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. Curi0us1

        Can you be under review and done processing? Or does the review have to be completed before completing processing, ordering transcripts, etc

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      • Mellyluv

            Alright guys, I was accepted on the 25th, EITC
            Stuck on one bar
            Called IRS yesterday because I am terrified I am getting a letter or review
            Told rep I just want to make sure everything is ok
            They said everything looks good
            I am weekly bout to take a break and try and order transcripts Fingers crossed!

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          • itsmenikki

                IM saying the same people keep saying 20170605 is the 27 th how if its clearly the year 2017 and 6th week and 5 th day of that week

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              • Showstopper

                    @Outlawsgurl: I’m in the same boat… I was accepted on the 23rd, same filing situation as before.. I’ve been stuck on “still processing…” since the 27th as well. I can only order the account trans. Ugh

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                  • Not happy

                        Anybody get a letter from the irs , if so I can show you how to get a PIN number to use through the automated system to get into your account with the masterfile

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                      • ninjasherrie

                            @Not happy: No. I only have a prepaid phone so i can’t do the online verify for transcripts. Have to wait to get them by mail. By the time they come i usually have my refund anyway, lol.

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                          • Spring

                                @Emily_rose: i would love a ddd but with it not being after the 15th I think we would get the path message which im not ungrateful I’ll take it any good movements are good with me lol

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                              • Allison2007

                                    Having to wait until 2/15 has kept me from stressing and checking for updates every single day. But on the other hand, since I had so much trouble last year because of the 1095-a form, I’m a little nervous that I may have to ID verify or something. What has everyone thinking that there will be an update tomorrow?

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                                  • CFRAzier03notloggedin

                                        Hey y’all. Question: is it possible to be able to order return transcripts even if your refund is not being paid? I ask because earlier this week I received a letter saying they are doing a thorough investigation and it would take 90 days to get my refund. However this morning I was able to order my return transcript. Which matches past years with my having my ddd updated on Saturday morning. I know I can just wait and see but asking. Anyone know?

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                                      • JacoFromOhio

                                            Hey anyone with an offset showishowing the offset is paid by a certain deposit? I can order both trans but it still shows I have a debt when I call the offset number, however in recent years, when I could order both trans I’d call the offset number and it would say offset paid from deposit of (2/5) example..anyone in this same boat?

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                                          • Mrs. Nikki

                                                This is my 1st time on this site. I keep seeing everyone on here talking about transcripts and path. Can someone please inform me what both are and how to look for or request them. Thank you!!

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                                              • Onmytoes

                                                    It will be extremely frustrating for me if I didn’t update until next week 2/18. I’m a weekly and didn’t update last week. Filed 1/17 accepted then as well, got path 1/28 and been sitting there since. Ordered both transcripts 2 weeks ago. Looked good, shows the usual credits codes with correct numbers and I haven’t gotten a letter, thank God. I got my state 2 weeks ago as well. I better update tmrw. My attitude will definitely change lol

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                                                  • Kate-the-Great

                                                        Anyone that was having thenough no bars stuff and etc that was in our little weekly group or (big group lol) And got their return transcript (I did 🤗) can you see online. I had to order but curious if that 846 code is there

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                                                      • ninjasherrie

                                                            @Jd: Its the cycle date for your return. Obviously 2017 is the year, 05 is the week of the year and the second 05 is the day. Its not a typical M-F week so i’m not 100% on which day of the week that is.

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                                                          • Not happy

                                                                @ninjasherrie: were you able to order transcript like I said this morning, I listen to my account details with my PIN number it still says processing so no refund issue date yet for me so I know wmr won’t be updating tomorrow for me anyways but I don’t think no path will update tomorrow, but if you could order transcripts you will get path tomorrow

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                                                              • Mellyluv

                                                                    @Spring: I meant to access the online ones right away. I know I can get them by Mail ( scared to call!! )

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                                                                  • Gunner

                                                                        Saw all the folks able to order their transcripts, So i took a chance .. not knowing if my ID verify on Monday and yesterday was sending me to the starting line again .. NOPE im in the fast lane now .. was able to order my 2016 Return transcript about 5 min ago .. come on DDD.. Processing complete so much or the 6-9 weeks after verify to process and get refund.. Good luck to everybody ..

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                                                                      • Nana72

                                                                            @MSRazorbackPhD: Thanks an nope. no credits. I’m dying to see when the folks with credits update to a ddd. Good luck to everyone still waiting.

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                                                                          • helpisontheway

                                                                                Good morning!! My wages are reported for 2016 per my SSA statement, is that good news? Does that mean anything? My transcripts are perfect!! Thanks in advance for any answers!!

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                                                                              • FalconsFan_SB51

                                                                                    Good morning all
                                                                                    I filed 2/1 and was accepted 2/1. I was able to order both transcripts this morning via mail with my new address. I’m hopeful I’ll get the path message tomorrow

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                                                                                  • ninjasherrie

                                                                                        Every year i say i’m not going to stress about it, but every year i make a liar out of myself. Won’t feel 100% until that DD hits my bank, but i do feel somewhat better now.

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                                                                                      • SarahB

                                                                                            Good morning everyone! I got my refund today! I hope everyone still waiting wakes up to a DDD soon. This year has been stressful but I am sending positive vibes your way.

                                                                                            Still waiting for SC to process my refund but feel incredible relief that the federal regund is safe and secure in my bank. 😊

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                                                                                          • Spring

                                                                                                I wonder those who have not had the path message and have been sitting till now with only account transcripts will we update to the path message in the morning ?

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                                                                                              • ninjasherrie

                                                                                                    I can order both account and return transcripts this morning for the first time. Still at 1 bar but thinking i will see change tomorrow morning. I am a weekly filer.

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