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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  1. PLL2410w

        @kimikaze:
        Account Balance 0.00
        Accrued Interest 0.00 As of Feb 13, 2017
        Accrued Penalty 0.00 As of Feb 13, 2017

        Return not present for this account

        Code Explanation of transaction
        No tax return filed
        This product contains sensitive taxpayer data

        Help, this is what shows on my account transcript. Any advice or explanations is appreciated.

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      • Chica30

            @Southernmama: I know true that because there have been lots of the same questions and other craziness…. :) that’s why they mods they can handle it… :)

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          • momdukes

                @Sly84: That may be true but this is not last year. Some will update to 2 bars and some will not update for a long time until the situation is resolved. There are two different missing bars screens right now, one with Tax Topic 152, and a refund amount, and one without. They are there for a reason, and they are different for a reason. We cannot base this year’s trend off of any prior year funds because this is a new system, WMR has undergone tremendous updates during the off season. So at this point, we will need to wait and see.

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              • Sly84

                    @Shadow2117: also fun fact weekly only update transcripts Friday so they might not be done processing which is normal last year I could order my account a week before return then I updated so stop freaking people out !

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                  • michele02. 15th

                        Ok so I have a THEORY. from things I have seen with transcripts and stuff. People that can see them have a date of 2/13/17. From the date you receive DDD in the past has been 4 days. Ok 4 days from the 13th is the 17th….looking at the law and tax prepation sitess. If someone is doingyour taxes then they are also verified your wages….this goes for those too that filed for fee. from what I have seen when you pay a fee that’s the only way to upload your W2…..free version you have to manually enter info in. So by uploadin it you are also verfing wages are correct and not falsifed. So maybe. We will see. Deposits for those that can get them early on the 15th. What is your opinion???

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                      • Kimikaze

                            @Southernmama: Aww, you’re going to make me blush. We do what we do because we love helping. We take each year as a new learning experience and try to spread as much knowledge as we can. It’s users like you and others that come back year after year that makes every minute (even the troll times) worth it

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                          • granite1313

                                Sorry, should have said “federal return, not state” and I do not have any credits. Just wanted to share that Non Netspend deposits have shown up today at some banks.

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                              • Shadow2117

                                    @Chica30: Yours was already processed theirs is not. They can’t even order return transcripts… I can guarantee something is up and the snail mail from irs will soon let all of you know what I’ve already told ya! Cp05 letters are on their way to all of you with missing bars! Get ready!

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                                  • granite1313

                                        I had a DD of 2/1 but SBBT just sent it to my Credit Union and it showed up about 15 mins ago. Good luck all!

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                                      • Sly84

                                            @Shadow2117: funny cause it happened to me last year and I got updated next update so did thousands of others with no bars !!!

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                                          • Bridgett

                                                @kimikaze: She wouldnt have had to tell me thats what she was doing? And if so and i passed which i did i knew every answer right away will they just move it along now? Never had to verify before.

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                                              • Sue211

                                                    @TexasBoy26: if your exwmot you dont have to enter anything that is only for people who get the 1095a in the mail does matter with medicade

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                                                  • momdukes

                                                        @Royalty: I’m sorry, but we do have proof that some of our members with missing bars, missing refund amounts, and also missing Tax Topic 152 have called in to the IRS and been instructed to verify, and also, to wait for a letter that was sent to them through the mail. So, not all of those with missing bars will update in the next cycle or two. It depends on why the refund amount and other information is missing from the WMR.

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                                                      • Southernmama

                                                            I think the moderators on this forum should get gold medals for having butt tons of patience and keeping their cool on this site for having to answer the same exact questions over and over and over and over and over again when all people have to do is scroll and read!! Kudos to all of y’all for having the patience I would have lost days ago 😂😂😂😂😂🙈🙈 I think y’all should receive your money before any of us no matter what credits your claiming just for putting up with the every day 😜GREAT JOB TO EVERYONE OF YOU AND U HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT FROM ME😇😇😁

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                                                          • Ihavetowaitbutwhy

                                                                @kimikaze: ok sweet, keeping my fingers crossed because i heard it could take 24 to 48 hrs to process it, for instance my ddd for my state return is for today, the state sent it but wells fargo hasnt processed or even said they recieved it which makes no sence

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                                                              • Mom

                                                                    @Shadow2117: Actually, this year the missing bars are related to the extra processing time because of PATH and right now, for the most part, they do just mean “still processing”

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                                                                  • Kimikaze

                                                                        @Chantel beckman: Once you can access with your new address then they have updated your account. This year they have added extra security measures to ensure privacy and to verify identity.

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                                                                      • Kimikaze

                                                                            @Ihavetowaitbutwhy: It shouldn’t. It should post on the day of at whatever time they release funds. Most banks it’s by 9am at the latest.

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                                                                          • Shadow2117

                                                                                @Royalty: your theory is incorrect! The missing bars means either id verify or review! I can guarantee that for those of you that have missing bars that you can definitely start waiting on a letter from the irs. That pizza tracker is there for a resson and once it diappears, you’re in for a very long wait if you filed accurately…for those of you who didn’t file accurately won’t be getting a refund point blank plain and simple… *Waiting for my accurately filed refund to hit my account tomorrow morning* toodles

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                                                                              • Sly84

                                                                                    @db: i have no tax topic 152 which is just about how you chose to get your refund and I also have no other codes or numbers so …

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                                                                                  • Chantel beckman

                                                                                        Iv nvr had this problem in the past with transcripts. Last yr i was able to access with my previous address all the way up untill my return was approved with my new address. Yes i moved last yr to. Could it be that iv moved so much causing this problem. 2014 return had one address on it. 2015 had a different address and now 2016 has another different address on it. Could that cause an issue??

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                                                                                      • Ihavetowaitbutwhy

                                                                                            I have a ddd for 2/1, what are the chances that itll arrive after that, wont it take the bank a few days to process? Bank is wells fargo

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                                                                                          • Kimikaze

                                                                                                @Bridgett: Sounds like you just did an ID verify with the IRS. If that’s the case, then I would expect you to be able to process and see more movement soon.

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                                                                                              • Jaz87

                                                                                                    @Chantelb88: I filed the exact same day and was accepted on the same day as you. I’m still on one bar only ordered account transcript on Friday. So we are in the same boat. I also have the PATH credits. You may be a weekly also. I have been a weekly for the last few years so it’s possible I still am.

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                                                                                                  • Louisiana_Gal

                                                                                                        Turbo Tax still doesn’t have all the forms ready to file my LA state return, but the LA Dept. of Revenue has the individual returns ready to efile finally for anyone still needing to file LA state return.

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                                                                                                      • chama

                                                                                                            turbo tax filed 1/14
                                                                                                            accepted 1/23
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                                                                                                            code 152

                                                                                                            also I had received a letter from IRS re: fraud and gave me a code to put in my return this year for identity purposes.

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                                                                                                          • Royalty

                                                                                                                I read alotttttttt!! on diff sites but don’t speak much. I think the people who have missing bars are still processing. They usually aren’t able to access BOTH transcripts either. It will change with the next update, depending on whether you’re weekly or daily. This seems to be a common theme.

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