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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When Are Updates?

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  1. Johnnyb

    Long time follower, first time posting
    Still waiting as well did my I’d verify bullshite waited 60 days, 60 days were up got another letter saying 60 days I filed in Feb 14
    Prayers go out to everyone we will all get paid in august…. Or spetember… Or october… lmao

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  2. Kyle23

    @Black_Byrd: I was just told that it was definitely assigned and being worked on by a person. I guess it depends on how fast the person works on it

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  3. Black_Byrd

    @Kyle 23: Neither do mine. The codes will more than likely show up all at once. My adjustment was completed July 10th. The only reason I know this is because I called and got that nice person who told me so. I see nothing but received on WMAR and nothing on transcripts. That should change on Friday. Because the adjustment was done in the middle of the week it did not update last Friday. So it should update this Friday 19th.

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  4. Black_Byrd

    @Sheila_33: Called the IRS again! lol Finally I was told exactly what you said. My transcripts should update Friday with ALL the codes at once. She said I have a credit balance of $X,XXX. No holds, no exams.. just a pending credit balance that is updating as we speak. She said I will more than likely receive a refund check issue date of 7-26-2019. So I’m thinking I’ll have my check by August 1st. If not at least I know it’s coming. Thanks for your encouragement. I’m gonna stick around like you do. Try to help out other people. :-)

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  5. Kyle 23

    @Black_Byrd: my transcripts also don’t show anything about an amended return being received.

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  6. 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

    @Black_Byrd: Yes, I think they can show up all at once. I thought perhaps you would update this last week, but it may not have been manually updated soon enough to cycle thru. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you and hoping for an update Friday.

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  7. Black_Byrd

    The beginning of another week of “waiting”. I’ve been told by the IRS that my amended return was adjusted etc. on July 10th. It still hasn’t updated on transcripts. I know a couple weeks ago I saw a person on here that got her update the following week. I’m hoping for the same. The guy at the IRS said that transcripts update in real time. I told him that isn’t true and he laughed at me because of course he is the IRS employee. They know all. I know I am a weekly and I wont see anything on my transcripts until Friday. @Sheila_33: My transcript says nothing at all about an amended return being filed. Do all those “codes” show up at once? Has anyone ever gotten the amended return codes and an 846 all at once?

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  8. Irritatedmom93

    @Sheila_33: yes his return has been stuck at still being processed since the middle of May. He filed feb 6 and was accepted Same day.

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  9. Houston$trong
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Tx
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-12
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-14
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Turbo card
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @Sheila_33: I just love your positivity

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  10. 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

    @Houston$trong: i think thats a definite step in the right direction. Lets hope things are moving towards a resolution.

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  11. Houston$trong
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Tx
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-12
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-14
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Turbo card
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @Sheila_33: my ssa earnings updated today so do you think something maybe?

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  12. 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

    @Shanta: Congratulations!!! I agree, this has been an awful tax year for so many.

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  13. Shanta

    @Sheila_33: thank u so much for your advise i checked and gt a ddd for july 17 its even a week early and plus w interest…. this has ben one stressful tax season

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  14. Shelea Zachery

    @Sheila_33: Thank you again so much that’s very true hopefully I’ll see a change next week🤑 Lord knows I owe everything to my babies they deserve it👩‍👧‍👦👧

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  15. 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

    @Shelea Zachery: I have seen a lot of advocates that go above and beyond for their clients but unfortunately there are a few that sometimes don’t do as much as they should. Just hang in there, hopefully not much longer.

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  16. 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

    @Shanta: My condolences on the loss of your mom. I sincerely hope you see something soon.

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  17. 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

    @irritatedmom93: interest starts April 15th until you get a refund date if your return has been processing past the first of June.

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  18. Irritatedmom93

    @Sheila_33: I will.. hopefully this will all be over soon. I request transcripts to be mailed every two weeks or so because he has no account to register his online transcripts but as of date has been stuck at March for some time now. I’m hoping since this to see that it has changed and see what I can figure out. Does anyone know the time frame of when they have to start adding interest and how much it is based off of or how they calculate it? I’m hoping after all of this to get a little bonus out of it even if its $5!

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