2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

We have said goodbye to the former refund cycle chart in replacement of a standard “21 days” response from the IRS.

Remember this?  The IRS Refund Cycle Chart was eliminated in 2012 and replaced with an IRS Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community publication.  We likely will not see a 2014 IRS e-file refund cycle chart and be forced to depend upon the data that the Where’s My Refund (WMR) tool decides to spit out. There are several sites that seem to have generated their own refund cycle chart based on assumption of processing schedules; but as we have learned, it’s hard to predict. Below are links to some of those sites and their predictions.  Please remember, these are predictions and you should never rely upon such as definite availability of your tax refund. IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2014 with Direct Deposit and Check dates provided below are based on filing and transmitting as early as January 10, 2014 with some tax preparers, but with respect to IRS opening delay and it’s announcement here that it could begin ACCEPTING returns on January 28, 2014, but as late as February 4, 2014.

When to Expect My Refund by the College Investor

Estimated Refund Cycle Chart by Hot Springs Tax Services

2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

TRANSMITTED & ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 28 and Feb 3, 2014 Feb 13, 2014 Feb 21, 2014
Feb 4 and Feb 10, 2014 Feb 21, 2014 Feb 24, 2014
Feb 11 and Feb 17, 2014 Feb 28, 2014 Mar 3, 2014
Feb 18 and Feb 24, 2014 Mar 7, 2014 Mar 10, 2014
Feb 25 and Mar 3, 2014 Mar 14, 2014 Mar 17, 2014
Mar 4 and Mar 10, 2014 Mar 21, 2014 Mar 24, 2014
Mar 11 and Mar 17, 2014 Mar 28, 2014 Mar 31, 2014
Mar 18 and Mar 24, 2014 Apr 4, 2014 Apr 7, 2014
Mar 25 and Mar 31, 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Apr 14, 2014
Apr 1 and Apr 7, 2014 Apr 18, 2014 Apr 21, 2014
Apr 8 and Apr 14, 2014 Apr 25, 2014 Apr 28, 2014
Apr 15 and Apr 21, 2014 May 2, 2014 May 5, 2014
Apr 22 and Apr 28, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 12, 2014

2013 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

IRS accepts your return (by 11:00 am) between…* Projected Direct Deposit Sent* Projected Paper Check Mailed*
       
