Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2016

We anticipate that the IRS will begin processing and accepting tax returns electronically on January 18, 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 or January 11, 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 available.  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.

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Heather

    Finally after 3 referrals, a TA, a TA supervisor because ours was a moron…..our check has finally been mailed after 8 months of waiting. I pray it arrives today because the bottom has literally fell out from underneath us having to go through all this.

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  2. joce656

    @Ann: thank you I called this morning after holding on for 2 hours a its rep which was really nice look into my return because I had ask her was my return assigned to anybody and she told me she see’s that it has been received but it looks like it “fell my the waist side ” whatever that means and she suggest for me to resend my return again because it has not been assign to anyone and no one is looking into it. I was upset!!! But if thats what it takes for them to process it I don’t have no problem but my only concern is I hope its not a longer process

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  3. Ann

    @joce656: it really takes 16-18 weeks. Even if you call that’s the only answer they will give you. I filed my amended return March 30th and they are sending my check out today with interest. Good luck hope this helps.

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  4. joce656

    Amended return accepted on July 6th and I’m still processing!!!!! Its for a 2013 return but I don’t think that should make a difference though my question is why is it taking so long ughh my experience is that they only update on Fridays and I’m wondering are they a month behind like for accepting in July is September and August is October?

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  5. Mrs harris

    Ok I have a question I filed an amended return in june it was recieved june 29th I checked wmar today and it says call 800 829 0582 ext 652 so I did that waited on hold for 2 hrs! Just so the rep could tell me that no one has even looked at it in 2 months! I asked shouldn’t the website say recieved or something she says she doesn’t know why its not showing? I mean aren’t you the irs? This is just ridiculous after two months nothing can any one help me understand why it takes months the even start the process I’m feeling like I’ll never get my return the irs is just not doing their job..anyone else with this issue?

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  6. 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:

      Jan-28

    • WMR:

      Jan-30

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Jan-30

    • I Got My Refund!

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

      Tax Topic 152

    @DeanM: the paragraph above that you’re referring to is our response to a satirical news article that was published late last year, suggesting all refunds would be delayed… http://nationalreport.net/2014-federal-tax-refunds-delayed-october-2015/

    It is a satirical news site and not actual news.

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  7. Dinozzo

    2/4/15 Tax Return Accepted
    3/13 & 3/16 Receiveved (2) 5071C Ltrs
    3/25/15 Successfully Verified
    4/16/15 Received Ltr 4464C (60 Day Hold)
    8/21/15 (127 Days) No Additional Ltrs
    WMR Message: “We have received your tax return and it is being processed.”

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  8. Mary

    @DEANM I haven’t heard anything about refunds being delayed until October, I do know that if you filed an extension you have until October to file your return, maybe that’s where some of the confusion might be.

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  9. DeanM

    4/2/15 – Return accepted by IRS
    4/28/15 – Review letter 4464C received (wait 60 days)
    8/21/15 – (115 days later) “Where’s my refund” website says it’s “still being processed.” The phone number on the 4464C form gets me an automated system that says the same thing as the WMR website.
    It is my opinion that the IRS is either corrupt or incompetent. I have decided to adjust my W-4 to have less taxes withheld. I will never again allow these corrupt/clueless people to hold any additional monies other than what I owe. I would rather owe the IRS on April 15 than suffer the BS that they are putting us all through now.

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  10. Zilla760

    After my tax professional mistakenly entered an old bank account number into my return for where my refund should be sent,i have endured relentless incompetence in tracking my refund. My original refund was indeed sent to the closed account ass summarily returned to sender by Chase bank. Miraculously there is no record of this return on the irs side of things. Although Chase has extensive record of the transaction and consequently who holds the errant return. It’s not just being passed from one ineffective receptionist to another, it’s the bewildering assumption that I as a member of the public have no concept of how an eft works and should therefore happily stomach the noncommittal justification I’m given. I know for a fact it does not require 5-6months of investigation to merely locate an errent eft. I also know that if I were to magically reverse the situation and arbitrarily intercept one of the “advocates” direct deposits into their bank accounts, offering the justification that I just don’t know where their hard earned paycheck went but I’ll get back to them in 5-6months with no answer, there would be not only an uproar of dissatisfaction but also some tangible movement on the case. This has got to be illegal in some form or fashion,and the fact that it happens to so many without recourse is ridiculous. My perplexion knows no bounds,if anyone has successfully run this obstacle course,direction would be much obliged.

