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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. Ijustdontunderstand

    @msredrobin: When I log in to irs.gov, I click on view my account; I log in as if I’m going to view my transcripts. Then it takes me back to the IRS page, I scroll to view Tax Account, then it shows all of Stimulus Packages and the amounts. When you scroll down to 2021 you see Economic Impact Payment 3:, you should see the amount of your stimulus (or estimated amount), in my case, mine show’s $0’00. So then I log into the Get My Payment portal and type in my info; it tells me (in so many words) I’m eligible, payment not yet processed a date will be given when available; it says it will be deposited into my account. Whats contradictory is that one page shows a zero amount and another pages shows I’m eligible. Its crazy.


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  2. Strawberry

    @TaxTimeSucksNow: I had to do the same thing, they told me 6 wks from the date you fax the forms.


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  3. Hope this helps

    @TaxTimeSucksNow: I was told 2 do this as well but then another rep told me there wasnt a need for it because it’s no longer required.
    But who knows with the irs this year


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  4. BooBerry

    @ Atlantamom Please read PPP Loan fraud arrests and I gaurantee that thought will leave you forever !


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  5. msredrobin

    @ T and another reason is that IRS made a huge blunder in my opinion when they told the non filers to file a tax return. Holding up precious space in the system when it should have been handled the way they started, through a portal. Then let them ID verify if needed and let us hard working TAX PAYERS get our refunds in a timely manner.


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  6. Over it

    @Atlantamom: 🤣🤣🤣


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  7. msredrobin

    @ T I will tell you like I was told by 6 different IRS workers. Its a small fixable error that has to do with the Recovery Rebate credit AKA “Stimulus Payments”. You will be processed as soon as possible.


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  8. A

    @T: I filed on January 8th, accepted on Feb 12th with a simple return also and have the same issues. Transcript hasn’t updated since March 1st.


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  9. msredrobin

    @ Ijustdontunderstand I’m confused too because I have never seen it worded like that. Go back and read it again slowly and post it word for word.


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  10. Atlantamom

    @Vroyyyy: what’s the criteria for ppp loan and documentation needed I might just take my chances applying for it everybody else in Atlanta riding on bentleys rolls royce from the money white Bentley would be decent. Dreaming rich but living poor that’s Atlanta for ya


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  11. T

    Filed 2/8
    Accepted 2/12
    Single filer, no credits, no unemployment. Simple return.
    Lost bars 2/22
    Transcript has not updated since 2/22
    Refund is still being processed message has appeared on WMR.
    No letter received. No ID check needed. Zero movement. No updates since 2/22.


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  12. I Just Dont Understand

    Any help would be great on this subject matter; if anyone has seen this PLEASE let me know. When I log into View My Account on the IRS website; I see the 2021 tab which says “Economic Impact Payment 3 – $0.00”. When I log into Get My Payment; it says “You’re eligible; payment not processed. A date will be given when available; and will be direct deposited into account ending in xxxx.” I have filed 2019 and 2020 tax returns; and I meet the qualifications. I have no offsets and I received both previous stimulus checks with no issues via direct deposit. This update took place over the weekend; however I feel as though something is clearly wrong. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I know this is a Refund website; and I apologize if this offends anyone who’s waiting for their refund. We are all on the same struggle bus; trying to survive fighting the same daily fight. I am waiting just as you are.


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  13. msredrobin

    They reviewed and was satisfied with the results so you are good to go.


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  14. msredrobin

    @ tired 2020. They reviewed and was satisfied with the results so you are good to go.


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  15. msredrobin

    @tired2020 Your’e on your way to PAYDAY !!!!


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  16. msredrobin

    You gotta stay up a little longer, like between 12 and 3 am.


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  17. Just here

    When are updates I thought today but not for me then Friday again ?


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  18. msredrobin

    The plus up payments have nothing to do with unemployment. That will be dealt with next month. The payments are for your AGI falling under the cap and your new dependents if you received the stimulus payment before your taxes were processed.


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  19. @tiredofwaitinginva

    @Vroyyyy: I need to know what I’m doing wrong because I’ve applied to them all and no reply on nothing. Smh


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  20. Vip96
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-12
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      OH
    • Bank:
      Credit karma
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-13
    • Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Transcript:
      No Access
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2, Look Back

    @ReedRN29: I was accepted on the 13th and nothing. Not one letter saying something is wrong. I gave up. I look on this website maybe once a day and I haven’t called them this week either. Oh I didn’t even get the 3rd stimulus, mine just says payment not available.


