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. Cassie

        @Mason1221:

        Yes, but it says to add 4 days if DD and add 6 days if paper check. So for DD that would be feb. 6th. But it also says “for transcripts with release code 846” and due to the Path law, deciphering DDD’s based off cycle codes for people with EITC has pretty much give out the window this year.

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      • Mason1221

            MP, Its doubtful youll have it that soon. Think of the 15th as the approval day. Very few will have them then or immediately after. Usually you get the approval then have to wait a couple days to even see the DDD>

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          • Mason1221

                Okay, just for fun of understanding. I never put much into the dates thing but most of our dates have already passed. Like mine 20170502 would be Feb second, right? Thats long gone.

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              • IX9

                    Ive silently watched this site every year for the past 3 years.. It’s a good source of info.. keep up the good work…

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                  • Skywalker

                        Is there a accurate tax return scheldule for this year? I was accepted the 27th with just w2 single filing and education credit

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                      • DebMom

                            @Cassie: Thanks you are too sweet 🍬. I try. Lurking and working. For once we have sufficient staff so I only have one hall of 24 patients to attend to so I have time to peek in now and then. LoL Don’t tell my. DON

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                          • Mason1221

                                Code 776 is ACTC and 768 EITC right? Im trying to get this right so when I explain it to my husband in the morning he understands. That, the hold on my Taxact money and the standard 150 are the only codes I have.

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                              • Cassie

                                    @DebMom:

                                    Hey there!. How are you doing? I don’t post much, but i do alot of lurking. I always enjoy seeing you on here. You’re one of the kindest and most helpful people on this site. I hope you’re well :)

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                                  • Kev223

                                        Last year turbo tax had a percentage of how many people have received their refund this year I guess it’s such a low amount of people they are not even showing it

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                                      • domdee2

                                            @MsLewis: Stop Judging people that’s only for the true and living God to do, you should b encouraging and not acting like the Allness of the Muchness!!

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                                          • Cassie

                                                CYCLE CODES EXPLAINED: What is a cycle date? A cycle date can be found on a completed transcript that has the 846 refund release code. The cycle date reflects the date the transaction is posted to the master file. Ok, but what does it mean? A cycle date will be designated by an eight digit number indicating the year, week and day of the week. (YYYYWWDD) Ok, but I still don’t know what that means… Let’s break it down some more: -First four numbers indicate year. -Next two numbers indicate week of the year -Last two numbers indicate day of the week. Each days is designated by a two digit number which excludes Saturday and Sunday.
                                                Friday= 01
                                                Monday= 02
                                                Tuesday=03
                                                Wednesday=04
                                                Thursday=05
                                                I think I’m starting to get it, but maybe you can give me an example? Cycle date: 20170505 Year: 2017 Week: 05 Day: 05 Wednesday of the 4th week of 2017 Actual date: February 2, 2017 Ok I get it now, but can that tell me when I should get my refund? If you have the Refund Release Code (846) then you can figure out your DDD. To figure it out add four business days to the cycle date. For checks mailed add six business days to the cycle date.

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                                              • Cassie

                                                    @Abocek:

                                                    From what i understand from this forum over the last couple years about cycle codes is 2017=year 04= week of the year and 3= day. There’s a link here that explains it in detail, but i forget what it says. If you go to the top right corner of this page and go to FAQ’s, it will pull up this info so you can figure out how to read it properly, but if you have path I’ve heard cycle codes really don’t mean anything this year.

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                                                  • Abocek

                                                        Anyone have a side by side if his years transcript and last years lol how long after your pticessing date last year did u actually see the dd lol

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                                                      • Stillwaiting in Georgia

                                                            Quick question if you’re self employed and you have path massage will your wages show up on ssa web site before or after you get your refund

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                                                          • Cassie

                                                                @Mason1221:

                                                                I expected the same, but everything is so new and unpredictable this year that you really can’t just expect anything to go as usual. After i prdered my transcripts i got a 1099-c letter, so that’s got me a little concerned wondering if I’ll even get a refund this year. According to my transcripts, nothing is being taken out, but like i said, i got the 1099-c after i ordered my transcripts, so I’m wondering if transcripts can change? Who knows. A thousand thoughts running through my head though! Lol. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed and waiting for the 15th, because i dont know what else to do until then. Btw my son’s name is Mason also! :) good luck to you. And everyone.

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                                                              • Ambeebambee

                                                                    @joni: i filed 19th everything disappeared on mine too. Shows amount and processing message.. I forgot a small w-2 so that might be why but not sure. Mine hasnt moved and cant order transcripts. Im gonna call by next week.:(

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                                                                  • Mason1221

                                                                        Thank you Steph! Talk about panicking.
                                                                        Holy Shit.
                                                                        Ive literally expected the WORST this year after all of the talk on the news and forums about how this is going to be the messiest tax season ever.
                                                                        It was great for me last year, smooth and easy.
                                                                        This year, ive been dreading it since January 1st.
                                                                        it is really messy, though. People not knowing whats happening, whats going on with THEIR money. The IRS leaving them up in the air grasping at straws and numbers. So sicking.

