IRS Accepts E-Filed Tax Returns Early

IRS Accepts E-Filed Tax Returns Early

In the tax filing world there is buzz that the IRS has started accepting e-filed returns.

If you are someone who: 1. keeps up on tax news (you total tax nerd), 2. prepared your 2013 tax return early (you don’t procrastinate) or 3. wants to get your 2014 tax refund as soon as possible (you have a pile of bills stacking up), chances are you probably heard about the IRS accepting 2013 e-filed tax returns earlier than planned.

Yes, it’s true. Months ago, the IRS announced e-filed returns would be accepted starting on January 31, 2014 and today, which is not the last day of the month, the IRS is accepting e-filed returns. Thank-you-IRS-for-the-curve-ball. If you are among the early tax preparers for 2014, the curve-ball is to your benefit. Well, sorta. The IRS is currently accepting e-filed returns, however, they will not begin to process the returns until the original date of January 31, 2014. With that said, don’t plan on receiving your tax refund any earlier than planned.

IRS Accepted Returns Last Week as Part of Test Program

It’s also good to know, the IRS accepted some 2013 tax returns last week as part of their “test program”. The IRS test program is basically the IRS testing their e-file system before the actual opening day of e-filing. Wondering why they would do such a thing? If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Meaning, the IRS uses the test program to avoid a horrible ( type) situation from happening.

Is RapidTax filing returns early?

RapidTax started accepting 2013 tax returns at the start of 2014. That means, if you prepared your tax return early with RapidTax, our team of tax experts is hard at work reviewing each for accuracy, to submit to the IRS. (The early IRS e-filing date is as shocking to us, as it is to you.) Over the next few days, if you notice your tax return was accepted by the IRS, give yourself a pat on the back for preparing your 2013 return early.

To sum it all up, if you notice your e-filed 2013 tax return has been accepted earlier than January 31st, don’t panic or in another case, don’t get over excited. Yes, it’s legit. No, you might not get your 2014 tax refund early. Then again, we should always expect a curve ball (or two).


1/29/2014: Photo via Caden Crawford on Flickr

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 5:54 pm and is filed under Tax News, Uncategorized.

35 Responses to “IRS Accepts E-Filed Tax Returns Early”

  1. Jason Washburn says:

    Under “Is Rapid Tax Filing Returns Early” heading, there is a sentence that states “…early with RapidTax, are team of tax experts…”, and the “are” should read “our”. Just an edit suggestion.

  2. Alyx Smith says:

    My refund was approved and will be sent to my bank by Feb 6 :)

    • Mona ross says:

      Exactly what mine says. Let me know if you dont.

    • cds says:

      my tax return was accepted the 28th, not acknowledged, but accepted, when was yours? and today is the 6th, did you get your refund?

      • KWO says:

        I filed mine early and it was accepted early but currently still pending approval. So I guess the people part of the “testing” are not being processed as fast at the ones filing after 31st. Everyone I know that filed on the 31st got their returns on feb 6. Bullshit if you ask me.

    • rob says:

      When did u efile?

    • rob says:

      When did u efile your taxes.

      • tanisha says:

        My taxes was submitted on the 24th and its still saying we hve received your refund and its being processed

        • Tax Advisor says:

          Hi Tanisha,

          Did you file with RapidTax? If so, you can call our office anytime during office hours, Mon-Fri. 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM at 877-289-7580, and our team would be more than happy to help you. If you didn’t file with us, I suggest contacting whoever you filed your taxes with to ask them what’s going on.

  3. Ian says:

    The IRS accepted my return on Jan 27th as part of their early testing. This actually worries me as I fear that I’m part of a test and won’t be processed properly

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Ian,
      This shouldn’t be something to worry about, for the most part, the IRS knows what they are doing. The testing is most likely to address any issues filers face while filling out the tax return and to test the actual system process. If for some reason there were issues, you would have been notified.

      Have you checked “Where’s My Refund” on the IRS site to see the status of your return? Also, you can check with the tax company you filed your taxes with.

  4. Sarah says:

    My taxes were accepted on January 31, 2014. What is the earlist I can expect my return?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Sarah,
      If you elected to have your refund direct deposited, I would say sometime around February 13th. If your refund is being mailed to you, expect it sometime around February 21st.

      • terrence says:

        Ok my return was accepted on feb 3 and its still saying received and processing when to expect my refund

        • Tax Advisor says:

          Hi Terrance,
          If your return was accepted on Feb. 3, I would expect the refund to be deposited around February 13th (if direct deposited), if mailed, expect it around February 21st. It’s good to know, the IRS points out that it can take up to 21 days to receive your refund.

  5. Rochelle says:

    I filed on the 21st they were excepted on the 2nd i used hr block still no idea when my direct deposit is going in any ideas

  6. Latrina says:

    I filed my taxes on the 26th and was accepted on the 29th but I am still being processed and everyone that I know has there date , I do not understand what is going on, I really need my taxes , does anyone have any insight .

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Latrina,
      Did you file with us on RapidTax? If so, you can call us, whenever works best for you during the week 10AM-5PM and we would be more than happy to help you. If you filed with another tax service, I suggest contacting them to ask them what’s going on with your return.

  7. Ericka says:

    My taxes were accepted on Feb 03,2014 . And it should be direct deposit to my banck account, when should i expect my return?

  8. Destiny says:

    My tax return was submitted feb.feb2nd and approved feb.5thand it says I should receive my refund via dierect deposit Feb.12th, is this 100% accurate?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      I can not say it is 100% accurate because the IRS can give refunds early or later than expected, not to mention, some banks take a few days to process the refund. The IRS advises filers that it can take up to 21 days to receive a refund, however, the date provided is usually pretty accurate.

  9. Krystal Dyes says:

    If received a rejection will I know,that it was accepted after the proper information was enter.

  10. Rachael says:

    I got a text saying mine got accepted Feb 4th any ideal to when I might get mine back?? I’ve checked where’s my refund its still on the same spot..

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Rachael,
      The IRS does not make any promises on an exact date of when you’ll get your refund, although they do say that 9 out of 10 tax filers will receive their refund within 21 days.
      If you were accepted on Feb.4th, and elected to have your refund direct deposited, I would expect it around Feb. 21st. If you are receiving it by check, it may be sent out around Feb. 24th. These are just estimate dates based on prior year trends.
      Once your “Where’s My Refund?” status changes to “Refund Sent”, the refund is on the way to you.

  11. Jackie says:

    Why does the IRS have separate recordings for those who filed on or before 1/27 vs after?? I am
    Someone who filed on that date and still haven’t saw in progress in my return being approved. My bar online disappeared 4 days ago.

  12. Anna says:

    My taxes was accepted on February 17th what does accepted mean n when will I get my refund

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Anna,
      Refund Approved status means your refund was approved and the IRS is preparing your tax refund to send to your bank or by check, in the mail. This refund status is the second stage of the IRS refund update and the next status will read “Refund Sent”, and this status will probably provide you with a date of when you can accept your refund. The entire process should take no more than a total of 21 days.

  13. Cristin says:

    My tax return was accepted ob Feb. 7 & it stil says its being processed. is anyone else still getting this message 18 days later???

  14. Tiffany says:

    I file my taxes January 31st. got a Accepted February 1st I never received a DD date I just checked my account one day when I was putting my work check in my account and it was my state was there on the 18th. but when I’m checking for my federal this is still being processed when I called. the lady said it can take up to 6 to 8 weeks when should I respect my federal refund true I live in the state of Minnesota

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