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IRS Refunds Taking Longer Than Usual

The IRS says delays are due to enhances security measures for those filing their returns online.

Delays are now getting people their tax refunds about a week longer than they did last year.

Taxpayers are continuing to wait longer than usual to receive their refunds, and a recent problem with the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool caused many to fear that their returns hadn’t been filed at all, tax preparers say.

In the past, most taxpayers who filed their tax returns electronically received their refunds in one to two weeks, said Gene King, a spokesman for H&R Block. This year, it’s usually taking 10 to 21 days, he said.

That’s still within the historical time frame for delivery of refunds, said IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge.

The IRS has attributed the delays to new safeguards installed in its computers to prevent refund fraud. While that means the IRS will provide additional screening of tax returns before refunds are issued, “The vast majority of taxpayers can still continue to expect to receive their refunds in a timely fashion,” Eldridge said.

Bill Nemeth, an enrolled agent with Jackson Hewitt in Atlanta, said his clients usually receive their refunds in seven to 13 days. This year, it’s taking 15 to 21 days, he said.

The average refund for a refund is just under $3,200.   The Gannett News Services doesn’t say if that’s for a single filer or for a couple filing jointly.

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  • Maybe it’s because they waited too long to file? I did mine late January using Turbo Tax. I went long form for both State and Federal. I filed electronically and had them back in less than 8 days. Timing is everything. 

  • kevinbinversie

    Think it depends on the filer. I had my state refund back in a week after I filed. My federal took two.

    I also used Turbo Tax.

  • Maybe we should explain to Timmy how it works? ;-))

  • Mikekstar

    I filed mine in in the 2 day of February and now its April 2, I’m worried about my refunds.

  • rmh1013

    “I filed for myself, my daughter and my girlfriend. Mine was itemized because of home ownership. I received my refund within 10 days. My daughters had American credit for her schooling. I filed it on 2-24 and its scheduled to be deposited on march 4. My girlfriends is 1040EZ and it says it is still being processed. ???”

  • Floridasupset

    I filed my return electronically in the last week of January (2013), its been almost 3 months and the IRS Web Tool says its “…still being processed…” fat chance I will EVER use the “faster” electronic filing system again, what a joke!