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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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  1. Irish

    I received the letter informing me they owed me for the unemployment tax break that said allow 2 to 3 weeks to receive the refund. That was August 30. I have not seen a thing. No offsets as far as I know. Anybody have any ideas when it will actually come.


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  2. Kyle O

    @Waiting321: Also my date pushed to Nov 8th also and then went back to Oct 4th


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  3. Kyle O

    @Waiting321: I wonder if it means they are working on it. I’m not due any stimulus, unemployment refund or any other payment so there must be some significance hopefully. Good luck


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  4. Waiting321

    @Kyle O

    I had the same thing occur on Friday, said it was last updated October 4, then November 8, then it went back to October 4.


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  5. Mommyof3
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Mar-8
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      MI
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2

    @Needhelp2021: get my payment


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  6. Needhelp2021

    How can you track the status of your stimulus check


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  7. txtme

    @???: It means add’l tax assessed. Should be 0 but usually accompanied with other codes Like 971 and my personal favorite (846).


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  8. ???

    What does code 290 mean on an amended return transcript?


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  9. cass1

    @Willy: Did you get your refund and stimulus yet?


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  10. Kyle O

    Does anyone know what it means when your transcript date pushes out , but then goes back to the original date the next day


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  11. MHM

    Oh they processed it on August 30th but they took the whole refund for my husband’s child support. 😒 I filed a Injured Spouse with my return electronically. I called and they said do not send another IS form because it will put me at the back of the line, but they have NO CLUE when they will fix it.


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  12. Cassie C

    I haven’t got mine and I filed head of household and 2 dependants. My friend got hers at midnight direct deposit and she was single with no dependants. She didn’t have any date on transcript. Hope this helps


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  13. Pc

    WMAR still shows refund not processed but transcripts shows 846 for 10/28. I am finally eligible for advance payments after 4 months of ELIGIBILITY PENDING (bc amended return not processed.
    Transcript updated Friday. 🙏


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  14. Caroline

    At least you guys have information on your transcripts. There is nothing on my transcript. I’ve just given up hope.


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  15. ghee

    Did anyone woth 290 code 7/26/21 get any info for the unemployment tax break


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  16. Mamsbear

    @Hehateme69: original or amended tax return?


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  17. Amy19
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-17
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-18
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-21
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20211603
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Mar-1
    • Processing Date:
      May-10
    • 1040, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Apr-26

    @Hehateme69: congrats! When did your transcripts update to the 846?


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  18. Hehateme69

    Deposit scheduled for October 27th. Check your transcripts people!!


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  19. Mommyof3
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Mar-8
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      MI
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2

    @Pc: thank u and for u as well….


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  20. Pc

    @Mommyd: Gotcha. Sounds like a lot. And that is so true. You have people that actually are their to earn their paycheck and others that are simply there to collect. I work for an insurance co so it’s just my nature to go above and beyond. I hope everything gets sorted out in your favor soon. Stay strong.


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  21. Mommyd

    @Pc: no I sent in a paper return but no one ever filed it so when the E File software updated I filed because after waiting ten weeks the irs said they hadn’t gotten my return fast forward I finally got my tax return at the end of August got all my CTC payment up until this month call the IRS not the manage my CTC they informed me it was because I sent in a duplicate and I had to wait on it to process so I called the TA intake line and some how they corrected it so they say I didn’t even know they can do that it’s all about the rep u get

    This is mommyof3


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  22. Pc

    @Mommyof3: Did you amend tax return


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  23. Mommyof3
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Mar-8
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      MI
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2

    This is wrong got all my other CTC payments all to go to PENDING and no money


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  24. Finally

    I am eligible for advance payments, finally. I called on the 14th spoke with a super helpful rep and she processed my amended return so I’ll get that next week. I waited 7 months for some movement. Right in time for the holidays. To those who are waiting, don’t give up. Keep calling. That’s what I did.


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  25. Tarabel

    @harrya: I didn’t I didn’t receive the first one for the next 2 and now not this one it says pending while the review my information again🤦🏽‍♀️


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  26. Sharon O

    Does anyone know if you are normally a weekly, would it be the same for an amended return or is that diffeteny


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  27. Ben

    October and still haven’t received mine. It’s been 7 months. Still processing. Called and they said there is nothing we can do call back in 30 days.


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  28. RayC

    My transcript changed this morning to Nov. 8 from August 23rd. Just waiting to see if I will receive any Unemployment refund. I still have the 290 code with 0. MFJ with 1 dep.


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  29. Monica

    @harrya: still waiting on mines as well


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  30. Finally

    @Ms Frustrated: Keep calling the IRS. That’s what I did. I finally got ahold of someone who was willing to help.


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  31. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-5
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      FL
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-10
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-20
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-25
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Earned Income Tax Credit
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Feb-20

    @Xerah: Someone posted earlier in the month to try this as they were able to get thru.
    The number is 800-829-1040
    Option 1 for English:
    Option 2—personal information
    Option 1 —forms
    Option 3– all other
    Option 2— all other
    Do not enter anything; although you may be asked twice
    Choose Option 2 for questions
    Option 4 all other—-to be connected to an agent….There may be a wait or a callback.


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  32. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-5
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      FL
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-10
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-20
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-25
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Earned Income Tax Credit
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Feb-20

    If anyone is still waiting on your 2020 return to process, consider checking to see if its possible its an id verify issue. Letters aren’t being sent out in a timely matter, and some are finding out its an id verify issue just because they’ve called.


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  33. Xerah

    Does anyone have a number to call to reach a real person at the IRS?


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