you a date your return will be submitted. We are submitting them in first in, first out basis.

    Once your return has been submitted it could take up to 72 hours for the IRS to send you a confirmation. Also, the IRS “Where’s My Refund” tool is only updated once a week, so it may not show accepted even though your return has been sent and accepted by the IRS.

    How the IRS system works:

    The IRS batches refunds every Friday. All returns that are accepted by 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday are paid via direct deposit the following Friday. If the taxpayer e-filed their return, but elected to get their refund by check, it will be mailed the subsequent Friday.

    For example, a return is accepted by the IRS by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 3, the taxpayer would be paid via direct deposit on the following Friday, March 11. If the taxpayer elected to get the refund by check, it would be mailed on Friday, March 18.

    What this means is, if your return is accepted by the IRS before Thursday at 11AM, the date you will receive your refund will not be any different than if they accepted it Monday.

    I hope this helps.

    Ashley

  29. If I already filed my taxes and got my federal refund… like a week ago, do I have to refile or something for the changes?

  30. TurboTax, I have a suggestion. Obviously a million people are going ballistic because their tax return transmissions are being delayed. I called your customer service and they said they had no way of telling me when mine would be put through, although I submitted to you on 2/2. Your website indicates “first in, first… out”. Therefore, SOMEONE there is aware of the submission dates for the batches that have been sent to the IRS the past 2 days, or they would not know what was first in/out. We also are aware that the cutoff date with the IRS accepting the transmission is Wednesday nights, for direct deposit on the following week Friday. Now, you could ease a lot of this uproar if you would just post your progress with the dates, so we can figure out in what week’s batch our return will process. A simple updating statement such as “all returns accepted by us through 2/5 were processed as of today” would go a LONG way to cut the calls to your support center, and allow your customers to better plan for their anticipated direct deposit. Please, won’t you pass this suggestion up the chain of command until you find someone who KNOWS the IRS batch transmission status by date? Otherwise, the first in/first out statement is false because no one there is keeping track……thank you

  31. so was the question anwered? why those who did their taxes yesterday have already got accepted and the people that did theirs last month are still pending?

  32. Why does this Turbo Tax Ashley lady keep dodging the 1 questions everyone wants to know , How many batches are are being sent daily. GIVE US SOME DATES! I filed in mid Jan. and still haven’t gotten an email saying it was transmitted.

  33. they are all liars!! My friend filed itemized on

    Feb 2nd and all ready has her return, and she did it through turbo tax. I did mine last week, it said it would be filed yesterday, but as of now IRS does not have my return!! By the way there were 2-3 other people who itemized and have their returns all ready also. So how about a refund from turbo tax? Or maybe some interest on our money. Just think they collected our money and did not file our returns! Called fraud.

  34. We know everyone is VERY frustrated. For now I have shared all the information that I have. I will update you guys here if I get any additional information.

    Thanks for your patience on this. We are working hard to get everyone their refunds as quickly as the IRS systems will allow.

    Ashley

  35. It might help if we knew what percentage of returns in the pre-Feb. 14th pile have been transmitted (i.e. 80% returns dated January 1-10 have been transmitted, etc.). I understand that the IRS is asking you to stagger the flow but it’s disconcerting that, after being told returns would transmit on February 14, we still have no idea what the status is. Getting an e-mail upon transmission doesn’t help – that could be a month from now. All I know right now is that TurboTax received them last month.

  36. OK so we filed on 2/13- I understand having to “stand in line” to have my FEDERAL return sent, but WHY hasn’t my STATE return been sent???

  37. This is my first year using Turbo Tax, I was referred to this web site from many friends and family. I usually got to a tax service company. I am very disappointed that my return hasnt been sent to the IRS yet. I filed On February 1, 2011 and was told that it wold be sent to teh IRS on February 14th. Staggering? So where does that leave me? Im a stay at home Mom and live pay check to pay check and delayed all my bills until the 24th thinking I would get my refund that day… When exactly will it be sent to the IRS? I guess this is the first and last year Ill ever use Turbo Tax.. Im very disappointed!!!

  38. Hi just curious from what I have been reading there is a back log of returns. Can you tell me approximately how may returns you have on back log and how many returns you can e-file daily? Just to give me a sense of how long it will be before my return will be efile. Thank you.