January 30, 2013
2/6/2013
2/8/2013
January 31
 
and
 
February 6, 2013
2/13/2013
2/15/2013
February 9
 
and
 
February 15, 2013
2/20/2013
2/22/2013
February 16
 
and
 
February 20, 2013
2/27/2013
3/1/2013
February 23
 
and
 
February 27, 2013
3/6/2013
3/8/2013
March 1
 
and
 
March 6, 2013
3/13/2013
3/15/2013
March 8
 
and
 
March 13, 2013
3/20/2013
3/22/2013
March 15
 
and
 
March 20, 2013
3/27/2013
3/29/2013
March 22
 
and
 
March 27, 2013
4/3/2013
4/5/2013
March 29
 
and
 
April 3, 2013
4/10/2013
4/12/2013
April 5
 
and
 
April 10, 2013
4/17/2013
4/19/2013
April 12
 
and
 
April 17, 2013
4/24/2013
4/26/2013
April 19
 
and
 
April 24, 2013
5/1/2013
5/3/2013
April 26
 
and
 
May 1, 2013
5/8/2013
5/10/2013
May 3
 
and
 
May 8, 2013
5/15/2013
5/17/2013
May 10
 
and
 
May 15, 2013
5/22/2013
5/24/2013
May 17
 
and
 
May 22, 2013
5/29/2013
5/31/2013
May 24
 
and
 
May 29, 2013
6/5/2013
6/7/2013
May 31
 
and
 
June 5, 2013
6/12/2013
6/14/2013
June 7
 
and
 
June 12, 2013
6/19/2013
6/21/2013
June 14
 
and
 
June 19, 2013
6/26/2013
6/28/2013
June 21
 
and
 
June 26, 2013
7/3/2013
7/5/2013
June 28
 
and
 
July 3, 2013
7/10/2013
7/12/2013
July 5
 
and
 
July 10, 2013
7/17/2013
7/19/2013
July 12
 
and
 
July 17, 2013
7/24/2013
7/26/2013
July 19
 
and
 
July 24, 2013
7/31/2013
8/2/2013
July 26
 
and
 
July 31, 2013
8/7/2013
8/9/2013
August 2
 
and
 
August 7, 2013
8/14/2013
8/16/2013
August 9
 
and
 
August 14, 2013
8/21/2013
8/23/2013
August 16
 
and
 
August 21, 2013
8/28/2013
8/30/2013
August 23
 
and
 
August 28, 2013
9/4/2013
9/6/2013
August 30
 
and
 
September 4, 2013
9/11/2013
9/13/2013
September 6
 
and
 
September 11, 2013
9/18/2013
9/20/2013
September 13
 
and
 
September 18, 2013
9/25/2013
9/27/2013
September 20
 
and
 
September 25, 2013
10/2/2013
10/4/2013
September 27
 
and
 
October 2, 2013
10/9/2013
10/11/2013
October 4
 
and
 
October 9, 2013
10/16/2013
10/18/2013
October 11
 
and
 
October 16, 2013
10/23/2013
10/25/2013
October 18
 
and
 
October 23, 2013
10/30/2013
11/1/2013
October 25
 
and
 
October 30, 2013
11/6/2013
11/8/2013
November 1
 
and
 
November 6, 2013
11/13/2013
11/15/2013
November 8
 
and
 
November 13, 2013
11/20/2013
11/22/2013
November 15
 
and
 
November 20, 2013
11/27/2013
11/29/2013
November 22
 
and
 
November 27, 2013
12/4/2013
12/6/2013
November 29
 
and
 
December 4, 2013
12/11/2013
12/13/2013
December 6
 
and
 
December 11, 2013
12/18/2013
12/20/2013
December 13
 
and
 
December 18, 2013
12/25/2013
12/27/2013
December 20
 
and
 
December 25, 2013
1/1/2014
1/3/2014

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656 thoughts on “2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

  1. Anonymous

    @ShereeRee: I have a code 20140805 and don’t know what that means. I can tell you that I filed end of January and still nothing. I call on a regular basis, contact the Tax Payor Advocacy Office and have sat in the local IRS office for hours. Still nothing. I am wondering if that is the date they plan on sending our refunds out??!!!

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  2. Jose T. Vere Fontanez

    I e-mail my tax on January 29, 2014. I still not get my refund, it is some thing wrong. Please advised me soon as possible. Thank you.

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  3. Shawna

    I efiled and was accepted march 25th . Refunds usually take 3 weeks ? Does irs do direct deposits everyday or just on certain days?

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  4. latia

    I filed and my returnwas accepted march 11. When will i recieve my return? Did anyone else file on March 11?

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  5. Trish

    @Antwaun Bell: i have the same issue snd filed 1/22/14. Cant even get a person on the phone

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  6. Anonymous

    @Ryan Threlkeld: i was wondering the samething i recieved my state but not my federal i filed march 13th have you recieved your yet?

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  7. Ryan Threlkeld

    I was wondering why I haven’t received my refund yet and don’t have a date to receive it either. Thank you I got my state but not my federal just want to know if its a problem with it .

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  8. Robby b

    @Ugh: I efiled on march 12th and I tried to check status. Nothing at all yet. Anyone else have this problem?

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  9. Donna

    @londa: please give an update of your situation. Just found out today that I am under review.
    Thanks.

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  10. Antwaun Bell

    I filed my taxes on Feb. 26th. H&R BLOCK told me that my funds would be available in 21 days today is the 21st. day. Why is it that I still haven’t received my return, what could possibly be making a delay

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  11. Mike Thompson

    We submitted our tax returns on efile on 2/4, it was accepted and have yet to receive our refund. What could problem be?

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  12. KD@refundhell

    I was accepted on 1/27 still processing got my transcript in the mail I don’t see no codes no holds but it says received date 4/15/2014 wtf does that mean?

