IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017

IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017 with Direct Deposit and Check dates

IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017

IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017

UPDATED AUGUST 2016:  IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017 with Direct Deposit and Check dates provided below are based on filing and transmitting as early as January 2, 2017. This has not been and will not be published by the IRS.  The IRS now says most refunds will be issued within 21 days of your return being accepted.  This general estimate doesn’t satisfy everyone and now many independent sites try to estimate dates when refunds will be sent.  The IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017 with Direct Deposit and Check dates are only estimates by various website owners.  It might give you a good idea, but never bank on it because many issues arise and delay tax refunds. When will tax season open? Once we know the date tax season open, the estimated tax refund direct deposit dates will likely be updated.

Here are dates we expect to see tax refunds:

IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017

DATE ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 16 – Jan 22, 2017 Feb 3, 2017 Feb 8, 2017
Jan 23 – Jan 29, 2017 Feb 10, 2017 Feb 15, 2017
Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017 Feb 17, 2017 Feb 22, 2017
Feb 6 – 14, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Mar 1, 2017
Feb 13 – 19, 2017 Mar 3, 2017 Mar 8, 2017
Feb 20  – 26, 2017 Mar 10, 2017 Mar 15, 2017
Feb 27 – Mar 5, 2017 Mar 17, 2017 Mar 22, 2017
Mar 6 – 12, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Mar 29, 2017
Mar 13 – 19, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 Apr 5, 2017
Mar 20 – 26, 2017 Apr 7, 2017 Apr 12, 2017
Mar 27 – Apr 2, 2017 Apr 14, 2017 Apr 19, 2017
Apr 3 – Apr 9, 2017 Apr 21, 2017 Apr 26, 2017
Apr 10 – Apr 16, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 May 3, 2017
Apr 17 – Apr 23, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 10, 2017
Apr 24 – Apr 30, 2017 May 12, 2017 May 17, 2017

As each year comes to a close and the next tax filing season approaches, early tax filers start to think and ask the big question.  When will I get my tax refund?  The estimated 2017 IRS Refund Cycle Chart can now be found at countless websites for the 2017 tax season.  Be cautious though, the charts you find are not “official” and the dates when you should expect to receive your refund will not all be the same.   Why? The official IRS Refund Cycle Chart published by the IRS is no more. Since they stopped publishing an official refund cycle chart, various independent versions are now created each year based on estimates and prior year trends.

There are slightly different versions of the tax refund schedules scattered across countless websites to help tax refund hunters track down that magic date.  These refund cycle charts will crop up more and more as the year comes to a close. Most are just guesstimates, some even educated guesses. Many times the refund charts you find are just duplicates of the prior year with slightly adjusted dates.

There are various tax situations for every taxpayer and this is why prediction as to when you will get your tax refund can be difficult; and, every year there will be glitches with one process or another at the IRS which could delay your refund.  Since an official IRS refund calendar is a thing of the past, when taxpayers can expect to receive their tax refund in 2017 remains a mystic idea. This is likely why the IRS now firmly sticks to a general statement to everyone that “your tax refund should arrive within 21 days”.

We stress to you that pre-spending those beloved refunds is playing with fire, wait for that direct deposit to hit in 2017! IGMR will post any estimated tax refund charts here that we find credible or to have plausible timeframes.

Here are some of estimated charts to help you gauge how the tax season might play out.

Happy Refunding!

