Where’s My Refund PATH Act Update
EITC and ACTC Refunds Expected to Arrive the Week of Feb. 27
The IRS recently sent out a press release letting all of the EITC and ACTC Tax Delay taxpayers know that their refunds should arrive by February 27th. Previously Where’s My Refund had a PATH act and then a processing message. Currently most taxpayers are seeing a tax refund date of 2/22/2017 or 2/23/2017. We estimate that all tax refund dates will be updated next week with refunds beginning Friday 2/17/2017.
WASHINGTON — As the IRS begins releasing refunds for taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, the tax agency reminded taxpayers that they should not expect refunds to be available in bank accounts or on debit cards until the week of Feb. 27. The additional time is due to several factors, including weekends, the Presidents Day holiday and the time banks often need to process direct deposits.
Many of these refunds had been held since the filing season started in late January due to new requirements the 2015 Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act.
What is the PATH Act?
A new tax law requires the IRS to hold entire refunds of millions of taxpayers until at least Feb. 15. This law, called the PATH Act, contains provisions that help combat tax fraud and may impact approximately 15 million taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. For those who file early, they will have to wait until at least Feb. 15 to get their full refund from the IRS.
While the IRS will release those refunds on February 15, many taxpayers may not see the funds deposit into their banking accounts until the week of February 27. This additional delay could be for many reasons and it is best for taxpayers to check the IRS’s Where’s My Refund website for any funding updates.
Our sister site has a daily update regarding the PATH act, find it here.