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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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This is a user-to-user community of taxpayers. Share experiences and ask questions below in our Live Discussion. We have learned more about tax refunds than we ever wanted to know.

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. BeeBee40
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-26
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240705
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-25
    • I Got My Refund!

    Hi everyone that’s left with us 570 and 971. I received 2 letters so far and my 120 days is up on 7/11. Only change I received since my 3/25/24 as of date. On Tuesday my as of date finally changed to 7/1/24. Is this good news that my as of date finally changed. Can someone please enlightened me? Also I filed on 1/29 and was accepted on 1/29

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  2. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      May-6
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    @meow: she posted a couple days ago she got her DDD and her 846. On the other hand, I have learned a congressman can’t do anything if TAS doesn’t respond. My congressman’s office said they’ve been trying to reach the TAS office for over 5 weeks and no response. They told me there was nothing further that could be done if TAS doesn’t respond

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  3. meow
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar

    @ShantayG: i would call again and / or get ahold of your congressman.

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  4. Harry a

    day 141 thank god they have today off those hard working irs slugs

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  5. ShantayG

    @Eddleman23: my cycle code says 20241305. I’d stopped checking after my 60 days was up at the end of May and I called to see what was going on and no one would tell me anything.

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  6. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      May-6
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Mary: that gives me a little hope. I’ve had 570 on this years return since February. 2 months ago a 920 appeared on laat years. I’m almost positive I missed a 1099. Filed from a hospital bed and wasn’t completely thinking clearly. So I assume that 920 is what is holding it up but when I called they couldn’t tell me what I was missing or what I should do other than wait. Letter last month said I should expect a completed response within the generic 60 days, phone rep said should have a response by 6/18, today. Not sure what to follow. All I know is I just want this year to end lol

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  7. Mary

    @Shelley My 570 never changed to a 571. But I will check again.
    Nope no 571

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  8. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      May-6
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Tax: 806 and 766 are normal codes. 570 is a hold for further action, but it’s very generic and depends on your specific return. I’ve been sitting on a 570 since February

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  9. Tax

    Hi can someone tell me what these codes mean or where to go to get my taxes amended? I still haven’t received my tax refund.

    806
    W-2 or 1099 withholding
    04-15-2024
    766
    Credit to your account
    04-15-2024
    570
    03-11-2024

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  10. meow
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar

    @shelleybeanss: thanks funny how my lousy mood has improved after reading the transcripts today. usually i check it every day but dont expect anything since it only normally updates on fridays

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  11. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      May-6
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    I also wonder if they’ll try to maybe get the normal Wednesday updates in today or postpone them until Thursday. IRS is off tomorrow

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  12. Eddleman23

    @ShantayG: are you a weekly updater or daily?

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  13. Eddleman23

    @shelleybeanss: I’m curious as well

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  14. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      May-6
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    Has anyone gotten their 846 without any of the hold codes correcting themselves?

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  15. Red Dawn
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-29
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      Credit union
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Date Approved:
      Jan-29
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      04
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      May-20
    • I Got My Refund!

    @meow: congrats!

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