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  13. marissayahoomichigan

    Follow up to 2/12 post: DD refund completed this morning, 3/14, done and done!

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  14. What a MESS!!

    Filed 2/03 accepted & got ddd of 2/12. Well BIGG problem. My husband got an American Express Blue prepaid card & since we were goin to give the refund to our son to lend the helping hand my husband thought it’d be a good idea to get it DD on it. Only to find out American Express does not accept refund deposits. Whick ok I get it, thought I did anyway. Figured they’d mail us a check. So I called today, the IRS & btw very rude woman said a check was issued to the bank on 2/12. So I have no clue what’s goin on. My local IRS office is closed so will call tomorrow. I have not heard anything from American Express, the website I filed through which is the same sitd I’ve used for over 5yrs, or the IRS.. Any advise on here??? ThanX.

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  15. anthony

    I filed on the feb28 and was received the next day… today it says approved and will have on or before march 14th call by the 24th… bank said it pending when I just called… I have the income and children credits also I have a small business and have over 40k in write offs and every year I get around th same over 7k with no problems

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  16. marissayahoomichigan

    IRS accepted on 2/27 via HRB online, WMR finally updated this morning with acceptance and approval of refund (two bars) and scheduling of DD for Friday 3/14. We’ll see if they come through with the goods.

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  17. Joy

    I filed my taxes on 2/14 IRS accepted my return on 2/17 it’s now 3/11 and i’ve been told APRIL 10TH !!! Whats the hold up !!! I had bars but none now … Each time I called it was a different story … Is anyone else have problems like me ??

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  18. londa

    @Anonymous I called 18008291040 and push 1214 th enter social push 1 then 2 and wait…i alwas act like i hv to make a payment n gets thru quicker…

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  19. laila

    I filed on 1/31 and I’m still in being processed. They told me wait to 6-8 weeks as well. I called them yesterday and it’s the same story. IT’S A WAITING GAME.

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  20. tiredofwaiting

    @notsure….im with you wat happened, i was accepted 2/1 wmr says still processing called 2 weks ago , was told umder review wait 6-8 weeks from 2/18. Wmr still says processing so nothin yet.
    whats your situation

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  21. Jennifer

    My taxes were accepted on Feb 23 (Sunday) but I figured I would go by the 24th when looking at the charts. My fiancé filed the 22nd. He was Single with no dependents and I have EIC and CTC with additional CTC for a non dependent child. He has already received his Fed & State refund and mine still says processing……..If I had to guess the ones having trouble are the one that have EIC and CTC. I also have mine being DD and was supposed o be today according to the charts and yet my fiancé got his 2 days ago and I still am stuck on “processing” I think its all a load of bs! I haven’t had to file since 2008 and this is the firs year I have had to file again and in the past NEVER had a hold up but this year seems NOTHING is being updated at all.

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  22. Shawn

    I filed on 21 st of Feb and it says mine hasn’t been accepted yet do i wait or call? #itsmymoneyandineeditnow lol

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  23. Vanessa

    I filed on 2/19 and IRS website (Wheres my refund) is still at first bar. Anyone else file on the 19th or around the 19th?

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  24. Christian's Mommy

    I filed/accepted 2/18/2014. I have codes:
    971 03/17/2014
    570 03/17/2014

    I pulled my trans and see that I claimed the Addtnl Child Tax Credit in error (I only have one child). The IRS already took the 630 off of my expected refund amount and it is updated in the AT’s. Under where it shows ‘Tax Return Filed’ on the AT, I have a Cycle Code of 20140905. I got curious about this and called the IRS yesterday. I got a very young sounding girl who did not seem to know much more than I did from the AT’s. She put me on hold and came back to say that ‘bc I filed MFS they are reviewing my Child and Dependant Care Expenses which could take 60days’. She also said there was a letter sent to me last week but that she didn’t know what the letter said or what it meant. I explained about the ACTC and she confirmed what I was seeing. I asked if that was in fact the issue that she was referring to and she said it could be. That led me to ask her if she could see the letter and she said no… I asked if she could see anything besides my transcript and she said basically, no. Then, I asked if it was possible that the ACTC was the issue and, since the IRS alrdy dealt with it, it was possible my refund could already be in process of release/DD and that the system/AT was just not updated yet… and she said that was possible. It seems to me the IRS reps just do not know what is going on outside of the recent AT’s which, to my understanding, are not updated more than once a week.

