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. Nika911

    @Nia: people n here still from filing in Jan. Irs is months behind hope u get it’s soon . I filed Jan 24 th [email protected] toIRS: till nothing. If I calld that reg number and I received a cp05 letter it said credit applied 9 hunt and sumtjn then they list my reg refund amtm is that my interest added? I’m still at “your return is being processed ” wmr still down here as well

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  2. AlyssaF

    I filed Feb.20th , got a letter dated March 15th saying I had to wait 45 to 60 days . Called its on May 14th she escalated my return and added another 60 days I haven’t got another letter or anything what is it I need to do

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  3. Pattycake84

    This year is my first year using h and r block and having fees taken out then sent to my bank. Do you get yoir refund the same ddd shown on wmr?

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  4. Waiting impatienly

    @Nia: My 45 days review was up May 10th, but when I called they said it is 60 days ( wich was yesterday) I’m calling back on Tuesday to ask for a referral to put in

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  5. KMurph

    @wrongw2sent toIRS: I hope my TA calls with good news next week! Nothing has changed in WMR or WMAR. Still processing. I hope a DD date miraculously appears!

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  6. Nia
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Alabama
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-22
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Green Dot
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

    I haven’t said anything I’ve just been waiting patiently. I filed the second week of February, and I still don’t have a DDD yet. Still no bars… I’ll call again on tomorrow. My 45 days from the date I got my letter was last Monday.

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  7. wrappedwithbands
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-26
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, TC 420, TC 570, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    Well on a positive note (I have to try to lie to myself), next week I’ll start earning $16.00 per day from interest on my refund. That’s if the rate is 3% annually. I saw it in a blog article.

    3% divides by 365 = x
    X multiplied by refund = daily interest.

    I shared the formula I used just in case my math is off.

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  8. Christie B

    wrongw2sent toIRS Congrats! Yeah, I figured as we neared the end of this month they’d push me out before they really had to start paying extra interest.

    For many who are left, I predict this down time for “maintenance” they’re having with the WMR soon will result in many getting DD’s when it is all over. I don’t think they want to carry a whole lot of people over into June with the potential for interest.

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  9. Iwerkkhard17

    Thanks to my helpful TA I got a DDD how ever I still owed a past tax debt it’s been forever and a milktion years since I actually filed wish I had got a TA a lot sooner than just waiting it out. I got her on April 14 DDD May 31

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  10. wrongw2sent toIRS

    @Christie Bluhm: Mine shows interest added as well. I got a DDD toady

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  11. wrongw2sent toIRS

    @KMurph: My refund was holding due to employer sending wrong w2 info. I got a tax advocate 3 weeks ago which told me when she asked them to release my refund they said I was getting audited, and that they were going to send her the audit letter but I got a date today for May 31st.

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  12. beautifult
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Georgia
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-11
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-11
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      BOA
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    @[email protected]: i really doubt it. At this point i feel i will be here forever lol. But it does sound good

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  13. KMurph

    I’m still here as well. Mailed in amended this past Monday. Hopefully my TA will get the ball rolling. Seeing as though I have a hardship. By the time they give me my money the hardship will have been taken care of. SMH!! They are really ruining lives, financially.

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  14. FingersCrossedinAZ
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      AZ
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/MetaBank
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Education Credit (8863), W2
    • 4464C Letter

    @NoTax$inSC: I was told the same thing. They said my referral was closed May 2nd and I would get a letter for wages. Still nothing nor do transcripts show anything sent. I filed in January and I have only received 4464c letter saying to do nothing. I may call again Tuesday. I remember a friend of mine one year had to put a referral in twice and the second time she got her money.

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  15. FingersCrossedinAZ
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      AZ
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/MetaBank
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Education Credit (8863), W2
    • 4464C Letter

    Still here and nothing. No change on transcripts. I’ll be here until Xmas…lol. After my referral was put in back in April the rep said it was closed May 2nd and I should receive a letter in a few weeks. It’s been 3 weeks and no letter and nothing on my transcript indicating one. The IRS is a hot mess. It will just come when it comes I guess. Congrats to everyone with a DDD. Good luck to the 2 or 3 of us still waiting.

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  16. beautifult
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Georgia
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-11
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-11
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      BOA
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    Still here as well. My as of date finally changed yesterday though. First time since filing lol. I guess someone is finally doing something

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  17. Christie Bluhm

    Finally got a DD date. A little bit of interest was added. Good luck to everyone.

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  18. frustrated

    It’s been a long road. I filed in January. Received my CP05 March 12. I never did get a TA. Woke up to WMR Stating to June 5 DD. Good luck everyone…dont give up hope!

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  19. Tia

    Finally ddd may 31

    Filed mailed return March 29
    If verify May 3
    Woke up to a due date for the 31

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  20. wrappedwithbands
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-26
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, TC 420, TC 570, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    Question. Is reviewing a return (examining it), the same thing as trying to find a way to make me owe taxes? In other words, was I asked to show my cards? I hate to think this woman (my TA) asked me for these documents to see what they (IRS) can ask for and what they can’t. I’m going to look for an attorney this weekend, just in case, they try to play the ” we didn’t ask the taxpayer to send in documents. Now we are asking for xyz move.”

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  21. Waiting in Houston TX

    Update: my refund was just deposited to my account 3 hours ago. If I hadn’t got a TA I would’ve been waiting until August

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  22. NoTax$inSC

    Update
    Still no tax money!

