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.






District of Columbia
















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.

Comments (125) Leave your comment

  1. I filed my Taxes with Turbo Tax 2/2/11 and my federal was accepted the next day, and the IRS web site said my taxes will be directed deposited to my account on 2/11/11 but Santa Barbara’s email said 2/18/11. Why is there a different date from Turbo Tax, the IRS and Santa Barbara.

  2. If you owe money to Sallie Mae, is there a way of finding out ahead of time if your tax refund,(if any) will be withheld by them ahead of time (before you file)?

  3. I filed my return and when i check the website it says that it was Direct Deposisted on Feb 4th, alas still no money. Wondering if anyone that expected their return on the 4th is still waiting.

  4. I checked regarding the status of my california state return yesterday and the website indicated that my state was received and waiting to be processed but today it says something totally different and that there are no records indicating I filed? I e-filed it.Did I do something wrong? This is my first time using turbo tax and preparing my tax return myself. I followed the steps and everthing. I am worried and confused. Please help. Any advice or informaiton will be greatly appreciated.

  5. I e-filed both returns using TT, My federal was accepted, but my state was rejected. Does anyone know how to go back and fix it. I can’t find it.


  6. Hi Jenna,

    As of right now, the IRS is still expecting normal processing times for returns that will be submitted on Feb. 14. If you e-filed with direct deposit, you could get your federal refund in as little as 8-10 days. Check back if you don’t. We will update here if we find out about any delays.

    On the state side, each state has very different processing times, so its hard to say.


  7. Hello….Question for anyone…I filed my taxes on January 31st, and I did itemize my federal so I am waiting for Feb. 14, how long after that will I need to wait for a refund? And second question my state refund was accepted on the 31st, how long do those typically take to reach us?

    Thank you soooo much, single mother..really dependant on those returns. 🙂

  8. Hey!

    So i E-filed today and i got an email saying

    “Your returns were successfully transmitted, but tax laws were passed so late this year the IRS won’t start processing your federal return until February 14. If you’re expecting a federal refund, it’ll be ready after the IRS processes your return. ”

    I did itemize but it was only work expeneses. no type of education deductions which the delay was for..

    Is this just a standard email, can i expect to get my refund sooner?



  9. I’m a first time filer and just decided to use turbotax, but I filed to prematurely and another tax form just came in the mail yesterday that I need to add!! I need to file an amendment but how do I do that?? Or what else do I need to do? I also did the itemize and student deductions and the state I live in (FLORIDA) is not on the list.

  10. Love TurboTax! Saved me mucho accountant fees. Any info on NJ state refunds. Can’t find anything on line and phone lines don’t seem to be functioning?

  11. Is there any update for NJ?

    I efiled with TT on 1/13 and got an email to say NJ had accepted my retun on 1/20…but when I call the NJ refund status line it says they have no record of my filing…

  12. I cannot even transfer my federal details over to Pennsylvania state forms and carry on processing my taxes within TurboTax, I keep getting error 112 this has gone of for 2 weeks now. You do have a page somewhere, I can’t find it again that gave dates when state forms will be ready and it said January 30th final date when all Pa forms will be ready. I just have a very simple submission, just w2 and married, no other claims, why is this happening?

  13. Hi Concerned,

    If your return was already accepted by the IRS you are not affected by the IRS delays. If you used direct deposit you can get your refund in as little as 8-10 days.


  14. Hi Sue,

    The delays affected all tax software and preparers. If you are affected by the delays, your return will not be processed until Feb. 14, regardless of how you prepared them.


  15. Just want to confirm that I do not have to refile my federal, it was sent and accepted and was to direct deposit on 28th but Where’s my refund is stating delay. I am sure this is due to the Obama law delay but do i need to do anything else or will it automatically process with the IRS on Feb 14th?

  16. I itemized deductions on my Ferearal, but did not take deductions for Higher Ed fees or Educator Expenses. Will there still be a delay in Federal processing?

    Also, I noticed NJ isn’t listed as a state in either of your lists for delayed or non-delayed states for processing. Where does New Jersey stand in processing delays?

  17. Hello,

    I am able to purchase the Turbotax Federal & State Returns DELUXE and pay from REFUND? I like to start processing today, otherwise, I have to wait a few days.

  18. Is CT processing returns that were itemized immediately or are they going to be held up with Federal for their OK first? My federal will not go through with all the deductions until 2/14 to begin to be processed but will I get CT sooner?

  19. I filed my taxes on the 18th of Jan and got my refund from federal on the 28th, The state which is WV still has only acknowledged my return but not accepted is there a reason?

  20. Hi Vanessa,

    No, you do not need to amend your tax return. The delay does not affect the tax forms you filed, it is just a processing delay.

    TurboTax is up to date with all tax law changes and tax forms.


  21. I have been told by TT and IRS that I would see my direct deposit today (Jan 28th). Today comes, no refund, IRS now says by Feb 8th. Why delays for federal and not state? My state (AR) took longer to process (2 days to accept) but was in my account on Monday and I had filed on the previous Tuesday. I didn’t itemize.

    I’m not rushed for it, thankfully, but just curious.

  22. I already filed but will the delay in the IRS affect my tax return that I already filed in Turbo Tax? Are the updates that Turbo Tax has affect the tax return I already completed due to the new laws? I did do an itemized return. Please advise if an amendment is recommended or not.

  23. I was suppose to get my direct deposit on the 28, I filed on the 17 why did mine get delayed or is there a chance I might get it on the 28???

  24. Hi Chris,

    I double-checked on whether there were any delays with WV state returns for you, since we know that they are accepting returns now. Was able to verify for you that they are accepting returns now.

    Some states can take a while to process returns and send out an acceptance. Looks like that might be what is happening with your state return in WV. We would expect you to get an acceptance from WV any day now. If you don’t get an acceptance in the next couple of days, let me know and we will see if there is anything we can do.


  25. Apparently TT info is WRONG! WV is listed as a state not delaying processing of returns but it’s been two weeks since I efiled both federal and state and my state return still has been acknowledged

  26. Hi Amanda,

    Alabama will start accepting returns affected by the IRS delays on Feb. 14, when the IRS starts processing returns.

    If you are not impacted by the IRS delays you can file your fed and state return now.


  27. We used to have a CPA do our home and business taxes each year and every year it went up $100 to do, paying as much as $500 and up and yet each year they did them wrong. Five years ago we started using TurboTax Home and Business and while it was much cheaper to do our own, the program walked us through it so easy, double checked, and they have been correct ever since. LOVE Turbo Tax. Thanks for a great up to date, easy to use program.

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