I e filed my tax return on February 23 and was informed it was accepted on February 24th. I owed money so I sent the irs a check and it has been cashed. I have tried to use the irs retieval tool but it still does not work. I think my return has not yet been processed since I went on the irs website to try to order a tax transcript and when I tried to order one for 2011, it says it doesn't have one for me. Is it true that the irs is not going to process tax returns where money is owed (even though I have paid it and they have cashed my check) until after April 17th? I filed the fafsa on february 15th and indicated that I will file my taxes. I have left that designation of "will file" because I have been waiting for my return to be processed so I can link to the irs tool. I thought that was the best thing to do but since it is now getting to be the middle of March, I am getting worried that perhaps I should just change the designation to "have filed" my taxes and not use the irs tool. My numbers on the fafsa will not change since I had pretty much done my taxes before I filled out the fafsa but just hadn't e filed them. I am worried about schools to which my son has applied wanting to have an indication that our taxes have been done. Any advice and information would be appreciated.