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.

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  1. stephen

        @monopolyer: im not saying this is ur issue but i also lost my bars last friday and this past week my wife lost hers and i called after i got the letter monday and they said after they veified me that it can take up to 9 weeks but ive seen and heard lots people say it took them from abt 10-14 days i hope this is the case so ill update and join the path with everyone else.im a father of 4 and were going through a hard time my job went belly up and we have no income and we got light bill due and water bill everything is adding up but i have faith that god will put it on me when he believes i need it . so her is to putting it in to gods hands,may everyone have a smooth tax year if not keep ur head up and rember god is in control!

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      • monopolyer

            is there anything that causes you to be flag for the ID verification like using different address that haven’t used in Prior years

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          • TaMara Mallery

                @champ216: in my opinion only I believe it will be just like normal dailies n weekly accounts. I don’t believe they will release millions of returns all on one day. Just my opinion

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              • onmytoes

                    @champ216: pretty certain in batches. batches of how we received the path msg. ive had it since 1/28 like a lot of ppl

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                  • Spring

                        Last year I could order account lost bars for like a week or two then updated and was fine …unless you got a letter it might juet be longer processing. .I am weekly so I don’t expect to check for return until Friday..just know it happened last year and alot this year with no letter so try to hang on and check Friday for return transcript and update early sat morning if you are week processing

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                      • TaMara Mallery

                            @stephen: if you talk to them again or have a direct number ask them for an ip pin that might stop this Id verifying stuff hopefully. I had id issues and used one for 5 years and after the first year it went smooth but you are a weekly account too now.

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                          • champ216

                                for those of us with the path message when the 15th gets here im wondering if WMR will update and give ddd to everyone or will it be in batches?

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                              • Slayer70

                                    @Mary: my fathers son is behind on child support and the monthly payment includes arrears and I get something from child support that is from his refund the last 3 years I guess as long as the person who is behind has a job and is still behind the IRS will take some of return but doesn’t look like they take all of it just some of it to put towards the past balance

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                                  • monopolyer

                                        @stephen: darn I was able to order my account transcript the last Friday so I was just wondering if that was the issue because I had to use the new address on my tax return

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                                      • stephen

                                            @Spring: yes i enterd my id number and i still got the letter to id verify bc last year i got a letter sum one tried to file a return with my ssn but that was after i got my refund and i didnt call back to irs and thats why they said i got the letter and ill have to do the same thing for the next 3 years

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                                          • TaMara Mallery

                                                @Mary: my ex got behind during a surgery was off work always paid but couldn’t for a bit then back to work boy I was surprised it was like April time I got a check through Michigan state but they jumped on both. I’m just not sure if each state has a certain dollar amount for back support or a time frame. She just told me it was over 1,000.00 here.

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                                              • monopolyer

                                                    If you get an id verification does it show on MWR? Like is there something that will indicate it?

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                                                  • Bridgett

                                                        @TaMara Mallery: Yes and if I’m just processing I should be able to update they are all on my last nerve. So I think if I ain’t herd something Thursday I’m gonna call them nd they gone give me answers…21 days up get to talkin lol

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                                                      • stephen

                                                            @TaMara Mallery: omg thank you for that info i will be so thankful if i see a updat by saturday am i will keep everyone posted on my account and i also pledge to donate 100$ when i get my refund to igmr this site is very helpful

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                                                          • Mary

                                                                If you are current on your child support even if you owe arrears, do they still report the arrears to the IRS for offset? I always thought as long as you are paying and stay current they wouldnt garnish your refund.

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                                                              • stephen

                                                                    im also a weekely so if they resolved my id verfied monday is it possible by this friday ill update with trans or am i begining to proccess all over since i id verfied ?

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                                                                  • Slayer70

                                                                        What’s the good word friends anything? I had a itchy right palm last night so I was like wow maybe this mean money is coming usually somehow it does in some form. But nothing to do with my refund my son got a card in mail from grandma with 20 bucks in it for getting good grades on report card😁😁😁😁😁 dam it all. At least he is happy😃

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                                                                      • TaMara Mallery

                                                                            @Bridgett: 😂 with the call center I say 50/50 shot. I think most of the time they say what they want to get you off the phone. All he did was give u no answer and a date after the 15th smh

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                                                                          • stephen

                                                                                @TaMara Mallery: thank you, i hope i update this friday with return trans and sat with path msg if not ill be okay im happy i know i resolved my issue and just gotta wait im just wondering how long does it usualy take they said up to 9 weeks ive read some has had in as little as 7 days and lots more with 2 weeks im okay with waiting two more weeks its better than 9 weeks, anyone else id verfied on monday .

