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11-09-2017 03:17 PM
Hi H&R Block community!
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:
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.
11-09-2017 06:25 PM
I have a correction to make to this post.
According to the IRS the filing season start date for 2018 has not actually been announced yet. I had incorrect information on that particular date so I do apologize. I will post an update to this as soon as a start date for the upcoming tax season is announced.
Everything else is accurate.