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  11. Mary

    @LIZZY you should call the IRS and do a change of address, it could get updated in time to get the notice or refund, most post offices do not forward anything from the IRS they just send it back to them.

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  12. Henry

    I filed a amendment taxes on May 29,2015 I have moved onto received on June 6,2015 and I haven’t moved since then can anyone can tell or explain to me what is going on I haven’t heard back from them got a letter or nothing explaining what is going on

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  13. LizzyB

    I just found this group and wish I had known about it a year ago. On October 13th, 2014 my accountant filed a 2012 amended return for work I did in China, apparently the previous accountant had not taken the correct foreign tax credit. I started checking WMAR about 6 weeks later, and continued to check into January & February. I called the number and the extension that WMAR gave me and the representative could tell me nothing. This continued through March, April and May. No-one could tell me anything, WMAR said my return was being processed and depending on whom I got on the phone I got every response from insulting “You just need to wait OK?” to there was nothing they could do. I finally said to one representative. “What can I do? Its June, you’ve had the return for 9 months” and she said “Have you thought about refiling?”, so that afternoon I put a copy of my amended return in an envelope and sent it off again to the IRS. WMAR immediately reset the counter to “received June 14th” and I wondered if I had just caused myself more issues, then on July 24th it said my account was adjusted and I should receive a notice and/or refund within 3 weeks. I am not sure where the original return is but I am seriously glad I refiled. Unfortunately I sent in the amended return with my old address on it so now I just have to figure out how to get the notice or refund they send me.

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  14. curious

    I forgot to mention we filed in Feb. 2015, and between SBBT and the IRS, it is
    very unprofessional that their is no resolution and we still have not received
    our tax refund. Thank God we are not depending on this. I feel that
    the Federal Government should immediately process anything they get back and that SBBT should not hold the checks.

    Please do not use these thrid party if you give up your rights. I was also shocked
    that SBBT works with Civista Bank and Sunrise Bank all in one. OMG!

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  15. curious

    I have been trying to contact the IRS for the last three months and each time having to wait over an hour.
    At this time and date when everyone is professional and we live in a high tech level of professionalism. Why is the IRS making individuals wait so long? We have lives to live and families to take care of.
    What is wrong with the IRS.

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  16. Dawn

    WMR has not updated. TA called and said that a check is scheduled to be mailed 8/3/2015 and interest was being included in check. Good luck and I pray everyone sees their money soon.

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  17. leelee92

    I have yet to receive my refund. Refund was sent to republic bank an they told me they mailed it out last Wednesday. I still haven’t got it plus I read bad reviews about that bank. Don’t no why the irs is linked with them…I called the bank an a rude ***** said I called twice an can I hear..I went off.i have stuff to do an it shouldn’t take this long to mail a paper check

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  18. Dinozzo

    I filed February 4th & accepted, bars disappeared February 19th received 2 ID verify Ltrs dated 3/13 & 3/16 I successfully verified on 3/25. On 4/2 my WMR message changed from “your return is received and still processing. A date will be provided when available.” To “we have received your tax return and it is being processed” on 4/20 I received an 4464C Ltr dated 4/16 stating I’m in Review & my refund is on hold for 60 days and theirs nothing I need to do. My Review/60 days ended 6/15 I was told I will receive my refund in 6-8 weeks. So far, it’s been 6 weeks and 3 days and no refund. August 10th will be 8 weeks hopefully I will receive my refund tomorrow or a DDD Saturday. I know this is not good news but for those still Waiting your not alone. Oh, I almost forgot my WMR message is still saying “we have received your tax return and it is being processed” it’s been saying that for 17 weeks a lot of people said when they received that message received a DDD that following Saturday for DD Wednesday or Thursday hopefully good news Friday or Saturday

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  19. Dawn

    Wmr updated today from 1121 error, to we have received your taxws and are being processed, thata what it said originally before accepted originally.. Good luck hope this helps.

