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.

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What Others Are Saying:

  1. KashwithnoCash

        Maybe I can give anyone waiting some hope…i filed march 13th. After 3 weeks with no money, I got 60 day review letter in the mail. Two days after 60 day review was up, I looked AT my transcript n saw exam code and received a request for docs which i sent back May 17th. Received the dreaded “we’re overwhelmed” letter July 21st. The nothing until I called first week of October when the lady said they were finally on May docs. Received 4549 on October 27th, which i sent back Nov 2nd. So I am currently waiting for the refund release.

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      • StuckinStowewithnodough

            Spoke to the IRS this week to check yet again on my return…nadda, nothing except its been assigned…the woman told me point blank it will be 2018 before I see my return…I don’t even now what to say or do any more because in reality there isn’t much we can do but …wait &wait&wait….I really hope this does not happen again next year…ridiculous.

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          • TSC

                Does anyone know if the same child tax credit or EIC refund hold applies this year as well? If so I’ll probably file end of February just to avoid the whole tense waiting period.

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              • Charlyse

                    @HereErryYear: That was very helpful! Exactly the info I was looking for. I just got married in February and filing injured spouse is my only hope to receiving a refund, which we desperately need.

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                  • Desperate Boss

                        Someone help me please, I have a small business and I have sent off 1099s for contractors but I stupidly never sent off W9s for each contractor .Problem is that I think they already have filed and maybe audiied.Is it too late to send them off ? Please help me!

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                      • Stillhavefaith

                            What does it mean if the status changes from under review to is now processing. I have been under review for ten months now.

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                          • Mississippi Mom

                                @Blink: Me too. I filed on January 26, 2017. My state was accepted a few days later. I still haven’t received my state refund yet. It still says processing whenever I check it. I’m in Mississippi. They are slow with the state tax anyway, but it’s neeever taken this long.

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                              • StuckinStowewithnodough

                                    November 1st…still not a thing…258 days…hoping for a special Christmas surprise…but losing total faith

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                                  • StuckinStowewithnodough

                                        @Impatientjen: My last letter was dated for 45 days ago…no new letter, nothing- can’t get through to IRS (unless you have a few hours to just hold maybe…I was on hold 90 minutes the other day & needed to go to work) I am at the point I really am thinking I will never, ever receive my money…and we’re going to be filing again soon enough…also afraid I will go through this again…and they keep the money that is rightfully mine…I feel bad if they are this short handed, I do- but these new laws or whatever shouldn’t have been implemented if they couldn’t handle it…it’s to the point it really is not fair at all. Rant over…Nov 1st…tick tock

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                                      • HereErryYear

                                            @Pamela: For what it’s worth, we filed injured spouse in 2017 and it took about 6 weeks after acceptance to receive our refund.

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                                          • Mary

                                                @PAMELA I’m sure the IRS has received your return, it can take several weeks for an injured spouse to process and they have been very slow about processing them out although this seems like a glacial pace.

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                                              • Pamela

                                                    My husband and I filed jointly and also we filed the injured spouse form electronically with our tax preparer back on April 18, 2017. I had made several calls to the number we were givin to check on the status..the first time I called, the agent I talked to said that the form didnt go through and would have to be sent again, so our trust tax lady sent 2 copies, one electronically and the other one through postal mail so that they were sure to get the form this time.I gave it some time and I called back again, this time the agent saids it went through ok , there would be an 11 week wait..I waited a few weeks and called back again.This time the agent I spoke with said it didnt go through.So for the last time, our tax lady sent in the form once again and its been way past the time it is suppose to be processed and sent to me..How can I find out for sure if its been processed and sent to me?

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                                                  • Nelly 09

                                                        Wmr updated My check will be mailed out October 20th can someone tell me if they’re going to mail it out on the 20th or before the 20th

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                                                      • Impatientjen

                                                            @StuckinStowewithnodough: i am in the same situation. Been waiting and waiting. Last letter I got said they would have a decision by September 17th. Almost a month later and haven’t heard nothing.

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                                                          • StuckinStowewithnodough

                                                                Still….NOTHING…filed in January…many letters saying they needed more time, called a month ago (again) and they were just getting to ones that the paperwork sent was uploaded in May…yet I received a letter in early April saying they received my paperwork…going on 240 days since February 15…thousands in my state haven’t even received their state…is this some bad joke?? In this day & age you would think both the state & federal tax departments could process the returns in a more timely efficient matter. I have no doubt I will still be waiting for my refund when I am filing for this year with the way things are going…even sadder & frustrating is there is nothing I can do about it…even the IRS worker I spoke to said ” It’s the government, not much you can do”…Ughhhhh…yet if I owed they’d be quick & dierect

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                                                              • Flipflop

                                                                    @Impatientjen: if the card rejects the deposit, it will be returned electronically to the IRS. A paper check will then be issued. This process can take several weeks. If you moved since you filed, you should call the IRS and update your address.

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                                                                  • Impatientjen

                                                                        @Flipflop: I’m concerned about the card it is suppose to go on. We got the Jackson Hewitt card and i’m not sure if they will close it due to no activity

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                                                                      • nikola

                                                                            Hi, I filled on january 26 my tax return. I am still in process. 3 months ago they sent me mail to fill about my father, mother, where they live, when they are born and their place of birht. I fill that and I sent the next day. I am still in process, and on the phone, when I call the IRS, only voice machine answes. Any help?

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                                                                          • Esti

                                                                                Hi,
                                                                                Ive not recived any check and I would like to put my tax refund directly in my bank account.

                                                                                Thank you,

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                                                                              • First time filer in serious need of answers

                                                                                    Thanks everyone who took the time out to Answer my questions. I updated today with a DDD of oct 12th. I am beyond happy its finally over

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                                                                                  • Crystal1943

                                                                                        ? I have a tax advocate she contacted me a few days ago to inform me how much my refund will be so my question is how long will it be before it’s mailed to me

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                                                                                      • Flipflop

                                                                                            @Nelly 09: the bank will reject it and electronically send it back. The irs then issues a paper check. This process could take several weeks. At this point, the direct deposit can’t be stopped.

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                                                                                          • one of the gang89

                                                                                                @Nelly 09: You might want to give the IRS a call to save yourself some time. Let them know account is closed and you want check mailed.

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                                                                                              • one of the gang89

                                                                                                    Hello all!!
                                                                                                    Was just checking in to see what was up. Cannot believe people are still waiting. JUST NO DAMN EXCUSE!!!
                                                                                                    And to think in just a few short months, the whole thing starts all over. SMFH!!!

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                                                                                                  • Flipflop

                                                                                                        @Impatientjen: where’s my refund will not help you when you’re being audited. Yes they are soooooo behind. They’re working mail all the way back to April. They have to work everything in date order. If they got yours in March, I’d be calling them.

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                                                                                                      • Impatientjen

                                                                                                            We got audited and I sent everything to them in march. They sent a reply saying they received everything and would have a decision in April. Then in may I got a letter saying they are overwhelmed and would have a decision in July then another letter saying they would have a decision September 17. I’m still waitong. Where’s my refund tells me I’m putting in wrong info

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