Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2016?

The IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns on January 19, 2016.

When Can You File Taxes in 2016?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the week of January 4, 2016.  You don’t need to wait for the IRS to start accepting tax returns to prepare, 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 it’s a test.

Where is the IRS Refund Cycle Chart?

2016 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 2016 tax season (2015 tax year) have been updated with 2016 direct deposit and check mailing dates.

When to Expect My Refund?

2015 IRS Refund Schedule Chart shows that early filers whose returns are accepted by February 7, 2015 can anticipate a tax refund direct deposit on February 20th, 2015.  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.

Tax Topic 152   |   Daily vs. Weekly   |   Talk to a Human at the IRS

H&R Block Online TaxAct TurboTax - The power to keep what's yours.TurboTax FreeTaxUSA Logo 120x90FreeTaxUSA.com
POST YOUR ACTUAL TAX REFUND EXPERIENCE HERE: This is a “user to user” site and the primary mode of support is peer-to-peer, meaning users helping other users. Admin and moderators are not always present or may not have answers to questions. Users becomes more informed when they are here often to read and comment. We call them Top Contributors. We are not a group of experts, merely taxpayers who have learned more than we ever wanted to know about taxes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Lisa in Atlanta
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Fees:

      From Refund

    • State:

      Georgia

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-11

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-11

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Green Dot

    • WMR Bars:

      MIA

      W2

      Tax Topic 152

    And the craziness continues! I got a TA working with me now and she is even baffled by this!!!

    IRS got all my proof that I sent in last month and they sent me the SAME package again with the following change stating that I owe $0.00 in taxes and no refund??

    WHAT? Ok I earned wages and claimed my kids, but you are disallowing my kids as deps for the child tax credit and EIC BUT you are also saying that I don’t owe you anything? That makes no sense whatsoever. Either I OWE taxes or I GET a REFUND is you are accepting my dependents. One or the other. You can’t just say oh well your kids are dependents but you don’t get the credit we’ll break even and call it $0.00??!!! This is crazy!! IRS is due for a complete overhaul!!

    Reply
    View Comment
  2. quietstorm3179
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • Fees:

      From Refund

    • State:

      Michigan

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-15

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-19

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Chase

    • WMR Bars:

      What Bars?

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

      Identity Theft, Tax Topic 152

    @Anonymous: Thanks im on week 20..hopefully my TA can get it taken care of..Im tired of waiting…last yr i went through ID theft didnt get my refund until Sept!

    Reply
    View Comment
  3. Anonymous

    @Anonymous: they amended it for me idk when they did it but i recieved a letter from them about 6 weeks ago then they sent another one saying i should recieve my refund in 2 to 3 weeks

    Reply
    View Comment
  4. Anonymous

    I recieved a letter stating if i dont send in proof of income they will amend it them selves then 3 weeks later i recieved another letter stating that i will recieve my refund in 2-3 weeks in the mail i called them they told me i wouldnt recieve anything unless i send in proof. Why would they tell me i shiuld be recieving my refund in a time frame if that was the case remknd you guys this is feom 2013

    Reply
    View Comment
  5. quietstorm3179
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • Fees:

      From Refund

    • State:

      Michigan

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-15

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-19

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Chase

    • WMR Bars:

      What Bars?

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

      Identity Theft, Tax Topic 152

    So I received a 4549 form to sign to agree with the change in my refund. How long will it take for them to release my refund after i mail it to them?

    Reply
    View Comment
  6. Fed up with taxes

    This tax season was a complete nightmare. I filed my taxes January 20th & just got a DDD of June 22nd. That’s 6 months. Last year I did have a issue with someone used my ss number to file my taxes so I knew I was going to have problems this year because they say with a issue like mine it could take up to 6 months but if you ask me that’s ridiculous I understand taking a little longer than usual but not 6 months. Something needs to be done about this growing problem.

    Reply
    View Comment
  7. Anonymous

    Here is my story in a nutshell. Filed 2/12. I’d verify 4/19. Called on 6/1. And they said everything was fine. They sent a referral. Woke up this morning with a DD of 6/22. Hang in there if they sent a referral in and told you 30 days. Finally the nightmare is over.

