Well, people waiting for certain tax returns can expect a longer wait time. The IRS has a law in place that will hold all income tax credit and additional child tax credit returns until February 15th. At that point, funds will then be dispersed accordingly, putting the date the refunds arrived closer to March. They say it's an effort to safeguard against identity theft and tax fraud. The calendar states 21 days, but do not expect anything with earned income credit or child tax credit until February 27th. And that is only if everything matches up. If everything doesn't match up, we're looking at another 2-3 weeks of possible delay. Local tax preparers say patience is key in waiting for these tax returns. Additional information can be found on irs.gov.