IRS: H&R Block Error Will Delay Refunds

A filing error by H&R Block will delay refunds for up to six weeks for 600,000 of its customers, the IRS said last week.

The mistake will mainly affect students who filed Form 8863 for education credits from Feb. 14 to Feb. 22, the Los Angeles Times reported. The mistake was made by other tax preparers as well. In fact, about 10 percent of all tax returns that include the education credit were flawed.

The issue arose in the way the IRS processed “yes” and “no” questions on Form 8863. In the past, a blank field was accepted by the IRS to mean “no,” but this year IRS required manually entering “no.”

The error that affected some H&R customers will not affect Turbo Tax filers, the company said.