Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2018?

The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns on January 29, 2018.  According to the IRS, Where’s My Refund tool is the best way to check the status of your tax refund.

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 and the IRS says the best way to check the status of your refund is using the Where’s My Refund tool. 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. Ashlyn Holland

    @Jojo12345: the way child support works is he will have to go to the office and sign a form allowing them to “release” child support to you. I do believe that by Nov. if nothing has been signed or released it will automattically be credited to you.

    Im not sure what your options are as far as contacting him and maybe seeing if he will agree to release it or call the office and see if they can reach out to him.

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  2. FingersCrossedinAZ
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      AZ
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/MetaBank
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Education Credit (8863), W2
    • 4464C Letter

    My as off date changed to June 18th. No other changes, no other movement.

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  3. Nika911

    @Staci B.: my as of is still March 12. I filed Jan 24th still waiting amongst others

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  4. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      Take Action
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 151

    @Jojo12345: If he filed joint, whoever he filed joint with may file an injured spouse claim against the back child support amount owed. If its just his income that was filed then its possible you may still receive it. It may be a little bit of wait though. Can you contact your child support enforcement agency and see if they can give you any information?

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  5. Staci B.

    @StuckInStoweWithNoDough: i feel your pain, I have been here since late jan/early feb. and there has been so much confusion, pain and down right uncertainity on this forum. Most of us here are honest people, we paid our taxes, we waited the 2 weeks for the PATH only to be hit with long wait periods, wait 45 days, wait 60 days, wait this letter or wait for that letter! and yet we get no straight answers, only the run around. I have been doing my taxes and friends taxes for almost 20yrs and I can say I have never seen a tax yr. such as this….. I do hope you get positive news, Ive been told not to expect any movement until Aug/Sept. if I knew this was certain at least I would have something to look forward to, but who knows, it may be Christmas or new Yrs before I update. I’m being audited so I sort of expect a long wait but for those who are not being audited this is absurd!!!!!!!

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  6. Staci B.

    @Sheila_33: hi i’m so happy your as of date has stayed, just knowing that things are changing for others gives me hope that my situation will change also. my as of date is still at April 02 but if it changes i’ll keep you posted. take care and I pray that you get that positive update very soon !

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  7. Jojo12345

    I am owed back child support and has been pending in my account since February. The father filed joint what should I expect? I am in Oklahoma

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  8. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      Take Action
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 151

    @StuckInStoweWithNoDough: I watched you go through all of this last year and am so sorry you’re going thru it again. I’m really hoping this month they get you finished off. I’m crossing my fingers for you. Hang in there.

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  9. wes302

    Filed 1-18
    on my second review. Just got my second letter and had to submit all kinds of info. when will the crap ever end?

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  10. StuckInStoweWithNoDough
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Vermont
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Amex Serve
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), W2

    Still waiting…have verified I am not under review, they do not need anything more from me…yet they keep saying 60 days…I have stopped checking to see if my “still processing” has changed to a DDD because what is the point- I foresee it’ll be another January refund…it’s beyond ridiculous & no excuse- for anyone to wait this long & still be told another 60 days…for what?? So they can tell me yet another 60 days? Monkeys could process our returns faster- in this day and age it should all be automated- I hope everyone here gets better news this week…I give up.

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  11. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      Take Action
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 151

    So far my “as of” date is staying put instead of going back to the March 5th date. Let’s see what Friday morning brings on those transcripts.

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  12. AKap

    Hello. I’m hoping for some clarification, help, anything really.
    We filed in April. Turbo tax electronically , have done this for years and never had an issue.
    Well this year we first received notice of needing to submit a 8962
    So we did via fax. Then we receive a letter of needing to verify our identity, so we did.
    Now I become aware of being able to view transcripts so I checked ours out.
    We have 2 codes and future dates ?? Can you help me at all? Any info would be greatly appreciated. My eyes are crossing from all of the reading , researching and typing.

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  13. Update

    Im losing my grip…I have gotten no letters have only one w2 …I lie I got a little sayinh I would be adjusted because of insurance a month ago. How long does it take to penalize me and send me my money wtf

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  14. HOPELIVESHERE

    Irs had no clue what the verification nonfiling was and i called the number on the letter 🤣🤣
    6-8 more weeks from 6/11 for them to resolve my taxes for a simple 8885

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  15. Nika911

    @Sheila_33: these folks are in the way period. Some folks already did they I’d verify and got a few review letters. This is ridiculous.

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  16. Jaynmadi

    Mine went from we have received your return and it’s being processed to your return is still being processed will provide date when available! I sent my W2 with my paper return and my photo id. So I’m not sure what the hold up is and I filed late to avoid this drama!