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  21. Kitkat812

    @Vroyyyy: what type of documents did you need to provide?


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  22. ReedRN29

    2/12 accepted…still processing no DDD…anyone have recent updates or received their refunds? I was CTC EIC UI…

    3rd Stimulus mail date 3/30…anyone else with the same date get their mailed check?


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  23. DeLectable2U
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-9
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Bank:
      BOFA
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-12
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-3
    • WMR Date:
      Apr-7
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20211305
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-19
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-19
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2, Look Back
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Apr-7

    @Tired2020: Never a dumb question. I’m not sure if they can go back on the 846. (Can someone help answer?). From everything you’ve written, you’re in good shape now.


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  24. DeLectable2U
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-9
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Bank:
      BOFA
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-12
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-3
    • WMR Date:
      Apr-7
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20211305
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-19
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-19
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2, Look Back
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Apr-7

    @Rhoda: Yeah, I know that now. 🤣


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  25. Jim

    @Bluerose1: This is what i am reading ,
    If your income fell in 2020

    But if you already filed for 2020 and documented that your AGI fell to $65,000, the IRS could send you a “plus-up” payment for the full $1,400 you were entitled to under the American Rescue Plan.


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  26. Bluerose1

    Plus up is for those that filed Unemployment and already received refunds


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  27. Questions

    Hello how long does a refund check take to get to you once it has been mailed by the IRS? Mine was mailed out on 4/2


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  28. Jim

    From what i found on the net ,The Plus Up $1400 is being paid to those who made less in 2020 than 2019..I got mine because I retired in 2020.It also says That After your return is Processed. That means even though the worm says still processing tells me things are moving along in the back round


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  29. Still looking

    Mine says mailed March 26th still haven t received it


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  30. Chefavram9999

    @Toodles: do you know where and for how long they will be depositing them?


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  31. Tired2020

    @DeLectable2U: : hi I know this is a very dumb question but I was wondering if you get an 846 (2019 taxes) on your transcript can the IRS come back and change it. I called them today (exam dept) because I hadn’t received my transcript and she said they denied my earned income credit but when I checked the mail about 5 minutes ago my transcript has 811 removed refund freeze 04/19/2021, 846 refund issued 04/09/2021, 421 closed examination of tax return 04/19/2021, 776 interest credited to your account 04/19/2021. So now I’m confused to I go by what the rep said or transcript . Also can they go back and change it now. I was being audited for EIC for 2019. And I have not received my 2020 yet. Accepted on 02.13.2021 and nothing.


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  32. Radhamelopezl

    Hello everyone. Here in florida still nO check


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  33. Rosies

    Hello from Chicago! My ID showed on March23 I had mail coming from treasury department, value citizen 123 I still have not received it mail date March 26 I checked the box not received, and no answers from the post office


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  34. DeLectable2U
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-9
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Bank:
      BOFA
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-12
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-3
    • WMR Date:
      Apr-7
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20211305
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-19
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-19
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2, Look Back
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Apr-7

    @Toodles: I’ve never heard of the “Plus Up” either. I’ve been confused all day about the additional deposits. I finally had free time to Google it. All day I’ve been thinking about how to send the $$$ back to stay out of trouble! LOL


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  35. ShayWay

    & im now starting to see people who filed on the feb 13th & got caught in errors dep is starting to receive their refunds..no particular order but it’s coming


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  36. MGtorres

    What is this ID that yall are talling about? Waiting for a check dated to be mailed March 30 and still nothing.


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  37. Praying

    I always get some kind of junk mail everyday but haven’t got any In the past two days, a little concerned like wheres my junk mail aka 2019 refund and stimulus lol


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  38. Vroyyyy

    @Leonny: they will send a letter


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  39. Vroyyyy

    Anyone apply for the ppp loan I did my shit got approved faster than my taxes and more so at this point taxes (irs) can kiss my ass


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  40. JoeyLone138

    My mail date was March 30th. It’s been over a week and still no check. I’m in New Mexico. Anybody in New Mexico experiencing the same issue? This is very frustrating.


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  41. Tezz

    Hi do you know why people are getting $600 deposited this week. Received a letter today saying I was. I got my $600 stimulus last year. Ty


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  42. Leonny

    I wonder how you will know if you need to ID? Or is there a
    Link to website to ID?


