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. wishbear170

    @Anonymous: My daughter had a direct deposit date of 6 Feb., the money was not put in until the 6th of Feb. My deposit is for the 12th of Feb., and the credit union told me it will not be received till the afternoon of the 11th., and will be deposited on the 12th. They will not put it in before. Hope this helps.

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  2. Kitty14

    @Anonymous: @Anonymous: I was wondering the same thing I have the same due date for the 12th to go on my netspend card but nothing in my account I thought netspend give u your deposit two days early

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  3. Kitty14

    @badgalchichi: u know I was wondering the same thing I have a dd for the 12 th on my netspend card I thought they give u your money toe days earlier but still nothing in my account

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  4. Anonymous

    Hi guys I was just wondering What time of day/night is refund money normally put on a Netspend card. wmr has a DDD od 2/12. so I was hoping to get it early. But nothing yet.

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  5. Anonymous

    Filed Jan.30 excepted February 3rd had DDD of Feb. 10. Work up this morning with my refund on my Emerald card. Good luck everyone!

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  6. badgalchichi

    Hi Everyone, I filed on 24 Jan (Turbo Tax), IRS accepted 29 Jan, checked WMR Sat morning with a DDD of 12 Feb. NLT 17 Feb. I hope this helps someone :-)

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  7. wishbear170

    Wanted to let you all know there is hope out there!! I filed on 24 Jan., and was accepted on the 28th of January. From then on everytime I checked the WMR all it said was accepted. I checked the WMR on Saturday, 8 Feb., and it finally said approved and that my DD would be on 12 Feb. So hang in there. I think that a lot of people who were expecting refunds, all filed at the same time and hopefully they are getting caught up. I have noticed a lot of people on here are also getting their DD on 12 Feb.

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  8. Waiting too.

    Patiently waiting. Did u bye chance try to order transcript. Is any truth to tht. I filed on 31st. Accepted 1/31 at 4:45. One bar. Still processing. Same info for last 8 yrs.

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  9. Anonymous

    @patiently waited.: is yours still on one bar or does it say approved? I filed through h&r on 1/29

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  10. patiently waited.

    hey this board has gave me hope all weekend. so only felt it was right to ease you guys mind. went to h&r block to file my taxes on the 31st (never again) she said mine was accepted before she filled out my boyfriends taxes i chose to go the emerald card route. so i checked all last night and nothing woke up and money is on the card and the irs website isnt updated still doesnt say its sent.

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  11. Anonymous

    @londa: I don’t think it’s your account, I filed 1/29 accepted 1/30 and mine is still processing but others that filed with me received theirs already!! This year there are delays to processing due to the government shut down from what I hear!! By this week we should have a ddd date ** fingers crossed**

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  12. londa

    Filed 1/23 received 1/30 accepted 1/30 refund over $10,000. Still on one bar. Nothing
    But still being processed. Did 2 of my friends same day they have DDD of 2/12.
    What is the problem? Is it my amount?

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  13. Shevonne

    Filed 1/24/14 received on 2/2/14 ddd 2/10/14. Look at my account nothing does it go in at a certain time

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  14. Heidi

    Filed my taxes on the 28th of January through H&R Block online. My tax refund was accepted on Feb 1 and the status still says returned received. My daughter who filled the sameday, already received her refund on the 6th. Is anyone else going through the same thing?

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  15. anonymous

    @StaceyMJ86: when did you get your ddd date? Also filed with h&r block filed on 1/30 accepted on 2/1 had 1 bar now it just says your refund is still processing a refund date will be provided when available.

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  16. StaceyMJ86

    Filed with H&R Block on 1/17. Accepted by IRS on 2/1 estimated refund direct deposited 2/10 -2/15.

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  17. MrsHawley72

    Filed on 1/31 with Turbo Tax. Accepted on 1/31.

    WMF updated on 2/8 that I will receive my refund on 2/12.

