Early filers eligible for the Earned Income Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on their 2016 returns may experience a delay in receiving their refund. A high percentage of fraudulent returns are submitted during the early days of tax season. The IRS is implementing new measures to counteract this fraud. As a result, refunds for early filers with the EITC and/or ACTC will be held until 2/15/17. You can still file your returns early—just allow more time to received your anticipated refund if you are a very early filer. Normal processing time is expected for all but the very early filers.