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 began accepting and processing tax returns on January 23, 2017 for the prior year.

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. Pee coat

        A just got my bar from filing earlier January of this year can anyone tell me if that mean that they are about to send them to me

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      • Mary

            Please keep in mind this tax season to not file without your ACA (Obamacare) information, it will hold up your return up to 3 week if not longer. If you have insurance thru the exchange presently or for a short period of time in the past year the IRS has the information already in their system and it will stop the processing of your return until you provide them the information.

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          • Mary

                @MzzzChanel: In the past I understand that is what happens the WMR goes back to a filing status like when you first file and get accepted. Fingers crossed for you!!

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              • Mary

                    Hey there Newman. How have you been good to see you!!! Yes we are getting back in action. Tons of information and what we dont know we will work hard to find out, welcome back all lets get this tax party going!!

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                  • Oh It's You Newman

                        Getting close now…..I wish everyone a good tax season and those of you still waiting a speedy end to your troubles from last season. Come back often to find new information daily as it becomes available. We are glad you are here!!

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                      • MzzzChanel

                            Hello,
                            Been in an audit since April my bars came back this morning with the standard 21 day message could this be a good sign?

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                          • Impatientjen

                                Still waiting for 2016 taxes. Sent everything back in April. Last letter I got said they would have a decision on September 15. Haven’t heard nothing since. This is the first time I’ve been through a audit and as a single mom of 6 I could really use it. Irs doesn’t care if my kids have a home or Christmas I’m sure their families are taken care of.

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                              • StuckInStoweWithNoDough

                                    @Agrant: It’s ridiculous and inexcuseable…If they were going to implement all these new udits, etc they should have made sure they had the staff to handle it in a timely & efficient manner…if things were handled like this anywhere else they’d be fired or out of business. I hope you see yours soon!!! And I am expecting the same for the coming year- I have lost all faith.

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                                  • M mec

                                        @jamee: it seems the IRS always sends out letters after action is taken so I’m sure the letter explains the interest adjustment you will probably get your money before you receive the notice

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                                      • Agrant

                                            @StuckInStoweWithNoDough: I’m with you. I still have yet to receive my 2016 return and I filed early January. I’m a single mother of three so I can relate to you.

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                                          • StuckInStoweWithNoDough

                                                @Flipflop: Hey…I sent everything-over 37 pages- it’s been assigned but not even looked at…I am with no words & many words all at once…I live in Vermont. I finally got my state & thought that might put some fire under them…but no. Literally got told- “oh well it’ll easily be next year- we’re short handed”…

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                                              • jamee

                                                    I guess I won’t get any answers here until January when people are filing again lol? I was just hoping if someone could tell me if the 846 refund issued 12/08/2017 means my check was sent that day? & what does the other date mean on my transcript (amended return) that says “As of 12/18/2017” ?? Wondering when to expect my check..I’ve never had one mailed so I have no idea what the time frame is for mailed refund checks?? TIA to anyone that replies ;)

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                                                  • amended return

                                                        hey…if anyone is around to help me???? i amended my 2016 return to add a dependent only…was adjusted on 12/08/2017 the wmar says..i also checked my account transcript and it says 846 refund issued 12/08/2017 but at the top it says “as of 12/18/2017” so do u think my check was mailed out on 12/8 like it says? i sure hope so…has me nervous lol..anyone out there reading this?? :)

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                                                      • Flipflop

                                                            @StuckInStoweWithNoDough: I can’t believe you’re still here waiting! Didn’t you send in what they asked for back in April? You don’t happen to live in Florida or Texas, do you?

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                                                          • StuckInStoweWithNoDough

                                                                I cannot believe I will probably -who am I kidding…most definitely will start 2018 without my 2017 refund…nothing- just wait, wait, wait…I am so disheartened by our tax department- there is no excuse, none. I really wonder how many more people there are our there like myself…a very hard working, single mom who depends on my refund to supplement my income …and how many people have been put in dire financial straits because of this debacle…and still waiting on money that is rightfully theirs…I just cannot have hope or faith about this at all anymore

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                                                              • jamee

                                                                    Help please: Under codes on my acct transcript it has my codes from original return(150,766,768&846) then new codes from amended one: 766,764,290(12/18/17)971(12/18/17) 846(12/8/17)& 776(12/18/17) ?? Why does it show refund issued on DEC 8th 2017 and then show notice&interest on DEC 18th 2017?? My WMR shows adjusted on 12/8/17 and says I will recieve a notice within 3 weeks explaining the adjustment.. So I’m sure the 971 code is that..just confused by the two different dates of 12/8&12/18??

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                                                                  • jamee

                                                                        @jamee: Under codes on my acct transcript it has my codes from original return(150,766,768&846) then new codes from amended one: 766,764,290(12/18/17)971(12/18/17) 846(12/8/17)& 776(12/18/17) ?? Why does it show refund issued on DEC 8th 2017 and then show notice&interest on DEC 18th 2017?? My WMR shows adjusted on 12/8/17 and says I will recieve a notice within 3 weeks explaining the adjustment.. So I’m sure the 971 code is that..just confused by the two different dates of 12/8&12/18??

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                                                                      • jamee

                                                                            @jemar707: yes it says adjusted on 12/8/17 and will receive a notice explaining the adjustment within 3 weeks..my acct transcript shows new info on it and says “code 846 refund issued on 12/08/17” and also has a date of 12/18/17 so I’m hoping that means the check has been sent?? :) that’d be a awesome Xmas miracle for my kids lol

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                                                                          • jamee

                                                                                @jemar707: yes,as of 12/08/17 it says adjusted and will receive a notice explaining the adjustment within 3 weeks..my acct transcript says “846 refund issued on 12/08/17” ..foes that mean the check was sent on 12/08/17? It also has a date of 12/18/17 on transcript as well so I’m confused

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                                                                              • jamee

                                                                                    Hey,me again..so I filed my amended return and they received it Nov.13th 2017..I only had to add a dependent.. Well,my WMR now says adjusted and says I’ll receive a notice explaining the adjustment within 3 weeks..I also checked my acct transcript and it says code 846 refund issued on 12/08/17?? So,does that mean my check was sent ? It has the date of 12/18/17 also so I’m confused..

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                                                                                  • jemar707

                                                                                        @jamee: Processing your amendment does not affect processing the return for the following year. Now as for how long it takes the amendment to be processed, that’s a whole different story. I would imagine it should be processed by now. Have you checked the WMAR?

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                                                                                      • jemar707

                                                                                            @Nae: The IRS hasn’t announced the day it will begin accepting tax returns in 2018. But if you use a company like TurboTax, you can begin preparing as early as now. The TurboTax system opened for 2018 returns on 12/1 and it will let you start plugging in your info. The actual day you can transit your return to the IRS to start processing will be announced soon.

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                                                                                          • Gunner

                                                                                                Greetings and Salutations my fellow tax payers .. That time of the year is almost upon us again. I’m waiting patiently for my w-2 and 1099_R. But i’m ready…

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