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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. Janel120

    @Vip96: No it did not still says still processing tax topic 152. My advocate told me May 5th.


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  2. Chester

    I mailed my 2019 tax return with payment in April of 2019. I’ve since mailed it in two more times and faxed it directly to IRS rep. The last fax was sent mid March of 2020.
    I have proof they took the payment in the form of a credit under my SSN on my tax transcript, which was in the same envelope as my return back in 2019, and they posted the payment in 2019.
    How is it possible, they got the check that went in with the return but have no return? That tells me they are discarding returns at will.


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  3. 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

    @Janel120: did your WMR change at all??


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  4. 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

    @Amy19: i do not think they are going in order with the dates. I was accepted 2/13 and I see people with later dates get out of errors and get a DDD


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  5. Alabama

    Got my check in the mail yesterday with a mail date of 3/26


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  6. 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

    Congrats to all who have gotten their 846! I hope they are edging up to those of us who were accepted on 2/18.


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  7. sherry

    my as of date has always been 2/22 it has now changed to 4/26..any clue if this means anything?


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  8. Janel120

    Oh my God I just got a direct deposit date for the 13th of April my 570 hold turned to 571 today I am so grateful. I want to thank Sheila, Benita, Emily, kinFi, and if I’m missing someone else please forgive me. This has been a challenging journey and I’m glad this site is up because mentally I couldn’t have made it. Thank You all.


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  9. Deepdimples3

    Filed and accepted on Feb 12th…was in IRS purgatory until last week (4/1) my transcripts updated with codes 971 and 570, decreased error by $200 line 30….this morning they updated with an 846 with a date of 4-13..this site has been informative. Thank you!


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  10. JoiFromBama

    Y’all! I almost fainted. I was reading comments and decided to check my transcripts, oh a whim. They’ve updated and I have an 846! OMG! I was planning to wait it out until May like they told me and just not call or check anymore. But I saw some people got unexpected DDD so I said why not! I saw that 2020 for my return transcript and got lightheaded.

    Thank you all for your encouragement and sharing your situations. It let me know I wasn’t alone in this! Hoping for more great DDD news for others waiting.

    Filed 2/12
    Accepted 2/13
    EITC, CTC, ACTC, Unemployment, Self-employed, 2 Dependents


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  11. Di from Vermont

    @CityB0y: none. But I am in the exact same boat


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  12. Frustrated In Boston

    Good news mail date 4/2 just checked usps informed delivery n yes I have mail won’t no till about noon but I got my fingers crossed


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  13. JoiFromBama

    I don’t know to anyone shared this but for everyone who claimed unemployment, I would highly recommend filing an amended return (link below). I called the IRS today. A very nice lady told me that my 10 weeks would be up on May 5th (Come on Cinco De Mayo lol). And that I may want to wait until after then to file an amended return so it doesn’t delay my refund any more than it’s already been delayed instead of filing a superseding return.

    I’ve already created the amended return, and am due quite a bit more back because of the $10,200 unemployment tax break and the FFCRA because I’m self-employed (link to that below as well).

    Just a heads up.

    Filed 2/12
    Accepted 2/13
    As of date 2/22
    Self-employed, Unemployment, CTC, EITC, PYIE
    WMR still processing message

    Unemployment article: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/06/amended-tax-return-may-be-needed-for-some-unemployed-workers-irs-says.html

    FFCRA article: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

    Hope this helps someone!


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  14. Taxacologist

    50 days since filed and accepted. “Still being processed” bullshit. No tax topic but refund amount still there. No change. Lost single bar 17 days in. How f’ing long does it take these incompetent bafoons to process a simple return with no credits claimed?


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  15. Mani

    Filed my tax return 2/12 accept 2/12 still have no date just the 152 topic and still being process a date will be available when available, this is bs transcripts are blank no date or nothing, can’t even get ahold of a damn agent, what do I do next?


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  16. Olwiseone

    Middle tn. Still not stimulated


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  17. Wes H

    Hey mine changed from. The still being processed a refund date will be provided when available to
    We have received your tax return and it is being processed.
    That’s all it says . My amounts there . Wonder what that is?????


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  18. Still waiting!

    Mailed out on the March 26th still nothing.
    NC here.


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  19. Mymoney

    It said 21 days till I get my money its 24 now and nothing they are still processing


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  20. Bree
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-5
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      GA
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-11
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20211404
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Apr-26
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-26
    • TT 152
    • Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2, Look Back, Stimulus

    I filed 2/5 accepted 2/11 and have been NA as of 2/22 the entire time except for stimulus 3 updates. I GOT AN 846!! I thought I was dreaming and I have been weekly and completely lost hope. It says for 4/13 and my refund is now higher.


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  21. Jrtiredofcovid

    @Tootsie: if they change your refund amount that would cause that.


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  22. Apple S
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-12
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Bank:
      Credit union
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-13
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-22
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), 1099

    @Mimi: From different posts I have seen, your transcripts changing to future dates is good.


