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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  1. GingerSnap
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-16
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @HulaGirl: hey hey welcome back!

    Reply
  2. HulaGirl

    Hello again. So excited it’s that time of year again! This is my annual Hawaii travel fund so, ALOHA everyone and good luck this year. Just a gentle reminder to please reset your status from last year’s results to your current status if you are choosing to share that info. Thank you all for passing the time with me every year. GingerSnaps is the only name I recognize so far, hi Ginger. I was an herbal remedy, wink, name last year. Anyhoos… filed 1/21 with TT they got me with $125 in fees this year because I’m lazy. No word back yet. Hoping government shutdown doesn’t stall things. Fingers crossed!

    Reply
  3. Irene
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      New Mexico
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-7
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-15
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      creditunion
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • 1099
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @Sam:
    Wow, Sam !
    If I understand you right, this is great news for me about the 9001 message that replaced my WMR acceptance bar earlier this week :) !
    Your sister works in Clearwater, but I’m thinking this is symptom of a nationwide IRS thing ??
    Either way I have high hopes for the WMR bars to return, and next Wednesday would be awesome, too :) .
    Thanks for this news !
    -Irene.

    Reply
  4. Beebee21

    Good morning, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the H&R Block refund advance. Do they check for credit or is everyone approved for it?

    Reply
  5. Msb
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      MS
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-20
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      NETSPEND
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Education Credit (8863), W2

    @Waterboy 009: I use them filed on the 20th still nothing

    Reply
  6. PAGirl

    @Curious24: I filed on 1/18 and received the email almost immediately after filing. I know in previous years they have never held them like this…I always use TT.

    Reply
  7. momdukes
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      GA
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      wf
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @LoveMy3Munchkins: Thank You for your donation! I will forward this message to the Chief, and she will make sure you get your star ⭐️!!!

    Reply
  8. Sam

    @Jennifer<3: sister in tech support it's Clearwater said she believes comp be back up wed to update 9001 is just the holding screen that happened to freeze while test batch were being [email protected]: sorry meant tech support for it's in Clearwater

    Reply
    1
  9. Sam

    @Jennifer<3: sister in tech support it's Clearwater said she believes comp be back up wed to update 9001 is just the holding screen that happened to freeze while test batch were being ran

    Reply
    1
  10. CaliOhioStuck
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Ohio
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

    @845guy: thank goodness I hope so

    Reply
  11. 845guy

    @CaliOhioStuck: i filed on the 12th amd it still says pending on TT its still a tad bit early next Monday we should be golden keep them fingers crossed

    Reply
    1
  12. 845guy

    @PAGirl73: ots weird because m friend filed 2 days after me and got accepted the next day i hope i get accepted on the 28th good luck bro

    Reply
  13. Jennifer<3
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Illinois
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-14
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Turbotax card
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

    9001 clubbers… We’re not expecting an update tonight right??

    Reply
    1
  14. Jennifer<3
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Illinois
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-14
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Turbotax card
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

    @Walt dog: see.. There you go!! It’s not so bad 😊

    Reply
    1
  15. De Charlene

    @Waterboy 009: yes I file 18 but I have the peace of mind an the identity shield so I guess because I file with them last year as well I was accepted

    Reply
  16. GingerSnap
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-16
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @misskelz: did you not make enough money last year? If you file HOH with dependants you should definitely qualify unless you didn’t meet the income requirement… Otherwise idk…@Walt dog: YAY!!! You’ve seen the light!! Haha

    Reply
  17. GingerSnap
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-16
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @misskelz: did you not make enough money last year? If you file HOH with dependants you should definitely qualify unless you didn’t meet the income requirement… Otherwise idk…

    Reply
  18. Walt dog

    I been studying up on 9001 reference number,and use bing,and search,you will get a lot more information,and since we’re getting it so fast this year,it could mean that irs accepted our return,but hasn’t put it in processing yet,seems that could be one reason for the 9001,

    Reply
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  19. LoveMy3Munchkins
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Alabama
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Compass
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2

    @momdukes: I donated last tax season but I haven’t gotten my star yet! How do I do that?

    Reply
  20. Bellee
    • State:
      Louisiana
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Metabank

    Just reminded me to change my filing status from last year too 🤦🏽‍♀️

    Who asked me about Greendot yesterday? I forgot, I’m so sorry 😭 but the limit is $3k when you go to Walmart, to withdraw and it’s only $3 every $1k to withdraw

    I’m so sorry I didn’t reply sooner but I had a rough start 🥺

    Reply
  21. GingerSnap
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-16
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @Bittyv: we all know this. It’s been this way for 3 years now.

    Reply
    1
  22. Mbry0625
    • State:
      FL
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Credit union

    @The Bold n The Beautiful: yes, I’m a weekly as well. We would see a ddd the Wednesday after that Friday. Transcripts would change on the 15th.

    Reply
  23. Oriana Senoj 🧜🏾‍♀️

    @Happygal I’ve tried multiple ways. Well I’ve been assisting my sister with getting it. I’ve already filed. We called before 2018 was over around November to ensure they would send it as she hasn’t received it in previous years and had to paper file. They assured it would. I told her to call again the beginning of this month. She did they said she would have it. Well….. still no pin. So at this point idk what direction to go in. Oh she also tried on line multiple times. Denied her access. I’ll try calling the number again @Mbry0625 thank you for response. I just realized you did give me a few suggestions the other day.

