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.

Tax Topic 152     Daily vs. Weekly    Transcripts
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  1. Nika911

    Gm all waiter and helper. Still here… I end up calling a ta. To humor myself considering I been doing taxes since I was 18 and I’m 35 now and have dealt with them n the past. Nothing’s changed. They just takne all the credit for releases and ain’t releasing shihhh. My ta called me just to say send ameded to it’s reg mail and send her a copy so she can send her copy of to the irs with a stamp. Smfh. I friend her. The ta person who set it all up told me to print ameneed form and wait for ta to call. He’ll I could’ve been a week up and did it myself and cut her out. Which I did. Sent my amendd right on in. Especially if she couldn’t tell me which lines I’m actually changing. I hung up with her and wait for my 1040x to get processed. I ain’t addn a middle man to delay me any more. Smh

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  2. jpockets420
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Illinois
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      MoneyNetwork
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jul-21
    • WMR Date:
      Jul-25
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    @Sheila_33: thank you :)

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  3. 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

    @jpockets420: Congratulations!

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  4. jpockets420
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Illinois
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      MoneyNetwork
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jul-21
    • WMR Date:
      Jul-25
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    I was also given an extra $95 in interest.

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  5. jpockets420
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Illinois
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      MoneyNetwork
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jul-21
    • WMR Date:
      Jul-25
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, 4464C Letter, Weekly

    Finally after almost 6 months of waiting I woke up today with 2 bars and a July 25th ddd on wmr. On the 10th I was given a TA to figure out what was going on with my return because up until then nobody could give me an answer. On Thursday of last week the TA called and told me the 6 month delay was because one of my employers didn’t send my w2 until July 5th. She said everything looked good and that I will have my refund within 2 weeks. I’m glad the wait is finally over. I’ll probably go through the same thing next year because of this employer though.

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  6. CinderellaGirl

    Hello all, I posted my tax return thru H and R block. It was received by the IRS on 7/11/18. A few days later it went to a status of “your refund is still being processed,” and my bar was gone. I have never seen this before. I researched but mostly found a lot of tax filers in the same boat as me. I called the IRS, and was told it was flagged, but there is no status as to why it was flagged at that time. Today I checked my status, it is now approved, my bar is back and my refund is due the 25th.

    So I’m just posting this to share with everyone that a still being processed could be nothing serious, and potentially you could get your refund in a timely manner.

    Good luck everyone.

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  7. Staci B.

    @Nicole: hi, I went into audit on feb 2, sent all documents in early march, and some additional documents in march 22. got letter in mail yesterday from TA that documents I to IRS on march 22, have not been viewed yet, so he’s pushing the Irs to review the documents to get my refund released. so my documents I sent have been sitting without anyone them for almost 4 mos. TA said that my case should be wrapped up by end of Sept. and just think by then it will be almost time for tax season 2018….smh.

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  8. Nicole

    and now I have to wait until Aug 1 for any more information. My return was assigned to 3 different people in the exam department. A determination has been made that is either going to be a final amount or a request for receipts for all my schedule C items.

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  9. 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

    @LAKEY: Are you able to see your transcript codes online or have you ordered them by mail?

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  10. LAKEY

    @Sheila_33: I was told by the IRS its was for the year 2014 and 2015, by me moving and never received it in the mail, I was able to do a audit reconsideration.

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  11. 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

    @LAKEY: If you don’t mind me asking, when did you go into audit?

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  12. 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

    @Jalisa: That last code is showing interest due you, have you seen any different on your wmr?

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  13. Nicole

    @LAKEY: ugh, this tax year is a mess. I got a letter saying my refund was adjusted and I would be getting my refund within 2-3 weeks. That was dated July 2. I have a feeling they are going to pull some crap though.

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  14. LAKEY

    @Nicole: The crazy part is that she’s not the one calling me its me calling her, she keeps saying she’s sent me letters but I have yet to receive anything, my last time getting any letters was the beginning of April and that was from the IRS telling me that I owe them almost $18,000 ( which is not true ) because of the audit for 2014 and 2015.

