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2017 Income Tax Refunds Delayed, Where’s My Refund? Tool

2017 Income Tax Refunds Delayed, Where’s My Refund? Tool

FORT MEADE, Md. (Defense Media Activity) — Some taxpayers plan their holiday
shopping and other purchases on the assumption they will get their tax refund from the
Internal Revenue Service in January.

In 2017, that may no longer be the case.

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes, or PATH Act, signed into law December
2015, requires the IRS to hold tax refunds that include earned-income tax credit and
additional child tax credit until Feb. 15, 2017.

This law requires the IRS to hold refunds until mid-February in 2017 for people
claiming the earned-income tax credit or additional child tax credit. Also, new identity
theft and refund fraud safeguards by both the IRS and individual states may mean
some tax returns and refunds will face additional review.


Beginning in 2017, the IRS must hold the entire refund — even the portion not
associated with the earned income credit or additional child credit — until at least Feb.
15. The IRS says this change will ensure taxpayers get the refund they are owed by
giving the agency more time to help detect and prevent fraud.

”This is an important change, as some of these taxpayers are used to getting an early
refund,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We want people to be aware of the
change for their planning purposes during the holidays. We don’t want anyone caught
by surprise if they get their refund a few weeks later than in previous years.”

As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns once the
filing season begins. All taxpayers should file as usual, and tax return preparers should
submit returns as they normally do.

Although the IRS cannot issue refunds for some early filers until at least Feb. 15, the
IRS reminds taxpayers most refunds will be issued within the normal timeframe: less
than 21 days, after being accepted for processing by the IRS.

The Where’s My Refund? tool on and the IRS2Go phone app remain the best
way to check the status of a refund.