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                                                                              • Bridgett

                                                                                    @TaMara Mallery: Next Thursday but why does he say I couldn’t update if there is nothing negative on my account no letters no nothing I think he is full of 💩

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                                                                                  • TaMara Mallery

                                                                                        @Chrissylife: oh I’m sorry:( but I do understand too! Half is better than none and if it takes a little bit so be but you know. Best of luck n please keep us posted

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                                                                                      • Chrissylife

                                                                                            So heres an update on my situation my state refund was taken to cover my husband child support debt i spoke to the ny state rep an they stated that i should file for the injured spouse to receive back my half and the federal said they were not aware of the debt but i couldnt chance it being taken too. So they instructed me to file the injured spouse and then return it back to them as soon has possible so i would be able to get my half of the return back when its released . i think because they werent aware i would of gotten back my refund but i couldnt simply chance it after all my state was taken an the offset line kept saying no non tax debt found. Long story short im filing a injured spouse so that path act on my federal doesnt mean shit to me anymore smh. Super hurt

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                                                                                          • CAONE

                                                                                                I got my state DD on Sat. 2/4 filed on 1/25.
                                                                                                Got CTC so won’t expect federal till after 15th
                                                                                                Filed using TT

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                                                                                              • Nana72

                                                                                                    @PatientlyWaiting&Lurking: lol no there’s nothing wrong with it if that’s the name you chose. I feel she took it as me calling her a lurker in a negative way. I’ mean she had to or she wouldn’t have put me on blast like that. I understand how feathers could possibly be ruffled especially when waiting for your late money. Lurking or any name if chosen is fine.

                                                                                                    Whew, lol

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                                                                                                  • Bridgett

                                                                                                        So the man at the IRS says let me look into your account since you have had no bew info on wmr he put he on hold and came back and says he doesn’t see anything negative on my account its just still being processed and my 21 days will be up on Thursday and to call back then I say is it possible I could update on Saturday and he says no just call back on Thursday. Wth?? If there is nothing wrong why would I have to call back on Thursday this don’t make any sense to me…insight please ??

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                                                                                                      • Kingklove17

                                                                                                            I was accepted on the 3rd of feb will I get mines on the 13th like it say or I still have to wait

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                                                                                                          • Royalty

                                                                                                                @Bluerose1: That may be the case for SOME…but we’ve all seen people with missing bars receiving letters all week, so it would be good info for the one’s that are actually in review. You can’t control how someone takes the message. You can only provide them with the info. Sometimes review doesn’t require a letter or response, the IRS may fix it themselves and continue with processing, so that could be what happened to the people who later updated. I’m stating what IRS said. Not me….

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                                                                                                              • CaliStuck

                                                                                                                    So my state taxes have been intercepted by the IRS… called the number provided they told me what i owe had been taken out of my refund and because of the path act I have to check back after feb15 for refund status. Is it safe to assume I’m done processing?

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                                                                                                                  • Bluerose1

                                                                                                                        @Royalty: This happened to alot of people, who later got the PATH message and have their return transcripts.. and KNOW they are done and just waiting for the 15th for things to finish up.. Your going to alarm people into causing more delays by panicking

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                                                                                                                      • Kay

                                                                                                                            Filed with TT on Jan 25th. Accepted the same day within the hour. Been on one bar ever since the 27th. It went away once but came back the next day. Tax topic 152, eic and child credit. Ordered account transcripts on the 2nd or 3rd but can’t order my return transcripts. Received my state return on Feb 2nd.

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                                                                                                                          • Royalty

                                                                                                                                Found this online…

                                                                                                                                My WMR status bar has disappeared

                                                                                                                                Per the IRS, the WMR tracker graphic may disappear or not be shown if your return falls under IRS review after it is received (Status Bar 1: Return Received) because additional information is needed for your return. An explanation or instructions will be provided depending on the situation. This can happen even if you previously checked WMR and it showed the status as “Return Received.” The IRS still has your return but things are essentially on hold until the IRS gets the additional information from you to continue processing your return . You will either get directions on WMR or IRS2Go or the IRS will contact you by mail. Follow the provided instructions and return any additional information ASAP to get your potential refund and reduce any further delays. Talk to your accountant, tax advocate or tax professional if you are not clear on what the IRS is asking for.

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                                                                                                                              • Mamaj14

                                                                                                                                    @Gunner: thanks! That does help. I have been using the pin# they send for the last three years now, so I hope that this is the end of that. I know how holds can be, so I wish you the best.

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                                                                                                                                  • MommyBrucato

                                                                                                                                        So…here are my thoughts. I know a lot of us PATH message people are hoping and wishing to see a huge update on WMR Saturday morning with a DDD. Why do I feel like we will all be horribly disappointed?!

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                                                                                                                                      • Labrenda06

                                                                                                                                            @TaMara Mallery:

                                                                                                                                            My daughter did hers and my moms husband with the same person. They both have ddd for today. My daughter received hers my moms husband not yet. And they have the same bank also. Weird!

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                                                                                                                                          • Kathy E'layne

                                                                                                                                                I e filed my taxes on February 1st, was accepted on same day by Federal, a couple of days later for state. This morning I got the PATH message, and the amount of my return was missing as well as the bars the IRS use to tell me when it is accepted, approved and on the way. I know the refund cannot be sent out before the 15th, but I am worrying about the amount that has disappeared as well as the bars. I appreciate any feedback and than you all .

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