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 began accepting and processing tax returns on January 23, 2017 for the prior year.

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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What Others Are Saying:

  1. Lisha

        @Mary
        I filed on 1/27 and was accepted the same day. Educational credit, ACTC and EIC…WMR says still processing with no codes. Called IRS on Friday and was told I’m under review and to call back after 3/31…no letters have been received. Any insight?

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      • Tada

            @NChance: yes they are . I work in a convenience store here in Florida and omg the rudeness that comes out of people and everybody in a hurry. I have also worked in the same business in Tennessee completely different story. Although right now they are one of the places that has had to close schools do to influenza outbreak. So don’t miss the getting sick and allergy part of it. My mom has deer in her front yard actually its like Alice in wonderland at here place lots of wildlife. Can’t wait to get back there and get back to being happy again

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          • ace7018

                IRS really doesn’t care if you served in the military and honestly, it isn’t something that should be thrown around as a means to get something for free or quickly. My dad served 20 years and I have never heard him throw his military experience around thinking someone owed him something. Military service is a gift to our country and the people of our country.

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              • Mary

                    @DIANE You have to respond to the letter they have to give you time to agree or disagree with their findings on how much you owe, so I dont think it will affect your refund this year

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                  • Tada

                        @Chris: good ole rocky top. I’m moving back to Erwin Tennessee was there then moved to Florida than moved back here I have finally made my mind up lol. Don’t want my son starting 6th grade here plus my mom is there and its beautiful there. I don’t mind the cold and love the seasons no seasons here just summer lol

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                      • Cash me at the bank how bout dah

                            @Tada: n that’s crazy idk y we haven’t gotten ours. I haven’t even filed yet n im glad i didnt this tax season is so fxxked up

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                          • Victoria333

                                Just be thankful your not a healthy 29 year old with a random bout of shingles OK lol there is my rant for today! Alrighty, now back to your regular scheduled programming

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                              • Diane from vermont

                                    @Mary Hi Mary…I called the IRS yesterday..I was telling you that I got a letter saying i owed some money for 2015. She said that they cant hold any money from this year because technicaly not on the books yet. Do you think they will hold my refund up if I don’t get back to them right away? I have till March 15th to respond. She also said I have no codes holding up my refund..That i should see y money by the 27th..I think they are holding large refunds, or at least some for some reason.

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                                  • Cash me at the bank how bout dah

                                        Is there a chance where netspend can be holding our funds? And not releasing to actual ddd

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                                      • Thisusernamealreadyexists

                                            I know there’s a possibility for those with prepaid cards that deposit early to get their refunds Tuesday for those with the 2/23 DDD, but are there any thoughts on whether those of us with credit unions (mine days they do not hold) can expect anything before 2/23?

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                                          • Deanna

                                                @FloridaMotherof3: Shoot yea.. I can admit that lol I closed my eyes to I even held my hand over my phone screen with a little crack in between my fingers when I saw orange I dropped my phone lol.. I hollered yes and my son was like yes what mama u ok lol

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                                              • Cash me at the bank how bout dah

                                                    @Tada
                                                    I had ddd 2/21 i have netspend still haven’t received. I guess due to bs ass president day ugh

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                                                  • love pink 30

                                                        @Michelle: you may very well have passed the review and may update to a date depending on if you’re weekly or daily. Same thing happened to me and I received a ddd after it switched to “it is being processed “

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                                                      • Shiningstar

                                                            Mary I filed 1095A as amended return because when doing taxes originally it said the penalty was waived. Got letter in mail saying send form which I did fax.Probably will get DD in October!!!!

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                                                          • lisa1978

                                                                us 2/23 ddd will be happy tuesday looooong weekend to wait though. horrible thi year next year i wont be filing until feb13 since ive seen everyone that filed then already has a ddd same as mine from filing 1/23 smh

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                                                              • Michelle

                                                                    Hey guys, I got the 4464C review letter, dated 2/6, I updated last week with the “return is being processed a date will be provided when available”, yesterday again I updated to the generic message “received return and being processed”. Haven’t received any other letters grom the irs as of yet and no DDD.

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                                                                  • Deanna

                                                                        @FloridaMotherof3: you are so right about that I had my first son in 2013 then some how someone tried to file him when I did so that’s what got me then it didn’t help when I had my second in 2014 and of course they put me under another review didnt get my refund until october in 2014 and I had to prove he was mines then last year they sent me a IP pin and of course it wasn’t right so once again had to prove my identity. This year I was praying it went by smoothly no change in anything and I used another IP Pin they sent me and of course we had a new law so I have been on pin and needles I almost fell out when I finally got my DDD of 2-23

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                                                                      • hurrytheirs

                                                                            @tada and floridamotherof3 . I actually had someone working under me at the gwaltney meat packing plant in va. Funny thing is i applied for the same position he was in but somehow i got the job but it wasnt me who got the job. And to think i applied in person. The irs took me through So much since then and this was back in 2007

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                                                                          • Taria

                                                                                Filed 2/13 accepted same day. Was abled to order both transcripts via mail on the 17th with new address and had one bar with no codes. Check wmr on the 18th and I had a 1541 ref code not topic. Called irs and the young man told me to keep checking wmr.

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                                                                              • Tada

                                                                                    @FloridaMotherof3: I hate it here. Will be moving back to Tennessee in the mountains where there is less stress no hustle and bustle city life and the people are way nicer then they are here. Too much crime here and I’m in an area that wasn’t too bad 6 years ago . st Augustine is nice been there once to visit. Well I hope we all see our money real soon

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                                                                                  • Tha 31ster From 4everland and code #570 glitch

                                                                                        Netspend is holding our money because i just got off the phone and the lady told me my deposit will be between feb 23 and march 1st…..how did she know my ddd if they dont have our money yet and then just gave me info on my last payroll they are some bull

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                                                                                      • Brian 23

                                                                                            Is anybody WMR status saying “We have received your return and it is being processed”?? I claimed both credits, had one bar on WMR at first, then updated to PATH message, then on 2/18/17 when updates came in I didnt get a DDD, I got still processing. :( Can somebody help me or is anybody experiencing this???

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