2016 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

DATE ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 18 – Jan 24, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Feb 10, 2016
Jan 25 – Jan 31, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Feb 17, 2016
Feb 1 – Feb 7, 2016 Feb 19, 2016 Feb 24, 2016
Feb 8 – 14, 2016 Feb 26, 2016 Mar 2, 2016
Feb 15 – 21, 2016 Mar 4, 2016 Mar 9, 2016
Feb 22 – 28, 2016 Mar 11, 2016 Mar 16, 2016
Feb 29 – Mar 6, 2016 Mar 18, 2016 Mar 23, 2016
Mar 7 – 13, 2016 Mar 25, 2016 Mar 30, 2016
Mar 14 – 20, 2016 Apr 1, 2016 Apr 6, 2016
Mar 21 – 27, 2016 Apr 8, 2016 Apr 13, 2016
Mar 28 – Apr 3, 2016 Apr 15, 2016 Apr 20, 2016
Apr 4 – Apr 10, 2016 Apr 22, 2016 Apr 27, 2016
Apr 11 – Apr 17, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 May 4, 2016
Apr 18 – Apr 24, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 11, 2016
Apr 26 – May 1, 2016 May 13, 2016 May 18, 2016

2015 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

DATE ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 18 – Jan 24, 2015 Feb 6, 2015 Feb 9, 2015
Jan 25 – Jan 31, 2015 Feb 13, 2015 Feb 16, 2015
Feb 1 – Feb 7, 2015 Feb 20, 2015 Feb 23, 2015
Feb 8 – 14, 2015 Feb 27, 2015 Mar 2, 2015
Feb 15 – 21, 2015 Mar 6, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Feb 22 – 28, 2015 Mar 13, 2015 Mar 20, 2015
Mar 1 – 7, 2015 Mar 20, 2015 Mar 27, 2015
Mar 8 – 14, 2015 Mar 27, 2015 Apr 3, 2015
Mar 15 – 21, 2015 Apr 3, 2015 Apr 10, 2015
Mar 22 – 28, 2015 Apr 10, 2015 Apr 17, 2015
Mar 29 – Apr 4, 2015 Apr 17, 2015 Apr 24, 2015
Apr 5 – Apr 11, 2015 Apr 24, 2015 May 1, 2015
Apr 12 – Apr 15, 2015 May 1, 2015 May 8, 2015
Apr 16 – Apr 25, 2015 May 8, 2015 May 15, 2015
Apr 26 – May 2, 2015 May 15, 2015 May 22, 2015

2014 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

We have said goodbye to the former refund cycle chart in replacement of a standard “21 days” response from the IRS.

Remember this?  The IRS Refund Cycle Chart was eliminated in 2012 and replaced with an IRS Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community publication.  We likely will not see a 2014 IRS e-file refund cycle chart and be forced to depend upon the data that the Where’s My Refund (WMR) tool decides to spit out. There are several sites that seem to have generated their own refund cycle chart based on assumption of processing schedules; but as we have learned, it’s hard to predict. Below are links to some of those sites and their predictions.  Please remember, these are predictions and you should never rely upon such as definite availability of your tax refund. IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2014 with Direct Deposit and Check dates provided below are based on filing and transmitting as early as January 10, 2014 with some tax preparers, but with respect to IRS opening delay and it’s announcement here that it could begin ACCEPTING returns on January 28, 2014, but as late as February 4, 2014.

TRANSMITTED & ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 28 and Feb 3, 2014 Feb 13, 2014 Feb 21, 2014
Feb 4 and Feb 10, 2014 Feb 21, 2014 Feb 24, 2014
Feb 11 and Feb 17, 2014 Feb 28, 2014 Mar 3, 2014
Feb 18 and Feb 24, 2014 Mar 7, 2014 Mar 10, 2014
Feb 25 and Mar 3, 2014 Mar 14, 2014 Mar 17, 2014
Mar 4 and Mar 10, 2014 Mar 21, 2014 Mar 24, 2014
Mar 11 and Mar 17, 2014 Mar 28, 2014 Mar 31, 2014
Mar 18 and Mar 24, 2014 Apr 4, 2014 Apr 7, 2014
Mar 25 and Mar 31, 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Apr 14, 2014
Apr 1 and Apr 7, 2014 Apr 18, 2014 Apr 21, 2014
Apr 8 and Apr 14, 2014 Apr 25, 2014 Apr 28, 2014
Apr 15 and Apr 21, 2014 May 2, 2014 May 5, 2014
Apr 22 and Apr 28, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 12, 2014

