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 begins accepting and processing tax returns on January 29, 2018.

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. Fed

        I was also able to order both my account and return transripts at 12:30 today 1/19, which is a lot quicker than usual. Looks like they have already processed my return and it is only the second day of the the third cycle.

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      • r8rflores

            @Amberlynn90: Yes I got a voicemail from a 941 area code, that they were calling from the IRS and they had an arrest warrant and to call them back. I called back the number and it went to a busy signal. I wanted someone to answer so I could tell them to come and git me…..😂😂 I knew they were full of 💩….

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          • Janet

                I live in Georgia where Medicaid has not expanded as of yet. My preparer checked this box to get the healthcare penalty waived. How exactly does this work? I am so lost right now on this issue.

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              • Nick h

                    Does anyone know about Jackson hewitts refund loan? If you get approved and use the refund loan, do you have to file with Jackson Hewitt or can you pay back the loan and go somewhere else? Please let me know

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                  • Fed

                        WMR app has one bar and says “you’re return was received and is being processed” as of 1/18. Hopefully it updates next Friday morning to refund approved and I can view my transcripts. Again I have no holds or tax credits and am not subject to the Feb. 15th Path Act hold.

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                      • Heidi

                            Back for more tax refund madness. It took 7 mos last year for my refund… I’m a little nervous obviously for this year. Just filled with TT, not accepted yet.

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                          • Relly

                                FOR ALL TURBO TAX USERS…

                                My copy of TT home & Business just downloaded a large update and it looks like all 1040 forms along with the most commonly used schedules have been certified and are ready to be efiled.

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                              • Relly

                                    FOR ALL TURBO TAX USERS…

                                    My copy of TT home & Business just downloaded a large update and it looks like all 1040 forms along with the most commonly used schedules have been certified and are ready to be efiled.

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                                  • Relly

                                        @PatientlyWaiting&Lurking: You’re a TT user, don’t jump ship. I’m the most impatient person but I don’t have a choice. I usually have all my 1099’s by Jan 3rd but I’m still waiting on my wife’s W2 but her job always waits to the last day in January to hand them out. I’m tempted to use her last paystub but sometime the numbers can be off slightly so I have to wait…but I’ll be damned if a run to a tax prep place just for a quickie. O.O

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                                      • Relly

                                            @PatientlyWaiting&Lurking: Save your bread and use one of the many free efile options that are available. As long as you are able to download and save the return as a pdf for your records they are all pretty much the same. Im partial to TT only because I been using intuit products for the last 15 years without a problem, they are almost always the last to have all forms certified for filing though but so what…Save your money and file your own return. Try TT Freedom edition. Live up to your name and Wait Patiently

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                                          • VeeArizona

                                                Just filed my state and federal with TT has not been accepted I’m sure it will be by the 29th :) I’ll expect my return by the end of February….

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                                              • FinallyFiled

                                                    Just filed with TT with fees taken out. Status bar on finalization page “predicts” acceptance on 31JAN and DD on 21FEB. Here’s hoping!

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                                                  • Fed

                                                        No if you have claimef no credits your return will be provessed in the first official IRS processing cycle which starts Thurs Jan 24th. If there are no holds or reviews on your account transcript when you view it online Fri Jan 25th you should see an 846 code with your refund amount right beside it. Which means your refund will be sent by the IRS Mon evening Jan 29th and depending on your bank you may receive it immediately if you have a TT or Netspend debit card.

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                                                      • Fed

                                                            Yes I filed 1040ez simple return through TT with no 1095, 1099, or other special forms and got accepted at 2pm today. Also I have no credits so I won’t be subject Path Act. If you claim Child Tax credit or EITC you won’t see an 846 code on your account transcript until at least Friday Feb 9th, the cycle when they start processing Path Act filers.