    Has anyone else had this type of issue? I am trying to be patient and wait and I know the letter is on its way but I just cannot stand the mismanaged way this is handled every year.

    Any thoughts and shared experiences are greatly appreciated :-)

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  25. green.erica


    @laila: calling them does not prolong anything. Some folks truly need to hear that there’s nothing wrong, it’s just a glitch. Others are ok with waiting. Those call center reps are only paid to answer calls. That’s their assigned job. Computers handle our returns.

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  26. laila

    I filed on 1/31 accepted 2/2 and I haven’t received nothing. They told me that there was a glitch in the system and it was fixed on 2/10 and to wait 6-8 weeks after 2/10. Since they put a referral on it when I called back… they said its an extra 30days. I suggest to just wait… Calling the IRS can sometimes prolong it more.

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  27. Civil Servant

    Jackson, you are a Dumba$$…..

    JacksonFebruary 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

    After that they monitor your taxes for 3yrs or more to make sure u only receive what’s due to u…this year I filed a lull later than others,I filed 2\5 excepted on the 5th updated on the 22nd and ddd is the 26th with the grace of god I will never try to get a large tax return ever again I new it wasn’t what I was suppose to get but I followed my friends cause they were all doing it n they got there $$ n just so happened I was the one that got audited….

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  28. Daddy Tim

    Update: I too received a letter from the IRS stating that due to ‘Additional Processing’ this year that DD (which I have always used in the past) will not be possible this year. Letter states check to be mailed today, February 28th, yet should allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. 3-4 weeks fir delivery? ‘Where’s my Refund’ shows the total amount approved to be correct, so we will see. Original post below.

    Hi everybody. Filed 2/4, accepted 2/6. ‘Return Received’ bar and ‘In Process’ with 152 code since 2/6. My tax preparer stated two things: I should have a DDD of 2/14 or 2/21 (he has always been on the money with this, no pun intended), and, because of the amount, may be in the form of a refund check. Last night (2/21), bars disappeared, and this morning reappeared with a check mailing date of 2/28. I know it is difficult (it was for me), but try to be patient. Good luck everyone, and have a good day!

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  29. Angelica

    whats wmr? and i called and they said to be patient, that no one is tracking their refund this year…..i know thats bs. a bill collector told me it was supposed to come in today but it didnt. what number do i call for the irs?

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  30. tamara mallery


    your not alone all this week it’s been the same info…they are sending out a check. ppl say like you all info correct done it for years with dd and now a check? what gives?

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  31. AngryAmerican

    Hey America! Guess what? After 4 weeks of waiting, I get a letter from the IRs saying they tried to deposit my refund but it came back, so I get a check mailed, which will take 3-4 more weeks. Not only do I double check the bank account information, I have it stored on TurboTax, and guess what, it was correct! So kudos to our INCOMPETENT IRS and we all appreciate their budget being cut 2 billion dollars right before refunds were issued this year. That was to pay for the (cough, cough) AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT.

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  32. Angelica

    I did my taxes on 2/12 and i check on the irs site and it says they cant provide any info. like they never recieved it. whats uup with that?