  39. “There’s no need to wait to file your taxes this year,” said Bob Meighan, CPA and vice president of TurboTax. “By e-filing now with TurboTax, your return is in the queue when the IRS starts processing refunds. TurboTax will notify you the moment your return has been e-filed with the IRS and we’ll let you know when to expect your federal refund. In addition, we’re working with states to help our customers get their state tax refunds without delay. There’s no reason to wait or worry with TurboTax.”

    This statement is untrue “”There’s no reason to wait or worry with TurboTax.”” but

    this is so,so so true Bob “”By e-filing now with TurboTax, your return is in the queue when the IRS starts processing refunds”” >> what a long long line people would of been better off waiting until the 14th or 15th of Feb to do there e-files, now people that did it early in January and paid you $ have to wait longer even though people who do it today or yesterday go right to the front of the line ?? Explain that Mr.Meighan. I usually use Turbo Tax yearly BUT NOW REALLY UNSURE IF RETURNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Why is turbo tax not holding new returns until existing returns are submitted? If I had waited and submitted today, it would have gone through, but now my return is in limbo and no one can tell me when it will be submitted. This whole thing has been very deceptive of Turbo Tax. We are told they will be filled on the 14th, now it is the 14th-18th and I am sure on the 18th it will be another story. Never again will turbo tax get my business.

  41. It amazes me that IRS is so slow to accept returns. IF the taxpayer is late filing they would show no mercy. They probably used Indian programmers.

    • No mercy at all. Fees, interest, and penalties. Sadly, they make the rules and do not have to follow them!

      I hope that everyone understands that this is not the fault of Turbo Tax. Write your Congressman. You should be blogging, tweeting, and sending letter to your government rep that help up this process with the fiscal cliff nonsense.

      Turbo tax is simply following the rules.

  42. I completed my taxes on January 30th and paid Turbo Tax $75 dollars and now today is the 14th and did Turbo Tax file my taxes? Nope they didn’t. I really think they have been misleading and if I had known they were going to get my money God knows how long before I got mine, would have probably not paid them and used another program. Unfortunately Turbo Tax is just right to the line of not being a bunch of crooks.

  43. I do not know why TruboTax is letting people who file today get processed today. I did my taxes 30 days ago. They should be put in the back of the line. In order to beat the tax deadline of 17th at 11:00 AM can I amend tax return change nothing so trubotax will processes it today.

    • Great post. I just sltbmued upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

      • Hi Rebecca,
        We are glad you enjoy the blog! We will be providing new and interesting topics daily.
        Thank you,
        Lisa Greene-Lewis

  44. Ok that’s for the updates and I know there are plenty that are more frustrated . I just did not read or see anything until today that there be more delays coming from the IRS in processing these returns. I can understand they could not take them all in at once but seems Turbo Tax was somewhat misleading by saying — “In the face of these delays, TurboTax is the fastest, easiest way for you to get your full refund” again seems I should of waited until today to e-file at least it would of went through, now if it does not go through and accepted before 2/17 by 11am have to wait a whole another week for a direct deposit as other will too……

    [also is Turbo Tax only able to send them in once daily or thru out the day and night ??]

  45. Hi JHB,

    I understand you are very frustrated. Yes, you will receive an e-mail from TurboTax when your return has been submitted to the IRS and then an e-mail acceptance from the IRS within 24-72 hours.

    Ashley

  46. Hi Carmen,

    I am not sure I understand the question. Did your partner already file his return? If he has already filed, he will need to wait until the IRS accepts or rejects his return and then file an amended return.

    If he hasn’t filed yet, he can go ahead and go in and add it, no charge.

    Hope that helps.

    Ashley

  47. My partner already did his W2 and a day or 2 later another one arrived, and he wants to kno how much it will cost to add it?

  48. In addition, seems like the people that e-filed early and were on hold with Turbo Tax are going to get screwed meaning someone that does it today or tomorrow with Turbo Tax will possibly go through quicker than someone doing it in early January ?

  49. I keep reading were you say “You will receive an email when your return has been accepted by the IRS, usually within 24-72 hours after it’s been received.”

    But isn’t Turbo Tax sending e-mails stating this—- (Success! Your e-file transmission went through. It will take 1 or 2 days for the government to process and accept your returns)

    so people have a idea at least what turbo tax was doing ?

    Also I read nothing about the IRS was only going to take certain amount here and there from all the tax places!

    I thought Turbo Tax was going to be the fastest bestest way to do it ?? If so could you give me the site giving out this information, it really tells no one nothing just more waiting possibly……………..

