Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2020?

This is the date the IRS began accepting tax returns on January 27, 2020.

When Can You File Taxes in 2020?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2020.  You don’t need to wait for the IRS to start accepting tax returns to start, but you must have the proper forms and paperwork. Some forms are not available until mid January and some even later.  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.

Where is the IRS Refund Cycle Chart?

2020 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 an IRS Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community publication and 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 2020 tax season (2019 tax year) have been updated with 2020 direct deposit and check mailing dates.

When to Expect My Refund?

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 2020 here:  When To Expect My Tax Refund.

Tax Topic 152     Daily vs. Weekly    Transcripts
Talk to a Human at the IRS     PATH Act Delay
Transaction Codes     State Refunds   
When Are Updates?

IRS Update Cycle for Transcripts and WMR

TurboTax Refund Status Jackson Hewitt H&R Block

 

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  1. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @NEVERDEAD: Not who has posession..But who’s name is on the card, and who’s is on the return

    Reply
  2. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @Jose: how do you know you had DDD for 2/26?

    Reply
  3. Britt in wa state
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      WA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-7
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-7
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Washington federal
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @eric529: hopefully they don’t put you through a bunch of bullshit and you get your money soon! I hate being so anxious I still haven’t checked wmr I figure no point till Friday night Saturday morning but honestly the waiting is madness and I’ll probably check here to see what everyone’s got going on before I check(big fat chicken LMFAO)

    Reply
  4. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @NEVERDEAD: they had to send you a check?

    Reply
  5. LN

    @stef: what did you tell your tax advocate? I’m wondering how I can get one to help me get the hold lifted?!

    Reply
  6. NEVERDEAD

    Does SBTPG usually send out cashiers checks the day they post on the website or do they sit around on their butts for 3 weeks before they send it in the mail? how long does it usually take to receive it if they do indeed send it out that day

    Reply
  7. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @Badazz fla.: right lol

    Reply
  8. VegasChime

    I got my refund today. Filed 2/16 with EIC and accepted same day. Deposited today at 2pm PST with Chime bank. never received an approval or DDD.

    Reply
    4
  9. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @Badazz fla.: oh jeez lol

    Reply
  10. Badazz fla.

    @Mbry0625: omg i hope so!! Im gonna have a tax party and invite the irs 🤣😂🤣😂 then give them all weed brownies 😂😂😂😂

    Reply
    2
  11. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @Badazz fla.: maybe a few days. Like regular mail

    Reply
  12. Badazz fla.

    @Mbry0625: man i really hope so too.. my girls check from the irs is supposed to be sent out today.. i wonder how long thats gonna take🧐

    Reply
  13. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @Badazz fla.: well I hope you just update tomorrow.

    Reply
    1
  14. Jose

    Reason why I don’t think it will take long is because I was supposed to get a DDD for 2/26 So instead of getting my deposit I got the cp75 letter right on Monday from Andover Massachusetts am currently in lowell so is literally a 10 min drive. I think it all depends where you have to mail it& how busy IRS office is that receives your documents

    Reply
  15. Badazz fla.

    @Mbry0625: its okay. I just hope the ta can help me😞 i really need it. I dont get how they can only see one of my w2s.. my boss said he turned them all in and they got theres.. mabye its the irs computers are slow like the lady said

    Reply
  16. wade123
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Minnesota
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-22
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-23
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Wells Fargo
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), W2
    • TT 152, Daily

    I can’t believe I needed to fax the form 911 in. I suppose they will want other documents faxed in eventually. Here is the Irony… They are reviewing me for my security supposedly, yet fax is the most unsecure form of communication there is. LMAO

    Reply
  17. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @stef: yup what I did too lol. Maybe that’s why because they owe you more than likely since you put more rather than less.

    Reply
  18. Woody

    @Mbry0625: yes i called them and they gave me fax number but didn’t mention where to direct it too also when i did forms i have to pay back $600 will that slow my return up further

    Reply
  19. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @stef: well hopefully they say yes. If the advocate thinks that’s the way to go you should be fine

    Reply
  20. Shamrock
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      AR
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-20
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-21
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • WMR Date:
      Jan-24
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit

    I donated…… you guys are always such a good help and a stress reliever. Thanks so much!

    Reply
    3
  21. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @Badazz fla.: ugh I’m so sorry.

    Reply
  22. NEVERDEAD

    @Tigerlili_1: Its my card but turbotax I created in my wifes name due to the fact I was out of work in 2018 and had to make her an account so we transferred the info from our 18

    Reply
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