What is a cycle date and what does it mean?

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    What is a cycle date?
    A cycle date can be found on a completed Account Transcript. The cycle date reflects the date the transaction is posted to the master file.

    Ok, but what does it mean?
    A cycle date will be designated by an eight digit number indicating the year, week and day of the week. (YYYYWWDD)

    Ok, but I still don’t know what that means…
    Let’s break it down some more:
    -First four numbers indicate year.
    -Next two numbers indicate week of the year
    -Last two numbers indicate day of the week.
    Each day is designated by a two digit number which excludes Saturday and Sunday.

    • Friday= 01
    • Monday= 02
    • Tuesday=03
    • Wednesday=04
    • Thursday=05


    I think I’m starting to get it, but maybe you can give me an example?
    Cycle date: 20170505
    Year: 2017 Week: 05 Day: 05
    Wednesday of the 4th week of 2017
    Actual date: February 2, 2017

    Ok I get it now, but can that tell me when I should get my refund?

    So long as you have the Refund Release Code (846)
    To figure out your direct deposit date (DDD) add four business days to the cycle date.
    For checks mailed add six business days to the cycle date.

    IRS Manual
    Part 3. Submission Processing
    Chapter 30. Work Planning and Control
    Section 123. Processing Timeliness: Cycles, Criteria and Critical Dates
    IMF Daily Processing (updated 01-01-2017)

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    I have a 846 code (yay!) on an amended return from 2014 but there is no current cycle code. Any idea how to tell when that will be processed? It had the date listed as 12/15/2017 but I can’t see anything on my account.


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    Jeanne Putney

    What does it mean on return transcript when it says cycle posted…20171005…I filed the end of feb. And wmr bar has been gone for a while..just says recieved and processing. .no tt and no codes

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    Ok I’m soooo confused my cycle date is 21070804. But this is the code after it says code 290… it also says return due date or return recieved date (whichever is later) is April 15th… someone please help me understand what this means

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    Trisha Perez

    Exactly what does 20170505 mean and u dear date says April 15, 2017. I don’t see any 846 code. This is my return transcript. Can anyone answer this PLEASE!!!

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    Joss Geigel

    Im so confused right now!
    My Cycle is 20170605 what does it means?
    I don’t her it is saying something about Apr 15 2017!!
    Is that when im getting my refund ….?
    Help please

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    Marsha StVil

    I just got my transcript mailed to me I filed 1/27/2017 and my cycle posted:20170505 And it has a received date April 15,2017 what does that mean???? There’s no codes on there I’m so confused I’m getting eic and additional child credit

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    how do I get my transcript if i dont have any of the required credit account numbers? I rent, car is paid for, i have store credit cards, and i use a debit card.

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    Richard Boster

    So, I know I was weekly last year, but a 20170504 cycle date this year would indicate I’m daily now, correct?

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    Okay so I am confused
    I have cycle number 20170402
    cycle date 2.13.2017
    code 846 date 3.6.2017
    Will my refund be released on 3.6.2017 or any day now? If I add 4 days to my cycle date it will be tomorrow 2.17.2017.

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    Victoria Santiago

    What does this cycle mean 20170405

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    Gordon Tharp

    Cycle date 20170505
    Codes I got
    806 w-2 withholding then amount
    766 credit to your account then amount
    424 Examination request with the amount of $0.00
    768 EIC then amount
    810 refund freeze with the amount of $0.00
    811 remove refund freeze with the amount of $0.00
    971 Notice issued with the amount $0.00

    can somebody please help me understand this? I’m new to all this

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    So if it’s completed that men’s it’s doing processing right so can it still go into review

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    @angela: Unfortunately you can’t.

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    So how can we figure it out if we don’t have a code 846

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