    Filed late January. EIC Child Tax Credit.
    Early Feb I check my transcripts and already had a 570 code dated March 5th.
    March 5th received a 4464c letter stating 60 day review.
    Waited 63 days and called. They said it looked fine and they would request my funds be released.

    Cled back to see if any update.
    Lady on phone said it looks like I’ll be getting a letter because wages don’t match what they received.

    I compared my w2’s, the print out from taxslayer when I filed and my transcripts and everything matched perfectly.

    So. Does the lady on the phone or know what she’s talking about?
    I don’t see how they could have something different from one of our employers when they should have exactly what the employer gave me on the w2.
    Anyways. I domt see an end in sight.

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  23. Johndeere2006

    If your refund issue date on ur transcript is let’s say June 4th. Is that the date you can expect to receive the mailed check by or is that the date that they mail it

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  24. Waiting in Houston TX

    Mailed Return – 3/20/18 (due to no ip pin)
    Return Accepted – 4/5/18
    Unpostable since 4/9/18
    No letters ever mailed/No Bars/ refund will be processed whenever it’s processed
    Got a TA -5/16/18
    TA called me 5/21/18 said upon looking at my return she see everything matches and that she sent an email to someone to process my return and that if I don’t receive my refund Wednesday of next week then I will the first Wednesday of June.

    5/24/18- wmr changed to “ we have received your tax return and it is being processed “

    6/7/18 – TA will call me back if she doesn’t call me before to give me a refund date

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  25. Nika911

    @IhatetheIRS30: u have to order in the mail or call 18008291040 and ask for transcripts faxed to u

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  26. Moms4Lifeof4

    @Johndeere2006: Mine finished yesterday also cant see my trans tho. Depends on your bank you might get it earlier since they are shutting down, but for sure that is your date congrats.

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  27. Nika911

    @Stillwaiting on 2017 tax return: o I got that one. That’s the main number who told u that was the cp05hotline that’s the main number where u gota CAll trillion times before but can talk to someone.but thanks. This is the worse tax yr ever

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  28. Johndeere2006

    @Moms4Lifeof4: it processed yesterday and trans updated today with all the codes and the 846 code and 776 even for interest earned. The 846 is for June 4th. Idk wether that’s for the date I’ll receive the check by or that’s when it’s mailed

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  29. wrappedwithbands
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-26
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, TC 420, TC 570, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    *bluff (so much stress my English is terrible. Please excuse me.)

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  30. wrappedwithbands
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-26
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, TC 420, TC 570, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    I forgot one important piece of info. The TA said that they are going to review me, but the Agent said they haven’t decided yet. Without asking, I asked the right questions so she would have to look at my transcript. I needed to know if I had any updates. (hehe) Who is accurate? Wouldn’t there be information in the system? Is it like the IGMR poster said, the TA was calling my alleged buff?

    This is worse than dealing with city government offices. LOL

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  31. wrappedwithbands
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-26
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, TC 420, TC 570, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    Someone is not being honest. It’s one thing to get different answers from different people (when you call a call center), but something isn’t right. I took one of the posters indirect suggestion and called the IRS back. I got a woman on the phone who placed me on a long hold. I figured she was asking someone how to answer my question because all I asked was whether or not any letters were sent. Last time I called it took 1 minute for the Agent to answer me. She came back and asked me a question regarding my wages. Wages that have not changed in god know’s how long. It’s less than $1k.

    That question was key because it’s clearly the hold-up. I keep having difficulty because I have multiple w-2s, one of which I am a stat employee (that gets treated like self-employment in terms of being able to claim expenses.) When I told her the amount listed on line 7 and explained that my other wages have to get reported on a schedule C, she sounded confused. My TA said, that the reviewers/examiners don’t understand. I need someone to get these people training or a dummy book.

    I tell the Agent that the last letter was in February, more than 100 days ago. I have not received ANY letters since (and I hint – since all these other codes were placed 810, 420, and 540.)

    She says the same thing the TA told me way back when the IRS is trying to determine whether or not they’re going to review my return. ( Yes, WTF? I was just told this week that they are.) So review does equal an audit because she gave me the examinations dept when I requested a letter stating what’s going on.

    Order of Codes
    810 – 3/20
    420 – 4/13
    570 – 4/30

    I was told the examination department has 45 days to decide whether or not they want to review my return + the actual review. I think if a TA is involved they have to get back within a week. Anyway, you do it, its still “not right.” The IRS agent said the exam team has from 4/30 to decide if they want to review. That means I’m only on day 25. My return was not filed in April, it was filed in January! Therefore, I’m sure if forked over the money to get an attorney, I probably would have a case of so sort. I dunno, can the IRS be sued for any kind of damages and lying?

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  32. Nervous

    @Steven: wonder if mine will be following close behind yours since mine was released about the same time 😳

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  33. Irsblues
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-31
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Education Credit (8863), W2
    • TC 570, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    Just checked transcript…nothing updated as of yet. No movement on my transcripts in two weeks. My as of Date is 5/28/16. Last code was placed on 4/20. WMAR shows amended was received but transcript doesn’t reflect.

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  34. Johndeere2006

    Ahh my amended return that was accepted on April 2nd was processed finally. Transcripts updated today with 846 It says issued 06-04-2018
    When will they mail the check. Is it on the 4th or is that when I’ll receive it

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