  50. Hi Reyna,

    Yes, TurboTax will process returns on a first-in, first-out basis. You will receive an email when your return has been accepted by the IRS, usually within 24-72 hours after it’s been received.

    Currently, the IRS is working through its backlog of tax returns as quickly as possible. You may not see a change in your e-filing status until the end of the week.

    Ashley

  51. I submitted my forms on January 11,2011 and have yet to see a change in my status, are they being processed in any certain order? alphabetically?according to date of submission?

    Reyna

  52. HI JHB and Karen,

    TurboTax has already started sending returns that were being held due to processing delays. However, during the week of Feb. 14-18, the IRS is limiting the number of tax returns it accepts daily to manage their systems capacity and ensure successful filings of all returns.

    The IRS has required transmitters of e-filed returns to stagger submission of returns from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18. This means that you might experience delays in your return processing and in the time it takes to receive your federal tax refund.

    We know getting a fast refund is important and we are working closely with the IRS to process all tax returns as quickly as their systems will allow.

    You will receive an email when your return has been accepted by the IRS, usually within 24-72 hours after it’s been received.

    Ashley

  53. Figures today is 2/14/11 and it is 8am on the east coast here and still the IRS has not been sent my return ?? You would think they start sending them in after midnight but then again guess Turbo Tax does not want to be up that late working for their customers !!!!!!!!!! wonder if HR Block and others are waiting as well???

  54. I suppose to receive my refund 2/10/2011 & its already released but isn’t in my account!! Whats going on & how long will I have to wait to get my refund???

  55. Will the IRS start excepting the returns at 12:01am on 2/14 or will it when their office would normally be open.I’ve done taxes for 2 other people who didn’t itemize and their returns were excepted at different times for example I did my son’s at 10 pm and was excepted by 12am that night.

  56. My taxes were already accepted my federal on feb 2nd but the site say they will mail my check on the 14th but i wanted it deposited on to turbo tax card.when should i get it..

  57. By the way, this is the statement as I see it printed, “TurboTax is ready to accept your return today, whether you’re impacted by the delays or not”, which looks good to me.

  58. @ Anonymous 08 Feb 2011, You’re a real genius (I.E., You Are). “Your” is correct in the TurboTax statement.

  59. I do not have any education expenses, am not a teacher, did not have any itemized deductions, did not have any “higher education” nor did I file a schedule A and Turbo Tax is supposed to check for any errors. Why is my refund being delayed?

    I planned on using the refund I was supposed to receive on Feb. 4th according to the e-mail Turbo Tax sent to me(it is now Feb. 10th) for a flight that is costing me over $100 a day every day it is delayed.

    If the IRS does not “accept” the refund until the 14th, when is the check mailed?

    I received an e-mail from Turbo Tax that my refund was “accepted” by the IRS in January. What’s the hold up? Was it still accepted then or was that just another lie?

    • My return was aptecced on Feb. 17th. Was given a date by my tax program of Feb. 25th, WMR said March 1st. I knew that date was odd because it usually gives you a date that falls on a Friday. Checked WMR on March 3rd and got code 1301. Called IRS on March 4th and was told that they recieved my return and it was nothing that I had done but there was a glitch in their system and everyone that claimed the FTHBC in 2008 was gonna be delayed. The women was very pleasant and said that my return was being manually put in by the error processing department because their system failed to recognize the FTHBC form. She told me to call back in a week and I called on March 11th and was told that there was a 30 day delay on my return starting yesterday March 11th. I was just wondering if anyone has recieved their return yet after recieving the code 1301?

  60. Hi Julie,

    The refund cycle chart is based on when the IRS accepts your return. If you were affected by the delays, the IRS should be accepting your return on or within a few days of the 14th.

    Ashley

  61. Ok, so my return will not be processed by IRS til Feb 14th.. So, does that mean, according to the refund cycle chart, that I should expect my refund on Feb 25th–or is that ONLY if IRS processes AND approves on Feb 14th?

  62. “TurboTax is ready to accept your return today, whether YOUR impacted by the delays or not.”

    Really, TurboTax? Nobody on your crack team knows the correct use of YOUR vs. YOU’RE? Wow, companies have low standards these days. This is 4th grade grammar, people!

  63. Massachusetts state return was accepted on 1/31/11 but I was never told when to expect my return and I havent yet gotten it… any ideas on why I was never given an estimated deposit date?