2013 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

ACCEPTED between DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
 January 1 January 30, 2013 2/6/2013 2/8/2013
January 31 and February 6, 2013 2/13/2013 2/15/2013
February 9 and February 15, 2013 2/20/2013 2/22/2013
February 16 and February 20, 2013 2/27/2013 3/1/2013
February 23 and February 27, 2013 3/6/2013 3/8/2013
March 1 and March 6, 2013 3/13/2013 3/15/2013
March 8 and March 13, 2013 3/20/2013 3/22/2013
March 15 and March 20, 2013 3/27/2013 3/29/2013
March 22 and March 27, 2013 4/3/2013 4/5/2013
March 29 and April 3, 2013 4/10/2013 4/12/2013
April 5 and April 10, 2013 4/17/2013 4/19/2013
April 12 and April 17, 2013 4/24/2013 4/26/2013
April 19 and April 24, 2013 5/1/2013 5/3/2013
April 26 and May 1, 2013 5/8/2013 5/10/2013
May 3 and May 8, 2013 5/15/2013 5/17/2013
May 10 and May 15, 2013 5/22/2013 5/24/2013
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  1. Toro

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  4. Jenna

    @Bookie: yes I filed on the first day they opened for e-file and I was getting the same thing. I finally called the IRS they said they had an issue of identify theft under my account which they couldn’t notify me until the end of the season just Incase. I have them all my info they needed and my refund finally will be released in 2 days. Took them 3 weeks to complete the process from when I gave them my info but finally getting it released too my bank is better then still waiting. Call in and ask they might have gotten your old address mixed up with your new and sent a letter to a wrong address instead. Keep at them you’ll get it done and completed.

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  5. LT

    Can someone please help me…I filed my tax early March. It is now Amat, and I still have not receive my tax return…

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  6. Niecy

    I filed in February, chose direct deposit, it’s been over 2MONTHS!!!! KEEP GETTING YOUR REFUND IS BEING PROCESSED!!!!

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  13. Tonia

    Mine was dep in account march 15th 2017 account closed rejected when to expect paper check now

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  14. LadyT

    I filed my taxes on february 6 they got accepted on february 9 i also filed a injured spouse form this is my first year doing this I checked where is my refund there’s no update usually about how many weeks do it take

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  15. Mfish

    @VA girl: so did you actually get it throug mail or DD and what day did you get it

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  16. Chaz Watson

    @Gooch: i had the wrong routing # on my return a few years ago and they mailed me a check, but that check got to me about 3 days after my ddd date that year…good luck

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  17. Chaz Watson

    I filed and was acceped on 2/13. Got a ddd of 3.1.2017 on 2.25….just called my bank and they advise that they see my pending refund and funds will be available 3.1.17

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  18. Lalola213

    It’s been 16 days since I e-filed and the WMR irs site says they’ve received my tax returns and it’s being processed but I don’t see a status bar this year and it seems like it’s stuck on the same thing since say one. Should I worry about it ?

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  19. VA girl

    @Mfish: I got the same date as u by the 1st. They will put my federal DDD yet mailed my state. Wasn’t until I got it I saw they took money for a debt I owed DMV and sent me the rest. Before they sent me the state I saw they were mail in it and was confused as to why when I put FED. Now I know.

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  20. VA girl

    I filed by h and block online on the 15th where’s my refund app said processing until the feb 24th then it said refund approved. Said I will get my refund to my bank by March 1st. I had it loaded on to a walmart money card. I got my state refund before federal. That was suppose to go on my card to but they said they Mailed it. Reason being was the offset it for 78.00 and sent me a check for the rest. So…Im waiting now…for federal to hit my card. This is the longest it has ever taken me to get a tax refund!! I claimed my two kids. So had the EIC credit. I was stressing cause it took so look long.

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  21. Mfish

    I filed my taxes and signed up for my refund to be direct deposit but wmr said that it would be MAILED by march 1
    Do it day that even if your getting direct deposit

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