Tax Refund Schedule for 2018 IRS e-file and direct deposit dates

2018 Refund Schedule

2018 Refund Schedule

The tax refund schedule for 2018 with Direct Deposit dates shown below are based on filing and transmitting as early as January 2, 2018. The IRS no longer publishes these dates and now notifies tax payers that most refunds will be issued within 21 days of your return being accepted.  This general estimate doesn’t satisfy everyone and now many independent sites try to estimate dates when refunds will be sent.

The tax refund schedule dates you find on the various websites are only estimates.  It might give you a good idea, but never bank on it because many issues arise and delay tax refunds. When will tax season open? Once we know the date tax season open, the estimated tax refund direct deposit dates will likely be updated.

You can view and compare 2017 and prior year tax refund schedules here:  tax refund schedule. To check the status of your tax refund you can use the IRS Where’s My Refund tool.

wdt_ID Date Accepted Direct Deposit Sent Paper Check Mailed
1 Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2018 02/17/2018 02/24/2018
2 Feb 5 - Feb 11, 2018 02/24/2018 03/03/2018
3 Feb 12 - Feb 18, 2018 03/03/2018 03/10/2018
4 Feb 19 - Feb 25, 2018 03/10/2018 03/17/2018
5 Feb 27 - Mar 4, 2018 03/17/2018 03/24/2018
6 Mar 5 - Mar 11, 2018 03/24/2018 03/31/2018
7 Mar 12 - Mar 18, 2018 03/31/2018 04/07/2018
8 Mar 19 - Mar 25, 2018 04/07/2018 04/14/2018
9 Mar 26 - Apr 1, 2018 04/14/2018 04/21/2018
10 Apr 2 - Apr 8, 2018 04/21/2018 04/28/2018
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