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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.

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. KYGirl

    Anyone else having this problem? Entered my info today and it’s saying it doesn’t match their records.. same info I’ve always entered.


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  2. 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

    @Quincy: Whats the date beside the 570?


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  3. 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

    @MargeinCharge: Most likely the 5/31 on the 2018 is to get the balance you owe paid with some of the refund for 2020. Same thing happened to my daughter. She got her refund about 2 weeks after it was paid.


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  4. Let me know

    Hello friends, I am sitting on one bar I just filed a couple weeks ago. Do you normally lose your bar if your gonna get ID verify? Or can you keep bar


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  5. @Blessings88

    @Mommyof3: yes I already received my tax refund but not the 2nd stimulus which transcripts say 846 5/14 and then 766 -$$ 5/24 I’m confused

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  6. MrsB

    Filed feb 19th.. had still processing up until yesterday and finally see a bar that says approved (notice the return amount was about $15 more) and have dd of May 18th. Haven’t received any letters. I called a couple of times. Was told to wait 10 weeks and called after 10 weeks passed only to be told I was still in “errors” and there was no timeline anymore. I filed jointly with children, unemployment (and self employment) and not sure if I accidentally filed something about the stimulus which we’d already received. This is the longest I’ve ever had to wait. I file about the same time every year and haven’t waited more than 2 weeks. Hang in there guys!


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  7. Dem41

    I filed 2020 taxes in late February to get 2nd EIP and received in early March. GMP has said eligible but no date for 9 weeks now. IRS has sent out 165 mil 3rd EIP pmts. to date. Weeks 5,6,7 pmts sent was 2mil per week. Week 8 1.1 mil and week 9 less than 1 mil. I was told to contact my congressman for help. They had someone from IRSS call me only to be told once again if I didn’t receive I could claim recovery rebate. I did learn that if you are being evicted or utilities shutoff you can ask for emergency release of payment. It will need to be documented. It doesn’t apply to my situation but hope that it helps someone.


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  8. clarissa

    @MargeInCharge: my as of date was April 26 yesterday it changed to may 10th then last night back to April 26.idk what it means .today i checked it still April 26


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  9. BOB419

    I was a Feb 13th accepted date went into errors and just now updated with a ddd of may 19th. 3 long months finally came to an end. So people with a date of May 31st should update next Friday if this helps because my as of date was May 24th


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  10. BOB419

    My as of date was the 24th for my 2018 and I updated yesterday to a ddd of may 19th so hang in there you should update next Friday.


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  11. Quincy

    @Sheila_33: the as of date is May 31st. It was May 3rd two weeks ago and last week on Friday switched to May 17th now it’s May 31st as of two days ago.


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  12. MargeInCharge
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-20
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Missouri
    • Bank:
      Great Southern Bank
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-20
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Blank
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-26
    • 1040, Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, Stimulus

    Also: I did have my as of for this year go to 5/31 yesterday morning, but it’s now back at 4/26. My turbo tax also has a larger amount now listed in my actual return…. I have no idea what’s going on.


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  13. Cc

    FINALLY!!!!!
    Filed 2/17 accepted 2/18 went into Errors Dept 2/19. Waited the 10 weeks only to be told return was still in Errors Dept. Called and spoke with IRS on Thursday was told return was no longer in Errors Dept. Checked WMR this morning and have a DDD for 5/19. Hang in there everyone it’s coming!!!


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  14. Autumn
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-25
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Bank:
      Turbo Tax Card
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-17
    • Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Transcript:
      Blank
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      May-21
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2

    No updates here either. The woman I spoke with earlier this week at the IRS had me believing it would update today. Why did I get my hopes up!? 😭😭


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  15. 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

    @clarissa: yup i did they changed too

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  16. clarissa

    @Mel_b: my as of date was april 26th yesterday it went to may 10th now it went back to April 26th I’m clueless about this is it a good thing? Idk


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  17. clarissa

    @Mommyof3: what does that mean? did you go checking each year on your transcript? did the as of dates changed there as well

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  18. 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

    @@Blessings88: right did u match up your dd info??

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  19. clarissa

    so when there are changes on your transcript where the as of dates change. does that mean they are working on it? my date changed yesterday but now it went back to the original date of April 26.


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  20. MargeInCharge
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-20
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Missouri
    • Bank:
      Great Southern Bank
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-20
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Blank
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-26
    • 1040, Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, Stimulus

    Hello everyone. No update here. Transcripts not in, no bars, still got the 152. As of Date on current is 4/26/21, on 2019 is 04/27/20, and 2018 is 5/31/21.

    2018 is the year that in October I just stopped fighting them on the audit (they wanted more and more for my kid, who’s 17 now, such as more clothing, groceries, ect. that I finally just said forget it) and let them keep the money. It currently lists an amount I owe them for that year after interest is like $147. It keeps increasing like 6 dollars a week for more interest on 2018.

    Nothing else. In wmr I’m with no bars, still being processed, tt152, ssn, filling status, and correct amount all there.


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  21. Janel120

    @Sweet Neice: Amen


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  22. JDY

    @JDY: Update…WMR has a 5/19 deposit and I got it yesterday. All it gives me is a computation error to explain the $1800 short, which is strange because I entered the (what I thought were) correct amounts via Taxact.


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  23. @Blessings88

    @Mommyof3: thank you any insight on why the 2 dates and no money yet although there was a 846 ?

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  24. 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

    @Danielle79: 😞 I so hoped there’d be a slew of refund dates this morning when I got back.


