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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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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. Honeybee82
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-9
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Credit Karma
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240905
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-18
    • I Got My Refund!

    @StephTX: Thanks girl! 🩷 I thought for sure you’d have your 846 by now too…wasn’t it you who verified the same day I did, last Tuesday?? As long as your as of date pushed back, that means you’re back in processing at least…so keep checking! And don’t worry about checking your transcripts triggering an IDV…I’ve been checking mine nonstop the past week and I still got my 846 lol 😊

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  2. WorryWart

    @Sly39: I agree, because I am one of them as well. I filed 1/28 and was accepted 1/29. Got 570 on 2/16 and then 971 a week later. It’s just wild that there’s so many of us, including my husband now.

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  3. StephTX

    @Midwestchic2023: my situation is exactly the same. I want to check transcripts again but now I’m hearing that can trigger another IDV so I’m trying to wait til noon praying it updates between now and then. I have read people on here not updating until 10am,

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  4. Sly39

    @Boogerbaby089: your welcome I didn’t mean to sound any kind of way I reread it and thought well that could had been taken rudely and I didn’t mean it that way I just mean a 971 on transcript means notice issued

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  5. Sly39

    @Harry a: I really think with this many waiting and no updates they are trying to find the money as long as they can ..or a glitch happened and triggered all these or they have hired more people so figure this is the year checking everyone before they just give out money idk but it’s nuts I’ve never seen this many waiting to update or have to get notices and it seems its people who filed in January but everyone with codes 570/971 have not updated yet and haven’t seen anything happen

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  6. Boogerbaby089

    @Sly39: thank you

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  7. Sly39

    @WorryWart: I think anyone with 570/971 are going to have to get letter and do whatever before updates and it’s alot of people still stuck from filing in January

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  8. Sly39

    @Boogerbaby089: 971 is code for letter … Nothing shows on your wmr it shows on transcripts! And 971 is notice issued

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  9. Harry a

    @TickTock…: Same here my date was 2/22 with turbo then delayed now code 570 for 3/11 and code 971 for 3/18 wtf are thy doing my tax return is almost like last years

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  10. Ohio girl

    So I did I’d verify via online with the letter this past Monday before noon.
    Transcript still shows no return filed and still at the as of date of 2/12.
    @Sheila_33 what do you think at this point?

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  11. JJ

    @StephTX: my lady return did the same thing as mine is doing. And she got paid after 14 days of filing

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  12. StephTX

    @JJ: there was a need to verify your return message in my irs.gov account

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  13. StephTX

    @Adkins, TX: mines the same as yours. I really needed an 846 today 😢

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  14. JJ

    @StephTX: how do you know if you have to IDV? is there a code for that. I have no codes as my return info there has no information on it yet but just an as of date.

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  15. Harry a

    Today i have 570 code foe 3/11 0 amount and new change code 971 for 3/18 any one know what this is?

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  16. Honeybee82
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-9
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Credit Karma
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240905
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-18
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Sparkleme01: woo hoo!! Yup, I updated with my 846 shortly after 2am! 😄🎉

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  17. StephTX

    @JJ: yes mine are the same. I’ve already IDV online and on the phone. Was stuck on 2/12 forever and all mine did was move to 3/18

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  18. Iwantitnow

    @TickTock…: I also noticed the PATH change to processing on my WMR. Hopefully we are moving along!

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  19. Honeybee82
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-9
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Credit Karma
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240905
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-18
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Adkins, TX: yup, I updated to my 846 with a DDD for 03/06…and my as of date is 03/18. I have no doubt you’ll get your 846 next week, especially if your as of date pushed out. That means you’re at least back into processing!

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  20. JJ

    @StephTX: when did you file. Are you dealing with all N/A except the bottom two and neither one have any info in it? Mine says no return filed and I filed on 23 Feb

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  21. StephTX

    @Morris: I’m in the same boat unfortunately 😭

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