Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2017?

The IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns beginning on January 23, 2017.

When Can You File Taxes in 2017?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2017.  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?

2017 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 2017 tax season (2016 tax year) have been updated with 2017 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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Blink

    I filed April 5th 2017, still no state refund, I check online it says processing, how much longer

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Afountain

    I have a ? I had the take action notice and now that has chaned to your return is being processed doe anyone know if this a good sign.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Nelly 09

    How long does it take to get a check if bank account closed my date for direct deposit is 10/4

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. First time filer in serious need of answers

    @Mary: Thanks …hopefully i will update this friday. I was told that my refund was released this past thurs. Or attempted to be released

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  21. Mary

    @FIRST TIME Usually being able to order both the account and return transcripts is a good sign for a DDD, Good Luck

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  22. First time filer in serious need of answers

    @Flipflop: since im able to order transcripts do you think its possible that i may be a part of the next update?

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  23. First time filer in serious need of answers

    @Flipflop: Ok thanks….not sure why im having such a hard time. Ive seem people get their refund the following week from ID verify. Meanwhile this is the first change ive had since February. I got a little too excited when i was able to order my return transcript. I could never order one, only the account transcript.

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  24. Flipflop

    @First time filer in serious need of answers: Maybe. They could be blank though if the return is not fully processed. The nine week timeframe they gave you is a standard response. They have to tell you that. It usually doesn’t take that long this time of year.

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  25. First time filer in serious need of answers

    @Flipflop: Thanks so much for your response…i am now able to order both transcripts over the phone does that mean i should get something soon?

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  26. Flipflop

    @First time filer in serious need of answers: WMR can update at any time, not just Saturday. It sounds like your return finally went back into processing. Sorry you had to wait so long. It will happen. Just keep checking. I can’t advise you about the transcript issue. Try again.

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  27. First time filer in serious need of answers

    @Zajd N:

    Call the IRS: 1-800-829-1040 hours 7 AM – 7 PM local time Monday-Friday

    When calling the IRS do NOT choose the first option re: “Refund”, or it will send you to an automated phone line.

    So after first choosing your language, then do NOT choose Option 1 (refund info). Choose option 2 for “personal income tax” instead.

    Then press 1 for “form, tax history, or payment”.

    Then press 3 “for all other questions.”

    Then press 2 “for all other questions.”

    – When it asks you to enter your SSN or EIN to access your account information, don’t enter anything.

    – After it asks twice, you will get another menu.

    Then press 2 for personal or individual tax questions.

    It should then transfer you to an agent.

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  28. Zajd N

    How to talk to a Human at IRS?? My ex employer contributed too much to my 401k several years ago. Now I get a letter and a 1099 R form from them but no explanation of what I am supposed to do. Can anyone advise me?

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  29. First time filer in serious need of answers

    Filed on feb 7th and received a letter march 1st to id verify. Didnt pass the verification on the phone and had to go in person. Finally had an appt on Aug 24th and passed verification and was told it could take 9 weeks. I called sept 5th to make sure everything was fine and was told that it was just “sitting” and never went into processing. She fixed it and said that its no longer on hold and my 9 weeks would actually start from sept 5 instead of aug 24. I woke up thurs. Morn (21st) and my status changed for the first time since Feb (i check daily lol) from “your tax return is still processing a refund date will be provided when available ” to ” we have received your tax return and it is being processed”. Any idea what this means? Also at one point i could request account transcript by mail however as of Thursday its giving me an error. I pray these changes are a good thing because I feel like giving up…..this is my first time ever filing taxes and im having the worst experience. Does anyone know why WMR changed for me thurs instead of saturday like i see majority of other people? Can anyone please help me and provide me with some insight

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  30. flipflop

    @angiesview101: Yes and next year will be just as bad as this year, if not worse. My advice is to NOT file early and make sure all income/withholding is reported accurately! Also, if you’re claiming children for the credits, make sure you are entitled to claim those children! :)

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  31. angiesview101
    • Tax Preparer:

      TurboTax

    • Fees:

      From Refund

    • State:

      California

    • Filing Date:

      Jan-25

    • Date Accepted:

      Jan-25

    • Bank or Prepaid:

      HSBC

    • WMR Bars:

      3rd Bar

    • Date Approved:

      Feb-18

    • WMR:

      Feb-23

    • Direct Deposit Date:

      Feb-23

    • I Got My Refund!

      Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), W2

      Tax Topic 152

    2018 tax season is almost here y’all

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  32. Jac

    2016 taxes: after two letters and 5 months waiting for my tax refund the number I was told to call only gives me “it is being processed”. There is no explanation except a prior conversation with a live clerk saying it was in the identity theft dept. I am 74 years old and this is the first time this has happened. They know it is my tax return and I believe the only thieves are the IRS using this ploy to keep the refund as long as possible, or possibly keeping my refund.

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  33. wjc008

    Hello everyone I am wondering, how long does it take to get a check mailed to you from the IRS? Refund was approved for the 27th but I requested a check instead of direct deposit.

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  34. theres finally light at the end of the tunnel

    @Flipflop: No, that wasn’t the reason. She said because I had a legally binding agreement with TT to have my fees deducted from my refund that the IRS could not interfere with or come in between that. She said I would have to resolve the issue with TT by having them provide me with a letter stating that my agreement with them was cancelled. I no longer have a Netspend account which is where my refund was originally scheduled to be released to and I have been displaced from my residence from the storm so she cant mail me a check. I had to provide her with a new routing and account number to receive my refund. She said that by the IRS sending my refund to a different account from where the TT fees were suppose to deducted would be interfering with agreement with TT which the IRS can not and will not do. So after explaining the issue and my hardship to TT, surprisingly they agreed to provide me with a letter stating that our agreement was cancelled and that the refund could be released to me.