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  23. Apple S
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-12
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Bank:
      Credit union
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-13
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-22
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Credit (8863), 1099

    I updated last Friday from NA to where I can see my 2020 transcripts, but had the 570 code. They removed a credit. I updated again this morning to a 846 for 4/13, I was accepted 2/13. WMR on website and app says still processing, no bars, never lost tax topic.


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  24. Jrtiredofcovid

    @CityB0y: sorry new here first trying this and hit report by mistake. But what number are you calling?there’s one that I use but got to get them early to get true answer to your questions.


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  25. Mimi
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-12
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Colorado
    • Bank:
      Netspend
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-13
    • Date Approved:
      Apr-9
    • WMR Date:
      Apr-14
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-26
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-9
    • 1040, Schedule C, W2
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Apr-9

    I’m weekly but my as of date just changed from 3/15 to 4/26 Damn it! I was hoping for a DDD next week, is it still possible?


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  26. Jrtiredofcovid

    I filed 2/12 accepted 2/13. Been in the still being processed limbo since. Called IRS the other day was told RRC was wrong amount. Had 1800 it should have been 600. They fixed it. So my refund amount is goumg to change. Anyone knows how long that takes?


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  27. Tawana

    How long ago was February 12th 2021?
    February 12th 2021 was on a Friday and was in week 06 of 2021.

    How many months ago was February 12th 2021?
    1 months

    How many weeks ago was February 12th 2021?
    8 weeks

    How many days ago was February 12th 2021?
    55 days

    How many hours, minutes and seconds ago?
    1,300 hours
    78,025 minutes
    4,681,505 seconds

    That’s how long ago I sent info to the irs. I am so disappointed in the entire situation 😞


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  28. Uncle Buck

    Day 51 “Still Processing”……this is a big cluster fuck!!!!!!


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  29. CityB0y

    It’s now almost 1am on April 8. Get my payment still shows the “You are eligible but have no date” message with the last four numbers of my direct deposit account. This is driving me crazy. The same message from March 13 has not been updated. Tried calling the IRS but just got a person who read me the useless faqs posted in their help page.

    Obviously I’m not alone. Does anyone have any updated information?


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  30. Tawana

    Early filer like everyone else. You mine as well say everything disappeared on March 6th. Been like forever. Sometime today I received an email from Turbotax stating I better have their money by April 30th. Or they are going to debit my account. Opt to pay through my federal tax return. In the email said we know about delays but I got until the end of the month to pay them their money. Moral of the story is IRS, Turbotax want their money. Email sent at 2:54am on Thursday


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  31. Wicktime76

    @MRL,

    I’m in Brunswick GA just up the road from you! I have a 2 April mailed out date and no sign of any payment via informed delivery from Uncle Sleepy J. I wonder when it’ll hit here? I’m even on SSID and I find it appalling that convicts have gotten their EIP3s but those of us on disability have not.


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  32. Wicktime76

    If it helps anyone I know that as soon as my refund processed and the IRS messaged me via that platform my GMP changed and I now know that by calling the BOFS AVR that you can find out if you’re being handled by the TOP and what government agency is offsetting your taxes and/or fed payment.


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  33. Wicktime76

    I know of several folks who had IRS GMP dates of 26 Mar. and they all 3 received their checks on 5 April. Each individual I speak of are all 1099 independent contractors. Non-filers, no. They pay taxes but it is strange to me that I’m on SSID and I filed for a EIP 1 credit on my 2020 taxes and I received a date of DD on 17 Mar. but that never happened and the IRS GMP reversed it to paper check on 2 April. I haven’t received it yet. If it’s anything like the 3 folks I know it’ll be here for most within 5-9 days.


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  34. Rob

    What does an “ as of April 19,2021” mean ?


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  35. Mamaof 4

    @No fan of IRS: so why is the plus ups coming is it for extra dependents only or unemployment rebate if you may know of course thank you


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  36. Mamaof 4

    @Ggrrrrrr: thank you yes yours is exactly like mines at least I feel better I am not in dark I. What is wrong. I didn’t do no claim on extra rebate but maybe it did I do not know I thank you again


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  37. No fan of IRS

    @Ijustdontunderstand: it’s possible it’s the Plus Up payment of 1400$.
    If you already received your 1,2,3 stimulus checks, and it is saying eligible, then that’s a possibility. I received my 1400$ Plus Up yesterday and I had to look it up on IRS website to make sure it was real. No notification, not in my transcript, just an IRS Treasury payment. After calling the IRS I confirmed that’s exactly what it was, a Plus Up Stimulus payment


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  38. Mamaof 4

    @Opel: thank you so much yes I checked just now on transcript nothing showing still say NA on this year not sure why still same message on wmr as well 152t no refund amount no bars but say received and still processing general message I believe
    I hope after midnight PST they will update ON ONE of the sights

    Thank you again so much and congratulations on update


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  39. Ggrrrrrr

    @Mamaof 4: that’s mine as well. That’s millions of others as well. Accepted 2/12, bars went away at day 24. It has been saying still processing for all that time. N/A on transcripts, in fact it says 2020 not filed. Called IRS 4 times, and yesterday they told me that line 30 correction was fixed, and it’s still processing. Most people who are having a delay, they have a mistake on line 30 ( the rebate credit ). It’s all a mess, hang in there.