    Reply
    View Comment
  8. Anonymous

    Any updates???? Filed April Id verified in May…ord ordered return transcript 2weeks after….still no deposit and wmr says still processing. Irs says nothing don’t qualify for TA….So stuck waiting. Single and simple return. I just want to know has anyone got any updates this week

    Reply
    View Comment
  9. jemar707
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Fees:

      In Advance

    • State:

      FL

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-11

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-12

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Ally

    • WMR Bars:

      1st Bar

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-6

    • WMR:

      Feb-10

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), W2

      Tax Topic 152

    If you posted a comment that disappeared yesterday… Please repost, our host was being screwy. Sorrrrrry.

    Reply
    View Comment
  10. Anonymous

    @Anonymous: I am also going through this dilemma receive a letter in April stating that my return is still be process and it will be done on May 5…either I’ll receive another letter or get a refund check it’s 6/16/2016 still waiting. …please let me know if you have any updates

    Reply
    View Comment
  11. Anonymous

    After waiting almost 17 weeks I finally got a refund in the mail. They took over half of my money and sent it to my husband’s baby mother. The reasoning is because he made the most money. My husband and I are currently separated and let’s just say this did not make me want to work it out. I truly hate that I ever married him without knowing the crap I would go through on top of other things that don’t have to do with taxes. The IRS told me to file the injured spouse form again. The form will be here within 2 weeks. Yayyyyy another 2 weeks to file a form that I already filed.

    Reply
    View Comment
  12. Anonymous

    This is absurd! Filed April 13th Injured spouse form. I was told 1st week in June your refund will be sent. As of 2 weeks ago TA was assigned then it was finally calculated. Last week I was told the refund would be released this week. I called today & response was end of June. What the heck. A tax advocate does nothing to help you.

    Reply
    View Comment
  13. Share T

    @ Anonymous Thank you. Your response was very much needed. At least I won’t have any false hope. ;(
    I you get yourstarted soon.

    Reply
    View Comment
  14. Anonymous

    @Shar T: I guess this is case by case, my wording We have received your tax return and it is being processed has been like that since a month ago. I contacted them back on April in regards status of my return, I was told that everything is fine, bla bla and the customer rep. was going to send a message to the referral department; after that, I received a letter from IRS after stating that they are working on my account and no further actions need to be taken. Letter also states that they will contact me in 30 days to let me know what action they are taking, a month has already passed and nothing yet. I filed on 02/07/16. Bars lost on 02/13, wording was we have received your tax return and it is still being processed. I had tried to call and I has been unable to speak with someone at this point.

    Reply
    View Comment
  15. Shar T

    I have a question about my return
    I filed my return on 02/28/2016, shortly after (3 weeks or so), I lost my bars with Tax Topic.
    I received no letters from the IRS, when I call the IRS the representatives tell me my return is still processing.
    Yesterday, Saturday June 11th, I check my status on WMR and it said:
    We have received your tax return and it is being processed.
    Just one line, no tax topic.

    My question is: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??? Is this good News? Are they actually working on my return? Because, honestly, I gave up…………..

    Reply
    View Comment
  16. Anonymous

    @STILL WAITING SINCE JAN. 25TH-I have not received my refund. Latter February I received a letter dated March the 7th-stating that I was under review for Wage Verification. They should be done with their review by April 21st. I then requested my Account Transcript. I saw where they made and adjustment to my account on 4/15. Called an Advocate-*they stated that DID NOT qualify for an advocate not did I meet the criteria for a hardship. SO, I’ve called numerous times-No help. WMR says still processing. I have NOT received any other letters. SO, how much longer do I have to wait. Shouldn’t they owe ME interest at this point???!!~

    Reply
    View Comment
  17. Anonymous

    Hello my refund was accepted and aporoved feb 4 and 5 i received my federal the end of February still waiting on state…..any ideas

    Reply
    View Comment
  18. Sad but true

    The current tax code is now four million words long, more than four times longer than the collected works of Shakespeare, and six to seven times longer than the Bible. It requires 25 volumes to contain it, and takes up nine feet of shelf space and it is correct that you shouldn’t have to pay federal income tax on wages, it was written that you only pay tax on unearned income which is profits only. It’s all a sham and they will still arrest you for tax evasion because we’ve come so far abd gone so far into debt that without it the government and people see no way out. It’s easy. Go back to the gold standard and quit taking our money illegally.