  64. Yes I was told this when doing it on Turbo Tax:

    “Based on what you’ve told us, your federal itemized deductions of $11,664 are your best option because they will save you more money than the standard deduction of $11,400.”

    come to find out it would been no difference if really did a standard deduction seems Turbo Tax was wrong and misleading here !

    When I re-did my taxes after e-filing was no difference in my refund at all except now I have to wait weeks for it !!

  65. Hi Beth, Pamela and Leslie-Ann,

    Currently the IRS is not expecting any refund delays for returns processed on Feb. 14. If we hear of any we will update you here.

    If you used direct deposit, you could get refund in as little as 8-10 days after they start accepting. For a better estimate, check out this IRS tool called “Where’s My Refund” once your return is accepted from the IRS.

    http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96596,00.html

    Ashley

  66. Hi Ms. Thang,

    The IRS is not accepting ANY returns that have itemized deductions on schedule A, claim the higher education tuition and fees deduction or the educators expenses deduction. These delays affect all returns regardless of how they were prepared.

    Ashley

  67. we filed e-file standard tax form married 2kids and mother law dependent,we live in Washington no itemized deduction and we filed on january 30th I.R.S. accepted on feb,1st so will we actually get our refund between feb. 9th-15th or does the changes affect us too.

  68. That is so wrong… the IRS always finds a way to make us wait for our money but try owing them once, they will take anything they can from you to get the money you owe them. I will never understand how the Government gets away with some of the things they do, I guess that is why I am not paid the big bucks.

  69. I filed my taxes- state & federal on 01/29/11. I have not gotten notice that they have been accepted. My co-worker filed hers the same day and she has gotten an e-mail that her federal taxes has been accepted. She had deductions the same as I did. What is up?

  70. Now that I have to wait until the 14th of February to see if my federal return will be accepted, when can I expect to see the money? I am a teacher and am not happy about the wait for MY money. I file early so I can get my money early because I usually take a trip in mid-February. I just want to know how long I will have to wait to see the money from the federal government?

  71. if i take the standard deduction instead of the schedule A, can i amend my return later for the difference. Will turbo tax help me with the amended return?

  72. I filed on or about the 28th. I had the standard deduction and I did not go to school or have any educational expenses… but my return is still being held because of the new tax laws. Chat support plainly said “There is nothing we can do….” Why would I have to wait when My return has nothing to do with the law changes?

  73. I filed today, 1/31, so that I wouldn’t have to file my last quarter’s estimated taxes on 1/15. But, because of this delayed processing, TurboTax made me put down 3/1/11 as my direct debit date and didn’t give other options. Does this mean that my payment is late and I’ll get a penalty? Or am I ok since I filed by 1/31? If the payment is considered late, is there anything I can do to fix the situation – pay earlier by check and cancel the 3/1 payment or put it towards 2011 estimated taxes? Please help!

  74. I looked at my 2009 return, and I didn’t see a Schedule A attached, so does that mean I did not get to itemize the mortgage interest, and if I didn’t, can I claim in on my 2010 return?

  75. Not sure how taxactonline.com can circumvent the Feds 14 Feb start date for processing itemized returns (Scedule A use or other education expenses). Here is the anouncement straight from the IRS explaining that they won’t even start processing itemized returns until 14 Feb. As a matter of fact, the article indicates the IRS system won’t even be open until 14 Feb. Anyway, I e-filed both my itemized Fed/State returns on 14 Jan, my state refund was direct deposited on 27 Jan.

    http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=234736,00.html?portlet=7

  76. Good Morning,

    I understand the IRS is nit suppose to process delayed returns until feb. 14th which is the un-truth b/c me and my sis use taxactonline.com and we both did a schedule A. My return is and has been waiting to be submitted to the irs since jan.13th and my sis did her’s yesterday and it was submitted and excepted by the irs on yesterday and she is scheduled to have her refund on feb.11th. She kept the email so i have proof that this was done..any reason why?

  77. Hi David,

    The IRS Schedule A forms are final now. You can prepare and file both your federal and state returns now. TurboTax will hold your federal return until the IRS begins accepting/processing Schedule A returns on Feb 14. But TurboTax will send your state return directly to your state now for processing, so that you can get your state refund now.

    Hope that helps clarify.

