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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. Amy19
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-17
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Mar-1
    • 1040, Schedule C, 1099, W2

    @$honda: Good evening. No change here, how about you? I am praying daily yours updates this week and mine too. I hope Friday is a huge update for all February filers.


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  2. Chefavram9999

    My kids get survivor benefits but GMP shows Psna and nothing pending. Any ideas?

    Ssi payments to direct express were all supposed to be paid today.
    I don’t understand what is going on


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  3. Chefavram9999

    @proudma30: be happy. I didnt get my 2 kids direct express payments for ssi survivor benefits. It’s your money. You are supposed to get it twice.


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  4. Olwiseone

    Middle tn. Nothing yet, starting to think it isn’t coming, I couldn’t agree more about our government getting our hopes up for nothing. Dont promise something you can’t hold to, just saying


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  5. Chefavram9999

    @Victeina: I’m still waiting. They were all supposed to be paid today to direct express. As of this morning it wasn’t paid …


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  6. Chefavram9999

    My kids get survivor benefits but GMP shows Psna and nothing pending. Any ideas?

    Ssi payments to direct express were all supposed to be paid today.


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  7. Sharon O

    @nanabear1: Mine didn’t show up on the transcripts till several days after I received the stimulus


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  8. Money

    I filed feb 10 and accepted feb 13…. lost bars and tt around March 5.. called on March 20 was told I was in errors and to wait 10weeks. Never got tt back only stayed on still being processed. Then today randomly got my refund deposit. Checked transcripts and have ddd for 4-12


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  9. CB

    Still waiting on my stimulus. Supposedly mailed 3/26. Nothing showing on ID either.
    VA


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  10. Precious

    I’m located in NY and I also have a mail date of 3/26 according to the Get My Payment Tool. Today’s April 7th, still no Check for me in Brooklyn NY. Such a Bummer :(


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  11. $honda
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-18
    • Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-22
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2, Look Back

    @Raebae: Awesome


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  12. Sharon Grayson
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-8
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      PA/FL
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-12
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-3
    • WMR Date:
      Apr-7
    • Transcript:
      No Access
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2, Look Back
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Apr-6

    @Victeina: congrats…hope you get the rest soon!!!


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  13. JtfromAz

    Still aint got shit.
    Arizona here, fuck the IRS at this point.


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  14. $honda
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-18
    • Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-22
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2, Look Back

    @nanabear1: Even though I received mine 3/17 it showed 0.00 until this week when it updated to the amount I received.


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  15. Sensei

    Did anyone’s check show up on mail id Monday but still haven’t received anything yet??? In jacksonville


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  16. Victeina

    Omg..I just so happen to check my direct express card and there’s an extra 1400 on the card..FEELING VERY BLESSED!still haven’t gotten my taxes but I did receive all 3 stimilus no problems..


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  17. nanabear1

    Has anyone logged into their personal IRS account and seen that their stimulus amount for the 3rd payment says $0.00? That is what mine says but when I check my status on the GMP tool I have a mailed date of 4/2. So confusing. Of course, no one at the IRS will answer the phone.


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  18. CTown79

    @Technogirl34
    I’m in the same boat, also they processed my taxes super fast and took my refund for back taxes. My thoughts is as yours, they’ll just not send it for whatever reason, make us claim it on next year’s taxes and at that point they can garnish it because it’s no longer a stimulus. It’ll be a recovery rebate credit.


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  19. ES

    Miami Fl – showed on my ID on Monday as valued citizen 123 anytown, haven’t receive anything yet.


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  20. Raebae

    FINALLY ! I filed feb 12 i got accepted the same day . I had one bar and tax topic 152 . March six my bar and tt152 disappeared but returned on march 27 just to disappear again on april third ! So i decided to call and was told i had a hold on my return and it would be lifted on tuesday april 6 i woke up this morning with a deposit date for April ninth . I had unemployment look back eic ctc and my return was short 200 not sure why .


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  21. Sue211

    @Karen Vanderloof: yep I am and at least 12 people I know are. I got a letter stating another 60 days they don’t need anything frome smh


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  22. Kristin

    Got a pic of the check Monday on ID and still today nothing. Alabama


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  23. Maddam

    I have a mail date 3/26 nothing yet my whole family got there’s Saturday


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  24. PrettySheda336

    I got a mail date for April 2nd. I live in NC, my payment was sent to a closed account on March 17th.


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  25. proudma30

    @Karen Vanderloof: amen to that and gl to you


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  26. Reyder72

    Still nothing…middle Tennessee. Wtf is the problem


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  27. NatalieT

    Today mail came and still no stimulus smh iM just giving up at this point


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  28. Diamond

    @Shannon12: I’m feel like something happen to mines too because my whole neighborhood got there’s I feel I’m
    The only one


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  29. Sheila_33

    @bee: Hard to say honestly.could be a request for additional information or an adjustment. Hopefully it resolves by this weekend or that date may push out for another week.


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  30. Brieberry84

    @Karen Vanderloof: accepted the 12th but received a letter that I didn’t claim the credits for the two months I had marketplace insurance 🙄


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  31. Ghee

    Everyone who received stimulus checks already check your account they are now sending re ups i checked mine and i have random $2000 just sitting there no alert no nothing it dont even say where it came from


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  32. JJ30

    My third stimulus check was mailed on April 2nd 2021 and I haven’t got it yet in the mail. How long will it take to get


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  33. Karen Vanderloof

    @proudma30: I pray something comes through for us soon. This is the longest I’ve ever waited.