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  18. RunningMomma

    update…received by IRS on 2/2…updated on 2/8 to will receive refund on 2/12…that’s only 10 days so pretty good

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  19. jls

    fixed my taxes on 1/30 was accepted on 1/1 since then i had one bar and the within 21 days message now the one bar is gone and i see this message >>>
    ( Your tax return is still being processed.
    A refund date will be provided when available.) unsure why the bar is gone and it just changed to this message

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  20. anonymous

    As of yestrday mine says mine is still processing and a refund date would be provided when available no bars now did have one bar day before anyone know why? Filed on the 30th
    With h&r block accepted on 1/1

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  21. segacasper

    OK so here’s an update for my situation, filed early got accepted the 28 the,nothing noted on wmr until the 3rd,and a note about tax code 152 …finally last night wmr says approved and DDD is set for the 12th…I kept trying to order return transcripts thinking if system let’s me than I know my refund is ready…and after a few failed attempts I was able to order transcript s all while wmr was only on one bar…then a day or so later wmr was updated..hope that helps some of you

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  22. Anonymous

    @beautifullyshae: same for me. I know my info but I can not check anything….Hmmm keep me updated please

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  23. Anonymous

    @Ann: the fines will not kick in until next year but you have to have insurance coverage by the end of this march…the fines are based on income but I dont remember what the percentage is…we have insurance but if my hussband , child and I did not have it out fee would be $1,627…

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  24. Bili

    Wmr. Date 2/10 deposited. This. Morning. 2days early Sun trust eic. Large. Return. Filed at liberty. 1/24
    So don’t. Loose hope.wmr. still 2bars

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  25. Brittany

    I filed on 2/4/14 and went to the irs site and it said i was accepted 2/7/14. How long does it take after you get accepted to get money on your emarald card from H&R Block?

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  26. beautifullyshae

    Filed Feb 4th 2014 its now the 8th and wmr still not saying nothing like I entered the wrong info but I did….whats going on? Anyone else took long to accept

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  27. Crystal

    @keirsten: Yes NC will do the direct deposit usually when you get that message you will have it in a few days after that, it doesn’t take to much longer to get it after that.

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  28. Keri

    @Anonymous: Netspend is UP TO two days early….ie if the IRS transmits the DD to Netspend on Monday 2/10, you will receive your refund on 2/10. Netspend has done that for as long as I have known of/used them.

    I switched to a different card and have the same type of service, so…while my DDD is 2/12 (updated by 4am this morning from no further info on 2/7) I MAY have my deposit on 2/10 as well. I am hopeful but not counting on anything until 10am (my general deposit time) on Wednesday 2/12. I am going to assume state will be around the same time as I got notification on 2/7 that my check had been “written” and I should receive it within 2 weeks. I always do DD because it means faster money!

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  29. Channel

    Congrats to those of you who have either received their money or a ddd date!! I’m still waiting filed on 1/29 accepted on 1/30 still processing hopefully next week!!!

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  30. Channel

    Congrats to those of you who have either received their money or a ddd date!! I’m still waiting filed on 1/29 accepted on 1/30 still processing hopefully next week!!!

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  31. Allison

    An update on my taxes: I filed and was accepted 2/4 in the afternoon. This morning, I havea DDD of 2/12. My guess is that I will have it on 2/11 since I have USAA, but we’ll see.

    @Ann – That’s not until NEXT year.

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  32. GIGI

    I was accepted on 1/29 at 3:49pm and I was getting worried but I woke up this morning to a DD of 2/12!!

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  33. Mary


    @Lindsay sounds like they are having you verify all your information, if you have dependents, even if they hadn’t asked, get it ready to prove you can claim them, ss cards, birth certs, school and medicalreports that show your address.

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  34. Lindsay m

    I woke up this morning with a message that said “there is a delay in processing your tax return” then clicked on contact us and this is what it stated!
    A copy of this page.
    A copy of your tax return.
    The Social Security Number, Filing Status, and refund amount claimed on your return.
    Any notice that you have received concerning your refund.
    Reference number 1541.

    Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    1-800-829-0582, when asked for an extension, enter 312.
    From outside the US call 267-941-1000.
    TTY/TDD: 1-800-829-4059

    Ugh I’m so angry!!! Anyone else get this??? Or know what it means. And of course it’s Saturday so I can’t call the irs!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. Jason - Plano TX

    I originally sent my taxes in on 2/3/14. It was late
    So I did not check my email until the next day.
    My return was not accepted by the IRS because
    I miss type one number on a EIN. When I noticed
    The email I resubmitted (H & R Block online) on 2/4 around 9:30 P.M.
    It was accepted within just a few minutes of transmitting.
    As of last night, 2/7 no new information on WMR.
    As of this morning, I have a DDD of 2/12!!!!!

