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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What Others Are Saying

  1. Keri

    @Rod: I feel your pain….mine was accepted on 1/29 and is still processing. My state was “written” today though. Unfortunately NC doesn’t give DD dates, simply to expect it in the next 2 weeks.

    IRS.gov and WMR both give me the generic 21 day message with the Topic 152 message

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  2. KGB2014

    @Hello: Last year I got the topic 152 and received my refund within the next couple days. So maybe it possibly means you getting your refund in the next couple of days.

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  3. Timothy

    I just got my refund today and the irs made a mistake and doubled my refund so that may be why some people haven’t received theirs.

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  4. djones

    I believe it is scare tactics because I don’t have it yet and I’m getting my refund on Monday. They just trying to find ways to make you wait longer without pestering them about your money

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  5. Tristan

    @Anonymous: i filed online tho, it said i would get it in the mail in 7-10 days…day 10 and its still not here lol…hopefully it will be here by monday when my deposit is scheduled

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  6. Allison

    Personally, I don’t see how whether or not you’ve signed up through healthcare.gov could affect this years tax return. Maybe if we were required to have insurance before the end of the year, but we weren’t. We have until the middle of next month. I have a feeling this may just be scare tactics from anti-”No Politics Herecare” people.

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  7. Anonymous

    @Ems: My sister got her refund yesterday with the wmr site still giving her the generic 21 day message.

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  8. Marilyn

    My aunt works for the irs and she provided me with some inside information. She said that the delays associated with the processing of the tax refunds has to do with the irs doing identity checks and seeing if the individual submitting the return has signed up for obamacare or has a separate insurance plan. This whole requirement of forcing health insurance upon us is absolutely ridiculous

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  9. justin

    @Anonymous:
    I am from ohio as well, was accepted 1/31 still first bar on wmr. no info other than the generic 21 days. used hr block deluxe.

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  10. Kate

    Does registering with obamacare matter? I never went to the website. I have insurance with my employer. My refund is still in processing. Hasn’t moved. I did the same exact thing through turbotax and received my refund 2/6/13 and filed 1/31/13..What the heck gives? No body can give an anwser!!!!

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  11. djones

    @bill: I have not registered for obamacare and my refund has been sent to my bank waiting to be deposited. My DDD 2/10.

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  12. bill

    I am still waiting for my refund and I was accepted on the 28th. It is still at the first bar on the irs website. I called the irs and was informed that since I did not register for obamacare on the government website that my refund would be delayed until I could prove that I have health insurance. I cannot believe this. I am so upset.

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  13. TA

    Filed 1/25 accepted 2/1 approved 2/5 DDD for 2/10 just called my bank and have a pending deposit already but won’t receive it until 2/10. But its there. WMR is still on bar 2.

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  14. Chanel C.

    I filed with H&R Block on the 4th. IRS accepted on the 4th. Over 5k. Anyone with similar factors have any news. I’m in no rush like some of you but I am curious.

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  15. wishbear170

    @JRC: It can’t be, because my daughter filed when I did, was accepted on the 28th of January, and she got a HUGE check deposited on the 6th of February. And we have state taxes in Pennsylvania, and she has not filed her state taxes yet, I did.

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  16. cj

    I filed 1/26 was accepted on 1/28 still stuck on the first bar. Went to turbotax site its telling me 21 days and no one has received their returns yet. What is going on with these systems are any of them correct?

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  17. djones

    I just talked with the people at republictaxpayer.com and they said even though they sent the deposit to my bank the funds won’t be released until Mon which is my DDD. Kinda sucks but I know it will be there and they were also able to give me a trace number.

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  18. Anonymous

    Mine moved to the second bar yesterday. Its says it will be in my account by the 10th. I filled on the 30th it was excepted on the 3rd. My sister filled early and hers was excepted the 28th. She got her refund yesterday and was still on the first bar. We are in Washington.

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  19. Anonymous

    @Jennifer: yup me! I’m in NC state the bat hasn’t moved since 2/3 but everyone else I know go used turbotax got theirs today . I’m irritated! @Jennifer:

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  20. Anonymous

    @Jennifer: I live in NC and was accepted on 2/3 but I also am on the first bar. it has not moved. I have not gotten a DDD yet either.

