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Where’s My Refund?

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key tax return and refund dates

When can you file your taxes?

You can submit your tax return before the IRS begins processing as early as the first week of the year with many tax preparation providers. You don’t need to wait until the IRS begins accepting tax returns but you must have the proper forms and paperwork. Some forms are not available until mid January. Tax returns filed before the IRS officially opens sit in a “queue” and are held until the IRS officially begins accepting tax returns.

Your tax return may be selected in a test batch. If you e-file early and it sits in queue, your return may be sent to the IRS early. This can result in early direct deposits depending on the payment provider you select. Our cycle chart will update with key dates including test batch dates.

When does the IRS accept tax returns?

The IRS usually opens around the third week of January each year. They announce the opening date early in January.

The IRS began accepting tax returns this year on January 29, 2024.

When is the IRS test batch?

If you file your tax return early, it may be sent to the IRS in a test batch before the IRS has officially opened for the year. It is usually a week before the date the IRS begins accepting tax returns. This has resulted in refunds in the past that can be posted by direct deposit as early as the day after tax season opens.

When will I get my tax refund?

Early filers whose returns are accepted in a test batch can anticipate a tax refund as early as the day after the IRS opens the January filing season if your return was in the test batch. The day that the IRS deposits refunds varies for regular returns but we notice trends based on the method you chose to file and select to direct deposit. You can use our tax refund calendar or refund cycle chart to help find out when you will get your tax refund.

Where is the IRS refund cycle chart?

The official tax refund cycle chart published by the IRS has been eliminated and replaced with IRS FAQ. Refund cycle charts are now published by independent websites and vary slightly.

A good reference to use is the When To Expect My Refund cycle chart that is published early each year by the College Investor.

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This is a user-to-user community of taxpayers. Share experiences and ask questions below in our Live Discussion. We have learned more about tax refunds than we ever wanted to know.

IRS Update Cycle

Use the IRS Update Cycle chart to find the days and times the WMR and transcript update.

Transcripts

This is what your IRS transcript can tell you about your tax refund.

Transaction Codes

Lookup the codes that you see on your tax return transcript and what they mean.

Daily vs. Weekly

Find out if you have a daily or weekly account with the IRS and what it means.

When are Updates?

The IRS has regular mass update cycles.

WHEN DOES WHERES MY REFUND (WMR) UPDATE?

Where’s My Refund can update any day of the week. But there are mass updates on Wednesday and Saturday when a lot of people see an update. Use our calendar to find out what day you can expect to see updates on Where’s My Refund.

WHEN DO transcripts update?

Transcripts can update any day of the week. But there are mass updates on Tuesday and Friday. Use our calendar to find out what day you can expect to see an update on your transcript.

talk to a human

It is often hard to reach someone at the IRS and you might want to talk to a person. It is hard to reach some tax preparation companies too. Use our guide to talk to a human at the IRS.

TAX TOPIC 152

Tax Topic 152 is the most common status when you check the status of your tax refund. It is nothing to worry about.

transcript codes

Transaction Codes (TC) sometimes called transcript codes consist of three digits and may appear on your IRS account transcript. Decipher the codes on your IRS transcripts.

reference codes

Most times the WMR will show Tax Topic 152. Other times you may see various error codes. These are called Reference Codes on the WMR.

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  1. Alize

    Republic needs to hurry up and release to chime 🧘‍♀️

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  2. Amy19
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240605
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    @basketcasemomma: I doubled checked my previous account transcripts, each one shows the 846 and DD dates. I have no idea why it isn’t showing up on yours. Ask Sheila_33 when she is here, maybe she’d know why it is not there.

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  3. Jenny04

    @Tigerlili_1: do u know when SBBT will start sending out refunds to netspenders for a DDD of 2/23 at all tomrrow??

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  4. Gimmiemycash

    @Jj: mine says the same thing i filed 1/18

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  5. CaseyR15

    @Lizzy201: you’ll have it by 430p today

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  6. Guera
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Blue 🐦(sent wrong account now check being mailed)
    • Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-15
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-3
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      846 on 16th 12:16am DDD 2/22/2023
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-20
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Tigerlili_1: awesome hopefully will 🐦 will release it ad soon as gets it. ….. Hun you are awesome. Don’t know how you know all this stuff but so GREATFUL you do hun

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  7. marykelly
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-28
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Serve
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-28
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20230605
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-20
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Lizzy201: I have republic as the third party and they released my funds to my bank I’m still waiting on my payment but last year I got it 4 days early .

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  8. Tigerlili_1
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-25
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      PenFed
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-25
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240605
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-26
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-26
    • Identity Theft
    • I Got My Refund!

    EPS is transmitting 22nd and 23rd Settlement dates as of 2 hours ago.

