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. FINALLY PA

        Woke up to message for my PA return….so with that being said Federal must be coming soon as well!!!

        Your return was received and information is currently being updated to your account. Please allow 8 to 10 weeks from today to receive your refund. If you need additional information, please call 717-787-8201 and a representative will help you.

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      • Chrissylife

            Ok goodmorning everyone . now ive been reading everyones comment an decided to share whats happening in my situation. Well my friend an i did our taxes on the same day .i have 2 kids an she has 1 . i was able to get all the credits an she was only able to receive one. Well she text me on feb 3 at 5:50am saying she received her federal . my federal status just has the path message . now my situation is i filed joinly with my husband and he owes back child support for the other woman child . my state refund was intercepted an paid to child support got the update yesterdaya . when i call the top line it says no non tax debt has been found with ur ss #. U think i should be ok with the federal or will they take that too.

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          • Chris Angel

                kinda seem scary this year i hoping my goes smoothly but will be here watching and waiting with you all. i putting my full refund toward my goals!

                good luck everyone,

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              • paulamama1

                    Good morning, just checked the bank and my pocket change is there. Not alot, but hey my debt is paid and I am clear thank goodness. Now for the fiance to update and we will be clear:)

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                  • Nikkisparkles

                        @spyder… Same here.. if I don’t hear anything by Monday I’m calling because my 21 days are up. I haven’t gotten. Any letters either…….

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                      • Spyder

                            yet another day of nothing….I got my account transcripts from the IRS yesterday and it had all zeros. I don’t owe them anything….so why are they holding my refund?

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                          • chelsea

                                Good morning everyone :) quick question. I filed on January 30th, still have one bar with tt 152, no path act message as of yet, do you think maybe I don’t have the path act message yet because WMR just hasn’t updated for me yet? It just has the generic message “we have returned you return and it’s processing but certain circumstances may delay your refund” or however it is they word it lol

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                              • MSRazorbackPhD

                                    @NickiTheDon: The IRS never sent you a letter? If so, did you get one certified?

                                    You could contest the amount, hopefully, they won’t take your federal, but it’s toss-up. Have you called the offset line.

                                    I could tell you a horror story that the IRS made w my dad last year. It was a huge mistake!

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                                  • NickiTheDon

                                        GM Everyone.
                                        Here is my horror story…. Any help would be great.

                                        Filed 2/2 never got an email for acceptance…. Unable to track on WMR smh. I spoke with my tax prep and she sent me another pic of my info on her side and it shows they IRS has my return but it doesn’t say accepted or rejected ugh. Anybody else unable to did their 2016 return??

                                        Furthermore I found out they did a review from 2013 that caused me a balance of 3300 owed to them which will come out of my return but I’m working to prove that I earned my credits based on my W2 because the employer sent the IRS an adjusted W2 that I never got smh.

                                        Any insight to why I can’t track my return? It’s like it’s stuck in space or something idk.

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                                      • TabbyDallas

                                            @Roxanne Texas: dont worry just jet, I filed the 6th ..was accepted sometime around 11th or 12th, had 1st bar, disappeared about a week or so ago, could order account transcript but not return, just last friday was finally able to get return transcript, updated Saturday to path, you will probably update this week, friday to Saturday if you are a weekly

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                                          • Casandra

                                                I thought fucktard was one word. I am a low life though. Its like you said fuck *pause* tard. In real life that would have been awkward.

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                                              • TeeJay3

                                                    Any updates for people with Path message???? Heard some people claim the date will be earlier than 15th or hv ddds…..is this true????

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                                                  • Cassie

                                                        @Casandra:

                                                        Wait a dang minute!!…. you’re a troll?? Please tell me you’re kidding. I would have never guessed. Ya know… cuz ima retard an all that stuffs

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                                                      • iamhis81

                                                            WMR BACK UP!
                                                            NO UPDATE
                                                            STILL PATH ACT MESSAGE
                                                            BUMMER!!!
                                                            GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS THIS TAX SEASON!😴😴😴

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                                                          • Stillwaiting in Georgia

                                                                @Roxanne Texas: how do you no if you are wey I filed on 1/23 and got accepted on 1/23 was able to order bith transcripts last friday updated to path massage Saturday will I update tonight for a ddd

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                                                              • Cassie

                                                                    @B___:

                                                                    Yeah they’re using mine as well. It doesn’t bother me so much. I am pretty sure people can tell the difference, But yes, it would be nice just to get an update of some sort. Im more concerned about actually seeing movement rather than the actual deposit as weird as that sounds, because then at least you know there’s some damn progress being made.

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                                                                  • Trucker's Wife

                                                                        @Roxanne Texas: oh, ok…well maybe it’s nothing to worry about then. Did you check to see if your income has been reported to the SSA yet?

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                                                                      • Jalisa

                                                                            Omg why such violence at the end of the day we all don’t know eachother we just here to support eachother dealing with the IRS shenanigans calm down ladies whatever you do with your money is your business first thing first you gotta get your hands on it so right now we all broke let’s just get ahold of the money first before bashing one another

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                                                                          • Texas

                                                                                @Trucker’s Wife: yes that’s correct the 13th
                                                                                I was able to order acct transcript
                                                                                Haven’t been able to order return transcript

                                                                                I had bars. Up until about 13days ago, went mia
                                                                                My refund amount is still there tho

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                                                                              • Trucker's Wife

                                                                                    @Casandra: lol, well at least you aren’t afraid to admit that you mismanaged your money lolol

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                                                                                  • B___

                                                                                        @Cassie: LOL the troll is on here right now using my name lawd I won’t even entertain it , but wouldnt that Update be for Dalies ? And the weeklys get it on Friday / Saturday morning . I filed 1/23 fingers crossed 🤞🏼

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