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  20. leelee92

    Ok so the lady that did my taxes is dumb and unprofessional. She didn’t even know her manager closed out the account the checks was going to.so when they used to advertise themselves on instagram something told me to go look at they pictures an see could I see what they paperwork said.i couldn’t get none of my answers fulfilled from them.so I say a paper that said republic bank! I called them an they told me they had my check Tuesday an mailed it out Wednesday. I was like really why? That’s when I found out the account was closed but when I contacted the manager she told me she would let me know when something hit her bank. So that was a lie.i feel like they was trying to steal from me.an I’m blessed an happy it was mailed out.still haven’t received it though. Hopefully it comes early next week.on top of everything they told me 875 dollars was took out in fees 25 dollar transfer fee an 6 dollars for something else. Nobody can explain why is was so much.im pist an I won’t be filing next year.**** that

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  21. Dawn

    Friday, I was told again by Ta that my refund has been un frozen but yet still no release date. She will contact me next Friday to let me know if my money has been released. Good luck with all those still waiting

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  22. leelee92

    I woke up an wmr didn’t update like it don’t say sent. I’m definitely about to panic just because all this I been going threw with this tax refund mess!! I’m so shaky I want to call the lady phone that did my taxes an ask her to check an see did my refund deposit since she does everything else on her time

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  23. wattswife

    The irs received my amended return 3.3.15. On 6.22 I received a request for my w2s. Sent em… on 6.26 it says my account was adjusted and I should receive a letter in 3 weeks. I never got a letter. Now it says on 7.17 my return was completed. What should I expect??

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  24. leelee92

    Omg I woke up to a dd of july 22! Like my bars an everything I back. I almost had a heart attack. Not only that the amount went up a couple dollars. I thank God for answering my prayers.i cried almost every time my tax advocate called with bad news.only god knew how bad I needed that money. But I’ll believe it fully once it’s in my hand

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  25. Dawn

    I called the IRS today, received some soothing information, the freeze has been lifted and i should be issued a check in 3 weeks, follow up with adv ro insure that information was correcty. Adv called on her own rhis afternoon insisting that she could only read the letter head and none of the contents. Wow, really lol. I told her since i had not heard from her that i called ira and was told…… Above….. She checked as well as she hadnt checked my case at all today before calling, confirmed that i should be issued a check in 3 weeks and receive it by mail within approximately 5.. I hope this brings some insight to those that aee still waiting. I pray everyone sees results soon. IRS acted as though it was unfrozen without info from adv i faxed 4 timea mailed once

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  26. Heather

    Today’s excuse. A minus sign was put by a number that that should have been a plus sign. 1 number, I need to to change it, another 10 days. In the world of accounting a minus sign means a credit. Whatever. We’ll wait 10 days and see what the next excuse is.

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  27. Heather

    @stuck in va: they’ll give you another excuse. I filed February 6, been through 60 day review, 3 referrals, then they wanted an amended return, had till yesterday to complete it and still no answers for me. We’re 19 days away from 180 days ago I filed. Crazy

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  28. Dee
    • Tax Preparer:

      Other

    • Fees:

      From Refund

    • State:

      Al

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-30

    • WMR Bars:

      What Bars?

    • WMR Bars:

      2nd Bar

    • WMR:

      Jun-5

    • I Got My Refund!

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), W2

      4883C Letter

    @Dawn: oh my goodness darn I can’t believe this! Mine has came and went my advocate was the greatest I’m still praying for you guys!

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  29. stuck in va

    Filed and accepted march 8 had to do a idverify march 21 then 60 day review ended on jun 26 then a 45 day review ended on july 15 called today and a nice rep said that he put in a 30 day referral. Wat happens next???

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