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. Nicole

    I faxed off some more documents for my exam today. They are trying to deny my child care credit *eye roll*.

    On a side note, my tax prepares wife works for the IRS and claims they are so concerned with being “shut down” that workers are just shuffling work and pushing out so they have enough to do to keep their jobs. Not sure how legit that is but almost makes sense given the random delays a lot of us are having.

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  2. Divo366

    @Deelady: Hey there… I’ve never posted here before, but I’ve been reading this blog since March, keeping up with everybody here.

    I’m in the same boat as you… I filed on January 29th; then delay, delay, delay. Got the March ‘Do nothing but give us 60 more days’ letter, then another ’60 day letter’, then just nothing. I called once or twice (never worried about getting a TA), and they just said ‘well, nothing looks wrong, and there’s nothing you need to do’… I did randomly get a different type of ‘You don’t need to do anything but give us more time’ letter in the beginning of October, so we’ll see what happens. I only check my Transcripts on Fridays now (even though I’m actually daily, with 02), and it’s still on an As Of Date of July 2nd.

    No idea what’s going on there (I’ve had the same kids for 7 years, the same jobs, and no other things that are any different this year), but I just wonder if it has something to do with the fact that my refund is pretty big, almost twice as big. But just the fact that they’ve told me multiple times, nothing is wrong, and there’s nothing to do. Oh well, good luck to any other folks still on here, and make sure to say hello when you guys get back on here in January, and we’re still here!!

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  3. Deelady

    Just wondering, I filed my refund January 29th of this year…. still nothing! Still waiting! Got a letter saying 60 days I should here back I heard back by a letter on the 59th day only for them to add an additional 60 days (which will be 11/14) hoping to get a freaking deposit! Called and everything…. they are saying it’s nothing I need too do. Smh I need my money!

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  4. domdee2
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Republic
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • Tax Topic 152

    Hey y’all, filed in Jan, said we are processing your tax for months, had some money so I could wait, called them from time to time, they said in October it was a bankruptcy issue hold, bankruptcy said no hold, finally got a nice older black lady on phone in customer service, I told her I’m sick of this, she said let me cee, was on hold for 10 min, she said I’m releasing your refund, and now it’s in my bank week 1/2 later, keep bugging them!! Good wishes to all!

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  5. Sheila*33

    @Stressed: Are you able to see the codes on your transcript at all? Was the letter wanting verification of dependents etc?

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  6. Stressed

    I filled in Mar and was accepted a couple days later. Then in May had to go prove identity, got a letter in June stating they needed certain info so I faxed it, then in July got a letter saying they would let me.know by FEB 2019….wtf?????

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  7. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Jun-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @Waiting patiently NC: It looks like they are going in sequence as far as the audits are concerned. Your transcript is the best way to tell what is going on with your return. Any changes on the “as of” date is a good indicator that they are working on your return. Even if you have to order them it might give you some insight on where you are at in processing.

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  8. Annoyed

    My god these tax advocates are like big city public defenders, not worth the paper their student loan debt is printed on smh

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  9. Annoyed

    I wonder if you get in these situations with the IRS and you are an actual employee do you get a discount on the bullsh*t they tell you throughout the process lol

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  10. Waiting patiently NC

    Hi I was audit sent in everything. I received the letter to sign if I agreed with charges and should receive within 9 weeks.Once I send letter when should I be expecting refund and will it still be direct deposit or mailed

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  11. Nicole

    @Jalisa not logged in: filed in feb, ID verified in late March. Got a TA in May after crickets from the IRS. Ammended with TA, got a letter stating my refund had been adjusted and would be sent to me within 3-4 weeks…..only to be sent to exams instead. I submitted all requested documentation in August and now they have finally responded. I have a call with my TA Nov 14 to discuss my options.

    No EIC but I did file a schedule C for the first time ever.

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  12. Nicole

    Finally got a response to my exam: another packet of documents requesting further proof of random things and wanting to cut my refund down to basically nothing. This will never end

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  13. Jalisa not logged in

    I was on hold with the exams department for 2 hours and 2 minutes just to get disconnected is there a faster way ughhhh I been patient long enough this my first time calling since I sent all documents in 7/13/2018

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  14. Nika911

    Now they tell me the last rep shouldn’t told me that and that my amended needs to be fixed. SMH I’m so over them period.

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  15. domdee2
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Republic
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • Tax Topic 152

    @Sheila_33: thank you so much 😀

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  16. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Jun-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @domdee2: If it has been released then it will have to cycle through and update on your transcript with the 846 refund code. Usually Thursdays are when the returns for weeklys are processed with an update on transcripts on Friday and an update on wmr on Saturdays. It really shouldn’t take that long if the agent is correct in stating it has been released.

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  17. domdee2
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Republic
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • Tax Topic 152

    @Jalisa (Not logged in): under review, didn’t send no documents just waited it out

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  18. domdee2
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Republic
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • Tax Topic 152

    @[email protected]: no, what I’m asking is when they tell you over the phone that they releasing it how long do you wait to get it? Is it really 2-4 wks or shorter, thanks

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  19. [email protected]

    @domdee2: if you have direct deposit on a prepaid card it should take a day or 2 if it’s direct deposit into your bank account it should take 2 or 3 business day’s if mailed paper check yes about 7 to 10 business day excluding weekend’s and or holiday’s

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  20. domdee2
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Republic
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • Tax Topic 152

    @Boobaby: how long did it take from the time they released it until you received it?

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  21. domdee2
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Republic
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • Tax Topic 152

    Hey, Okay, Question!! They finally release my refund been since Feb, a lady said it’s pending, will get 2-4 weeks, question is will it take that long?? Thanks for any help 😀

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  22. Reallyyyyreal

    @Boobaby: Hi during the review did you have to send in information before they released funds???

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  23. Boobaby

    Those of you that got reviewed months ago. I went thru the same thing. I just kept calling and finally they got tired of their supervisor hearing me complain they released my refund and gave me intetest.

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  24. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Jun-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @worried_inIndiana: Its definitely a waiting game. I was pulled the end of January and had to send documentation for eic the middle of February. The only way I knew something had changed was by viewing my transcripts and my “as of” date had changed a week before I got my refund date and that was the middle of June. They are going in sequence with these returns unless you have an advocate to speed things along and I gave up on my advocate after not hearing anything for two months. To me, the key to having any idea what was going on was my transcripts. When that “as of” date changed I knew things were moving.

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  25. Stillwaitinghere

    @worried_inIndiana: I hope you get an answer bc I have a similar experience receipt they told me tip do nothing. I didn’t have to send anything in. But I’m here just waiting no knowing anything.

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  26. worried_inIndiana

    Quick question for anyone who can help. My return was pulled for review on March 26th, and I still have no refund yet. I sent all required documents that the irs was requesting for EIC and received a letter in June that they would have a decision made by Sept. 29th, that day came and went and spoke with IRS agent and they said that they were just now working on March returns that were under review? Received another letter few days later saying review would be over on Oct. 22, so called yesterday and still have not finished my review and that they just started working on March 26th returns. My question is has anybody had this same issue? and if so have you received your refund yet or given a date? The agent told me not rely on the WMR tool because they were not sure if that updated correctly and just rely on a letter stating if they approve or deny your return. She did tell me it looks like they have everything they need to process the return its just beyond frustrating I mean its almost time to start filing next year taxes!!!! I told the agent that and she says you are correct and if you have not hear from us by then don’t file 2018 taxes until 2017 is closed. Which scares me even more that they won’t be finished. I am over all of this

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  27. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Jun-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @Shelly: Have you been able to see your transcripts online or by ordering them to see what codes are on them?

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