Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2017?

The IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns in January 2017.

When Can You File Taxes in 2017?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2017.  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?

2017 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 2017 tax season (2016 tax year) have been updated with 2017 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.

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  1. timberowl
    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • Fees:

      Free

    • State:

      LA

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      USAA

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

      W2

    Is there any way we can get TaxSlayer added to the list of tax preparers? That way we can see who else has TaxSlayer? I’m pretty sure enough people use it to justify adding it.

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  2. Lynne0716

    Hey everyone judt checking in. I read first day irs accepting taxes is January 24th 2017, hope its true im not filing until February however

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  3. AshlynHolland
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • State:

      North Carolina

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    • I Got My Refund!

    So not looking forward to this whole waiting until Feb 15th thing they got going on this year!!

    Seems like another year full of issues, worse than the past (if that’s even possible lol)

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  4. OhioGirl626
    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • State:

      Ohio

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Netspend

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    Random thought…I can’t wait to see these two words: “Refund Approved” lol

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  5. Anonymous

    @Anonymous: If you file married jointly or sep, you will need to file an injured spouse form….because if you don’t they will take your money to. Filling out this form will delay your return, but you will get your part.

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  6. Mary
    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    OMG look at us back again good to see you all and welcome back for another year aboard this crazy train!!

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  7. firstjustme
    • Tax Preparer:

      TaxAct

    • Fees:

      In Advance

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-12

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-12

    • WMR Bars:

      1st Bar

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    @OhioGirl626: My understanding is that they cannot deposit refunds with the credit until after mid-February. The IRS site said something like, you can file whenever and they will process normally but cannot release funds until the date. So, potentially, you get a refund the next day.

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  8. ohiocleveland
    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    @OhioGirl626: i read about that…. some new security they have in place to flag fraudulent returns. Seems like this yr wi be messy for everyone not just ones witb EIC. Im not in a rush ill file the last week of jan an hope they dont hold me up

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  9. OhioGirl626
    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • State:

      Ohio

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Netspend

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    You can file as soon as you get your necessary forms and information ready and whenever your tax preparer has their tax software ready. I use TaxAct every year and I love them! It’s easy and usually a fast turnaround time. But this year….No matter if I file on January 1, I won’t see a single dime til pretty much Feb 28th or later. ACTC and EIC is expected to slow everything down. So this year, we’ll be watching you guys with no dependents get your refund and we’ll still be waiting…… I hope since they have this new change this year, they have also figured out a faster way to get us approved faster and our money deposited faster too.

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  10. ohiocleveland
    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    @Anonymous: I’m still stuck between more toys or winter stuff… u know kids do not look forward to clothes for Christmas. An they have been doing so well in school im trying to do a bit of both an still keep my head above water. A birthday in sep, aug, nov an then Christmas i get beat on at the end of the yr smh

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  11. ohiocleveland
    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    Yesssss dec 1 makes us all a little bit excited…… Christmas shopping an looking at empty wallets makes us more excited for that tax check…..

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  12. Anonymous

    Anyone know when Turbotax will allow people to start filling out 2016 taxes?

    Also, what are the requirements for being able to file early / be part of the test batch?

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  13. iJustWantMyMoney
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Fees:

      In Advance

    • State:

      New Hampshire

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Credit Union

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

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

    Hello tax family!!! I’m so excited to spend many more late nights with you all!! 😂

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  14. OhioGirl626
    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • State:

      Ohio

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Netspend

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    @Oh It’s You Newman: I know!!! Last year, I spent many nights waiting to hear any updates from you guys here…..My bf was constantly giving me the side eye telling me to go to bed…… But I couldn’t Lol

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  15. Oh It's You Newman
    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    @OhioGirl626: We love people from Ohio and anywhere..LOL year after year this website is a great place for information and just mixing with old and new friends. That’s why I come back every year myself….

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  16. OhioGirl626
    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • State:

      Ohio

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-1

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-1

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      Netspend

    • Date Approved:

      Jan-1

    • WMR:

      Jan-1

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-1

    @Oh It’s You Newman: Thank you….I thought I’d go for a change this year so I’m calling myself OhioGirl lol . Been in this state for over 20 years :(

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