The Transaction Code TC 810 Refund Freeze is a Freeze Code the IRS uses that will hold/stop a refund from being issued until the impact of the action being taken on the account and the refund is determined and processed.

We know this can be stressful for you, but there are reasons for it, including some of the following: audit, examination, identity verification, dependent verification, payroll verification issues, etc.

After checking your Account Transcripts you may find that you have a TC 810 Code showing under the Explanation of Transactions section. If your transcripts are showing an 810 refund freeze your IRS account has been placed on HOLD and all future tax refunds will be suspended until the issue is resolved.

You will see an 810 refund freeze if your tax return has been flagged for further examination. Something on your tax return alerted the system that the tax return needed further examination. If you have an 810 refund freeze code, any future tax refunds will be on hold until the issue is resolved.

The Transaction code 810 is set to freeze the module from refunds, offsets, and credit elect. Your IRS account has been frozen and all future tax refunds will be suspended until the issue is resolved

Some of the reasons that you could see a TC 810 on transcripts

  • Prefiling Notifications
  • ATSDT (Abusive Tax Shelter Detection Teams)
  • Earned Income Credit Freezes
  • FRP(Frivolous Return Program)

Some things you could have to do to resolve TC 810

  • Further verification may be required to identify some taxpayers.
  • You may need to go into a local IRS office to verify your information
  • Provide further documents to verify the dependents you claimed on your tax return
  • Provide further information about your self-employment income
  • and more!

The TC 810 code means the IRS has frozen or suspended your account. Once the TC 810 is displayed on your tax account, you will likely eventually see a TC 971 code notice displayed in the explanation of Transaction column of your account transcript. TC 971 means the IRS will send you a notice or letter requesting more information, a notice to make an adjustment to your account, or a notice that your tax return will be pending for additional time and no further information is required from the Taxpayer.

Remember to check your Account Transcript weekly.

A TC 971 code may show up indicating a notice was issued.

The IRS Code 810 indicates that the IRS has placed a hold or freeze on your account. When the tax code is posted to your account transcript, the IRS 971 code Notice Issued will most likely appear in the account transcript’s explanations of transactions column.


The IRS 971 code indicates that the IRS will send you a notice or letter requesting additional information, notification of account modifications, or a notice stating that your tax return is being reviewed for 45-60 days and that no additional information is required from the taxpayer.

If they are examining your tax return they are required to send you a notice letting you know that they are examining your tax return and that it will delay your return and that they will contact you when the exam is completed.

If they need any additional information from you they will tell you in the notice what you need to send them.

A TC 424 code could show up indicating Further Examination.

A TC 424 code is an examination request which means the tax return has been forwarded to the examinations department for further review. Once the examination department accepts the tax return for a full audit, the 424 code becomes a 420 code meaning a full examination of the tax return.

TC 811 Remove refund freeze after TC 810 code

If you have a TC 810 code on your Account Transcript there is not much you can do but have patients and wait for the IRS to review or resolve your tax account. Once the TC 810 hold/freeze is resolved a TC 811 Removed refund freeze code will post to your Account Transcript before your tax refund can be released.

TC 846 Refund Issued after TC 811 Resolved the TC 810 Code

You will need to watch your tax account transcript frequently and follow the EXPLANATION OF TRANSACTIONS section on your tax account transcript and wait until you see the TC 846 Refund issued transaction code to post on your transcript, indicating that you will be getting a refund and your direct deposit date has already been determined. The date next to the 846 Refund Issued is when the IRS should send your tax refund to your financial institution.

The codes on a taxpayer’s transcript will illustrate the sequence of events that followed the receipt and processing of the return.

Remember: If you are facing Hardship The Taxpayer Advocate Service may be able to assist some people but there are thousands of reviews needing assistance, unfortunately, the reviews are required and a taxpayer advocate can not prevent the review from being done on the return.
If you can show a true existing hardship they will try to have the review expedited but they will have to make that determination based on priority showing a true hardship, (for example, someone truly being evicted has a notice or notice that utility is being turned off with termination date, or can’t buy life-saving medication required for illness, (like insulin for diabetes as an example), etc…due to the number of people requesting taxpayer advocate assistance.

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