Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2018?

The IRS has not announced the day it will open yet for 2018.  They begins 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. [email protected]

        @Jeri: maybe it’s to early in the month last year irs starting accepting returns i think around January 21st now it’s push back until January 29th however i do recall some filed January 10th and so on last year and did get that email so you never know it’s crazy now heck they may push it back futher next year 2 seems to me they don’t want to send out money to any tax payers i do understand the fraudulent that’s been going on but if your paper work is good then heck they shouldn’t hold your return until mid February

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      • Jeri

            Im going to just take a guess that no one has gotten the acknowledgment email yet since no one has answered me

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          • [email protected]

                @shareel02: need to wait my son gets 1 yearly and have not gotten it yet he normally gets it late December but so far have not also my co-worker have not received the ip pin either as well i think they are running behind do not file you need that pin if so i suggest you call irs and im quite sure they will have the answer to your ip pin where about

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              • shareel02

                    i have a question… since 2013 tax year, i have been using an IP pin, but this year, i have yet to receive one through the mail. does this mean i am finally done? i do not want to file without knowing…ya know, it will throw up the red flag! any suggestions? i know i will call to verify, and make sure though, regardless lol

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                  • GingerSnap

                        @Michigander980: TurboTax is not yet providing the option to pay from your refund either. I think once they get all the forms they need that option will once again be provided.

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                      • [email protected]

                            To be honest i really think they are to take all fee’s out from your refund please don’t give your credit card information out check with the bank or tax act first..have a great day

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                          • Michigander980

                                @[email protected]: I tried to do a rough estimate and at the end when it was time to file it said credit card are you paying with. This made me think they stopped where you could have your fees come out later. I sure hope not

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                              • [email protected]

                                    @Michigan980: not sure what you are asking but with tax act your fees along with republican bank fee’s will all come out before you receive any return refund unless you pay upfront they are now open for advances how much im not sure any fee’s not sure on advances i think it’s 100% no fee’s on advances hope this helped

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                                  • MemphisMommy

                                        Hey everyone. I know this is kind of a silly question. But my son and I share the same birthday. He was born on August 23 2017. I was just wondering if this would throw up a red flag with the IRS. I know this is really odd.ive been getting strife in every situation since he has been born

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                                      • Flipflop

                                            @lori1985: these are questions only the IRS can answer for you. Call them Tuesday (Monday is a federal holiday and they will be closed). Good luck!

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                                          • winning mom

                                                I usually use the PayPal prepaid MasterCard for my direct deposit. Great card, early deposit, actually I use this card ALL THE TIME, never had a problem with it….but I think I end up spending the money faster swiping my card or shopping online when I don’t actually SEE the cash leave my hand. So I was wondering if anyone knows how much longer the wait is on a paper check. ( old school. Lol) Enough to make a difference? Or not too much?

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                                              • lori1985

                                                    Question: I had to snail mail in an amended return last April and let them know that I may have been compromised. Never heard a thing from them all year. No info online for me. However, I got my first ever ID Pin n the mail this week and it says because I’ve been compromised. So my question is, does this mean I will get last years money included with this year or do they pretend like I wasn’t owed anything last year. How does it work? Last year was the first time ever I had problems filing. Been filing with the same address, same kids, same spouse for 13+ years. I’m almost scared to even get started on this year.

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                                                  • Very Confused

                                                        Does anyone here know what is going on with the EIC? I went into turbo tax to at least get the ball started and when I was doing income it asked if I made less this year than last year, which I didn’t. I was up about 2 thousand but still well below low income, and it said I didn’t qualify for the EIC without even asking if I had dependents or anything. W T F?

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                                                      • Vulcan1600

                                                            As I understand it, anyone filing EICT/ACTC, by law the IRS cannot release your refund until February 15th. IRS says those returns won’t be direct deposited until the week of February 27th.

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                                                          • Sitting pretty in Ohio

                                                                @Janet: well you know they run some “test batches” so some may get theirs early , according to a few comments I read.

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                                                              • Sitting pretty in Ohio

                                                                    @Still waiting ga: I worked in Minnesota over the summer but lived in Ohio . At tax time, I just called human resources and they sent my w2 to my Ohio address. Then I filed in Ohio. So you may wanna call their corporate office or hr.

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                                                                  • Gold82

                                                                        2017 1040 is now available on IRS web site that 1 reason TURBOTAX that you could not finish your taxes waiting on IRS to post 1040 form but it the week end and Monday is a holiday so they may not put in their system till Tuesday

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                                                                      • Gold82

                                                                            I see on the IRS web site that 1040 form are ready now that was 1 reason TURBOTAX you could no finish your return that 2017 1040 form

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                                                                          • MSRazorbackPhD

                                                                                Good morning!

                                                                                I see all the “advance” questions and comments. I noticed, via commercial, that TS was offering upto or $1000, but you’d get it AFTER the IRS acknowledges return! I have no idea about costs or fees, but could be a “cheaper” alternative than JH, HRB, etc.

