Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2018?

The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns on January 29, 2018.  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 2018?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2018.  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?

2018 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 2018 tax season (2017 tax year) have been updated with 2018 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. Nika911

    @Sheila_33: facts. It moved a couple times but stopped at March 12. It’s crazy this year

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  2. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @Nika911: You’re one of the ones I have been following because of your situation. I am hoping in the next transcript update you see some movement. Just need to see that “as of” date move. It’s sad because there is no valid excuse in your situation. You’re not being held up for an audit, so I’m just not understanding why these reviews are holding everybody up.

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  3. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @8793: It is saying it was deposited or set to be deposited by a certain date? If it can’t be deposited they will automatically kick out a check to you. Also, if it shows deposited you may want to call the Treasury and they possibly give you some information.

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  4. Nika911

    @Sheila_33: I just got a 4463 letter SMH this shot is too funny. Nothing left to do letter. I got the cpo5 letter March 12 . Then was told reviewing and havent updated since March 12. Been on. Your return is being processed since than and I filed jan24th. SMH the irs are clowns

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  5. 8793

    Wmr says IRS deposited my check but they were suppose to mail it to me since the Bank account info was incorrect…. so what happens next there’s nothing in the back account

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  6. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Jun-22
    • WMR Date:
      Jun-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @KMurph: I don’t know if there is a way to avoid the issues they come up with. I have filed the same way, same children etc. for the last 6 years. This year is the first year I filed self employment and I saw a few more on here that were reviewed and even audited after filing self employment. When your return gets accepted it goes thru the first stage of checking information and if there are any red flags it will kick it out to be reviewed further. I don’t even think they pick up on differences in income until later since I went into audit before the end of January deadline for W2’s to be turned in by employers. I think this year they are just looking closer at exemptions you claim. And I believe this year the February 15th hold really put things into a slow pace.

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  7. Waiting impatiently

    @KMurph: This is the first time IRS holds my refund, the only thing I can think is I’ll file late next year. I notice most of early filers were selected for review.

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  8. KMurph

    Thank you StaciB, thisisbs, and Sheila33!!! It’s been such a chaotic journey, but I’m glad that I had a place like this to vent!!! I’m trying to figure out ways to AVOID this next year!! Any suggestions?!

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