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?
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.