Some people may wait a little longer for their tax refunds next spring.
The Internal Revenue Service said the delays are the result of a new anti-fraud regulation that will take effect in 2017. The rule will give the agency more time to sniff out phony returns and prevent refunds from going to scammers.
You should still file early, however.
"One thing we've always told people to avoid being subject to tax fraud is to file as early as you can," said Tim Steffen, director of financial planning at Robert W. Baird & Co. "With the refund delayed, that's even more reason to get it in a little sooner."
The IRS said most refunds will be issued within the normal time frame of 21 days.
"We'll be focusing on awareness of this change throughout the fall," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a statement. "But it's important for taxpayers who might be affected by this to be aware of the change for their planning purposes."