February 10, 2016
Since identity theft related tax refund fraud has become the biggest problem States face, individuals can expect their State refund to take longer to be direct deposited into their bank accounts than in the past. This is due to the additional fraud measures that all States have instituted this filing season to fight this type of refund fraud.
Some States have indicated that they will be delaying the release of refunds for longer periods of time as follows:
Illinois and South Carolina not issuing refunds until after March 1, 2016
Illinois and South Carolina will not be sending out refunds on any returns filed in January or February until mid-March. For those returns filed after March 1, 2016, the refunds will be sent out within two to three weeks from the date the Illinois or South Carolina individual return is accepted.
For more information see the Illinois and South Carolina websites:
The following States have increased the length of time a refund will be received on electronically filed returns:
States delaying refunds due to not having W-2s from employers:
One last reason for a state refund to be delayed is when the State selects an individual’s tax return for identity verification. When this occurs, a letter is sent asking that the individual verify their identity by going to the State website and answering questions. Once the individual has passed the verification quiz (i.e. they have verified that this is their return), the State will finish processing the return and send out the refund. So it is important that if an individual receives a request to verify who they are that they do it as soon as possible.
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