Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2019?

The IRS begins accepting and processing tax returns on January 28, 2019.  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 2019?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2019.  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?

2019 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 2019 tax season (2018 tax year) have been updated with 2019 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. MSRazorbackPhD
    • State:
      Mental or physical?
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      FDIC Insured :)
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16

    Note: The IRS will start processing most returns on January 20, 2020, but will not start processing returns with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until mid-February 2020.

    https://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/tax-compliance/news/21116394/2020-irs-refund-chart-when-to-expect-a-tax-refund

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  2. MSRazorbackPhD
    • State:
      Mental or physical?
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      FDIC Insured :)
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16

    Wanted to stop by to say howdy!

    1) If you have student loans in default..try and fix them NOW!

    2) Do you have an IRS account? If not, go ahead and get one. You may have to wait for a code in the mail…IF you have a cell phone that’s not on a major carrier! No time like NOW!

    3) Have you checked your IRS password, lately?

    Can’t wait for the internet melee to come :)!

    Reply
  3. SaraSerrano2005

    Here early trying to get some help with figuring out a problem.. I got a loan from JH in 2017 and ended up filing with Liberty and I never ended up paying back the loan to JH, (Stupid I know but life happens) I did the pre-approval thing online and it shows I am pre-approved for the holiday loan, is there a possibility I could still get it, or am I screwed over not paying back the $300.00 loan from years ago!! I have filed with Liberty every year since and always get the 1300.00 loan from them, but they start them so late and JH is starting them in December… IS there a chance of still getting one through JH or am I wasting my time and energy? Thanks

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  4. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-6
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-14
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-23
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-27
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • RN 9001, Weekly

    @Jl12: Congratulations. At least the interest built up and you got something extra for your long wait.

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  5. Jl12

    I was supposed to have received my 2018 refund in Early March. I just had it deposited today. Significantly larger than I was expecting. Interest probably. Gonna call them to check before I deposit it.

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