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Where’s My Refund?

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key tax return and refund dates

When can you file your taxes?

You can submit your tax return before the IRS begins processing as early as the first week of the year with many tax preparation providers. You don’t need to wait until the IRS begins accepting tax returns but you must have the proper forms and paperwork. Some forms are not available until mid January. Tax returns filed before the IRS officially opens sit in a “queue” and are held until the IRS officially begins accepting tax returns.

Your tax return may be selected in a test batch. If you e-file early and it sits in queue, your return may be sent to the IRS early. This can result in early direct deposits depending on the payment provider you select. Our cycle chart will update with key dates including test batch dates.

When does the IRS accept tax returns?

The IRS usually opens around the third week of January each year. They announce the opening date early in January.

The IRS began accepting tax returns this year on January 29, 2024.

When is the IRS test batch?

If you file your tax return early, it may be sent to the IRS in a test batch before the IRS has officially opened for the year. It is usually a week before the date the IRS begins accepting tax returns. This has resulted in refunds in the past that can be posted by direct deposit as early as the day after tax season opens.

When will I get my tax refund?

Early filers whose returns are accepted in a test batch can anticipate a tax refund as early as the day after the IRS opens the January filing season if your return was in the test batch. The day that the IRS deposits refunds varies for regular returns but we notice trends based on the method you chose to file and select to direct deposit. You can use our tax refund calendar or refund cycle chart to help find out when you will get your tax refund.

Where is the IRS refund cycle chart?

The official tax refund cycle chart published by the IRS has been eliminated and replaced with IRS FAQ. Refund cycle charts are now published by independent websites and vary slightly.

A good reference to use is the When To Expect My Refund cycle chart that is published early each year by the College Investor.

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This is a user-to-user community of taxpayers. Share experiences and ask questions below in our Live Discussion. We have learned more about tax refunds than we ever wanted to know.

IRS Update Cycle

Use the IRS Update Cycle chart to find the days and times the WMR and transcript update.

Transcripts

This is what your IRS transcript can tell you about your tax refund.

Transaction Codes

Lookup the codes that you see on your tax return transcript and what they mean.

Daily vs. Weekly

Find out if you have a daily or weekly account with the IRS and what it means.

When are Updates?

The IRS has regular mass update cycles.

WHEN DOES WHERES MY REFUND (WMR) UPDATE?

Where’s My Refund can update any day of the week. But there are mass updates on Wednesday and Saturday when a lot of people see an update. Use our calendar to find out what day you can expect to see updates on Where’s My Refund.

WHEN DO transcripts update?

Transcripts can update any day of the week. But there are mass updates on Tuesday and Friday. Use our calendar to find out what day you can expect to see an update on your transcript.

talk to a human

It is often hard to reach someone at the IRS and you might want to talk to a person. It is hard to reach some tax preparation companies too. Use our guide to talk to a human at the IRS.

TAX TOPIC 152

Tax Topic 152 is the most common status when you check the status of your tax refund. It is nothing to worry about.

transcript codes

Transaction Codes (TC) sometimes called transcript codes consist of three digits and may appear on your IRS account transcript. Decipher the codes on your IRS transcripts.

reference codes

Most times the WMR will show Tax Topic 152. Other times you may see various error codes. These are called Reference Codes on the WMR.

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What Others Are Saying

  1. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-4
    • Processing Date:
      Jul-15
    • I Got My Refund!

    @harrya: right?! The fact the site had issues most of the week and will now be down until Monday is crazy to me. Just fix it and get our money

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  2. harrya

    @shelleybeanss: what are they updating the we are sorry message lol

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  3. John Doe24

    @shelleybeanss: Are you serious?🤔

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  4. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-4
    • Processing Date:
      Jul-15
    • I Got My Refund!

    Current irs.gov login page::

    Service outage: July 13 – 15

    We’re updating this service for planned maintenance. Please check back after July 15, 6 a.m. ET. Thank you for your patience.

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  5. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-4
    • Processing Date:
      Jul-15
    • I Got My Refund!

    Next week will be 6 months. At that point, if I don’t see any movement, I will officially give up. They can keep it.

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  6. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-4
    • Processing Date:
      Jul-15
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Shell03: congrats!!!

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  7. Shell03

    I checked WMR this morning and still had the sorry it’s delayed response. I then logged on to check my transcripts ( I have had the non filer notice only) and my transcripts updated with an 846 code!!

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  8. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-4
    • Processing Date:
      Jul-15
    • I Got My Refund!

    @meow: I had the fees taken out of the refund as well as got an advance :(

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  9. meow
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar

    @shelleybeanss: if your dealing with turbo tax with fees taken out try getting a chat on their website. i did that and the rep said he couldnt do anything but he passed my complaint onto the assistant of the president of turbo tax and not sure how much she helped but at least greendot had to talk to her and they listened to her.seemed like things started moving after she got involved

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  10. meow
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar

    @shelleybeanss: oh yeah irs is not working. maybe we need to tell our congressmen the mess we go thru just to get money thats owed to us because something definately needs to be done with the IRS. i mean it could be worse next year

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  11. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-4
    • Processing Date:
      Jul-15
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Eddleman23: I’m definitely losing any hope I had left. I’m at a complete loss and I have no idea what the hold up is. Congressman can’t get an answer, TAS never calls back, no notices. Just what in the actual F!!!

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  12. Eddleman23

    This is so insane.. NONE of us are seeing any movement I’m starting to think that I’ll never get it… it’s depressing

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  13. harrya

    Intuit to lay off 1,800 employees, labels 1,050 as ‘underperformers’
    Unlike many recent tech layoffs focused on reducing the workforce, Intuit cited that most of today’s layoffs were performance-related.

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  14. harrya

    @Richie: I had problem with greendot i could not use my card or get my money they are based in the west so you must contact federal reserve in San francisco good luck it worked for me closed account and had check about 2-3 weeks il never use greendot again

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  15. Shelleybeansss

    @Richie: oh geez :/ I’m sorry to hear about that. I hope something gets handled for you with that asap.

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  16. Richie

    In 2020 2021 green dot froze my account after some money was transferred and not by me and locked me off my account that my stimulus check were sent to and now green dot is not sending me the money back I need help

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  17. harrya

    @shelleybeanss: can they update irs slow dumb workers?

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