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Why is my refund still processing?

Asked by: rdhouse 864 views YA Discussion

I e-filed on 2/5/13 with my usual guy. Been with him the last 8 years, never a problem. However as of today, 2-22-13, it is still processing on the “where’s my refund” website. I realize it is still in the 21 day period, but with 4 days left, shouldn’t it have been approved by now? I am getting very nervous as this refund is going towards a lot of bills, ect. No Social Security info has changed from the last years, no address change, nothing…So why is it taking this long? I call the IRS and they just beat around the bush with me and tell me I should have it within 21 days, but that is starting to look less likely as it is already 17 days and not even approved.


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  1. cones2210 on Feb 23, 2013 Reply

    it just takes time, I filled mine out on 2 feb this year and got it back last week. with the amount of fraudulent returns last year the government is going over returns with a fine tooth comb

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  2. Matt and Jenn on Feb 23, 2013 Reply

    I filed and was accepted 2/2 still no date..just about everyone has had the problem and a lucky few have gotten them back quickly..it sucks waiting but nothing we can do but wait. I need mine for bills as well such as an unexpected vet bill…no fun waiting. Hopefully we will see something soon.

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  3. Robert Farrington on Feb 23, 2013 Reply

    The IRS is giving guidelines this year that 90% of filers should receive their return within 21 days. It is taking this long for a couple of reasons. The biggest is the delay in the start of tax season due to Congress failing to act on the Fiscal Cliff until the very last minute. This prevented the IRS from setting up their computers and preparing forms. As a result, the IRS is very backed up.

    If you’re upset, blame your Congressman.

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  4. jake on Feb 22, 2013 Reply

    The “still processing” is generic and something the system automatically adds as you approach the 21 days, it has no specific meaning. Only the IRS can tell you the actual issue, if any. Please try to remember that, generally speaking, it’s the people who are having problems that find sites such as this one. The vast majority of taxpayers – who aren’t having any issues – aren’t going to bother coming online to post “That sure was fast!”. So if it *seems* like a disproportionate amount of people here are having similar problems, there’s a reason. They are.

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