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                                                                      • Steph336

                                                                            @Mason1221: No one on the Path has an 846 on their transcripts except for a very select few who owe the IRS the majority of their refund and are essentially not getting a refund at all because of that. It is absolutely normal to not have 846 code.

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                                                                          • Mason1221

                                                                                Thank you Cassie! Ive eased down some, as I was really expecting to see that code when I popped it open.
                                                                                I guess I should just be happy I didnt get any “no no” codes? Like a 576, or 152?
                                                                                I wonder if it would show if I needed to verify on my tax’s on one of these transcripts? Which it dosnt.

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                                                                              • Mason1221

                                                                                    Abocek, Ive seen atleast 2 others here in the last 24 hours say they had “Under review 576” codes. Maybe we are good because we don’t have them? I’m stressed, Im self employed. I keep receipts (Everything I Do is digital anyways) but that makes it even HARDER when someone gets audited. Uhg, I also had a w2 from my side job which has me even more stressed because I filed 2 incomes. I just wish someone would confirm nobody on PATH has gotten a 846.
                                                                                    Also, where you guys with verification letters able to order both transcripts.

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                                                                                  • Cassie

                                                                                        @Mason1221:

                                                                                        Mine are the same way. I asked the same question earlier, and one of the moderators of this site said not to worry about the 846 code. I was concerned too, as i thought that meant release of funds? I really do not know what to think at this point. Last tax season was a nightmare so i am panicking about every little thing this year.

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                                                                                      • Mason1221

                                                                                            Abocek, do you have a 846 code? If so, are you on PATH?
                                                                                            I got mine today and have code 150, 806(for taxact holdings) 766 and 768. No “Audit, or under review codes, but also no 846 approval codes.

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                                                                                          • Brokemexican

                                                                                                Anyone from COLORADO have an update on state refund? I was accepted 1/24 and no movement since…. Just trying to see if anyone has gotten a DDD or something lol!!!

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                                                                                              • NIcole88

                                                                                                    Just thought I would come back and post an update instead of just being a lurker this year. I filed Sun (1/29), accepted the same day. Couldn’t load WMR until 2 days later. Couldn’t order transcripts until after 6pm Fri (2/3), and got a DDD of 2/8 at midnight on Sat (2/4). Actually got my refund at midnight last night (Sun/Mon). So, I got my money in about a week, without a hiccup. I’m actually surprised.

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                                                                                                  • Kaye88

                                                                                                        What is this letter that everyone is talking about? I read quite a ways back looking for an explanation but I just keep seeing it referred to as,”the letter”.

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                                                                                                      • Brandan

                                                                                                            @Spring: Honestly, I have no idea. I was able to order my account transcript about 4 days ago. Been checking periodically for my return transcript and was able to order it again an hour or so ago.

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                                                                                                          • Mason1221

                                                                                                                Actually, i just read someone named Gary got his return transcripts and mentioned he had no 846. This is common right, i’m sorta panicking now. I got mine today
                                                                                                                and have codes
                                                                                                                150
                                                                                                                806(with a $30 holding fee which i assume is Taxact)
                                                                                                                766
                                                                                                                and 768.
                                                                                                                So its right that i should have gotten 846?

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                                                                                                              • MadmX

                                                                                                                    Did anyone else who has the PATH message no longer seeing their refund amount in WMR? Oh crud= this is getting sickening. I don’t need any hiccups or delays this year when I need money the most. smdh.

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                                                                                                                  • Mason1221

                                                                                                                        How do I read the codes on this return transcript? I have a 4
                                                                                                                        150
                                                                                                                        806 (of$30 which i assume is my Taxact holdings)
                                                                                                                        766
                                                                                                                        and 768
                                                                                                                        no 846 like I usually get with the amount next to it but im on PATH. Im guessing nobody on PATH has gotten a 846?

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                                                                                                                      • joni

                                                                                                                            I haven’t had any bars for about 5days now, I filed on rhe 23rd no eic or the other why is my taking so long.. Ant one else with none of thise things got yours

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                                                                                                                          • lamar

                                                                                                                                since i have to pay 299.00 to the irs and im getting 1000 lesser in the earn income credit i should be okay
                                                                                                                                and it still showing the path act and topic 152

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                                                                                                                              • Lisa in Atlanta

                                                                                                                                    Ew, my sister is stuck on one bar and just got two letters from the IRS about the healthcare form and they are waiting to verify income with employer info..so she’s soft audit.

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                                                                                                                                  • Spring

                                                                                                                                        Meant so you can have bars or not transcripts or not and still get letter it appears based on comments. ..question do those getting letters not have to put drivers licence info in ? We do every year on tax act

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                                                                                                                                      • TaxActor

                                                                                                                                            Filed TaAct and accepted 1/23 processing on my end and one bar on spouses end. SSA doesnt show income reported for 2016 I can order transcript but she cant. My blood tested negative for AIDS and monalisa was a motha fuckin man!

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                                                                                                                                          • shundav

                                                                                                                                                Hello everyone.. Haven’t been on here in a while I got the path message and was able to order both trannies should I be excited or worried

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