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. texasmichelle

        @PoohPooh: yea u can, i myself have only been able to order my acct trans since last friday not my return but i usually have been able to order my return ones on fridays since im a weekly so im hoping to be able to tomorw and plss do give an update if u r able to tomorw as will i.

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      • SendMy Refund Howbowdah

            @texasmichelle: that’s weird in 2013 and 2014 I filed the first week of Feb and got my refund in 6 days (federal) but last year I filed on the 15th of January and didn’t get it till the 10th of February which was weird that it took that long and it was on a Wednesday I believe meaning last year

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          • Ellabella92

                @Queenofimpatience: No CO refunds yet. Apparently they are I’D verifying a large number of people like last year. It took n 3 months last year for state. Previous to that I would get state in 1 week. My tax preparer informed me, they overpayed all returns last year with the weed profit disbursement and everyone will have a portion taken out of your state.

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              • Smokey

                    Tax Preparer:TurboTax
                    Fees:From Refund
                    Filing Date:Jan-27
                    Date Accepted:Jan-27
                    WMR Bars:1st Bar
                    Single filing
                    W2, American hope oppurtunity credit , Itemized deductions

                    Wondering if I am weekly or what it hasn’t moved from the 1st bar?

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                  • lacey

                        @MommyBrucato: lol cool..what u name him?…we were stuck between Enrique Javier or Franklin Javier…we named him franklin n I always tell him where my Lil frankiestein..lol instead of Frankenstein…. N always ask him where’s my mi amorcito, guapito, chulito n he laughs…he’s a doll of all dolls..he eat regular food but won’t let us feed him he has to feed himself n will grab the spoon fr us n put it n his mouth by himself nifu try to do it he throws a huge fit…so I call him Mr fits too lol

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                      • Laura

                            I have been coming to this site for years now but never joined or commented. I have greatly appreciated all of your helpful insights and levity during this stressful and uncertain time of year. I just wanted to say thank you and let anyone who may be wondering that we received our state refund today. God bless you all and again thank you.

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                          • Kelly

                                @stef: I’m having the same problem. I was accepted the 13th too, from what I’ve read there is a lot of people from that day with no transcripts and only 1 bar.

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                              • texasmichelle

                                    Weeklies update thursdays and fridays and dailies any day out of the week, now weeklies can update either sat or sund tho with the dd but since we r stuck with the path act law ofcourse until after feb 15th but if good we will update on wmr with the path act law message.

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                                  • Tullie32

                                        @lacey: @lacey: @lacey: I also changed my last name and have not seen a bar since I was accepted only the your refund Is being processed and a refund date will be provided when available blah blah at first I had tt 152 with no refund amount then the next day I had no tt 152 and refund amount this is stressful

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                                      • texasmichelle

                                            @KeepCalm&Sendmy$$$: but seems that u update sundays then i usually update saturday mornings hard to tell cuz dailies as well r able to update any day out of the week

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                                          • B.o.n.e

                                                So the reason for this new path law is so Americans can stop spending there whole refunds on there Valentine’s wow!

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                                              • KeepCalm&Sendmy$$$

                                                    Last year, WWR updated on Sunday for a direct deposit date of the following Thursday. Would that make me weekly or daily?

                                                    Also, I was able to order my return transcript today… When should I expect WWR to update?

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                                                  • texasmichelle

                                                        @lacey: sorry for some reason this phone is being laggy and freezing but yea me 2 2 years back i was able to update on a thursday with transcripts and last year on a friday and updated friday night into saturday morning with a dd

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