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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. GoCowboys

    I wonder why now my CTC says I’m not enrolled in advanced payments anymore I’ve gotten all since Aug so why now the change


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  2. Emily Schmid

    I verified my identity it’s been weeks and I still haven’t got it or even a date of when I’ll be getting it. I’m about to get kicked out my house and I have a 1 year old to take care of. If someone could pls help it’d be greatly appreciated!!!
    My cashapp is $EmilyyyMarieee143


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  3. MsRamen

    @Delanie: Hi Delanie! I had ramen yesterday also… It’s just not fair. I am waiting on my 19 return, filed Feb2020…
    Stay strong!!!


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  4. Delanie

    This Sunday makes it 35 weeks and still nothing. I amended on March 28th and initially filed February 11th. The IRS tells me to call back in 30 days from my last phone call and has been telling me this since July. Tax payer advocates said they can’t help anyone with an amended return. I’m beginning to think I will never see my return. Honestly at a loss as to what else to do. I’m working but still not making enough to cover backed bills. Most of the time I’m choosing between groceries or bills. Idk just feel especially defeated. Never expected to be eating ramen as my thanksgiving dinner this year 🤷‍♀️


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  5. waiting2017

    My last stimulus check was approved and updated to check will be mailed on the 19th. Crazy thing is informed delivery showed check was in mail on the 20th. It did not come and hasn’t came yet. I live in Alabama. Has anyone experienced this or can tell me what to expect


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  6. Cally
    • Date Accepted:
      May-20

    Sorry I’m new here. Has ANYONE received their Amended tax refund?.??


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  7. Cally
    • Date Accepted:
      May-20

    @harrya: I’ve been waiting 25 weeks now


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  8. harrya

    IRS now says its taking 20 weeks to process amended returns don’t call don’t file again


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  9. Miss Storm

    Good Morning Everyone! I have stalked this page for years and occasionally will offer up my two cents. I cannot believe I’ve been coming to this page for roughly 11 months this year but here we are! Anyway I filed in February and finally received my refund 24 weeks later in August. And now 16 weeks after that I just received my unemployment adjustment. I did not amend, have never had access to my transcripts online and refused to call since I never get a human anyway. It’s been one long year of wait and see. Thank god it’s over! Just wanted to share my experience for anyone who may still be in the same boat. Happy Thanksgiving to all!


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  10. 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

    @Lina45678: Once they release it, it will need to cycle thru and place the 846-refund code. Hopefully, within the next 2 weeks, fingers crossed.


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  11. Lina45678

    So it’s been 9 months of waiting for my refund. I contacted congressman office the end of August. The lady made contact 3 times before they finally gave answers. I just got an email from her stating she just spoke with TAS and the guy said it was a mismatch In my income that has been resolved (look back) I feel. And that the IRS was instructed to release my refund or they released it. I wonder how long it’ll take now? Anyone else been through this?


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  12. Kim

    Just got an update of a deposit date of Nov 24th. Been PSNA since March. Called about territory code on Oct 8th. That was the hold up it seems. Don’t give up hope


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  13. Wondering why

    @Steve: that’s about the way mine was and when I called the IRS about it they said that I wasn’t getting nothing back because something to do with saying I didn’t have any credits left after they took the 10,200 off what ever that meant but I drawed it the whole year I think they just gonna screw some of us out of it


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  14. Steve

    Does anyone have Code 290, July 26th, 0.00 on their transcript? like, I seriously dont know what to do at this point, and I really need that money, and have been waiting for almost 8 months for the Unemployment Tax Break Return. My family got theirs months ago, so I’m confused why I haven’t gotten mine.


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  15. Iceman13

    I amended my tax return for 2020 in April, WMAR says they received it April 06, 2021, but it has not been processed. Is there anything I can do?


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  16. Casey P.

    My transcript says April 15th and has not had any updates since. I filed single with no dependents. I filed back in February.


