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. Jerrica

        @RaisinAZ: saw someone else post they got theirs. Checked mine and it’s there already! Thought I’d let you know since we talked earlier.

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      • sonrisa809

            @Kristine w: I don’t think so, many of us last year were under review due to missing the 1095A form or id verification. And we didn’t update after it was fixed

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          • Kristine w

                If you are held under review would you still be able to get account transcript or neither? Does anyone know? Thanks.

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              • Takara

                    I have no bars and wmr says still processing with no tax topic. I called today and told them there was no info coming up on wmr but i got acceptance email fro my tax preparer. The was asked for previous address, mothers name, birth play, name of employer in 2015. So . . . . If you have no bars give them a call, you may have to do id verification.

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                  • William Gilliland

                        Okay my bars are still missing and cant order transcripts at all? This hasnt happened to me at all simce 2013 and i was held under review in 2013 and didnt get it bqck til march stressed and confused!!!!

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                      • momdukes

                            @sonrisa809: Yes, I was able to order both transcripts via snail mail. I’m not expecting to see any changes to WMR until at least 02/16. If something happens before then, great! But I’ve already braced myself!

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                          • Vulcan 1600

                                No matter how many times you check WMR or order transcripts or whine and moan, if you filed EITC and/or ACTC, guess what, you won’t see anything until after February 15th. Period. End of discussion.

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                              • Kimberly*

                                    @lilred44: I agree it sucks when people ruin things for others for their own selfishness and greed. I think you could see an update this week or by next week at the latest. Mine took a total of about 14 days (including weekends) that is if I get my DD tomorrow as stated on WMR. Last year it took about 1/2 this time but at least its almost done. Hopefully you and others in a similar situation will get an update and refund very soon. :)

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                                  • Here again

                                        I could not order my trannys early this morning… when I went back to try again it said..not the same info we have on fike…I know it’s correct ..it’s the same one I used earlier. ..it’s the site down or am I locked out?

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                                      • floridadadof2

                                            My tax preparer made two errors on on my return. She inputted the wrong city and one of my dependents (My daughter was entered as “SON” Has anybody had their return kicked back for these type of errors?

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                                          • Nikkisparkles

                                                I think a lot of us weeklies are not done orocessing hense bars are gone..It happens every year and then updates with a DDD .

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                                              • lilred44 (15th)

                                                    I’ve been a daily since the day I started filing taxes. Every year I’ve always got them back the end of January or first week of February. Not this year. Same dependents and everything. Still one bar, processing and tax topic 152. Curse the people who do illegal crap to the IRS! 😁😁😁

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                                                  • James Jones

                                                        I was able to view my account transcript for 2016, but it was blank. Any particular reason for this?

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                                                      • momof2blessings

                                                            @kimikaze: t
                                                            OK thank you. I do know that I am a daily. I’ve always had my return with 7-9 days of filing. Hopefully this yr will be no different. But if it is not much I can do about it lol. Glad I’m not absolutely needing my return this year.

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                                                          • Bridgett

                                                                @Gunner: Could the irs tell you if you had idverify or a flag? Just spoke with them and she asked me a bunch of questions about last year and this year but said I was still processing and didnt say I was flagged or was sent a letter?

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                                                              • Nikkisparkles

                                                                    How’s going today? No change for me yet :) still no bars with refund amount but no topic 152. And can’t order return yet. Here’s to Friday coming soon :):):)

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                                                                  • Southernmama

                                                                        @kimikaze: well all of u guys have nothing but respect from me each year. I didn’t figure all of u heard it as often as u should, so great job to each and everyone of u!!

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                                                                      • waiting2017

                                                                            I asked this once and I don’t see where it got answered. So I will ask again. So my cycle code last year 20160505 mean anything for this year. Does it change from year to year

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                                                                          • Haveahappyday

                                                                                @TexasBoy26: yes if you look twords the bottom of that screen it says applied for a penalty exemption and got ECN number then continue ot will ask for the number. I had to do it for my fiance.

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                                                                              • Gunner

                                                                                    Ok i hate to be the bearer of possible bad news…
                                                                                    I just got off the phone with the ID Protection Unit … and was informed that i had the flag assigned since last year Verification process… (And will have it for the next 3 years) (Also makes you a weekly processor).. well since i lost my bar and tax topic but stated that the return was processing …. i wanted somebody to double check my record… Sure enough i was flagged again for verification since the system could verify that it was me submitting the 2016 return. (Don’t know exactly what flagged it ..Yet) They have sent a letter with a code / case number on it.. And was told to follow the process on the letter. I DIDN’T .. i called the other department TPP (the ones that can verify and clear the flag). The verified that i was on hold…. and without the code from the letter they could not validate my for being me ..
                                                                                    Long story short … call and get somebody to check for ID Flags .. and check if a notice or letter was sent. You will fail verification if you don’t have the CODE ..
                                                                                    Good Luck . hopefully ill get the letter by the week end ..

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                                                                                  • Todd in DFW

                                                                                        Hello all

                                                                                        I filed and was accepted on January 26, not EIC ETC.

                                                                                        I have one bar on WMR. Should I be expecting an update tonight for a DDD of February 3rd? Or is that wishful thinking?

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