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  43. ShannonNC

    @TheMadness21: nothing, waiting on a letter that was supposed to be generated the 5th… I am about to just forget about it, it’s crazy


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  44. Confusedinsc

    So how does the plus up payment work because I haven’t received mines yet


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  45. Cd Nrw York

    Check sent 3/26 . Nothing in the mail Was a check really sent?


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  46. Bull****

    Mine said mailed on 3/26 and still haven’t received it Palm Beach Gardens FL


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  47. TaxTimeSucksNow

    Anybody have to fax or mail the 1095 and 8964 form for Marketplace insurance? My tax preparer didn’t file it on my taxes and I had to send it in after the fact! Just trying to see if anyone else had to also and received anything other than wait from the IRS! 😒


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  48. Toodles

    @Chefavram9999: you should be getting a “Plus Up” payment of 1400$ if you have SSI benefits. IRS started depositing today. I received mine, but not for SSI, it was for another reason listed.


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  49. Ilexxx

    My said mailed April 2nd and not here yet. I got a letter saying my second stimulus check for $600 would be arriving. WHAT? I already got that check. Anyone else get a letter like tha?. They better not screw this up.


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  50. Toodles

    @ZeusThor: it’s VERY hard, but there should be info on the irs website at the bottom where it says “help”, press that, put in your zip code, and it should bring up a number. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CRITICAL FINANCIAL REASON, such as eviction notice, electrical shut off, etc. They will want proof as well.


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  51. Kimmy2K
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-12
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Ar
    • Bank:
      Traditional Bank
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-13
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-10
    • WMR Date:
      Apr-14
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Apr-14

    @Sharon Grayson: hi I know this is a very dumb question but I was wondering if you get an 846 (2019 taxes) on your transcript can the IRS come back and change it. I called them today (exam dept) because I hadn’t received my transcript and she said they denied my earned income credit but when I checked the mail about 5 minutes ago my transcript has 811 removed refund freeze 04/19/2021, 846 refund issued 04/09/2021, 421 closed examination of tax return 04/19/2021, 776 interest credited to your account 04/19/2021. So now I’m confused to I go by what the rep said or transcript . Also can they go back and change it now. I was being audited for EIC for 2019. And I have not received my 2020 yet. Accepted on 02.13.2021 and nothing.


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  52. Toodles

    @Broadway: I received mine, plus today received another 1400$ for the Plus Up Stimulus, that I knew nothing about. My Sister lives in Ocala and she received her stimulus. Hang in there. It’s coming.


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  53. Jumpman3

    @Reyder72: same here


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  54. Toodles

    @Toodles: I received mine this morning! Had no idea!


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  55. Lillyoner

    @Money: I got tt152 back but can’t see transcripts I hope I get ddd


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  56. Toodles

    @Toodles: excuse me….1400$, not 1409$….text error.


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  57. Toodles

    The “Plus Up” payment doesn’t show up on your tax record…at least mine didn’t. App, people are waking up to 1409$ being deposited into their Refund Card from the IRS, or bank deposit. Mine was in my bank this morning. I never knew anything about this Plus Up payment till I googled it, lol.


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  58. Toodles

    @Cianche: did you get your 1400$ Plus Up payment today? I knew nothing about it, and it was in my account this morning.


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  59. Toodles

    Did anybody else get a surprise of 1400$ today? The “Plus Up” payment? Who knew!.
    Nice surprise, but still waiting on my refund that has been processing since God was a small boy!!!


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  60. Over it

    I have an update..

    Last week I called and spoke to an agent and she informed me that I was still in ERS. Today I called and I was told I’m no longer in that department. She said all my information has been verified. I’m just waiting on a deposit date.

    Last week on Thursday my TT came back and Saturday it was gone again. Maybe that was a good sign that my return is complete. Hopefully I will know for sure by the end of the week.


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  61. Cianche

    Just wondering if anyone else is waiting for their stimulus mines was mailed 3/29 & I’m still waiting , the last 2 stimulus were sent within 3-4 days so I’m just confused on why it’s taking almost 2 weeks now ..
    Minneapolis , MN


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  62. Sharon O

    @ZeusThor: the number is 1877-777-4778. Took 1 hr to get through to I take. Then another 2 hours after transferred.


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  63. Chyann

    @Money: Did your war update?


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  64. Cierra

    I checked my mail on USPS informed mail tracker and it’s saying was sent to mailing address of “valued citizen
    123 anystreet
    Anytown, us
    12345
    What does This mean and I never received the mail.


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