Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2018?

The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns on January 29, 2018.  According to the IRS, Where’s My Refund tool is the best way to check the status of your tax refund.

When Can You File Taxes in 2018?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2018.  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?

2018 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 2018 tax season (2017 tax year) have been updated with 2018 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.

The refund calendar by the College Investor is a good reference which has been updated for 2018 here:  When To Expect My Tax Refund.

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  1. Minkk

    @BeenWaitinginPA: When did you receive your bar?I have one but dont know when.I gave up and today i check and i have one

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  2. BeenWaitinginPA

    @Justin: I hope so, but nonetheless I’m hoping for two bars sometime before Saturday 🤞🏾

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  3. Justin
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxSlayer
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      MO
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-5
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Green Dot
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Premium Tax Credit 8962
    • Tax Topic 152

    Is there another big update tonight to

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  4. Nicole

    @Crabbygabby: I haven’t heard anything. My scheduled call with my TA is tomorrow so I will have some news then if no one else chimes in.

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    1
  5. Gracie45

    I called the irs today and couldn’t get through….. anyone else find out about the one bar appearing on wmr??

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  6. BeenWaintinginPA

    I seen a few people say that their WMR changed finally this weekend, so did mines after 10+ months of it saying “received & under review” with a code now I have one bar, I will call my TA this morning and find out what she has heard from my examiner, I’m hoping that all of us that just received this one bar on WMR gets a Christmas miracle 🙏🏾

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    5
  7. LynnE1987

    Can’t login I don’t know why. But anyone know if our refunds will be affected by the shutdown?

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  8. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Jun-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @Justin: Good news. Progress at last. Congrats, soon I hope.

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  9. CrabbyGabby

    Been waiting since February. Was under review for another 60days. And finally Saturday I see 1 bar! Hope this is good. It said still pricey all year🤦🏽‍♀️

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  10. Justin
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxSlayer
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      MO
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-5
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Green Dot
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Premium Tax Credit 8962
    • Tax Topic 152

    @Gracie45: yes. Mine changed to finally. And I’ve been told it was switched to paper check and not direct deposit

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    1
  11. Gracie45

    I’ve been in audit since February. As of Saturday one bar appeared and now it says processing…… has anyone else had this happen?? Prior to the update on Saturday it kept saying your refund is still being processed.

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    4
  12. Justin
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxSlayer
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      MO
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-5
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Green Dot
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Premium Tax Credit 8962
    • Tax Topic 152

    @Sheila_33: and I had called and got news that they had changed it to paper check instead of direct deposit

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  13. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Jun-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @lilred44 (15th): Hello, are you ready for another tax year?

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  14. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Jun-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @Justin: I think its a very good sign. Any movement on that Wmr is a sign they’re working on them.

    Reply
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