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  25. 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

    Remember there’s a small update tonight between 9 and 12 and then again Sunday morning.


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  26. Sweet Neice

    @Janel120: wouldn’t that be great! God is good! I have faith we will!


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  27. GoCowboys

    Damn so lemme get this str8…you mean to tell me that nobody updated last night? Not even a one or two people out the whole bunch? Shocked yes surprised not at all


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  28. Benita
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-1
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      New York
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-11
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-26
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-31
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20211005
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-12
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-29
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Mar-30

    @Sweet Neice: Same thing happened to me with the as of 5/31 date. I received refund and stimulus waiting on unemployment refund.


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  29. Janel120

    @Sweet Neice: me too I’m just waiting for my third stimulus maybe we see something this coming week


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  30. Not checkinganymore

    Still nothing going on 14weeks


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  31. 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

    @Sweet Neice: i noticed my 2019 changed as well been trying to figure out what this could mean but on a positive we are in the system

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  32. 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

    @@Blessings88: hello im not tax expert but this question i can answer the negative amount is what is owed to you

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  33. Sweet Neice

    @Janel120: the as of date of 5/31 stuck on my 2020 transcripts but my 2019 transcripts went back to 4/27/20. Who knows what’s happening I received my refund on 3/31 but I’m still waiting on my third stimulus and unemployment rebate.


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  34. @Blessings88

    I have an 846 dated 5/14 for my second stimulus however I have not received . I also see a 766 dated 5/24 for a negative of the same amount what does this mean ?


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  35. Mel_b

    Has anyone received their stimulus without the GMP updating?


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  36. Danielle79

    @Sheila_33: I I am praying…WMR didn’t update. Damn now I have to wait who knows how long. I have an advocate but…my goodness 68 days with an advocate and still in limbo.


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  37. 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

    @Dewy: im right with you i filed on 3/8 but i didnt get accepted til 4/14 weird, but no bars just still processing idk what to think at this point the whole system is off i still havent received my ppp either

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  38. Clarissa

    Gm I’m waiting for my third stimulus. Yesterday on my transcript it changed to may 10 then yesterday evening changed back to April. 26 . I haven’t updated on GMp says eligible with no date . What does it mean ? Any help


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  39. Clarissa

    @Mel_b: mine was April 26 it changed to may 10 yesterday this morning back to April 26 Idk Wgat it means?


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  40. Clarissa

    @Sweet Neice: I’m still eligible with no date


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  41. Clarissa

    @Janel120: me too my transcript went back and forth between April 26 and ‘may 10 now it’s account to April 26 wth is going on


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  42. Janel120

    @Sweet Neice: Nothing for me either, wth was all the switching back and forth between transcripts was about.


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  43. Dewy
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Date Filed:
      Apr-17
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      MA
    • Bank:
      BOA
    • Date Accepted:
      Apr-17
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • 1099

    I lost my first bar 2 weeks ago. Since then, nothing. i did get my state refund promptly but the Federal one has been more elusive.


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  44. Jerryashley

    2/12/21 filer here, got taxes on the 12 of may over 11 weeks and then just yesterday I get home from work and in the mail box was our stimulus check. So for those still waiting it’s coming they are just behind, that’s no excuse for lieing and telling us bs. I hope everyone get their taxes and stimulus, both wmr and gmp updated the day after relieving my taxes and stimulus


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  45. AlishaJ

    @Mike from Ohio: still waiting since Feb.12th also. Do you know when the next update is?


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  46. Mike from Ohio

    Filed Feb 17 (87 Days ago)……And nothing, no movement,no codes,N/A transcript. I have called the liars at the IRS, they claim nothing is wrong just need more time…..CLUSTER F#CK


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  47. Sweet Neice

    @Janel120: nope still says eligible with no date. Did yours?


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  48. bob

    No stimulus yet. I went online and i found what looked like info on the payments but mine said 0? The where is my payment said i had something supposed to be mailed out on May 7?? The transcripts havent been completed because 2020 isnt available yet. I read that the tool was only for the 3rd payment so I hope we are getting something. I need a pro here.


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  49. kancme1

    Filed 3/1 – almost 10 weeks, but couldn’t wait around for something to happen, so I sent in a request for TAS on 5/8. Checked transcripts today and taxes are processed with all codes but the 846. Minus $1070 but its movement either way. I’ll figure out why they deducted the $1070 later. This is the longest wait ever. So, I’m guessing everyone is on that 10 week processing wait :(


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  50. tim tebow

    GMP says that my payment was mailed May 7. GMP is no longer working for the 1st and 2nd payments. So, i believe I should be getting a payment soon. Does anyone find that message whe they check GMP?


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  51. JohnFuknWayne

    Filed Feb 18, Direct Deposit.
    Accepted the same day.
    Status just changed today “being processed”
    I sure hope I don’t have to wait just as long to receive my refund!!
    Cuz God knows when they want their money they ain’t waiting!


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  52. Concerned 😟

    What happens when the as of date sticks my as of date have not changed from 5/3 ?


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  53. Benita
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-1
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      New York
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-11
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-26
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-31
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20211005
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-12
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-29
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Mar-30

    @Sheila_33: I already received my refund and stimulus but my as of date just changed from 4/26 to 5/31, could it be the unemployment ?


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  54. Janel120

    @Sweet Neice: Did your gmp status change?


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  55. Nickn18

    @Sheila_33 sorry for the late reply, thank you very much for all the help you provide to all of us.

    All the good you do may return to you in blessings!


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  56. Janel120

    @Sheila_33: Thank You I sure hope so.


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