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  36. Anonymous

    Hi I filed my taxes on the 30th and got accepted on the 31st. This morning I checked wmr and it shows approved with DD on 2/12, I use my netspend as my bank. Does any body knows how long does it take to get DD to your netspend?

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  37. Anonymous

    @Ann: NEXT YEAR, is the year we will all have fines for no insurance and it will be like 95 $ a person. It will not affect this years taxes. When I printed out my tax return on one of the last pages it told me what my fine will be next year. So don’t worry anymore about this tax return being affected. Anyone that says different has no idea. By the way my tax return was accepted 2/1 and approved 2/5 with a DD date of 2/10.

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  38. soolow99

    @segacasper: Yes…I was able to order my account transcript thursday and return transcript friday got a ddd for feb 12 when I checked this morning. so definitely one day next week.

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  39. Lee Taylor

    Update! I filed and was accepted using taxact on 1/31/2014. Today the bar moved and shows the below message. You requested that part or all of your refund be used for a US Savings Bond(s) purchase.

    “It may take up to three weeks from the date your refund was sent for your Savings Bonds to arrive in the mail. The Bureau of the Public Debt will mail your bonds to the address shown on your tax return.

    If you do not receive the savings bond(s) you should contact Treasury Retail Securities in Minneapolis at 1-800-553-2663.

    The amount not used to purchase bonds is scheduled to be refunded by February 12, 2014.
    If you do not receive the refund by February 17, 2014, please contact us again. We are unable to take any action until then.

    Please read the following information related to your tax situation:
    Bureau of the Public Debt, Treasury Direct®
    Please Note:
    For refund information, please continue to check here, or use our free mobile app, IRS2Go. Updates to refund status are made no more than once a day.”

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  40. keirsten

    Update: irs system upated to second bar says ddd of 2/12. Nc state says our check has been writen, please wait 2 weeks. The only thing is when i filled i asked for direct deposit. Will nc state do the direct deposit?

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  41. Crystal

    I live in NC and I have a direct deposited date of February 12th no later than the 17th updated this morning. I was accepted on January 24th if this helps anyone.

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  42. SHERRIE

    just check irs i was approved but apparently there was an offset some where and I owed money. I will have a deposit between 2/12 and 2/17.

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  43. Ann

    mine was accepted on 2/4 and all it says is 21 days. Just that its being processed. Allison I heard that if we didnt have insurance that we were going to have $ taken out of our return as a “fine” per person. Ok well this isnt really fair. My works dont offer insurance and Private is outrageous on a single moms income, oh and i make too much for any state insurance. I already work two jobs to support my home. So what, no matter what Im gonna have to pay for not having insurance on myself? anddd still be insuranceless? This is obama”care”, what bending us over?? I have heard so many complaints from co workers who tried to get on that rediculous site and register…. they never got through even. Either way I dont think it should be affecting our retuens whether or not we have insurance.

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  44. Anonymous

    @Anonymous: have u any knowledge about the early filers like myself thst hsve no change psss one bar without being able to order transcripts? Think it will b this week for us??

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  45. SHERRIE

    @Anonymous: Did I mention Affordable Health Care Act checks + 21 day returns when can’t do those filed last month? Can you explain this more?

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  46. Anonymous

    I’m just anxious as everyone. However based on how the irs does system availability it will end up being the same thing. If you filed before mid this week, I’m sure should get tax refund next week. Only reason I’m sure is the irs system is down Sunday 12a to 7pm. If they cannot clear the people who filed by mid this week, then they cannot possibly do a 21 day average. Cause people are now getting in the mail other tax forms or w2′s. You got to spit out to take in more. Did I mention Affordable Health Care Act checks + 21 day returns when can’t do those filed last month?

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  47. SHERRIE

    I filed on 1/6 accepted on 1/24 w/ turbo tax and I still have not received my refund, nor has my status changed on the IRS website still receiving generic 21 day message.

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  48. Anonymous

    My return was filed in the 3rd, anybody received theirs today? And can you get a deposit on the weekend.

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  49. segacasper

    On I have been waiting for wmr bar to move and I’m getting the 21 day msg,and the tax code info well I ordered my transcripts for return 2013 and it went thru,shouldn’t that mean my taxed are complete and refund should be on the way?

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