IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2016

2016 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart with Direct Deposit and Check dates

IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2016IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2016 with Direct Deposit and Check dates provided below are based on filing and transmitting as early as January 11, 2016. This has not been and will not be published by the IRS.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 2016 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 the latest dates we have already seen published for tax refund direct deposits:

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

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 2016 IRS Refund Cycle Chart can now be found at countless websites for the 2016 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 2016 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 2016! 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!

2015 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

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.

When to Expect My Refund by the College Investor

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

 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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What Others Are Saying

  1. Gena

    @Mary: lol thank you for lifting my spirit. But i really hope it does change. Im ready to jusy give up like literally, but im trying to be patient also. Ill give up a update abd let you know.

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  2. Gena

    Hey Guy’s,
    I filed around the second week of april. Was accept the first dsy and it said refund was accepted for a few days, now it has being saying for a week and a half that my refund is being processed.
    I dont have any notice and my tax prepare said she hasnt received anything.
    Im nervous vecause alot of people is saying different things about what that statement mean. I dont have any numbers to call and it hasnt been 21 days yet. Plz help

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  3. Ms.Tara

    I filed my taxes Jan22 an was acc a day after it is now feb27 an I still have not received anything also on the wmr website it still say ur refund is still being processed a refund date will b giving a date when available… Smh im pissed

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  4. JD73

    I filed on January 23rd, my return was accepted the same day, now 23 business days later, still no refund or update to my status. Cannot get a live person on the phone, so no chance for an explanation from the IRS. This is getting rediculous.

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  5. fla live

    I filed on 29 of January got accepted January 30th got a date to receive it February 19 still ain’t got it still saying processing bs tired of waiting what IRS got going on still waiting

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  6. Wendy Williams

    @China: Well I’ll be a monkeys assets! Lol…..Huh? How? Say what?! Lol….I filed two days before you on 02/12 & I have no update. Accepted on the same day I filed(w/TT). I opted for DD. According to the above chart; I should receive my refund on 02/27…..keeping my fingers crossed & praying to the heavens that this is true. Will keep you all updated!

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  7. willybob

    I’m completely screwed. I just got an call from telling me that the form the sent me hand and error and now I will have to wait till I receive in new on in march and then I will have to amend my tax return. This means I won’t be receiving my tax return tomorrow. This is devastating to me. It could be up to 6 more weeks after I amend my return that I could see my money. I hate obamacare. I should have just paid the penalty inside of signing up for it.

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  8. willybob

    I’m so scared. I filed my returned on Feb 3rd it said I would be paid on feb 24th. WMR has always said that my refund has been accepted but stayed on accepted and never went to approved. I called the IRS on thursdays of last week and they told me there wasn’t any problem since my turned had already been accepted and that it I was on the honor and that I should get paid Wednesday or Thursday this week. I was really relieved. However when I logged into wheres my refund just now it has changed.

    It now says “Your tax return is still being processed. A refund date will be provided when available.”

    I’m fear now that I will not be getting my refund this week. Has this happen to anyone else before and if so did you still get paid on the correct date?

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  9. errrr

    @China: May i ask how you filed your taxes? I claimed a dependent this year and as head of the house, was accepted on the 23rd of january and still no federal refund. all though my state taxes just came in.

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  10. Dalia Hossman

    @AEB924: well I filed mine on the 7 of February and my statues is still saying. STILL BEING PROCESS :( and no direct deposit yet …Good luck…cause I know I need it as well

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  11. me myself and i

    Last year i checked my status for my refund and it said it was received and two weeks went by still nothing and i file in January i got my tax return in June and when i check the status it said refund send after the mail man place it in my mailbox box. This year i am praying it comes soon i file January 30th still saying that it was received

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  12. Tyler

    Does the word accepted mean the day you went to the tax office and your claim was filled, or is this another date when the irs actually “accepts” your refund info?

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  13. Sheila is pissed

    @Happy: Must be nice! I filed my taxes on 2/6, was accepted on 2/7, and STILL nothing. I work for H & R Block, and I am so tired of getting calls about people not getting their refunds after just one week of waiting. It’s been over two weeks for me, and to top it all off, someone who filed one day after me got her taxes back five days later! For anyone who is blaming H & R Block, better put the blame on the IRS because the IRS is the one who controls who gets a refund and when.

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  14. DjILLWiLL

    iFiled and got accepted on H&R block online… 1/29 .. 1 bar was there then gone… IRS website saying “Being Processed”.. But H&R block saying eerthing went through n when iCheck the emerald card for it it say my Federal estimated date is 2/19.. -_- 2days ago much, but ok.. and my state 3/5 .. we’ll have to wait n see bout that..

    But still no federal direct deposit.. 2 whoole days later and still no update on irs website either.. -_- But yet their systems work fine TAKING the money “consistently”. Lol. #ReasonsWhyiTalk $*** Lol.