    Reply
    View Comment
  19. Truth

    It is true there is no law that requires anyone to pay federal income taxes. Only state and local taxes are required. If you believe differently then i suggest people take the time to look into it. There have been many groups of people that have offered millions of dollars if someobe could prove there is a law requiring us to pay federal income tax and not one person can find it including people that work for the IRS. They are an illegal organization formed by bankers and they did have the budget cut so they want everyone to pay for it. I say goodluck getting your money anytime soon.

    Reply
    View Comment
  20. Anonymous

    There is no more money. They’re budget was cut. There is no law that says you have to pay federal income tax…..never was. They are bullies and definitely thieves. They taje a fifth of your check….correct. Count on nothing.

    Reply
    View Comment
  21. Anonymous

    We filed IS on 2-1; but due to healthcare insurance issues, had to send proof of insurance 3 weeks after return was received. This held up processing IS, so didn’t go to that department until 3-17 ; was told to call back today which will make 11 weeks. I was told for some reason the process is taking longer this year. I just hope not too long!

    Reply
    View Comment
  22. Anonymous

    Going on 19 weeks and all I get is a simple you will get a letter or your money within another x amount of weeks. Already verified ID and they say theres nothing else I can do. Its so ridiculous now Im not even sure the true reason that my refund is being held. No one seems to know wth is going on over there. But if I was the one who owed money Im sure theyd have their crap straight. How can they continue to get away with this :(

    Reply
    View Comment
  23. Anonymous

    I filed 2/6 got a letter in march saying do nothing random review would be done 5/5 called on 5/26 and told income verification and i should receive a letter or money within 45 days wth anyone else knows about this bull

    Reply
    View Comment
  24. Ashely

    Hello,

    I’m looking for answers, I filed 2/26 and ID verified 3/26 . I called on 4/28 and they told me my return just need a few more weeks to process and that Have to wait 9 weeks after I’ve verified myself. That 9 weeks was 5/29 they woman said I should check wmr on 6/4 and I still don’t see anything. Should I be worried?

    P.s I live in Miami where all the scammers are 😞 , do I have to wait longer?

    Reply
    View Comment
  25. Anonymous

    Hello,

    I’m looking for answers, I filed 2/26 and ID verified 3/26 . I called on 4/28 and they told me my return just need a few more weeks to process and that Have to wait 9 weeks after I’ve verified myself. That 9 weeks was 5/29 they woman said I should check wmr on 6/4 and I still don’t see anything. Should I be worried?

    P.s I live in Miami where all the scammers are 😞 , do I have to wait longer?

    Reply
    View Comment
  26. Missouri Tax Refund - Still Waiting

    I’m a little fed up with Missouri taking so long to return refunds. This is the second year in a row and it’s nearly 3 months now I am waiting. When I check status it says the same thing; Processing… Tired of the excuses. I paid more money to efile the return and expect it to be done in 2 to 3 weeks. If I don’t receive it this week I will open a formal complaint with the Attorney General and I recommend others who are still waiting do the very same. Seems it’s the only way this problem is going to get addressed and resolved. It’s ridiculous. If I had you waiting for a payment you’d take whatever you wanted.

    Reply
    View Comment
  27. Anonymous

    I signed the paper that meant i agreed with their decision on 6/1 how long will it take me to receive a ddd if i requested a dd

    Reply
    View Comment
  28. Anonymous

    @mike&stacy: yes i can i was in the same boat as you was told the same thing and a week and a half later i got my ddd and my money was in my account a day sonner so hang in there you will have funds before fathers day congrates

    Reply
    View Comment
  29. mommmy112111111

    Does anyone know how long it takes to get a refund after your tax advocate said the approved my proof of EIC AND HOH? She said it updates today but shes not in pffice until thursday next week and will call for a date….im a weekly nothing on wmr or amended…insight please

    Reply
    View Comment
  30. Anonymous

    @Anonymous: I have reached a few days over 15 weeks and I still don’t have my refund. I spoke to someone yesterday who said my case was finished on May 26th and that it could be another 4 weeks before I see anything. Basically I’m just waiting for someone to just send me the money whenever they feel like it.

    Reply
    View Comment
  31. Mary

    @LISA I know they have requested them from people, I dont know why they think its a way to prove anything, but I guess they have their reasons as flaky and cray cray as they can be at times!

    Reply
    View Comment
  32. Anonymous

    Okay does anyone who have been under review or audit know how long does it take to get your refund after you agree with the amount they come up with? Meaning after you sign the form and send it back

    Reply
    View Comment