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  40. Tootsie

    I guess the WMR is acting up again. All of a sudden, my information is invalid. I was just in there, fine, this afternoon. Smdh


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  41. Tawana

    Filed on Feb 12th excepted on that day. Lost everything on March 6th. Same lame ass message “still being processed, refund date when available ” 55 days of the same shit 😒 I can not access my transcript. The IRS is not telling me shit 😒 but I read there’s another damn stimulus coming. GIVE US OUR DAMN MONEY 💰 😤 😒 and hire me so I can set in front of the computer with my damn return and PUSH THE DAMN BUTTON 😒


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  42. Ggrrrrrr

    @Danielle79: I received a Plus Up payment yesterday in my account. No notice, no transcript. I didn’t know ANYTHING about it, but when I looked it up, I was pleasantly surprised that I received it because I qualified. The IRS will automatically send that Plus Up payment out. I wouldn’t have known unless I checked my bank account, lol! Still no refund for regular taxes yet


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  43. Toodles

    @AlfredoJoe: if you received a deposit today or yesterday in the amount of 1400$, that’s NOT your tax refund. It’s called a Plus Up Stimulus payment. To hard to explain, just look it up on IRS website ( if that’s what it was ).
    I got 1400$ yesterday, as did millions of others who thought it was their tax refund.


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  44. Toodles

    @DONELLA: I filed February 15th…..nada. STILL processing like millions of others. Hang in there, that’s all we can do. BTW…most of us efiled and have DD.


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  45. Cali21

    My transcript tonight -updated to a 846 code.
    Filed 2/16

    Had 570 971 codes last week.


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  46. $Kikachu

    @yay: congrats hon! The world works in strange ways! Good luck with getting a new car or getting your current car back


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  47. yay

    I just finally got a ddd for 4/13 and honestly I could cry. I have had such a bad day, my car got repoed and I was crying all day because I had no idea what to do :( I’m so relieved. God bless you all, this website was so helpful.


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  48. Von Chelle

    Check date was March 26 and still no check… Las Vegas


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  49. Anjelica

    @Mamaof 4: Same smh


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  50. DONELLA
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Mar-10
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      NY
    • Bank:
      NETSPEND
    • Date Accepted:
      Mar-10
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Date Approved:
      Mar-10
    • Transcript:
      Blank
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, Look Back

    I’m so sad yall i filed 3/10 and nothing yet no word no update is there anyone that filed in March?


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  51. AlfredoJoe

    Will they send the full amount at once I received a direct deposit and it was rather lighter then expected or does the rest come the next day or something


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  52. Danielle79

    Hey guys…does anybody know what this “plus up” is and what are the qulafications?


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  53. Rish
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-12
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      California
    • Bank:
      Netspend
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-12
    • Bars:
      MIA
    • Transcript:
      No Access
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • 1040, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2, Stimulus

    my deposit date is 4/7, Netspend said that they have not receive anything as of the moment. I thought they do deposit few days early :( has anybody else still waiting for deposit through Netspend with the 4/7 date or earlier?


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  54. Opel

    @Mamaof 4: tt152 and missing amount last and just update my transcript code 846 my ddd 4/13/2021
    Give you some hope
    Filed on Feb12th
    Accepted feb 13th


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  55. Opel

    FINALLY!!! My transcript updated 846 and my ddd is 4-13-2021
    The resolved 570 from last week because they adjust the stupid turbo tax amount line 30
    Filed on feb 12th
    Accepted 13th
    I like this forum help me a lot
    Thank you Sheila


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  56. JCountry

    Mine was mailed 3/26 I just got it yesterday 4/7 it never showed on my ID MICHIGAN here.. Good luck everybody. Praying for you all.


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  57. Opel

    FINALLY!!! My transcript updated and my ddd is 4-13-2021
    Filed on feb 12th
    Accepted 13th
    I like this forum help me a lot
    Thank you Sheila


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  58. Brittney

    Anyone in Tn mail bye 3/26 receive the 3rd Stiumlus


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  59. Mamaof 4

    ok i am so lost i filed feb 10th still nothing went from bars topic 152 and amount on wmr.
    then went to no bars no topic 152. but amount on side
    but now no bars no amount of refund on side and there os Now topic 152.

    i looked up online Transcript 2020 show N/A
    only showing account 2020 where show last 1st stimulus nothing else

    not showing working on 2020 return nor showing on transcript nothing but N/A for 2020 amd 2019 shows still

    please any insight what can be going on Are they at least work on it how can i know this any Advice or help please


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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. BooBerry

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


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