    Ashley

  78. Hi Ewent,

    If you print and mail your return it can take 4-6 weeks before you get your return. This is because someone at the IRS has to get your return and input it into a computer before it can be processed.

    If you e-file, with direct deposit, you can receive your refund in as little as 8 days. Sorry, you had to pay so much for the service though. TurboTax Online does not charge for e-file.

    Ashley

  79. I am not sure I follow the logic in your discussion of the delay in Schedule A, regarding filing state returns now and federal returns after Feb 14.

    If I need to complete the delayed Schedule A itemized deductions for my federal taxes, how can I file my state return now, when the state itemized deductions are based on the same federal form?

  80. I submitted my 2008 taxes the 1st of Jan.2011; my husband was in charge of that year and just forgot!!. I have done every year prior and after and all is well with our returns. We own a business and do schedule A,C,SE and EIC with our 1040 form. When filing a late return, when can we expect our refund? Thanks! Sandra

  81. Would someone mind explaining why e-filing doesn’t produce a faster return than the old method of paper filing? Last year (2010), it took almost a month to get my return. This is hideous when you consider that I paid an additional $50 to my CPA to e-file and the result was not really any different. In the general context of e-filing, it takes the CPA less than 30 seconds to hit the “send” button for the IRS to receive tax filings. For those with little or no year to year changes, this isn’t rocket science.

  82. I haven’t filed tax returns for several years, I had a restaurnt in early 2000-2004 and have been trying to correct those reports, then went to full

    time employment and working fulltime and full time

    care giver for parents, things haven’t gone well.

    How should I go about trying to correct my error of not filing. I have quite a sum of federal income tax money so that should help cover what I

    owe. Do I need a professional preparer or deal with the IRS direct?

    Thank you.

  83. I used the first time home buyer credit in 2008. And now were are to start paying in back using Form 5405. I already filed my taxes yesterday, but they won’t accept it without the form, which is not available until 2/14. I called the IRS and asked if I could still file and then send an amended return after the 14th with the money. They said that I could. How can I do this and still Efile??

  84. I filed mine through hr block online with my tuition deduction. I was told I would get my refund by January 31st.

  85. I filed with turbotax when I checked “where’s my refund” it originally stated 2/2..checked today and now it is say 2/8 due to a processing delay.

    What would that mean?

    Thanks.

  86. I filed my taxes with Turbo Tax on January 13 and have not gotten an acknowledgment from the IRS. Is this becuase you are holding my paperwork until the 14th of Feb ? I am a teacher, in school part time, and took educatator’s expenses as well.

    Just want to make sure everyhting is okay on my end!!!

  87. Bought a new hybrid car this year. (2010) Will I be able to deduct sales tax on my return or should I just forget about it? And interest..Can I deduct that as well?

  88. E-filed both federal and state tax returns on Jan 15th. Federal is being held as expected but state (WV) return still has been acknowledged. TT says there’s a technical problem that should be resolved by Jan 24th. It is now Jan 26th and still no acknowledgement. This is getting ridiculous!

    • mine is a wv return as well and it’s still showing pending as of today and i submitted mine on 1/16/12. i don’t know what’s going on with turbo tax this year, they are ususally so much better than this and i have used them for years…until next year bc i have had too many issues with them this year. my federal shows was sent over on 1/18 in the evening which means it didn’t go with the first batch. i don’t understand why they held it that long.

      • Hi Courtney,
        Sorry you experienced some issues this year, but I can assure you the issues you are experiencing are not related to TurboTax holding your return until the 18th. The IRS began accepting e-filed returns on 1/17. TurboTax transmitted all tax returns on that day, however the IRS just began accepting returns from all entities so they may have been backed up. Regarding your tax return still showing pending, once it is electronically transmitted from TurboTax we have no control over the processing of your return. Per the IRS, the dates they use are projected dates based on normal processing and assumes your tax return does not require further review. Sometimes your tax return may still be pending if it is still under review by the IRS. Please see the IRS e-file refund cycle chart http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p2043.pdfSimilar
        I am sorry about the issue, but I am sure you will receive information from the IRS soon.
        Thank you,
        Lisa Greene-Lewis

  89. I already sent out my taxes by mail and i sent out my schedule a was it ok to send it in even though they wont process it?

  90. so i have a question about this delay… who is it affecting???? and if i claimed my fiance this year does that mean that i will have a delay?

  91. I need to get copies of my 2009 tax papers. I didn’t them copied last year and need them asap. Thanks

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