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  9. Tigerlili_1
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-25
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      PenFed
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-25
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240605
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-26
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-26
    • Identity Theft
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Lizzy201: No, they have to tell you by law, because some banks take longer to post than others.
    If your with an early pay bank, you’ll have it today.
    If you have a traditional bank, it could take longer.

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  10. Itsthattimeagaincyn

    @mybaby725: I’m not from Nj but mine is doing the same. No update on state. Normally it’s processed in 4 day from filing and it’s been almost 4wks. No one has an answer when I call.

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  11. Lizzy201
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bars:
      1st Bar

    republic shows my refund was recevied – DDD 02/22 & gottext from republic an hour or so ago about my refund being sent to my bank and received within 1-5 bus days – So I won’t get it until 02/22 with bancorp bc my loans took 24 hours to be received after republic sent them. Is this correct? Has anyone with republic loans in the past received their refund on the exact date of DD and not before?

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  12. mybaby

    @Quana: thank you for this information. Mine says the same. Hopefully we will see something update next week.

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  13. Jenny04

    @Mz. Motorcity: when is ur DDD by any chance? That’s who I bank with also and that’s where mines coming from also??

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  14. Quana

    @Ineedmy$$now: I got the advance and briefly when I logged in it said fast cash advance and then it disappeared. That’s a 1st. It’s no longer there

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  15. Guera
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-18
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Blue 🐦(sent wrong account now check being mailed)
    • Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-15
    • WMR Date:
      Mar-3
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      846 on 16th 12:16am DDD 2/22/2023
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-20
    • I Got My Refund!

    Gm y’all. Hopefully good news for folks today 🤞🤞🤞

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  16. Mommianaof4

    @Vannyy: it isn’t going to show, call the offset line press option 2

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  17. Jj

    Your tax return is still being processed. A refund date will be provided when available. For more information about processing delays, please see our Refund Frequently Asked Questions.
    Please Note: For refund information, please continue to check here, or visit the Refunds page on IRS.gov.
    Updates to refund status are made no more than once a day.
    SSN: ###-##
    Filing Status: Head of Household .. does anyone know what this means

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  18. Quana

    @Jenny O: probably tomorrow evening. I have credit karma too and I’ve only ever gotten it a day early

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  19. Quana

    @mybaby725: I’m from jersey and I file Jan 19th and it was accepted around the 21st and I still don’t have any info. When I go to check it says we don’t have any information available. I’m assuming they just didn’t get to them yet. I typically don’t get my State refund until like the 1st week of March

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  20. JayLaw

    @Vannyy: It says refund approved, with the ddd of 2/23.

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  21. Vannyy

    @Vannyy: on wmr but my transcripts show 846 2/23

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  22. mybaby725

    Not sure if I can ask about state taxes on here. I was wondering if anyone from New Jersey has seen update to state refunds. Was accepted 4 weeks ago and still nothing.

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  23. Vannyy

    @JayLaw: what does wmr say

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  24. Vannyy

    @Thereareonly2Genders: i just dont get why my refund date isn’t showing and i have topic 203

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  25. Mz. Motorcity

    Just checked my sbgt account and it say funded wonder when it will hit my netspent

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  26. mickey m
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-30
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Credit Karma checking
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240605
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-26
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Jenny O: I hope so I used them for the first time this year. I’m having fees taken out so I’m hoping I’ll get it sometime tomorrow evening.

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  27. Thereareonly2Genders

    @Vannyy: WMR will not update until after you get your dd.

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  28. mickey m
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-30
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Credit Karma checking
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240605
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-26
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Kris: your right they did change from black to green, and they no longer use the circle mine changed color within the last 2 hours.

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  29. Jenny O

    I have a DDD of 2/23. Going to credit karma account. Any chance I’ll get it early?

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  30. Ank not duplicate

    @Vannyy: oh just seeing how you spoke to an agent. I’m glad to hear that! Yay! Fingers crossed that all goes well! 🤞🏻

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  31. Mama
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-1
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Capital One
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-20
    • Tax Refund Offset
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Veearizona not logged in: mine says pending payment but at the very top it says thanks for your payment.

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  32. Mika1988

    @basketcasemomma: 2/23, chime

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  33. Ready4avaca

    Whats the difference between processing and still processing?

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  34. Santa

    @Not signed in: Sleepless nights: they told me when I talk to them

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  35. MSRazorbackPhD

    @Vannyy: Great news! Hopefully they’ll help ease worries!

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  36. basketcasemomma

    @Curious: Will you let us know what time you get it? :) Thank you!

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  37. JayLaw

    Question. So I was approved, 846 2/23 DDD. No other codes or anything. Can the IRS change anything about the refund once it’s been approved based on anyone’s experience?

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  38. basketcasemomma

    @Mika1988: I don’t think it will. When is your DDD? and bank?

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  39. Kris

    @basketcasemomma: thank you :)

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  40. basketcasemomma

    @SendDateofDepositbyIRS: Did you pay with refund?

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