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  21. denyse

    WTF?? I DID NOT USE TURBO TAX AS THEY STATED BELOW! AND WHOS THIS ALLY PERSON WHO CLAIMS MY REFUND WAS DEPOSITED ON 2/6???? I SURE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY$$$

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  22. Anonymous

    I did mine through irs.gov free file w hr block online. was transmitted 2/3 at noon and just received confirmation on wmr that my refund will be dd on 2/10.

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  23. denyse

    irs sucks….filed with hrblock irs accepted return 2/3 no dd date bar hasn’t moved on WMR since retun accepted.

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  24. Ems

    @wishbear170: Same situation here. Filed on the 24th w/ Turbo Tax. Accepted on the 28th and still nothing. This blows.

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  25. Vanessa

    Filed and accepted on 1/31 through Turbo Tax. Refund was approved yesterday – 2/6/14 – with a DD date of 2/10/14 BUT I checked Turbo Tax bank website https://cisc.sbtpg.com/index.aspx which states my DD was forwarded to my bank. I have not received DD in my acct yet…..

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  26. djones

    Can anyone tell me how long it takes for republic to send refund to bank or how long it takes BoA to recieve the deposit?

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  27. Glenn

    @Jennifer: I was accepted then and got dd for feb 11th. My status changed today for approved funds ;))) good look

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  28. keirsten

    Filed 1/31 with HR block online received. 2/2.wmr still on first bar. I’m. Using the same direct deposit. Method. I used last year. I’m. In north Carolina state still says being processed too.

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  29. Jennifer

    Filed on 01/31/14 with HR Block
    Accepted by IRS 02/03/14
    Checked Wheres My Refund this morning and only one bar with no DD date. Anyone else accepted 2/3 with a DD yet?

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  30. JRC

    They arent just sending small ones, my friend got over $8,000 and she got hers on the 6th, mine is a large one and it is due to me on the 10th, I really think its the states that have the state taxes.

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  31. Desperately Waiting

    I filed on 1/3/14 with turbo tax and got accepted on the 24th but still only one bar is showing I think IRS is only sending small refunds out first. This stinks!

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  32. Anonymous

    Is it just me but seems like the same issue as last yr. People who filed earlier then the 28th are having problems. Yet the ones who waited till acceptance date are receiving theirs

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  33. nodust

    I filed mine with turbo tax on the 31st of Jan and still no refund, here it is Feb. 7th. My grandson got his on the 5th and we filed the same time and same way…whats up?

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  34. JRC

    I wonder if it has something to do with states that have state taxes. In WA we dont so i think we get them back faster.

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  35. Anonymous

    @JRC: Went through Taxact, filed on Jan 24 but Taxact said filed on Jan 25. Still processing and no refund date.

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  36. wishbear170

    @wishbear170: I am looking at my post and it says refund was deposited on Feb. 6, which it has not been, especially since it says my refund is still being processed. Also I did not file on Jan. 13, but Jan. 24. Where in the heck is this information coming from? The only thing that is correct is that I did file with Turbo Tax.

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  37. wishbear170

    I filed taxes with Turbo Tax on 24 Jan. 14, and was accepted on 28 Jan. 14. Everytime I check the bar still says being processed. My daughter filed after me, was accepted the same day mine was and her money was deposited on 6 Feb. I filed the 1040 EZ Form also, but still no check. I could really use the money too.

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  38. JRC

    Went through Taxact like I do every year, filed on Jan 29th, accepted on Jan 30th, Got a message yesterday stating I will have my money sent to my account by Feb10th. :) Can anyone else tell me if they went through Taxact this year and how it went? Any delays??

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  39. Annie

    I filed on February 1..received message that it will brr deposited by February 10..do they direct deposit on Mondays?

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  40. Jess

    My taxes were submitted the evening of 2/3 and this morning IRS2GO shows, your tax return was received on 2/11…..how is that Mr. IRS when today is the 7th?? It also says I should have my direct deposit 2/11, if not received by 2/16 contact my bank.

