Some States Experiencing Tax Return Processing Delays

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Important:  This blog relates to tax year 2010.  There were no delays related to late legislation for tax year 2011.  You can file your 2011 taxes.

The IRS recently announced that there will be processing delays for some federal tax returns. This delay will affect taxpayers who itemize deductions and those claiming the Higher Education Tuition and Fees deduction or the Educator Expense Deduction. The IRS processing delays affect all tax preparation methods and include both e-filed and paper returns.

There is good news though!

You don’t need to wait to file. TurboTax is up-to-date with the latest tax law changes and forms and will help you file your return now, so you can be done with your taxes. We’ll hold your return and submit it to the IRS when they begin accepting returns in February. TurboTax will send you an email confirmation when your return has been successfully transmitted and accepted by the IRS.

Update: IRS announced they will begin accepting delayed returns Feb. 14

Will My State Return be Affected by the Processing Delays?

We’ve gotten several questions asking if the IRS delay will affect state tax returns. TurboTax is working closely with the state Departments of Revenue to help our customers affected by IRS delays get their state tax refunds as quickly as possible, even if their federal refund is delayed.

Here is the latest update for TurboTax customers (this info could change, so continue to check back):

If your state is on this list, there are no anticipated processing delays for your state return when filing with TurboTax! You can prepare and e-file your federal and state tax returns now with TurboTax and get your state refund in as little as 8 days with direct deposit (time varies by state), even if the IRS does not process your federal return until February.






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New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





South Carolina



West Virginia


If your state is on the short list below, your state is also currently anticipating processing delays for some 2010 tax returns. You don’t need to wait to file though. TurboTax will hold both your federal and state return until the IRS and your state begins accepting them so you can do your taxes now and be confident that you will be getting your refund as fast as possible.






If you don’t see your state on this list, check back. We will be updating these lists real time with confirmations from the remaining states and any changes to the current list.

125 responses to “Some States Experiencing Tax Return Processing Delays”

  1. Why if turbo tax had a software problem with my Maine state return is their a delay of a week to refile my state. Turbo Tax has already made the correction on my return so why delay resubmitting if it’s been corrected?

  2. I use Turbotax every year, never have had a problem, this year I also “purchased” audit protection, it said I would not have to do anything with Fedetal or States, I have been dealing with WV now for over a month, first they wanted me to file under a different status,which I and Turbo went back and amended 2 states, Vickie Hanson with WV wanted me to fax her some additional forms, which I did, we have spoken by phone serveral times and now she informs me she has given my file to her supervisor? It has been a while now and I have not gotten any corrispondence from them and when I go to thier web-site it just still says my refund has been denied, these people witheld an enormous amount of money from me and I need to know what in the hwck is going on ?

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  4. I filed my Missouri State return on April 16 using Turbo Tax and as of today May 15 I still have not received my refund. Why the delay? I have checked the online status and it just says We are Processing your return.


  5. I filed fed & state on 2/17 – received my fed on 2/28 – it is 3/27 & I’m still waiting on my state. I go to the state ‘where’s my refund’ – everytime it just says ‘accepted and will receive in 10 days – it’s been 45 days ???????

  6. i received my federal refund but not my state its been a month and i still do not have my state check yet i know for a fact i dont owe the state so where is my check?

    • Hi Linda,
      As long as everything is OK with your tax return. The IRS is experiencing delays in processing and due to the industry wide fraud TurboTax has put additional security measures in place to protect our customers. You can read about the updates here:
      Due to a significant rise in fraud across the industry, Intuit has put in place more stringent fraud detection and prevention controls to help ensure that only legitimate cardholders receive the refunds they are entitled to on a TurboTax Refund Card. In a small number of cases, we regret that a hold on some cards may impact legitimate cardholders. You can go here for additional information (see Security & Fraud Prevention): Please note that the support line included in this article may require some wait time.
      Thank you,
      Lisa Greene-Lewis

  7. I filed my fed and state WI returns received my federal and my state return still says its processing and has been received it was excepted on January 24th should I be worried and contact them?

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