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Some tax refunds delayed

By Kay Bell ·
Friday, January 27, 2012
Posted: 3 pm ET

What's a tax filing season without a glitch?

This year the problem is tax fraud. But it's not what you might think.

The Internal Revenue Service has implemented a new tax refund fraud detection system. Basically, the agency has added screening mechanisms to make sure that the refunds go to rightful owners.

But the fine-tuning of the safeguards has slowed down the issuance of legitimate refunds.

At the beginning of the 2012 filing season, the IRS encouraged ratepayers to e-file and have their refunds directly deposited because that money could be in taxpayer hands (or bank accounts) in as few as 10 days. Now add seven or so days to that.

But, says the IRS, "the vast majority of taxpayers can still continue to expect to receive their refunds in a timely fashion."

Once the system checks and adjustments are completed, then refunds should return to their quicker delivery schedule.

While IRS efforts are to make sure that criminals don't get their hands on tax refunds, that goal is little comfort to folks anxiously awaiting their tax cash. Maybe they'll consider adjusting withholding this year so they won't have to wait on Uncle Sam next filing season.

Have you filed your return? Have you received your refund or are you still waiting for it?

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February 01, 2012 at 11:40 am

For everyone still waiting...
I filed early [online- direct deposit] so that on the 17th it was in the system. It was accepted by the 19th. The original estimated deposit date was Jan. 25th. Wnen I go to the 'Wheres my refund' link on the irs website it says within 6 weeks. I realize it's only been a little over 2 weeks, but I had a misreable month. I'll skip the details but bad luck and bad planning= overdraft on my bank account. I realize it's my own fault for assuming that they would be on time but nevertheless, the overdraft fees keep adding up and I still have no real answer. I read all the posts on the blogs and news articles and most of them said one week late OR Jan 31st OR Feb. 1st. Well, it's Feb 1st and still no refund.

January 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I agree with joe mac
We should at least not get charged or charge the irs as they would us if we were late. Not fair. I dont mind waiting but at least update the systems instead of saying they will soon. Let the people know. After all it is our money.

January 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

Don't sound like a gud system nor idea if its delaying ppl.I jus want my funds

January 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

Riduculous as with anything the government does. There are some people who actually need their tax refund considering it being the month after Christmas and some teachers have not gotten paid since Dec. 16, 2011. Every year, it's one tax delay/disater after another and the U.S. is suppose to be a superior country. Not by FAR!!!!

January 31, 2012 at 2:53 am

so they are delaying refunds to make sure the actual refund deposits & or checks are actually ending up in the filers name? or is there more to the whole 'FRAUD' thing?

Denise Norman
January 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

Why wasn't the new system tested before hand? If that wasn't possible, why not update their phone systems to tell you there is going to be a delay? Who wants to keep calling and here the same generic message. It's annoying. It's sad honest people have to suffer due to criminals ruining it for everyone else.

January 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

i lived in pa and there you can get a renters or home owners rebate every year they used to do it here in az in the 80s does any ony know if you can still get them and if so how and where do i apply

January 28, 2012 at 11:43 pm

yes i have filed and no I havent got it yet just waiting and needed to get a new car my car blew the engine the friday before i was to get refund so i was really counting on it Im a mother of two and need a car and need the money

Joe Mac
January 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Just like everything the government does late and falling short of effort and promises.We should be able to charge them a fee for being late to us just like they would .This whole tax system is in need of reform in a much simpler and more accurate tax system the crooks would not have a chance to get their hands on the money .unfortunatly the crooks always have their hands on it cause they are the politicians running our government . I could do such a better job than this group of hacks theives and back door liars and cheats !!!!!