Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2018?

The IRS has not announced the day it will open yet for 2018.  They begins accepting and processing tax returns on January 29, 2018.

When Can You File Taxes in 2018?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2018.  You don’t need to wait for the IRS to start accepting tax returns to start, but you must have the proper forms and paperwork. Some forms are not available until mid January and some even later.  When you submit your return before the IRS begins processing, it will sit in a “queue” and be held until the date that the IRS will officially accept tax returns.  If you e-file early and it sits in queue, your return may be sent to the IRS early in a test batch. This has resulted in early direct deposits in the past, but also major glitches because they are tests after all.

Where is the IRS Refund Cycle Chart?

2018 Refund Cycle Chart

The most recent tax refund cycle charts have already been published. The official IRS tax refund cycle chart has been eliminated and replaced with an IRS Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community publication. However, various websites with refund calendars for the 2018 tax season (2017 tax year) have been updated with 2018 direct deposit and check mailing dates.

When to Expect My Refund?

IRS Refund Schedule Charts typically show that early filers whose returns are accepted before the end of January can anticipate a tax refund direct deposit as early as the first week of February.  The day that IRS deposits refunds varies but we notice trends that help you determine the time and days WMR updates and when your tax return is processed.

The refund calendar by the College Investor is a good reference which has been updated for 2018 here:  When To Expect My Tax Refund.

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  1. Puddin

        @Curious24: yes, my brother in law received his refund the very end of January last year. He’s always been an early filer and has received his money each year early

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      • Mary

            @NITA you’ll only get a refund within the 21 days if you don’t claim the earned income credit or the additional child credit you will have to wait until 2/15

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          • Nita

                @Singleparent: I was accepted on Jan 18. Filed on Jan 15. Showing one bar on irs website…what’s this I’m hearing about early refunds?

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              • Momof4girlsand1boy

                    I am wondering if the irs knew the shut down was going to end up happening and that’s why they started accepting some refunds earlier then expected so the delay won’t be so much of a delay to receive our refunds. Just my thought.

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                  • Singleparent

                        I have a question if we are in the test batch will we get paid at all or earlier and if its a glitch wat they look for and wat will we have to wait for will we get it late

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                      • Singleparent

                            Hay guys have anyone got acepted yet i got accepted email and got 1 orange bar
                            I been acepted on jan 17 filled jan 16

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                          • Jared

                                I filed today with taxfreeusa. Just wondering are they accepting returns before the 29th then processing them on that date? Or are they not even accepting them until the 29th?

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                              • Curious24

                                    I didn’t want to be in the test batch but iam unfortunately. How will I know if mines got messed up!? I’ve always heard it’s not good being in the test batch

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                                  • Oh It's You Newman

                                        @Mo: In the 2013 Shutdown 90% of IRS workers were furloughed and it delayed the processing of returns by several weeks. The shutdown lasted 16 days that year. Lets hope that does not happen again.

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                                      • Oh It's You Newman

                                            @Needsomeinfo: No one can order transcripts yet for a complete processed return. They are going to be blank. The IRS has started accepted some returns for testing but not processing them yet. No need to panic.

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                                          • Sheila_33

                                                @Curious24: I am a weekly so I only process once a week so if by the 1st of March I am unable to view my transcripts that will possibly be why. If you’re a daily you can process any day of the business week and see movement on your return quicker. Everything is going to depend on how smooth things go with the path law.

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                                              • Sheila_33

                                                    There are good and bad advantages to filing early and getting accepted into the test batch. If the system runs smoothly you are able to get your refunds when they start kicking them out. But if you get resequenced then you have to cycle through again and it can get delayed longer. Last year I cycled thru twice and didn’t get my refund until the middle of March. The two years previous everything worked fine and I got my refund in good time.

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                                                  • Wes H

                                                        There’s been several X I ordered my tax transcripts early after the First Acceptance to be processed thanking I would be able to see if my return was fully accepted and most of the time yes they will let you order both your transcripts but when you get them in the mail they’re blank.
                                                        Has anyone been able to look at their transcript online if so did it say anything? Or was it blank?

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                                                      • Puddin

                                                            The said the SAME thing about delays with EIC and ACTC last year but deposits were. The PATH act will not affect 2017 returns but may affect 2018 ones

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                                                          • GingerSnap

                                                                @Retreat: I had the same message it is because the 29th is opening day. Since most speople people aren’t accepted until then, everyone gets the generic Monday the 29th message.

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                                                              • GingerSnap

                                                                    @frankie: I was accepted around 1pm today. From what I hear they will be accepting for a few more days but the official open isnt until the 29th. Everyone accepted before then was pulled for their HUB testing. It really doesnt make a whole lot of difference getting pulled early or accepted opening day. Either way it just puts you first in line when they begin dispersing refunds. Anyone on the PATH Act will still have to wait til after the 15th tho regardless when they were accepted..

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                                                                  • Needsomeinfo

                                                                        @Vulcan1600: yes i entered all that correctly.. Thats why im so confused about being able to order my transcripts

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                                                                      • jlnajera

                                                                            I’ll be a PATHer, but yeah. Filed this morning (TurboTax), accepted less than an hour later, got one bar and Tax Topic 152. Not expecting a refund earlier than 2/15, but the system is moving pretty dang fast it seems. Last year I filed on 1/20 and didn’t get accepted until 1/23.

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                                                                          • Vulcan1600

                                                                                @Needsomeinfo: you have to enter the total amount of refund not what you are getting after fees are taken out. Also, you have to know how you filed. Single, head of household, married filing jointly etc etc.

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                                                                              • Needsomeinfo

                                                                                    Someone please help.. I have a question.. I go to where’s my refund and it tells me im entering wrong info but i was able to order both my transcripts.. Can any tell me any info about this, as im able to order them but where’s my refund is not showing accepted??

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