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Ask all of your tax refund questions.

The most frequently asked question we have is when will the IRS WMR update and what day are tax refund deposits. Use our calendar to find out what day you can expect to receive your tax refund.

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When does IRS accept tax returns in 2021?

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on February 12, 2021.

When Can You File Taxes in 2021?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2021.  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?

2021 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 2021 tax season (2020 tax year) have been updated with 2021 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 2021 here:  When To Expect My Tax Refund.

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What Others Are Saying

  1. MamaHenOf2

    @Texas Gal: we filed mfj two dependents, 1099,UI, W2 March 8th. No federal refund, no UI refund, no actc, nothing. We have been cycling since May.


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  2. NotLoggedIn44

    @Dlyn: I haven’t! Filed in February received refund in April spoke to IRS today and was told I qualify for a refund but my account hasn’t been reviewed yet. Received my state unemployment portion over a month ago


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  3. Dlyn

    I filed head of household with one dependent claimed my unemployment as income filed my return in February and I still haven’t gotten and unemployment tax refund yet not even a code for reviewing my tax return. Has anyone else not seen any kind of update


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  4. txtme

    Another week has passed and amended return still not processed. 19 freaking weeks and NOTHING. This is beyond ridiculous. Ineligible for ACTC bc the IRS can’t get their sh*t together and process my damn return. I give up.


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  5. Texas Gal

    @Brandybeard91: that is absolutely not true. CTC and EITC have nothing to do with getting the UI refund. UI is an overpayment on taxes.


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  6. Texas Gal

    @Monnakll: I’m in the same boat…hoh, 1 dependent. Self-employed, unemployment. Filed and received refund in February. Nothing on my transcripts today.


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  7. Monnakll

    Checked the transcripts this morning. Same boat as the 31st May and no update since. MFJ, self employment, W2, dependents. Filed in February.


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  8. Mistyj

    Filed married filing jointly 1 dep. Only my husband had unemployment. File taxes in february got my regular refund in april and my tax break refund by dd today!!! My original refund was recalculated in may to reflect the tax break


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  9. LizV

    I had taxes taken out of my unemployment weekly since the pandemic.. will get a refund on those taxes? I’m so confused about it all!


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  10. Kesha

    I went to have my taxes filed February 5th 2021 and can someone please tell if I am getting one because I am my mother’s dependent. I have to be her dependent to get financial aid.


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  11. Dmw

    My stimulus was sent on July 12 to an old address… it was returned to the irs and I was able to update my direct deposit information…. Anyone know how long it takes for them to resubmit the payment? GMP just says it will be deposited to bank account and they will update when they have a date????


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  12. Ashleyrenae113

    @Mad: You won’t get July- but going forward you should get it- as that as what I was told.

    I’m in the same boat- heard my UE amendment was completed as of today and waiting on refund now


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  13. Mad

    Question I had to amend return for UE got that today but no CTC I was told that I would not receive it for this month bc of the amend also that I would have to file it when I file taxes is that true?


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  14. TGIF

    @Janel120: Yes still waiting on 3rd stimulus here. It would really help with bills I’ve been paying extra interest on since March when we were supposed to get it. The news releases on the IRS site say they release stimulus $ as they process our returns. They’ve had mine since February, nice try. Next week will be August. Unbelievable.


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  15. Nala

    Haven’t gotten a thing and I am so single with no dependents. I did receive a letter stating they had adjusted my taxes and I am due a refund. The letter was dated June 14.


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  16. Nala

    I am single and no dependents and have not received anything but a letter dated June 14. The letter stated that they had adjusted my tax return but I am still waiting. My tax return was one of the easier ones to process.


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  17. Furb67

    @JNeen: I had to amend back in may should getting that back any day now


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  18. Ale

    @Sean: do you any other codes? Li


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  19. Ale

    @Brandybeard91: that’s not truth.,,, one thing has nothing to do with the other


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  20. Sean

    IRS code 20212905 08/09/2021 anyone have an idea of what this means


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  21. Love

    @Brandybeard91: thats weird my cousin got 4000 in earn income and child tax credit and she got a refund for unemployment for 1500 two weeks ago


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  22. Brandybeard91

    So if you got the earned income credit and the child tax credit and they was worth more than the 1,265 average unemployment refund credit than you won’t get an unemployment refund. I just talked to a turbo tax expert. I have code 290 with 0.00 for 7/26/2021.


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  23. Leeda

    Unemployment tax relief update?


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  24. Danielle79

    @Stooge: Yes..but I got $250 yesterday and nothing yet today..were you able to find out any information as to why?


