Like the title says, from the filing process and tax questions to tax policy and reform, you can search and share All Things Tax here. This is the place to find answers to all your general questions that don't fall under the other categories. And just a reminder: questions about software or online filing should be posted in DIY Products.
01-04-2018 03:17 PM
Why might you see a delay in your refund this year? The most common reason is if you claimed the earned income credit or the child tax credit. The PATH law, which went into effect starting with the 2017 filing season, is still in effect, and that means that refunds for these refunds types of returns will not be authorized or deposited by the IRS until well into the tax season. In fact, the delay is slightly longer this year than it was last year. Refunds will also be delayed at the state level by a handful of states, while some states will still process within the normal 21-day time period that they always had prior to last year.
If you are claiming the child tax credit or the earned income credit there's no rush. Yes you should file early, but you will be waiting a while so you should wait for your W-2 and file accurately instead of trying to file the split second that the tax season starts. Filing accurately is the single best way to shorten the delay in receiving your refund.
The timeline for this year is as follows:
01-24-2018 01:25 PM
HI. I submitted my Fed and State taxes via HR Block online 2 days ago. I have two issues, First...why did my Federal actually get accepted? This was not supposed to happen until 1/29. Secondly, my CT taxes were transmitted but its been stuck on that for 2 days. Last year it gave me the "forms not ready" error for a week or so but it did that for most of the days but then it actually transmitted at night. the state of CT has been accepting taxes since 1/22 when I did them but mine is stuck on transmitted....it should at least accept and then pend from there. WTF....Any help??
01-24-2018 01:49 PM
Welcome to the H&R Block community.
The federal return may have been pulled through while the IRS was testing it's e-file system and that would have changed your status to "accepted". However, it will not begin processing until the 29th.
Your state tax return cannot go through until the IRS officially begins accepting returns. The federal has to be filed and begin processing first. That's why your state is still pending acceptance. If there is any issue other than the wait on the federal it should eventually reject and then you can re-file it.
If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.
Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)