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.

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. TH0020

    @NikkiS.: yes mine went to a regular bank account and it was there this morning at 530am! I wasn’t expecting today even though my date was 2/22 because sbbt just sent yesterday and it usually takes 1-2 business days to get to a regular bank


  2. ManOfGod

    @miad: lol I know your feeling I’m in the same exact situation and the advicate told me the same thing to give the IRS until the 27th to release all Path credit related refunds and to give then a call on the 28th if I didn’t get my $ smh. This year has been a complete disaster of a filling season for all of us with this 570 thing smh.Nakes no sense at all to be holding our $ like this.


  3. NikkiS.

    Anyone have their refund set to go to a bank account and have a did for 2/22and not have a refund? WMR says it is set to be sent by today but I still have 2 bars.


  4. TammyR

    @JAH: In California had a ddd for today 2/22/18 and nothing in my bank account and the website still says approved but no sent ???????


  5. SLT5757

    @Jjayandguppy: I have not. I will do that, jay.

    My refund was 4213.00 and it showed a deposit from HR Block for like 3030.00 or something. So, about 1100 was either held or in limbo.


  6. Craig

    Good luck. To all still waiting
    This is a great site. Very informative but also a great place to vent with other people going thru the same issues. Going to take a nap.


  7. SLT5757

    @waiting for my coins: I suppose anything is possible. I’ve used TurnoTax and done my own for more than 10 years. This is my first year with HR Block. Wouldn’t there be a notice of some sort of the IRS found a discrepancy and decided my refund should be 1,000 less?

    Just makes no sense. No offsets, no notices, no clue.


  8. TammyR

    In California had a ddd for today 2/22/18 and nothing in my bank account and the website still says approved but no sent ??????? Anybody going Thur this


  9. Jjayandguppy

    @SLT5757: did you check with your bank? Sometimes they hold part of your money to firther verify it.I would check with them of you already hadn’t.


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