Some Refunds Will Be Delayed

As the IRS steps up its efforts to combat identity theft and tax refund fraud by implementing security safeguards, taxpayers may face additional review resulting in a delay of their refund.  The IRS will hold the entire refund for any tax return claiming either the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit until February 15, 2017.  The normal timeframe for issuing refunds is 21 days after being accepted and processed by the IRS.