    Reply
  24. momdukes
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      GA
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      wf
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @Answer: my 2 bars was from last year. I haven’t filed yet this year myself, but I did updatemy filing status so that I wouldn’t confuse anyone.

    Reply
  25. Bittyv

    Taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit may experience a refund hold. According to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, the IRS cannot issue these refunds before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or debit cards starting February 27, 2019, if these taxpayers chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with their tax return.

    Reply
  26. The Bold n The Beautiful

    @incognitoinky: I will know on the 15th if my transcripts updated because im a weekly and i will be able to check online i normally
    update on friday so im going to check my trans late that Friday evening like i did last year and if I’ve updated then on the

    16th Saturday morning we as weekly’s should have a ddd between February 18th – February 22nd

    Reply
  27. PAGirl73
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      PA
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-7
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bank
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099

    @Cdoug: I did before I was on the PATH Act.

    Reply
  28. incognitoinky

    With the 15th being on a Friday this year ,does anybody think that PATHers won’t see a DD until around the 27th?

    Reply
  29. misskelz
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      TX
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-8
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-8
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      USAA
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-13
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-18
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Tax Topic 152

    It keeps denying me eitc but i get eic… I’ve never been denied single hoh with 3 under 16 and a 17 yr old.. is it to early or whats going on? I did the calculator a few days ago and today tried to file and it said i dont qualify but I’ve always qualified… im confused

    Reply
  30. ?

    Is EIC the same thing as EITC? If so, I sure wish Turbotax notified me that claiming a few measely extra dollars would delay my refund 2-4 weeks.

    Also, what is the PATH act message people are talking about receiving? I had lost my single bar to TT 152 and error code 9001 but I don’t see anything about the path act.

    Reply
  31. Joe
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      ohio
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-20
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      navy federal
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Weekly

    @GingerSnap: ya I think I knew that just wasn’t 💯 percent on it. Sure does suck. Stupid path! 😩

    Reply
  32. Ms. Woods
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Indiana
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-19
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Rushcard
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-18
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit
    • Tax Topic 152

    @Cdoug22: Was this to my question about Indiana??

    Reply
  33. Mike
    • State:
      RI
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Wells Fargo

    Well I changed my phone number from last year so can’t access transcripts. FYI for anyone trying to register for IRS transcripts online or account. Pull your experian report free off experian website. They will ask you to verify either auto loan, last 8 of credit card, home equity etc. You only get three tries before your locked out, luckily for me it worked I just have to wait for a code in the mail.

    Reply
  34. Qasimja
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Georgia
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-22
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Delta Community Credit Union
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Tax Topic 152

    well im back again everyone been on this site for years this time around we are getting back a whopping $15 dollars lol had to take so few deductions this year because we are self employed and buying a house at least we dont owe anything! lol

    Reply
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  35. The bold n The Beautiful

    @Kaye88: a day or a few hour’s after you sent it in after i left my tax agency i check like 2 hour’s and it was in place but i did not get my advance until 28 hour’s later i went on a Thursday around 4 pm and Friday around 8pm 💰 was there republic bank

    Reply
  36. Happygal

    @Oriana Senoj 🧜🏾‍♀️: I’ve been asking the same question for days and the online tool doesn’t work for me

    Reply
    1
  37. momdukes
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      GA
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      wf
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C

    @Oh this ain’t fair: That’s from last year Dear, I haven’t filed yet, I don’t even have my W2 yet. My job needs to get with the program.

    Reply
  38. CaliOhioStuck
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Ohio
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

    @Cdoug: 😩Once upon a time long before the path act Direct deposits were posted 8-15 days from filing date PERIOD! Those were the days I was filing January 1 with my last pay stub and amending my return after my W2 came 😆

    Reply
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  39. GingerSnap
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-16
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @Joe: Being in the test batch does not void the PATH Act… Accepted early or not we still have to wait until after Feb. 15th… Sorry

    Reply
  40. yodareturns88
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      North Dakota
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-4
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-14
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Green Dot-Turbo Card
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, RN 9001

    @Oh this ain’t fair: lol, it’s called the person didnt update their info from last year most likely

    Reply
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  41. CaliOhioStuck
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Ohio
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

    @Oh this ain’t fair: 👀whaaaat who got bars! 🤔

    Reply
    1
  42. Monee
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-14
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-15
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Capital One
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152

    @Kaye88: I think acceptance

    Reply
  43. Kaye88
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Washington
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-14
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-15
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Amex Bluebird
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, RN 9001, Weekly

    quick question… At what point should SBTPG show your anticipated refund when you log in on their site? Upon acceptance… Or approval?

    Reply
    2
  44. PAGirl73
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      PA
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-7
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bank
    • WMR Bars:
      MIA
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099

    Are there two PAGirl usernames? I guell I’ll change mine.

    Reply
    1
  45. Shel
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      AL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-15
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Credit Union
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2, Premium Tax Credit 8962
    • TT 152

    @VaLeNtinCuBaN4LiFe: thank you I read down and saw your post to answer my question

    Reply
  46. Oriana Senoj 🧜🏾‍♀️

    Hello everyone again. I know I’ve asked this but didn’t receive an answer so I’m trying again. When is the latest they will send out an pin. Is there anyway I can call to get another one

    Reply
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