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  17. Mewantmecoin30

    Still here 🤬🤬🤬🤬, I’m going to have to ask for a faxed copy of my trans to see if it updated

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  18. Stillwaitinghere

    Transcripts updated to a letter of verfication for non filing. What in the actual hell is this. I did file and had did I’d verify at my irs office. Account transcripts still blank with as of date for June 18

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  19. Ganci

    Irs still haven’t paid me mah $ so I’m gonna be evicted. It still cold at night. Bout to lose power. I gots a great idea. I’ve been putting all my poop in the freezer. When I lose power I burn it in the living room like fire wood to stay warm. That way landlord gets his for evicting me and I stay warm. Freezer food won’t spoil cause it’s poop and pizza

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  20. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      Take Action
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 151

    @Nika911: Honestly I think a lot of us are still just here waiting unfortunately. I’ve seen more audits this year and a lot more reviews. They are really looking hard at self employment and dependents.

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  21. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      Take Action
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 151

    @Milwaukee wi waiting: so you’re able to see your transcripts on line and that 424 popped up in the last update?

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  22. beautifult
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Georgia
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-11
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-11
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      BOA
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    @MomOfJoshMatt: didnt get an ID verify letter. Only the review crap

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  23. Milwaukee wi waiting

    Tax code 424 date 06/7/18
    Tax code 971 date 6/25/18
    Cycle code 2018/09/05
    As of date same as notice issued date 06/25/2018
    Filed jan 29 2018 id verified in march put n referral after 60 day may 21st thats my story

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  24. StuckInStoweWithNoDough
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Vermont
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Amex Serve
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), W2

    @Nicole: Same…crazy

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  25. Chelsea

    The offset number says my refund has been offset for payment 6/22 is that my ddd as well

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  26. FingersCrossedinAZ
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      AZ
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/MetaBank
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Education Credit (8863), W2
    • 4464C Letter

    Still here, no update of any kind. The only change I have seen on my transcripts is my as of date changes to June 18th a few weeks ago. I still have the the 570 on my transcript with a date of March 5th. No notices show on my transcript. Referral was closed back on May 2nd and I’m supposed to receive a letter sometime in June. Maybe I’ll see my refund by the end of summer. I just think that the major part of tax season was over months ago and people like myself are still waiting. This is so unacceptable!

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  27. MomOfJoshMatt

    @beautifult: was wondering since you got a Federal ID verify letter did you get one from Georgia?. I was told I was to get one but it has never came. I was just wondering. Still waiting on my Federal refund as well.

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  28. beautifult
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Georgia
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-11
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-11
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      BOA
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    Still here. No update

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  29. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      Take Action
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 151

    @Past9weeksandsum: This year has been crazy. I’ve seen so many people just waiting with really not a lot of issues. No real pattern to anything. Good luck, hopefully you’ll see something soon.

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  30. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      Take Action
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 151

    @Staci B.: I know what you mean, being in a holding pattern is really frustrating. I wondered how you were doing. I checked this morning and I’m still on the July date. I’m hoping its a sign they have started to work on it. I am like you, I decided if it wasn’t until later in the year I would just patiently wait. This tax year has been the craziest I’ve ever seen. Let me know how you’re doing.

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  31. Past9weeksandsum

    I’ve been lurking for months, from the time I filed (march 5 or something) to the time of waiting out my 9 weeks after ID verifying in person at my local office (apr 5). I called a day before the 9 weeks was up (May 31) just because I figured if I called before that it would give them time to generate some BS letter. Spoke to rep on May 31 and explained that I had been patient, understand they are busy, but times up! She politely told me my return was “sleeping” and she didn’t see where any letters were sent. After confirming my LIFE, she placed me on hold 2-3 times and said she sent a referral to the correct department to release my refund and that could take up to 30 days (I was surprised I didn’t hear the 45 or 60 day crap)..Obviously tonight there’s an expected update and it’s been 16 days since the referral was put in on my behalf. I need everyone’s insight on this and if you guys think I’ll update tonight soooo let’s play a game lol… give me your thoughts. I WAITED THE FULL 9 WEEKS after verifying and that was torture. How much more can I endure I just had a birthday I’m getting old waiting on this little couple grand

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  32. Staci B.

    @Sheila_33: hi well having the as of date change is some movement but I know what you mean about hoping it stays….mine changed weeks ago from april 3 but before the day ended it changed right back to where it started. I was told not to look for my refund until aug. and belive it or not at least that gives me something to look for, because who knows it could be christmas with the rate things are going.

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