Tax Topic 152: Is My Refund Delayed?

 

When checking your tax return status using the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool, you might see a message referring to Tax Topic 152. But what does that mean?

In today’s post, I’ll explain what Tax Topic 152 really means and whether or not you have anything to worry about.

What is Tax Topic 152?

Tax Topic 152 is a code used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide taxpayers with information about the status of their tax refund. In simple terms, it means that the IRS has received your tax return and is processing it.

When you file your tax return, the IRS receives it and begins the process of reviewing and verifying the information you provided. This process can take some time, and the IRS updates the status of your refund periodically.

Tax Topic 152 is one of the status updates you may see if you check the status of your refund online using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. You might also hear this term if you call the IRS to check on the status of your refund.

If I see a note about Tax Topic 152, how long will it take to get my refund?

Tax Topic 152 does not mean that your refund has been approved or that it is on its way. It also doesn’t mean that you’ve done anything wrong when completing your tax return. It simply means that the IRS has received your tax return and is processing it.

The processing time can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the complexity of your return, the accuracy of the information you provided, and the volume of returns the IRS is processing at the time.

How long will it take to process my tax return once I see a Tax Topic 152 message?

In general, the IRS issues most refunds within 21 days of receiving a tax return. However, if your return is particularly complex or if there are errors or inconsistencies in your information, it may take longer to process your refund.

In some cases, the IRS may need to contact you to request additional information or documentation, which can further delay the processing of your refund.

While it can be frustrating to wait for your refund, it’s important to be patient and to avoid making assumptions about the status of your refund based on the Tax Topic 152 message alone. It’s also important to ensure that the information you provide on your tax return is accurate and complete, as errors or omissions can further delay the processing of your refund. If you find that you have made errors, it might be a good idea to contact an accountant to help you sort out the problems and avoid future errors.

How can I check the status of my refund?

If you have questions or concerns about the status of your refund, you can check the status online using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website. This tool allows you to check the status of your refund and provides an estimated date of when you can expect to receive it.

You can also call the IRS to speak with a representative who can assist you.

What are other status updates I might see when checking the “Where’s My Refund?” tool?

In addition to Tax Topic 152, there are other status updates you may see when checking the status of your refund. For example, you may see a message that says “Return Received” or “Refund Approved.” These messages indicate that your refund is moving through the processing stages and is closer to being issued. Once your refund has been approved, the IRS will provide an estimated date of when you can expect to receive it.

How will I receive my refund?

It’s important to note that the IRS only issues refunds through direct deposit or by mail. If you choose to receive your refund by direct deposit, you should have provided your bank account information on your tax return. If you choose to receive your refund by mail, the IRS will send a paper check to the address you provided on your tax return.

What do I do if I haven’t received my refund?

If you do not receive your refund within the expected timeframe, there may be a number of reasons why. For example, the IRS may need additional information from you, or there may be errors or discrepancies in your tax return that need to be resolved. If you believe there is an issue with your refund, you can contact the IRS for assistance or you can contact an accountant to help.

For more information about tax refunds and refund statuses, you may want to peruse some of my related articles:

How Restricted Stock Units Affect Your Taxes

How to Complete IRS Form 433-D Direct Debit Installment Agreement

 
Amy Northard, CPA

Amy Northard, CPA

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