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All Things Tax

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Registered: ‎02-23-2016

IRS Tax Season Schedule / IRS & State Refund Timing

Hi everyone!



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.


FEDERAL REFUNDS
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:

  • Tax returns will start being accepted by the IRS on January 29th, 2018.  You can start working on your tax return earlier and you can even submit it for e-file, but it will not be able to actually be filed until this date.
  • Refunds for those claiming the earned income credit and the child tax credit will not be authorized until February 15th at the earliest.
  • "Where's My Refund?" will start to update for most taxpayers who claim the EIC or the CTC on February 18th, 2018.  Prior to this date you will see a message that says your return is being processed or you may not see anything at all.
  • Those claiming the EIC and CTC will begin to receive their refunds on the last week of February & the first week of March. 
  • The first couple of possible deposit dates for these people are February 27th & 28th.
  • The due date for 2017 tax returns is April 17th, 2018.  File at least two weeks before this date if you must mail your tax return to the IRS.  Your tax return must be received or accepted by the IRS by April 17th, 2018.
     
     
    STATE REFUNDS
    There are a number of states that will be taking extra time to process tax returns as they did last year.  Below is a complete list of these states and what you can expect.
     
    ALABAMA will take a minimum of six weeks to process all tax returns.
    ARKANSAS doesn't mention a specific time frame but says delays are possible for fraud prevention purposes.
    COLORADO will delay refunds for some taxpayers by up to 60 days beyond the normal processing time.  Your refund may be delayed for a maximum of 81 days.
    DELAWARE will not begin processing returns until the third week of February.
    GEORGIA will not disburse refunds to most taxpayers for 90 days following receipt of their returns.
    KANSAS will take up to 16 weeks to process some tax returns.
    HAWAII will take up to 16 weeks to process all tax returns.
    ILLINOIS will not begin processing returns until March 1st.
    IOWA will follow the same procedure as the IRS.  This is described above.
    KENTUCKY will delay all refunds until after February 15th.
    LOUISIANA will delay most refunds for at least 60 days.
    MASSACHUSETTS will take 4 to 6 weeks to process most returns.
    MISSISSIPPI is not guaranteeing a refund deposit date and may delay some refunds beyond the normal 21-day time frame.
    MISSOURI will delay most refunds, however no timeline has been given.
    MONTANA will take a minimum of four weeks to process all tax returns.
    NORTH CAROLINA will take a minimum of six weeks to process all tax returns, but it may be longer than that.
    NEW JERSEY will not start processing tax returns until March 1st.
    NEW MEXICO will take up to 12 weeks to process most tax returns.
    PENNSYLVANIA will take a minimum of four weeks to process all tax returns.
    VIRGINIA will take up to four weeks to process e-filed tax returns.
    VERMONT will not begin processing tax returns until the first week of February.
    WEST VIRGINIA will take up to four weeks to process all tax returns.
    WISCONSIN will take up to 12 weeks to process all tax returns.
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Re: IRS Tax Season Schedule / IRS & State Refund Timing

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??

 

Thanks

Keith

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Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: IRS Tax Season Schedule / IRS & State Refund Timing

Hi twinrulerz,

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Louis,

Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)

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Re: IRS Tax Season Schedule / IRS & State Refund Timing

Thanks you very much Louis. That was an excellent response.