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. MSRazorbackPhD

        @Slayer70: Yeah that has been an ongoing battle. Many of them owe tons of money, but get their jobs! Talking about screwing the “regular” taxpayers. I guess…you cheat on your taxes…you get rewarded😑

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      • Slayer70

            I read an article somewhere that was talking about IRS employees were going to be able to keep their jobs even though they cheated on their taxes. I think some got fired and some didnt.

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          • HogzzUP

                @I want it now .. not end of February! :): I filed the 19th accepted the 20th. Letter dated 2/2 carried my kids like I do every year.

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              • I want it now .. not end of February! :)

                    @HogzzUP: wow really… what’s ur info if u don’t mind me asking??.. when did u file? When did u get path message? What’s date on letter? Who did u file with? Sorry to hear that!😟

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                  • Rgrooms

                        My son did his taxes on February 1 and already got his back through the federal and state income taxes. He had 1 child tax credit but not the eitc

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                      • JuJu Bug

                            @Sheready17: they love to take our cash don’t they!! But when it’s time to hand it back over with interest it’s wait a minute let me make sure this is really you!!! 🙄🙄🙄 what ???? Did u know this was me when u forcefully took my money

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                          • Jessica

                                I don’t see why if people filed as they normally do, everything is the same and everything checks out why wouldn’t they just hold it but still give a DDD? That would ease minds and there would be less phone calls. IMO

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                              • JuJu Bug

                                    @SAW: exactly! they talking about fraud..yeah but I know somebody who filed a kid that’s not theirs (got the path act) I know for a fact that’s fraud..but any who who am I to judge
                                    I just wish they cut the bs and run us our cash that they gangsterd out of our own pay check all year! If it was up to me to pay on my own…well that wouldn’t happen 😂

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                                  • meandmygirls

                                        @Meek: I sure hope you are correct and would that then mean for an earlier deposit for some people depending on their cards lol I don’t like this waiting game

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                                      • stephen

                                            @ROYALTY: thank you so much and yes god is incontrol of everything and who am i to worrie with all this stuff abt taxes i did my part and god will do the rest

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                                          • ROYALTY

                                                @stephen: wow…. What a great attitude to have. Has GOT to be the GOD in U. I truly hope and pray they release your refund ASAP. We’re in agreement!

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                                              • Eric00529

                                                    Also if.ypu look on gas or eletriv bill it.should have some.info on it about percentage of income plans

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                                                  • SAW

                                                        @JuJu Bug: Indeed JuJu this was not the year to institute this law (maybe no year is a good year when you are looking for financial relief) and even though I know they claim to have announced it 2 years ago it was more like a blurb in Forbes magazine or some other covert news site. How many of us read Forbes? Better yet if the law was signed in 2015 why are they just now putting it into effect? The entire process seems shady even though they report that it’s transparent and we were forewarned I just don’t see how they could manually review millions of claims in a couple of weeks for accuracy and then mass deposit them into bank accounts. Neither it is a good idea for the IRS to wait until February 15th and then announce they have a problem.

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                                                      • Meek

                                                            @Kingklove17: I think the 13th are for people that filed around 1-21-17 to 1-26-17
                                                            Or for ppl that filed taxes before the 1-24.
                                                            We are the first batch😁

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                                                          • Eric00529

                                                                A lot of.times if you write water co a letter asking.for little more time most places will.do it unless you have teenage daughter who.tosses mail and they come.and cut water with out a chance to ask but luckily my dead was able to cover it after it was cut inam waiting ss haven’t worked since Nov 2015 after I was in brutal car crash wife works at McDonald’s got six kids so I know what it is like to be in a huge whole half of her income goes13 to save house got behind on taxes

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                                                              • Sheready17

                                                                    @JuJu Bug: me too i just moved i wanna get a few new items geesh where is the love from the irs lol 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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                                                                  • Sheready17

                                                                        @Michigander80: all of it when i called she asked me about the amounts on my w2 and asked me my kids names date of births and socials. So yes they are matching info this year which is a good thing in my eyes keeps us all protected as much that goes on now days. 💯

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                                                                      • SAW

                                                                            @TaMara Mallery: I wonder why they issued a refund cycle date on our transcripts if anyone filing the credit(s) were going to be delayed regardless? It would help ease a lot of tension if the IRS would do a little more than throw out a blanket new law out and expect us not to ask questions. We inundate them with phone calls and questions each filing year without the presence of this new blockade and it does nothing in the area of trust between the taxpayers and the IRS i.e. government.

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                                                                          • JuJu Bug

                                                                                People with the path act message will not update until the 15th…the IRS gangsters is not coming off OUR cash until then…I wish they would though 😟

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                                                                              • Mamaj14

                                                                                    @TaMara Mallery: So I have been using an ip pin for the last three years. I hope this isn’t an indefinite thing. My account was flagged as having identity theft like 8 years ago.

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                                                                                  • JessicaBowling1322

                                                                                        I am unable to order transcripts, does that mean they haven’t looked at my return yet??

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                                                                                      • monopolyer

                                                                                            @Spring: I am weekly and like I said I was able to order my account transcript on Friday I have a simple return so no credits that would make me have the path message I still have one bar on where’s my refund but still not able to order a return transcript so I’m hoping on Friday that I should be able to do that I just have one more question though I had recently moved and I didn’t update my address with the Postal Service so do you think that will cause me to have a ID verification now I did use my driver’s license info when I file my return but it’s still has my old address

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                                                                                          • Slayer70

                                                                                                @Mary: I know I live in Florida and Florida sent something to IRS to let them know he is behind so I guess once he did get a job thats when I started getting something around April. We don’t have state here

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                                                                                              • driving.me.crazy

                                                                                                    Question for my fiance – Filed 1/23/17 filed with JW. had 1 bar. now it is not showing up in WMR or over the automated system. On my JH account it shows the amount I am waiting to receive. Is anyone else having this problem.

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                                                                                                  • TaMara Mallery

                                                                                                        @CAONE: your fine :) on your return it should tell you like congrats you qualify for eic earned income credits or actc is additional child tax credits. Those are the path ones.

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