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What's taking my refund so long? I have code 1541 on IRS site.

Does code 1541 mean I'm being audited? I'm not sure what could be wrong with my return. Has anyone else had this issue and what was the code for?

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Member II

What's taking my refund so long? I have code 1541 on IRS site.

I think code 1541 means that your return is delayed. I don't think it means you are being audited.

 

Anyone else?

TurboTax Specialist

What's taking my refund so long? I have code 1541 on IRS site.

Yes, Bogart is on the right track. The code 1541 is a generic internal code used by the IRS to identify returns that have been "Delayed". There are different reasons accounting for the 1541 reference number; so not everyone’s reason will be the same. And it does not always mean that there is something wrong with your return. The most general reason is typically that they have a backlog of returns and are behind on processing. 
 
However, some other reasons that are generally related to this code:
  • You claimed Earned Income Credit (those were held til mid-Feb before they begin processing)
  • Hold due to a current or prior year return that was filed incorrectly
  • Hold on current return to resolve past filing issues if there are prior year returns you didn’t file
  • Filed and you owe past due obligation (i.e. federal/state taxes owed from prior years, child support, student loans, etc.)
  • IRS has an overflow of returns at this time and maybe behind schedule
You call the IRS tax refund hotline at 800-829-4477, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Or, call the 24-hour ­assistance number at 800-829-1040 and mention the reference the code 1541 to them and they can provide you with further details.