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  15. AEB924

    I E-Filed with H&R 2/7/15 and within an hour both state and federal were accepted. I received my state refund yesterday, but still waiting for federal…has anyone else filed around this date and have received refund?

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  16. Loris

    I file on feb 1 2015 do anybody how long it will be for approva from the irs with a date it will be 21 day tomorrow please tell something if you have the same problem

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  17. Keep The Faith

    I agree with “Happy” below.. this chart above isn’t correct… I efiled with HR Block on 2/12/15 & was accepted the same day & my DDD according to the IRS is 2/23/15.. hopefully it’ll be deposited this coming Monday..

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  18. Maddie

    What number do I call if it’s been over 21 days? I’ve tried the refund hotline and it’s all automated with no option to speak to someone. I tried the regular IRS hotline and none of the options lead me to a person.


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  19. welderman

    Filed and accepted 1/31. No change no ddd can’t even access my transcript. Does the amount of deductions have anything to do with how long it takes. Had alot of changes this year and just want what’s mine not a penny more

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  20. Kk

    Filed 1/30 got accepted few minutes later h&r block got returned approved 2/6 dd 2/11 direct deposit got it 6:30am eic nyc state return dd 2/19 got it 6:30 am bank Capitol one good year everything came when they said no problems.

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  21. Happy

    The chart is wrong. I files with H&R block on 2/12/15, was able to order transcripts on 2/17/15, and this morning got a DDD for 2/23/15. According to chart above I would not get a DD until 2/28/15.

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  22. Mechelle

    I filed electronically 1/30/15 through TurboTax. Accepted within the hour. Has no bar changes . Called the treasury department on friday the 13th and was told my offset amount HAD BEEN deducted from my refund 2/19/15. Next day 2/14/15. My status bar updated to processed with the ddd of 2/19/15.
    Just checked my b of a
    account as of 12:15 and its there. Oh happy day! Hopefully this helps someone, keep your chins up. Its so hard to wait

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  23. donaldday0101

    I submitted my return through TT on 1/30/2015. It was the end of the day, if I had known I’d have it done a week earlier I would have done it Thursday night and filed for a 2/6/15 schedule. long story short, I waited and waited saw the bar then it disappeared, no codes just sat in a turmoil since this sunday. on 2/15 I checked the irs2go app and it showed miraculously approved with a DDD date of 2/19. I also needed an IP Pin this year supplied by them. Thank goodness I saved it in a safe place, I’ve heard the nightmares. Anyway, I am yet to see the deposit sent yet, I’m assuming it will be at midnight tonight. I have B of A so we shall see. My return is very 5 figures so I hope it will not be too much that they revert to a check. fingers crossed.

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  24. snolover

    @Tom2025: the 150 is the anount of federal invome tax you pay, which is nothing. The 766 is government (TAXPAYER) funded credit of $1000 you claimed. The 570 is a hold on the acct. They will occaisonally hold refunds made up of credits to make sure the person who filed the return is truly eligible and not making up their income. You would be amazed at the amount of phony BS returns that are sent in, not id theft, just people trying to get free money! The hold will usually expire within a couple days if IRS doesn’t want verification of income. This is reasonable as you are not paying any income tax and getting a taxpayer funded refund!@blanki06:

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  25. Mydereon1

    Ive been waiting a total of 27 days after they received, approved & send for them to tell me that i enetered the wrong bank info so they are gonna mail me a check on 2/23 and if i dnt receive it by 3/23 to call them STRAIGHT BULL. I personally feel that if their gonna mail checks worth thousands of dollars that they should FEDEX OR UPS our checks to use but thats just my opinion.

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  26. Mydereon1

    I filed mines on 1/23/15 got an email an hour later saying they recieved it, Took about 2 weeks for them to approve it, then another 2 weeks for it to get to the sent bar on WHERE’S MY REFUND, only to hear that i put the wrong account info in Electronically. Took another 2 weeks for them to tell me that the bank sent them the money back to them
    now my scheduled date for them to mail me a check is 2/23/15 and if i dnt recieve it by 3/23/15 to call them.

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  27. Shell56789

    @Shell56789: how did you file if you don’t mind me asking? I filed head of household with 2 dependents (both my kids) and one has a different last name. I opted for dd to a netspend card.

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  28. Shell56789

    I am wondering if those of us with the same “issue” have any similar filing data. For me, I filed head of household with 2 dependents, both my children and one of them has a different last name than me. My return was “accepted” on Feb 2 and my status bar disappeared a couple days later and ever since it has said “still being processed”. I tried to order a “transcript” to view online because I had seen others mention this as a way to see the process but it denied me access and gave me an 800 number to call which is to the fraud unit. That has me freaked out. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that one of my kids has a different last name than I do? However, I can’t talk to anyone until it has been 21 days. Anyone else experiencing this situation or something similar?

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