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  25. NotLoggedIn44

    My unemployment hasn’t even been reviewed yet all rep could tell me was I qualify for a refund of it but I already knew that.. received my state portion a month ago


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  26. Ale

    @Furby67: congrats. For Traditional banks, you won’t see deposit until next day or two depends of the bank


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  27. @tiredofwaitinginva

    this is rediculous if you ask me i could comment all day as if they have a team at the irs reading our post and they probably are lol


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  28. Ale

    @JNeen: I’m in the same boat as you


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  29. Darcy

    This is all weird. Both me and my fiance filed as single, no dependents or anything and I received my refund on June 3rd but he hasn’t even gotten his yet.


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  30. @tiredofwaitinginva

    @Janel120: im waiaitn on the thrid and the second and my refund lol hun i was lost in space with the lost files you was prolly out there with me in space havin tequillas and i dont even drink smh


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  31. @tiredofwaitinginva

    ok yaw, he comes back to the phone, what you know????????? ” i dont see any errors or anything out of place or need to be manually looked out seems like we should have some sort of time line for you , well ya dont say smh i only TOLD ya i was sittin on a desk on ulsa some damn where during shutdown smh JUST RELEASE already this is beyond rediculous back on hold and im not even mad of these holds im relieved becuase i been calling since 12 days after feb 21 st smh


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  32. Janel120

    Are there anyone here that’s still waiting on a 3rd stimulus?


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  33. @tiredofwaitinginva

    finally a live person a nice gentlemen voice sounds refreshingly new like he just signed on lol thank you thank you thank you by this evening hell be hanging up on folks im sure lol while he reviewing my stuff i just want them to be like ok yep this one was lost go head and release lol im in that covid shut down everybody stuck on a deck tax payer lol this is beyond rediculous. i told him im not even guna ask about my stim 2,3 or ctc jut whers my refund. talkin bout i was radonmlu selected for eview BULLSHYT no i wont i was n the LOST FILES from freakin FEB IRS shutdown inthe way print somem more money of they out and realse already daaaag bad enuf we know what it REALLY IS just pay us so we can get out the way shooooooot filed feb 22 still waiting folk mad about UI refunds but erceived everything else ontime smh shit ive receeived nothting and eveerything is legit shit in the way the irs in the way fin be on another shut down then well still be backed up from this years bshyt just stating the facts
    good luck to all and happy waiting i guess im a manifest movement at this point cus we cant depend on irs or they systems always hollering GLiTchSSSSSSSS


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  34. NYnic
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    @JNeen: Same here.


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  35. @tiredofwaitinginva

    @strac: tryinit now thank you


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  36. Mama Kat

    I had been waiting for an additional refund on my married filing joint tax return for 2020, since I was one of those early filers. Last week I finally had figured out how to pull my IRS transcript and I clicked on different reports to run and there I saw that I was getting an additional refund with a deposit date of 07/28/21.

    Today I did indeed get that refund. I’m so happy! Therefore, the IRS is really working on our tax returns after all for those who filed early!


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  37. Chelsccc

    @JNeen: I’m in the exact same boat. No updates on my end


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  38. JNeen

    Hmmmm… maybe I should call the IRS…. I filed early, got my return March 3rd. Got all my stimulus payments fast and my CTC was on time and correct. My unemployment refund is another story. HOH, 2 dependents, W-2, unemployment, and self employment. Transcripts haven’t updated. Still say “as of May 31st” did go between that and June 14th a few times but still nada. Wondering if I’ll have to amend here in SC…. Ugh, 🤷🏼‍♀️ what to do at this point.


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  39. Joe M

    @Bailey Rae: Yes same for me… I think its just a hiccup


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  40. strac

    @@tiredofwaitinginva: 866-682-7451 ext 569 tried a few times and then had to wait 40 minutes to get a live person but he was helpful. He said they are working in phases, more complicated ones now, he seen something that i couldnt see on my transcript about the account being flagged for unemployment tax refund, but didnt have a time line, mentioned it could take until end of next month, I filed really early too. I got my normal return 2/22 and been lucky with everything else. Now just a waiting game.


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  41. Furby67

    I saw code 846 on my transcripts with a deposit date of 7/28/2021 but haven’t seen anything in my account yet


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  42. Corey

    Cash app said they had been notified of my deposit but it hadn’t settled yet. Married filed joint 3 dependent unemployment tax break refund is supposed to be 4569$ but we shall see it it ever posts I got 550$ of the 800i should have got ctc on the 14th


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  43. Jen

    My emerald card says pending deposit for today but I received anything yet how long will it take for me to receive funds in my account


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  44. Liz

    We filed our taxes on April 5th but I didn’t know about the unemployment not being income until recently. Have they started doing married filing joint?


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  45. @tiredofwaitinginva

    @strac: what numbers call


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