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  17. Wondering why

    Called the IRS a week or so back and got a hold of them pretty fast but when I asked her about the refund she said that I wasn’t getting nothing something about after it was knocked off that I didn’t ha e any credit let to get anything back but still don’t know what she was meaning cause I started getting unemployment in like April of last year so idk why they said i want would anyone have a idea why I want get it?


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  18. MFJ_1unemp

    Called IRS using one of the extensions listed on this forum and got a hold of a live agent. She pulled up my file and said it was updated in July (which I can see from the transcripts) and that there is no change. Made a comment about unemployment bill reduces the income by 10200, and when I asked then why has the taxable income/tax not changed she didnt know and got frustrated if i asked anything. So basically no help


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  19. harrya

    @ChefBartonie: Same my amended excepted aug 30 then no ctc for oct and nov check every day nothing but return was on aug 30 transcript

    still on oct4


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  20. ChefBartonie

    @harrya: Idk, I have an amended return. The Irs claims it was completed in July, adjusted in august and I have yet to see anything. Called and no explanation was given 😪


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  21. KathyM

    Filed in Feb. Called my Congresswoman, they did an inquiry 2 weeks ago. Got my 2020 refund yesterday in the mail. Odd since they have my bank acct #. I didn’t get my 2019 EIC refund they owe me or the 2020 EIC refund they said I am eligible for. Do they send that separately or have they screwed up? Contact your Congressperson, it can’t hurt.


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  22. harrya

    @ChefBartonie: Why???


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  23. ChefBartonie

    @harrya: same


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  24. harrya

    No ctc for oct or nov any one else


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  25. Steve

    @Steve: havent***


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  26. Steve

    Still waiting on my unemployment refund, it’s been 4 months since my parents got theirs, and 6 since my brother got his. I’m the last one to receive it, and apparently there are still millions of people who have gotten it


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  27. Just me again

    @@tiredofwaitinginva: there are no more new stimulus checks coming.


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  28. @tiredofwaitinginva

    Question I have not been really Watchin the local news iustvtrgedy everyday smh any who are we geting new stimulus checks or new checks SOOON? Been hearing some things but been tryin to stay incognito


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  29. Bobby Bonilla

    @Yahoshua: that’s what technically what TAS is for and zero chance it works


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  30. Steve

    At this point im giving up, I havent seen my unemployment refund in almost 9 months, transcript still says Code 290, July 26th, 0.00. IRS has told me no new information, and my tax company says they dont deal with those types of issues.


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  31. 2blessed

    @sam: yes it did update


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  32. sam

    @2blessed: did your transcript update before your enemployment refund?


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  33. 2blessed

    @Sharon O: Hi! I told u I would keep u informed about my refund status. Well the wait is over and I finally received my refund yesterday. So good luck to everybody and hang in here there and don’t give up


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  34. Yahoshua

    Has anyone tried this…

    Make a hardship request to the IRS. If your refund is being held up by a temporary backlog in processing, you can ask the IRS to expedite all or part of your refund to cover hardship expenses by calling (800) 829-1040 and explaining your situation. This is for serious hardships only; examples include eviction notices, utility shut offs and inability to pay for medication. You can only request enough money to cover your emergency hardship, and receiving this partial payment may delay the remainder of your payment.


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  35. Jasa

    My Stimilus was sent out nov 15 I wonder how long before I receive it.


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  36. harrya

    Still no amended return or oct and nov ctc


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  37. Kyle S

    @Amy19: Great thank you


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  38. 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

    @Kyle S: I have read on here that one does not hinge on the other, they are two separate returns.


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  39. Steve

    @Amy19: I actually called the IRS, they said I just need to wait, but never have explained anything to me, idk why


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  40. Kyle S

    Does anyone know if you just filed an amended, will that hold up your return for next year?


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  41. Sharon O

    @melwalkshere: I’m sure it will be. Hang in there


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  42. melwalkshere

    @Sharon O: I’m trying not to panic until tomorrow. And not really “panic”, just know that it’s coming and it’s going to be OK. I think I’m just exhausted from constantly living in the past 18 months like I just keep telling myself we’re going to be ok…


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  43. 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

    @Steve: It depends if you are due a refund, it is not cut & dry. If your unemployment tax credit lowered what taxes you owed or now are eligible for credits, like earned income tax credits, then you’d get a refund. Did you amend for new credits or are you waiting to see if the IRS automatically sends you a refund? There should be a worksheet online to run numbers to see if you are needing to amend or wait out the process.