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                                                                              • Janet

                                                                                    Some tax preparers are saying some returns may be accepted as early as the 17th, doesn’t do any good for those of us with wic.

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                                                                                  • mbry

                                                                                        @Oh It’s You Newman: yeah they will give it to you without even filing they give you a portion up front and then once you file with a w-2 they give you more. I applied online to see if i was prequalified and it said 200 today…800 more with efile with w-2

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                                                                                      • Dynasty97

                                                                                            @Oh It’s You Newman: glad to hear that mine went thru I got a first disbursement through them on dec19th with last pay stub was told didn’t need to register for permanently card when my w2 came in the rest of my advance would load into that well guess what now I have to wait 3-5 business dayes to get a check because could not be loaded onto the card

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                                                                                          • mame..1

                                                                                                waiting on form 8812 . probably wont be till the end of the month.. seeing they aren’t doing anything till then..

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                                                                                              • mame..1

                                                                                                    @Dynasty97: they aren’t accepting refunds till the 29th so it will be feb.. it can be sent off by any tax service but its not gonna do anything but sit..

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                                                                                                  • Oh It's You Newman

                                                                                                        @Still waiting ga: You need to pay taxes to both. Most likely you will end up having to file a resident return in the state where you live and a nonresident return in the state where you work.

                                                                                                        There’s always an exception to the rule. In this case, there are seven exceptions. The five states with no income tax and the two states that only tax interest and dividends are the exclusions:
                                                                                                        Alaska
                                                                                                        Florida
                                                                                                        Nevada
                                                                                                        South Dakota
                                                                                                        Texas
                                                                                                        Washington
                                                                                                        Wyoming
                                                                                                        Tennessee
                                                                                                        New Hampshire

                                                                                                        If you live in one of these states, you don’t need to file a resident return (unless you live in TN or NH and have interest and dividends income). But if you work in a state that does have an income tax you have to file a nonresident return in that state

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                                                                                                      • Oh It's You Newman

                                                                                                            @Me32018: I think it depends on the company and what they use to approve or deny applications. I know JH says that you agree for the bank to call the offset line to verify you don’t owe any payments. I do not know about any of the other services…

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                                                                                                          • Oh It's You Newman

                                                                                                                @Dynasty97: My brother filed with JH with his W2 and got their advance. He received his money about an hour later on the Serve Card they provided him. He filed on January 2nd and got it the same day. I am not sure that the IRS is needed to acknowledge your return before they approve or deny it. I do not think the IRS is even acknowledging returns yet. The bank is using their own criteria to process the loans.

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                                                                                                              • Me32018

                                                                                                                    Hello everyone, Does anyone know if you apply for a advance with a small offset will you get denied? Thanks

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                                                                                                                  • Still waiting ga

                                                                                                                        I have a question if I worked in another state for 8 months do I have to file in that state if I live in in another state I worked in Michigan but I lived in ga what state do I claim head of household in

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                                                                                                                      • Im Still Questions in Cali....

                                                                                                                            I see there are still people waiting on their 2016 refunds!

                                                                                                                            I was stuck in that drama and it even took my tax advocate 4mons. My refund was finally released mid September 2017 after the long and drawn out crap I had to go through.

                                                                                                                            I won’t be filing anytime soon…. Filing can wait another month til they start actually releasing refunds. I’d hate to be caught up in that mess again which never happened in all of the 20years of filing. I’m so good on it. Lol

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                                                                                                                          • Dynasty97

                                                                                                                                Got my w2 today and went into jh to finish my taxes they sent it so I can get the rest of my advance I was aporoved for anyone know how long til acknowledgement from irs so the bank can release my advance

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                                                                                                                              • SmilebHappy

                                                                                                                                    Ip pins when on hold until January 2018 , so they are just mailing them out some people already received them in past few days

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                                                                                                                                  • aya

                                                                                                                                        I e-filed my taxes and then my irs pin shows up after I filed. I know that my return is just holding and hasn’t been transmitted to the IRS yet. What do I do?

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                                                                                                                                      • Jeri

                                                                                                                                            @Ambergirl: i went through onestoptax and they said the irs has to ackknowledge my return b4 they approve a advance becuz they was burned by so many people last yr who had offsets jus curious on when the irs will start acknowledging returns i know they dont open till the 29th. But ive never had a problem with the acknoledgement email taking this long

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                                                                                                                                          • Ambergirl

                                                                                                                                                @Jeri: who did u apply for the advance through bc I never heard of them waiting. I got an advance through hr block and denied through liberty tax so I made liberty pull my return

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                                                                                                                                              • Tina22

                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone know the answer to this? My husband gets paid to take care of his mom from a third-party. Because of that he doesn’t have federal income tax withheld. Box 1 and two on his W-2 are blank. Can I still file on tax act like that? Or do we even have to file with that?

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                                                                                                                                                  • Chilling in CA

                                                                                                                                                        @Meek:
                                                                                                                                                        IRS is NOT accepting taxes yet, you can file now but they are not accepting them yet it will sit in the computer till IRS gives the green light

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