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                                                          • krissyg

                                                                I filed Jan 10 at HR Block I got text that my taxes were sent on Jan 16, I got text IRS accepted my refund on Jan 17 at 12am, I went to IRS Wheres my refund and it has first orange bar filled in that my refund was accepted, I have been hearing about early tests, does anyone know if Early tests actually get refund Before Jan 29 or we just get accepted early and have to wait for refund after Feb 5th, I also have none of the EITC or ATC that everyone is talking about does anyone know

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                                                              • krissyg

                                                                    I filed Jan 10 at HR Block I got text that my taxes were sent on Jan 16, I got text IRS accepted my refund on Jan 17 at 12am, I went to IRS Wheres my refund and it has first orange bar filled in that my refund was accepted, I have been hearing about early tests, does anyone know if Early tests actually get refund Before Jan 29 or we just get accepted early and have to wait for refund after Feb 5th, I also have none of the EITC or ATC that everyone is talking about

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                                                                  • Chilling in CA

                                                                        @thecommi5h:
                                                                        If your filing thru TT yes it says the 18th but now they are saying after midnight. I just logged on and it said the forms were not ready yet although someone on this forum stated they filed with TT and were accepted 🤔 ???

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                                                                      • winning mom

                                                                            @Momof4girlsand1boy: I believe we started seeing the first batches of direct deposits last year just a couple days after the Feb. 15 PATH release. I know people were seeing money before the 20th, but not All of the test batch.

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                                                                          • Monksmom4-25

                                                                                I just sent you all a cup of joe…….. I’ve been here for for years lurking started asking a free questions last year and now this year slowly starting to keep up with and talk to others. Thanks for being here for me and others during the busy season and when all year for some

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                                                                              • Momof4girlsand1boy

                                                                                    I filed on 1/8/2018 submit it, just got accepted today with both credits, with the test batches when will my refund make it to my bank?

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                                                                                  • Retreat

                                                                                        @TexasCandy: Indeed…That’s what I am worried about. And for you, you will affected 2X as active military may not get paid. I just hope they square that mess at the Hill. So much going on there…And I found that Congress will still get paid…Ironically!!!

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                                                                                      • miad

                                                                                            Ok y’all what do you guys honestly think… if all goes well and i said if… when do you think us early filers and early acceptances will get our refund? No path act mess this year… just curious…

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                                                                                          • Fed

                                                                                                @thecommi5h: If you have additional forms to fill1099, ACA forms or Child Tax credit the IRS won’t start processing then until today bc they know most people have not even been mailed those forms yet. However, if your return is a 1040ez with no credits, you will be able to file and get accepted within a few hours.

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                                                                                              • thecommi5h

                                                                                                    Hello all,

                                                                                                    I see some people have already filed, i get the message stating that the forms wont be ready till the 18th (today) , is there something I am doing wrong or need to know?

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                                                                                                  • Amberlynn90

                                                                                                        Anyone else getting fraudulent calls. First ppl claiming to be us treasury and now claiming to be IRS filing a lawsuit saying to call them at 859-448-5358. Such a joke

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                                                                                                      • jclark511

                                                                                                            I’ve used Taxact for 15 years now, they have never failed me & I have never paid a dime to have my taxes done. I filed on Jan 15 & was accepted Jan 17. Claimed one child but did not qualify for EIC or ACTC. Fingers crossed that I’ll get my return in the next couple of weeks. I have a wedding to plan! :D

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                                                                                                          • Fed

                                                                                                                Filed at midnight with TT and accepted at 2pm today. Simple return no Child Tax or EITC. Should be a quick year. Last year I had to wait until Feb 15th cycle bc of EITC and got my refund a couple days before that DDD cycle date.

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                                                                                                              • Retreat

                                                                                                                    @Ammda: I had the same feeling before hitting that button…but I thought: why not??? 1st time I file free in many years… and I DO love that feeling!!! I trust all will be well for us. Sending you some good vibes.

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                                                                                                                  • Monksmom4-25

                                                                                                                        @Retreat: i just switched today i was so hesitant but over heard good things i was with to since 2012…..i alreadyay love the fact it’s totally free im a small business so my fees were$89 with tt…. Here’s hoping everything works out

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                                                                                                                      • kehsaj

                                                                                                                            why don’t the people on this site tell its user to use Free Tax or go through the irs.gov click on Free file select the tax company from there and STOP paying fees. If you qualify for EIC especially you should NOT be paying fee

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                                                                                                                          • kehsaj

                                                                                                                                @Relly: I been trying to explain this for years and make a nice salary and never pay to file my taxes

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                                                                                                                              • Drew

                                                                                                                                    Is there much time difference on getting a refund from TUrbo Tax by paying for fees upfront versus having the taken from your refund ??

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