Now! 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.
The IRS begins begins accepting tax returns this year on January 23, 2023.
2023 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 IRS FAQs. The IRS says the best way to check the status of your refund is using the Where‘s My Refund tool. However, various websites with refund calendars for the 2023 tax season (2022 tax year) have been updated with 2023 direct deposit and check mailing dates.
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. This is an explanation and FAQ about when the IRS updates, WMR and Transcripts.
The refund calendar by the College Investor is a good reference which has been updated for 2023 here: When To Expect My Tax Refund.