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  34. Ree

    @Karen Vanderloof:
    There are many, many of us from that filing period still waiting with the same message. It’s exhausting!


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  35. proudma30

    @Karen Vanderloof: accepted February 13th still nothing for me


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  36. Karen Vanderloof

    Hi, is anyone else who was accepted February 10-13 still waiting on their refund? I’ve received no letter. WMR says my return is still being processed. No status bars.


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  37. Brieberry84

    @proudma30: I just asked a similar question, same situation here but for my brother


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  38. proudma30

    Okay so I was wondering if anyone can help me I just got to deposit the $1,400 on my son’s SSI Direct Express Card now he didn’t qualify for the first two stimulus payments could that be with those deposits are I can’t get a hold of Social Security and I don’t want to spend the money not knowing if they’re going to make me pay it back cuz it was a glitch I did get the 1400 for him for the third stimulus


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  39. Neekol

    I got mine today! With a mail date of 3/26. Showed up on ID too! Las Vegas NV


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  40. Neekol

    I got mine today! With a mail date of 3/26. Las Vegas NV


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  41. justFEDup
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-25
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Texas
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      Take Action
    • Transcript:
      No Access
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Identity Theft
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit

    Does anyone know how long it takes to get your refund once you’ve faxed in documents proving your child credits?


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  42. Brieberry84

    So I looked at my bank account and saw $1400 from the irs but I had already received $2800 for myself and disabled brother back in March. Anyone have any ideas on why I got more money and what I should do about it?


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  43. Bella boo

    I live in Boston still no check


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  44. Butterfly

    Got accepted on the 5th waiting on a direct date


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  45. Butterfly

    Got accepted on the 5th


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  46. MrsT

    Mailed date march 26. Still no check. Id showed image on april 3
    Las Vegas NV


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  47. bee
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-22
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA
    • Bank:
      CHIME
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-22
    • Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Identity Theft
    • 1040

    @Sheila_33: Hi Sheila I have a question since you seem to be very knowledgeable, so I received a 60 review letter dated 4/5 which I checked my transcripts and I have 2 971 codes letter sent one dated 4/5 and another dated 4/12 and the 570 date is 3/29 but my as of date is 4/12, do you have any idea what the 2nd 971 notice is?


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  48. AshStillWaiting

    Has anyone received their check mailed 4/2?


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  49. Muffincake

    I got a mailed date of the 29th..still nothing …I’m in oregon


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  50. Antoine

    I live in Maryland the GMP Tool says 3/26 I have not received any thing


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  51. Chris J

    Accepted 2/22
    Still have no update, but I can’t get through to any agents through the phone. Any info on how to do that could help me. I first filed on the 12th when it opened, and my Agi for last year got was supposedly wrong so I guess I got an error and had to correct it to get accepted so maybe I’m in the 10 week crew as well now??


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  52. Tiredofchecking (not logged in)

    @sdiego: wondering the same becuase I thought last night was a mass update night and I saw practically no one day they updated 🤔🤔


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  53. D$

    So I filed 2/12, accepted 2/13. Nothing. 25 days in I finally get through to a person and told I was in errors. No explanation why. 40 days in I’m told about I’d verify. 10 weeks. Today I called 43 times before I finally got somebody but this guy really sounded like he knew what he was doing and after a brief wait he told me my return was a simple one that shouldn’t have been in error and that I will have a refund date in 3 to 5 days…keeping my fingers crossed..keep at em everybody!


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  54. momof...

    what happens when your 10 weeks are up and still know ddd


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  55. momof...

    after your 10 weeks are up


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  56. army101

    Northern Illinois girlfriend got hers the 24th with a mail date of 26th same as me and I still havent recieved it


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  57. Jumpman3

    @Ron L.: I’m not sure ALL of Tennessee checks were delivered on Tuesday but I do know numerous people who did receive it yesterday. I’m not one of those people, so I’m still waiting as well. Mail date was 3/26. Still nothing as of today.


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  58. Shannon12

    Today is the 7th ladies and gentlemen. Still no check and nothing in Informed Delivery. Smh, the IRS is full of lies. I feel like something happened to it, or maybe that’s just paranoia haha


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  59. Ron L.

    All of Tennessee’s was at the post offices Tuesday, even social security stimulus checks came in for Wednesday delivery. If not delivered by tomorrow most likely will need to file on 2021 taxes and get it then.


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  60. Reggiemiller3131

    People it’s coming from Kansas City mo not Kansas’s and it’s 7-14 days to cover there asses u may get it in less time but it got mailed on Good Friday the second mail still went out but busy and u can’t expect to have it on the 3 rd that’s one day yeah you’ve been waiting a 3 weeks for this to come about but 10 million checks aren’t going to be at your house in a day


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  61. Joe mansion

    Hi i live in miami fl and i have the 26 but notging yet hope every get their soon Gob bless all 😑🙏


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  62. sdiego

    were there supposed to be mass updates? seems like the IRS doesn’t do that much anymore.


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