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  35. theres finally light at the end of the tunnel

    No, that wasn’t the reason. She said because I had a legally binding agreement with TT to have my fees deducted from my refund that the IRS could not interfere with or come in between that. She said I would have to resolve the issue with TT by having them provide me with a letter stating that my agreement with them was cancelled. I no longer have a Netspend account which is where my refund was originally scheduled to be released to and I have been displaced from my residence from the storm so she cant mail me a check. I had to provide her with a new routing and account number to receive my refund. She said that by the IRS sending my refund to a different account from where the TT fees were suppose to deducted would be interfering with agreement with TT which the IRS can not and will not do. So after explaining the issue and my hardship to TT, surprisingly they agreed to provide me with a letter stating that our agreement was cancelled and that the refund could be released to me.

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  36. Flipflop

    @theres finally light at the end of the tunnel: I found out that subject to a few exceptions, exam cannot work or close any cases with the earned income credit (I don’t know if you’re claiming that) until October 1st. Whether this includes TAS or disaster (hurricane victims) cases, I’m not sure. It sounds like they’ll be issuing your refund by check. The TA can put a hardship rush on it. I think you should check with your TA to find out if that’s what they’re doing.

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  37. theres finally light at the end of the tunnel

    @Flipflop: Hi. So the TA finally called me back on Monday stating that since I had an agreement/contract with TT to have my fees deducted from my return that I had to resolve the issue with TT first before she could have my refund released because the IRS can not come in between a contract in place. And that I needed to obtain a letter from them clearly stating that the agreement was cancelled. I spoke with TT yesterday explaining my hardship with Hurricane Irma, and to my surprise they agreed to cancel the agreement made and emailed me a letter stating so. I faxed the letter to the TA this morning. Any idea how much longer before I’ll receive the refund?

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  38. Miller

    @Flipflop: This has been a headache! I’ve claimed the same two kids since they were born and worked the same place for 14 years. I filed back in February and they pulled me for audit for verification of my dependants….I’ve been so patient. I haven’t been calling or anything. I actually had forgotten about it until April. I’ve sent everything requested and I finally got the form 4549 approving my refund minus a $630 adjustment

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  39. Flipflop

    @Miller: see all of my posts below. The whole process from you sending it back until the money gets released could be several weeks.

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  40. Flipflop

    @There’s finally light at the end of the tunnel: WMR is not always accurate. Many people receive their refund before it even updates. The account transcript is what you need to look at. If you can’t access it, call exam tomorrow and ask if you’ve updated yet.

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  41. There's finally light at the end of the tunnel

    @Flipflop: WNT. I don’t have access to my online transcripts.

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  42. There's finally light at the end of the tunnel

    @Flipflop: well needless to say I did not update. 4549 faxed in 3 weeks ago (8/25). Refund approved to be released 9/07 and yet still no refund. I’m literally in tears right now. How can I not feel defeated and want to give up.

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  43. Flipflop

    @finally light at the end of the tunnel: don’t give up, Here’s what I know. Anyone with TAS involvement in the Florida and Texas disaster areas is now a priority. More of a priority then it was before. They’re pushing hard to get those done although yours is already done. You may update tonight. Can you access your transcript on the irs website?

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  44. finally light at the end of the tunnel

    @Flipflop: I’m not feeling very optimistic. Advocate stated that I’d hear back from her by Friday(today) yet I’ve received no calls and she isn’t answering her phone. I’ve been displaced from my home, no electricity, food is scarce, and still no help. I feel so defeated and depressed. I give up

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  45. StuckinStowewithnodough

    Tick Tock…still waiting & have been on hold for 2 plus hours…give me a damn break…

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  46. finally light at the end of the tunnel

    @Flipflop: an advocate called me this morning due to my hurricane hardship. Fingers crossed and prayers up for a ddd soon

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  47. Flipflop

    @finally light at the end of the tunnel: if they input the adjustment on the 7th, it should update with a ddd this weekend. Don’t hold me to that though because it sounds like your examiner closed it on the 7th but someone else has to input the adjustment. At least you know it’s almost over!!!

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  48. finally light at the end of the tunnel

    @Flipflop: good morning. I called that examiners number. The rep told me that my 4549 has been processed and approved to be released as of the 7th. Do you think I’ll update with a ddd this weekend?

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  49. Ms young

    @Flipflop: my TA got on my case and resolved in two weeks. If you need their number but me up I’ll post it for all to see. She was not pleased with the time frame of my original and amended. I’m getn my deposit on the 13th dd. She is awesome

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  50. Flipflop

    @Meme: you could certainly try to see if they’ll help you. Worst they could say is no. You faxed it in a little over 2 weeks ago. Looking at the calendar and knowing when adjustments post, it’s possible you could update with a ddd by this weekend. I would call the exam department at 866-897-0177 and ask them if your 4549 has been processed yet. If it hasn’t been, tell them your hardship and they will send a referral to the taxpayer advocate’s office if you ask them to.

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  51. Ms young

    Thank you Jesus. My TA called me this morning and said that I will have my refund on the 13th. After 4 long months of waiting. She said it will be DD. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.

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  52. Meme

    @Flipflop: even if I’ve already faxed in the 4549 and am just waiting for a did? Please help. I’m so desperate right now.

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