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  44. Sharon O

    @melwalkshere: I had a friend who saw theirs in informed delivery, but didn’t get it till 3 days later. I know by me the mailman is different every couple of days. I have asked about nail and the person delivering knew nothing, but the next one did.


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  45. melwalkshere

    LMAO I really thought this was over….hahahahahaha. Joke’s on me!

    Informed Delivery said check was in the mail yesterday. Didn’t come yesterday. Mail just came. Didn’t come today. None of the neighbors have it. Post office says they can’t trace it yet. We are supposed to leave town on Thursday morning…..clearly that’s not happening.

    Anyone who saw their checks on Informed Delivery….how long did it actually take to GET in your mailbox??

    Waiting 8 months for something that almost everybody else got back in March, fighting with utility companies to give you extensions, late fees stacking up on everything, but because of the IRS’s error I get the same amount as everybody else got back in March only a quarter of mine goes to late fees and shit…..totally fair. Yup. Checks out.

    I’m so frustrated. And tired. Like really really tired.


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  46. Cabinfevermom

    @Amy19
    @Monica
    @ChefBartonie
    @Delanie

    Same stats for me….as of 10/4 for 5/17 amendment. No advocate or congressional assistance. Looking at posts from r/irs on reddit….things not looking good for amended filers at all! We are at the mercy of IRS…and their weak staff!
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  47. Cabinfevermom

    @Amy19
    @Monica
    @ChefBartonie
    @Delanie

    Me too. Stuck at 10/4. Also been stalking reddit on r/irs for amended return posts. It does not look good for us amended filers at all. No advocate assistance. No congressional assistance. The IRS rep I last spoke to said they are still working from home! We are at the mercy of weak IRS staff.
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  48. Sharon O

    @2blessed: That’s great! Have a great holiday too


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  49. 2blessed

    @Sharon O: Gm! I just got the text message from republic bank that my taxes were sent to my bank account. God is good! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾. I just wanted to tell you thank you again. Have a blessed holiday!


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  50. ChefBartonie

    @Delanie: same boat 😒


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  51. Steve

    I still have no update on my unemployment return. My transcript still says Code 290, July 26th, 0.00. I’ve called, and they just said wait, but never told me a date or anything about it. Does anyone know if we’ll actually get it?


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  52. Tlady

    I suppose to got my CTC check yesterday in my mailbox cause it showed up for informed delivery and never received it SMH


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  53. Monica

    @Amy19: yes in Feb….and then it showed again for sept 14th when I nor my husband filed a 2nd amended…the irs lady told me that the IRS headquarters were not aloud to touch a amended return to calculate the unemployment…they had to wait until the amended was closed first…before they could amend the unemployment….she said thats why the IRS told people not to amend to get the unemployment refund..i told her I did not amend for that..i amended because we were owed way more money then we got…this really sucks waiting.. Been literally dealing with the IRS for the whole year….smh


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  54. 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

    @Monica: Did you amend? We did in June, then it posted again to our transcripts, I think 9/14. I hope you get your refund soon. This rots waiting in limbo.


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  55. 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

    @Delanie: I wonder if this interferes with next tax season. I hope not! We only amended because it lower our AGI and are now eligible for EITC. I have read on here that some who amended earlier than June have now gotten their amended refunds.


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  56. Delanie

    @Amy19: I’m also stuck on the 4th of Oct.. called the tax payer advocates and they told me they are explicitly not doing amended returns b/c there’s a backlog to 2019. Idk what I’m going to do but at this point I have given up hope that I’ll see my refund this year 😭


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  57. Monica

    @Amy19: im still stuck on Oct 4th …


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  58. 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

    Congrats to those finally getting their deposits!
    Still stuck “as of 10/4” here, amended back on 6/14.
    Anyone else?
    Thanks!


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