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. ninjasherrie

        @SingleMomInMA: Actually with dependents thats not true. If you have a baby 12/21, it counts for the whole year. Speaking from experience, i have a kid born on Christmas Eve.

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      • texasmichelle

            @JoeBlow: well from my experience usually first comes the acct transcript being able to order and soon as ur able to order ur return then ur done processing and approved just waitin for ur refund to be issued

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          • SingleMomInMA

                @GOING CRAZY: I really thought there was a 6 month rule. As with new dependents. Children born before 7/1 can be claimed. Less than 6 months they can not. Is this not accurate when it comes to head of household and marriage??

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              • Kimikaze

                    Well, It is time for me to get some rest. Hopefully a big day tomorrow with lots of updates. If you have any questions that can’t be answered then try checking out our FAQs,Groups, Forums and using the search bar. Chances are someone else has experienced before too.

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                  • ManOfGod

                        @Kimikaze: ya I see alot of joy and suffering here.Some crying 2 lol.Well happy I found this site I normally go to forums and find answers.This is alot better though.I was wondering what the Path was all about cause I got that this morning.I see I guess I’m done processing.

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                      • Kimikaze

                            @ManOfGod: We do our best to help and all of the users make it that much better for us. This is the best place to come together and share our tax miseries and joys 😊

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                          • ManOfGod

                                @Kimikaze: Ya I’m liking this site slot very helpful wish I would have found it last year.All my questions got answered without me posting anything lol

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                              • ninjasherrie

                                    @Kimikaze: LMAO, for real. I’m always seemingly caught in some kind of SNAFU so I’m not expecting my DD on 2/15. One year it was resequenced, another year i was in a batch that although filed early, was processed after the first week of actual e filing. Another year there was a computer crash at the IRS … I’m totally hexed, lol. I’m done hoping. :P

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                                  • mickey m

                                        @Juan: I am not sure but some people update weekly and some update daily. I think I am a weekly so I still don’t have a path message yet just filed 1/31. So I am guessing I should see the path message after this weekend. As for the returns being approved already I am not sure.

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                                      • texasmichelle

                                            Hey guys so i was able to order my account transcript this past friday so ofcourse im a weekly due to identity theft filing with ippin so i take it i should update tomorw friday and be able to order the return transcript correct, last year happened the same way ordered account one friday and the return the following friday if i remember correctly

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                                          • Kimikaze

                                                @Jussi: You just haven’t finished processing yet. Doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong, but some can take a little longer than others. Once transcripts update to your new address then you know that there’s been movement. :)

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                                              • Jussi

                                                    Accepted on the 26th. I have education credits, and a new address. I can’t access any transcripts! I can log in with my old address to view transcripts from previous years but nothing this year. Anyone on the same page?

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                                                  • ninjasherrie

                                                        Wow, that was fast!
                                                        I *just* submitted my taxes no more than 10 minutes ago on Credit Karma tax. I opened up the WMR just to have the info in there ready and hit submit….
                                                        WMR already has my data, but obviously not approved or anything. I’ve never seen it take so little time, usually its a couple of days before it hits WMR. Is this new?

                                                        Not that it matters, i’m stuck in PATH… :(

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                                                      • Kimikaze

                                                            @Ubermomof3: You are probably fine. It happens a lot for no reason and usually corrects itself. If it is anything major then you will receive a letter from the IRS letting you know what’s going on

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