After I e-filed my taxes through Turbo Tax, I signed up for the text notifications so that way I didn't have to keep checking the website/app. I got a text message saying that my return has been approved and to go to a link within the IRS to check the status of the refund to get a specific return date. After filling out the required information, it shows that my refund is still being processed. Do Turbo Tax and IRS have different versions of approved?

  • Payments are never immediate. There is usually a "processing" step between "approved" and "check sent / direct deposit made."
    – Kevin
    Feb 1, 2017 at 22:56
  • yes I understand that. First it went to processing, then a day later it said Approved. But IRS still shows processing.
    – ggiaquin16
    Feb 1, 2017 at 22:57
  • How much time passed between the time you got the text from TurboTax and the time you checked the IRS website?
    – Ben Miller
    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:02
  • within 24 hours.... I want to say about 20ish hours ago is when I got the approved text and I checked the site 30 mins ago or so.
    – ggiaquin16
    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:05
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    TurboTax' Approved means Accepted as formally correct. It always takes some days until the money gets paid.
    – Aganju
    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:56

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According to the IRS Where's My Refund page:

Where's My Refund? is updated no more than once every 24 hours, usually overnight.

Try checking again tomorrow, and if it still says "processing," wait a few days, and check again.

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