Delay in IRS Acceptance?

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JMSSGV
JMSSGV Member Posts: 74 Level 5
edited April 8 in Filing my taxes

In the past, I've e-filed my own returns with different types of software (including FreeTaxUSA last year) as well as hundreds of returns as a tax preparation volunteer. I have NEVER had to wait for a return to be accepted or rejected for more than 30 minutes or so.

I e-filed my 2023 returns on Sunday (4/7) morning, and now, almost a full day later, they have neither been accepted nor rejected. What is causing this delay?

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  • JMSSGV
    JMSSGV Member Posts: 74 Level 5
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    UPDATE: It was finally accepted at 11:28 AM (PDT) today. I'm still curious about the delay.

  • MatthewD
    MatthewD FreeTaxUSA Team Posts: 247
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    Hi JMS,

    Thank you for reporting back on your experience. The average response time for an IRS acceptance is typically very rapid and I think all of us get used to that. However, the normal response time for the IRS is actually 24-48 hours.

    It may be related to the IRS implementing additional checks on returns.