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IRS safety upgrades delay some refunds

Posted February 7, 2012

— New security features being installed on Internal Revenue Service computers are causing delays in processing early federal tax refunds, the U.S. government said Tuesday. 

The problem impacts anyone who filed their federal taxes before Jan. 26.

Normally, processing returns takes up to three weeks. The new security features, which are designed to stop refund fraud, are delaying the processing an extra week.

Anyone who filed on or after Jan. 26 should not see delays. 

North Carolina experienced delays in state refunds last year because the state was strapped for money. A spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Revenue said, this year, refunds are on schedule.


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  • alwayslovingu30 Feb 9, 2012

    bone heads never can keep up.more safety for them not us.I wonder will they pay us interest on our money

  • cushioncritter Feb 9, 2012

    I suppose Social Security checks sent out on the 3rd of the month is so they can check for fraud on the 1st and 2nd of the month. Just like businesses who think "Net 30" contracts they sign mean payment within 6 months.

  • RWS Feb 8, 2012

    Got my federal refund in 9 days and state in 11 days.

  • lanecc Feb 8, 2012

    Security for who, them or us?!

  • as400_guru Feb 8, 2012

    Why anyone would want to give th egovernment an interest free loan is beyond my comprehension.

  • gnewsome1 Feb 8, 2012

    Be a week late in filing your tax return and see what happens. The IRS should have done this SOONER, not LATER.