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  15. LAKEY

    FINALLY SPOKE WITH MY TA!!!! Unfortunately, I may be getting a return towards the end of this year, that sucks because school will be starting very soon, and here it is I’m sending proof that my children are my children, I’ve sent in soooooo much information just to be told that she hasn’t even gotten a person from the examination dept to view it, Now I have to go and get additional information from their PCP and their private school (which is no problem), hate I’m dealing with this because I’ve been waiting since Feb, and sad part I’m not looking forward to a refund anymore. I honestly give up…. Good Luck to you all, I pray you all get good news. My next call is set for 7/30/18

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  16. Jalisa
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Michigan
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Date Approved:
      Jul-7
    • WMR Date:
      Jul-11
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 420, TC 570, TC 971, 4883C Letter, 4464C Letter, CP05 Notice, Weekly

    @Sheila_33: @Staci B.: my recent transcripts are cycle code 20180805
    150 4/15/2018
    806 4/15/2018
    766. 4/15/2018
    768. 4/15/2018
    570 3/12/2018
    971. 3/19/2018
    420 5/18/2018
    971. 4/16/2018
    977 4/16/2018
    767. 4/15/2018
    765. 4/15/2018
    807. 4/15/2018
    290. 7/23/2018. New cycle code 20182705
    470. 4/16/2018
    977. 4/16/2018
    846 7/11/2018
    776 7/23/2018

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  17. 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

    @Jalisa: Have you gotten your transcripts yet? Any codes added?

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  18. Staci B.

    @Jalisa: hi, believe it I was telling my daughter about your tax situation last week and was wondering what happened, I’m sad to hear that you are still getting the run around. I recently reached out to my congressman to see if he can take a look into my situation, i filed in jan. audit started feb. 2nd. haven’t had any movement on my return since april 2nd. my TA has yet to return any calls and with school right around the corner, I really need my refund. I understand an audit can take time however, to not get any info on my case is unacceptable, hope ur sitation changes for the good, to be given a DDD. and not get your refund is not fair.

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  19. Jalisa
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Michigan
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Date Approved:
      Jul-7
    • WMR Date:
      Jul-11
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 420, TC 570, TC 971, 4883C Letter, 4464C Letter, CP05 Notice, Weekly

    I was given a ddd never got my money was told i was audited for dependents sent the info in now idk whats next I amended btw smh i waited all these weeks for nothing im over it as well

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  20. Autumnecks

    Those of us waiting for our taxes still need to unite and cause some kind of an uproar. This is ridiculous already.
    If we owed the IRS money, they would’ve put liens on our property by now but they can sit on ours.. I’m over it.

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  21. Staci B.

    @Taxavenger: [email protected]: Thanks, thats sad because I was on hold over 2 hrs. and had to hang up because my phone battery died, its sad because what choice do we have but to wait? and I’ve still haven’t gotten any answers, just getting the run around, been waiting since jan. i’m being audited but with it being almost 7 mos. someone should be able to give me some valid information. again, thanks.

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  22. Staci B.

    @ehuggy080193: during a normal tax season I’d say give it 3 weeks before you get an update, but this tax season has been anything but normal….there has been alot of delays, reviews and audits this year, but hopefully you have missed all the drama and will update this saturday or by next week. if you can check your transcripts you will be able to see your codes(when the irs has finished your returns).. which will tell you alot about what is going on with your refund. wmr usually have alot of updates with direct deposit dates over night fri. night into early Saturday morning. Good luck.

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  23. LAKEY

    Has anyone ever had this to happen and still got their refund……audited for previous years sent in verification for those years, IRS approve documents and release funds?

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  24. ehuggy080193

    Since I filed my federal return after tax day. I filed with TurboTax and they emailed me on July 11th saying IRS accepted my return. Today is July 19th and the where’s my refund app says it’s still being processed and it says tax topic 152 on same page. I did direct deposit to my NetSpend account and efiled. Any idea when to expect my refund or what days does the where’s my refund app update? Thanks for the help

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  25. Exhausted filer

    Hey y’all just an update got a audit on my cp05 requesting proof of amount claiming (account summary deposits) (is what I sent) also proof of address from my dependent (school record or insurance ) sent in information they requested about 2 1/2 weeks ago will call next week to follow up . Ohhh filed Feb 21st …. hope things will be finished soon

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  26. Roxybaby85

    I actually just have a question. I filed my 15 16 and 17 rax return this year. I did owe the irs but I still have a refund of about 2500 coming to me. I had to get a tax advocate in the beginning of June and still no money! I know they have all of my returns and have processed 16 and 17 but 15 is still sitting there
    Once they take the remaining amount I should have my return but do you know how long does this take?

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  27. AboutTime

    AboutTime
    July 18, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    Just an update… Irs refund check was mailed out on 7/16/2018 and recieved it in the mail today… good luck guys… My DD date was scheduled for 2/22/2018 and was sent back because my wifes name wasnt on the account.. almost 5 month’s later we recieved the check

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  28. AboutTime

    Just an update… Irs refund check was mailed out on 7/16/2018 and recieved it in the mail today… good luck guys… My DD date was scheduled for 2/22/2018 and was sent back because my wifes name wasnt on the account.. almost 5 month’s later we recieved the check..

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