How do I find out if my tax return was accepted?
Over the last decade, the United States Internal Revenue Service has implemented guidelines that have helped simplify the filling and tracking of how long it takes for the IRS to accept your e-file.E-filing a tax return is not only superior in terms of speeding up the time it takes for the treasury to receive a tax return, but it also speeds up the process of entering the information and providing acknowledgement that the federal return was accepted.
When e-filing with an authorized provider, such as this website, there are a variety of status responses sent to you from the IRS. Successfully transmitted, received by the IRS, errors or problems with the transmission and confirmations that a tax return has been accepted are all responses that may be provided to you.
Typically, we receive notifications from the IRS within a couple of hours at which time we will notify you that the IRS has either accepted your e-file or if you need to make changes to it. With that said, the IRS does state that it can take them up to 48hrs to return this notice.
Once we notify you that your e-file was accepted, if you are expecting a refund, you can now check your refund's status. If there is information that causes your IRS filing to be rejected, you will receive a notification of this as well as details on what information is causing the rejection.
If the cause is something which can easily be corrected, you will be given an opportunity to correct the return and resubmit using our software completely free of charge. If, however, the cause for rejection cannot be corrected you will need to "print" the return and mail it to the federal/state government instead.
When an electronic filing is sent before the filing deadline (usually April 15th) but rejected on or after this date, the IRS typically provides a five day grace period, for tax payers to correct and re-submit their return. Once this date has passed, they must proceed with printing and mailing.
Q&A: Why was my tax return rejected?
There are a number of possible reasons that the IRS may reject a tax return. In most instances, the return can be corrected and retransmitted free of charge. The following are some of the most common causes for a return to be rejected:
- The prior year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for the taxpayer does not match what the IRS shows. The taxpayer's prior year AGI is what is being used to digitally sign their return and to help combat fraud. It must match what the IRS shows.
- Social Security Number (SSN) mismatch. To be accepted, each SSN listed on the tax return should match the SSN on file with the Social Security Administration office.
- Name misspelling. Each name listed on the tax return should also match what is on file with the IRS. Common errors include using a shortened name or nickname.
- Selecting the wrong filing status, such as Married Filing Jointly after a spouse already filed Married Filing Separately.
These are just a few of the most common reasons for a tax return to be rejected by the IRS. The solution, in most cases, is to simply correct the error and resubmit the return.