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  41. JRedd

    Filed 1/21 through HRBlock Online. Accepted 2/2. WMR site just updated 2/7 “A refund date will be provided when it becomes available”. Tax Topic 152.

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  42. Anonymous

    Filed 1/21. Accepted 2/2. WMR site just updated this morning 2/7 to “A refund date will be provided when it becomes available”. Tax Topic 152 Information link is available.

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  43. jayndee561

    I had 21 day message and one bar today no bars and it says we received your refund and it is being processed. What does that mean? Last year wmr did crazy messages but I had my money in my hand and wmr didn’t even update.

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  44. Tc

    This is beyond frustration… Filed on 1/21/14 accepted on 1/27/14, same thing with
    My bf, he got his money today, and my bar on wmr hasn’t moved yet, wtf is going on?

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  45. Anonymous

    @Anonymous: Jen how long did it take to see your deposit date after you were accepted on the 2nd

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  46. segacasper

    I filed 1/24 was accepted 1/28 still shows 21 day msg and only single bar,but when I clicked on the words above the bar,says refund approved and sent..however the bar hasn’t changed, and I’ve read that some are getting their funds prior to bar moving? I’m still waiting for refund to make it to the bank..so frustrating

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  47. Tristan

    I filed on the 28th, accepted on the 31st, approved on the 6th, deposit date on the 10th…i filed with hr block…i stupidly chose to get my refund on their emerald card which i havent even recieved in the mail yet. it would be funny if irs deposited my refund before i even got the card in the mail lol…waste of 50 bucks…but i can wait lol

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  48. Barry

    Filed federal and state on 1/30 and I just received my state. I’m hoping my federal comes later today.

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  49. anonymously

    Hey…guys just a update posted yesterday had a ddd on 02/06/14 I guess tht second day thing was rite about the bank holding ur funds… the 1st day and deposit on the 2nd day mines hit the acct this am goodluck!! Pray tht it want be long for u guys…

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  50. 420

    @jesi: I’m waiting to see if that is what’s going to happen in my case. I’ve filed but irs isn’t updating this information on there web site.

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  51. jesi

    Filed 1/4 accepted 1/24 still no movement from first bar n wmr, fiance filed 1/26 accepted 128 received funds this morning

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  52. leslie

    I’m confused with this turbo tax issue, I filed 01-31 I was rejected on 02-01 due to wrong pin, accepted 02-01 approved 02-06 DDD of 02-10. I filed with my mother the same day 01-31 she got the same DDD as me but Got hers this morning hers was 7,000 so the 1500 issue is obviously not true. But I don’t understand why she got hers so early. I paid the 9.99 for turbo tax (really 40.00) due to 3rd party fee I checked with Santa monica tax group it says I have nothing?

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  53. Anonymous

    @jen: mine was accepted on the 2nd i check the site and the funds are supposed to be deposited on the 10th

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  54. Boatsnhos

    @Kim: that’s funny…I was thinking the same thing about the green “refund deposited on 02/06/14″ comment thing by Ally. What is that about? Does she know something that no one else knows…? ;)

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  55. Jose

    I filled my taxes on the 18th and got excepted on the 26th . I’ve been patiently waiting and I’ve checked on wmr and the irsto go app and I still keep getting the same old message. It will take up to 21 days for me to get.my return damn at least you guys are getting a date my return is still processing.

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  56. Don

    The business that did my taxes told me Feb.4 that my refund has been approved but WMR has still not moved off of first bar. Frustrated

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  57. jen

    i filed on 1/15, accpeted on feb 1, still not approved but tax topic showed up today.? anyone else around the same timeframe got a dd date?

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  58. Certified

    Did my taxes & accepted on 1/31 around 10 pm EST. Yesterday, WMR was saying 21 day generic message. Woke up this morning and had my refund. I also used Netspend for DD. Went to WMR and message was saying I would get my refund by 2/10. Used freetaxusa to file. Hang in there people its on the way.

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  59. anonymously

    Hey…had did my taxes on 01/27/14 they accepted on 01/29/14 this past monday 02/03/14 DDD on 02/06/14 nothing!!! Today ( maybe Friday. ?

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