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  33. claudia

    @kd mines stoll isnt :( i still havent got my state either idk whats going on and i cant call until friday

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  34. Michele


    Ray’s updated Cycle Date Calendar:
    20140702= monday 2/10
    20140703= tuesday 2/11
    20140704= wednesday 2/12
    20140705= thursday 2/13
    20140801= friday 2/14

    20140802= monday 2/17
    20140803= tuesday 2/18
    20140804= wednesday 2/19
    20140805= thursday 2/20
    20140901= friday 2/21

    20140902= monday 2/24
    20140903= tuesday 2/25
    20140904= wednesday 2/26
    20140905= thursday 2/27
    20141001= friday 2/28

    20141002= monday 3/3
    20141003= tuesday 3/4
    20141004= wednesday 3/5
    20141005= thursday 3/6
    20141101= friday 3/7

    20141102= monday 3/10
    20141103= tuesday 3/11
    20141104= wednesday 3/12
    20141105= thursday 3/13
    20141201= friday 3/14

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  35. claufia

    @kd No i still havent got mines yet either when I go on the federal website to track it it was proccessing for the longest and wasnt approved until 2/22 but still doesnt say its been sent yet hut gave me a ddd for 126 but still nothing

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  36. claudia

    @Jessica: the exact same thing has happened to me as of 2/22 its been approved and ddd date for 2/26 have you received your refund yet?

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  37. Krystle

    @jojo: I filed at beginning of Jan they told me that my taxes were accepted on the 28th…. (how is that when they weren’t accepting until the 31st) but I was just provided with a date on the 22nd. Trust me it is frustrating especially when in a bind wit health problems… :(

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  38. concerned

    Irs updates daily but Only gives out due dayes Tuesday-Saturday’s(nights) so Wednesday-Sunday mornings will you see due date updates

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  39. frustrated tax payers

    So no update uet.. no letters. I had a state offaet that was tooken, and recieves my state few weeks ago. Getting stessed and worried. Calling seems to do nothing but get more confusing. Like i mentioned before i have been following threads here and on favebook only commenting on this one. Seems a lot of early filers are delayed for one reason or another some say computer glitch others just making crazy stuff up. But for the most part seems two weeka and one day everyone whos bars have dissappered follow that lil schudel i have noticed maybe juat a delay of that time period or just starting to process who knows not us or the irs lol. I filed same day as my mother same place and everything she got hers already and im stuck in limbo with no answers. Everything is same except job not sure what the hold up is. We all just want a solid legit answer thats all. Guess the truth is always to much to ask for :-( good luck everyone.
    Filed1/25
    Accepted1/28(per irs assistor)
    Bars dissappered 2/12
    Told its a delay of 7 days
    Still no bars no tax topics nothing

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  40. jojo

    Now i have no bars n it says my refund is being a DDD will b sent to me when available! Has anyone else had this problem n how long before my bars n DDD date reappear.. I filed on Feb 6th n accepted on Feb7. Friday will b my 21days!

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  41. Anonymous

    @feel better: same here but I filed on the 15th bars were stuck on received till the 22nd my bday it said approved and
    With a DD for the 26th saying deposit is set for the 26th if nothing by the 3rd of march
    To contact my bank but Im ahead of them on this already called my bank to verify if they have had
    Any issues with refunds so far they’ve been on time so lets all cross our fingers for those who are expecting
    The money as of midnight

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  42. Karileeann

    @tiredofwaiting: I called and they said I do have an offset( owe precious taxes) so I asked them if I was under review and they said no. That it will prob take the full 21 day for the refund. And to keep checking daily. Man was really nice today:)

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  43. Jackson

    After that they monitor your taxes for 3yrs or more to make sure u only receive what’s due to u…this year I filed a lull later than others,I filed 2\5 excepted on the 5th updated on the 22nd and ddd is the 26th with the grace of god I will never try to get a large tax return ever again I new it wasn’t what I was suppose to get but I followed my friends cause they were all doing it n they got there $$ n just so happened I was the one that got audited….

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  44. Jackson

    A word of wisdom for those of u who are under review,it’s just another word for audit I was audited to years ago u have to prove ya income n prove that u really take care of the children u r filing school records,lease,birth certificate,doctor appt n all n then by the time they get threw they will have redone ya taxes n will not nearly have what u was expecting n u won’t receive your $$ unroll mid SEPTEMBER BY MAIL IN 6-8 weeks,that I wouldn’t wish that on anyone it’s that hurt for sure so good luck to those of u who are under review it sucks…..

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