When Will IRS Process Returns


You know that, as of January 22nd, we are open and doing tax returns. We electronically send each return which then goes into a holding pattern until officially accepted by IRS January 30th.

On January 23rd the IRS began accepting a limited number of live returns as part of its standard pre-season testing process. This includes issuing acknowledgements for the returns. However, these returns will not be officially processed until January 30.

"Prior to January 30, treat all "Accepted" returns as being accepted on January 30"


Here are the key points we have received from IRS on this topic:

- The IRS will not process your tax return before January 30.

- This means the timeframe for issuing refunds will not begin before

January 30. The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days from the

day they receive your tax return for processing.

- Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, it's

possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.

- Beginning January 30, you can use the improved Where's My Refund?

tool, which this year will provide personalized information about your

own tax return.


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