Where’s My Refund?

Where’s My Refund?

When does IRS accept tax returns in 2020?

This is the date the IRS began accepting tax returns on January 27, 2020.

When Can You File Taxes in 2020?

Most tax preparers will allow you to enter and submit your tax return beginning the first week of January 2020.  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?

2020 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 2020 tax season (2019 tax year) have been updated with 2020 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 2020 here:  When To Expect My Tax Refund.

Tax Topic 152     Daily vs. Weekly    Transcripts
Talk to a Human at the IRS     PATH Act Delay
Transaction Codes     State Refunds   
When Are Updates?

IRS Update Cycle for Transcripts and WMR

TurboTax Refund Status Jackson Hewitt H&R Block

 

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  1. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @TankGirl: yes, thank you! I certainly would have never known because I never look anywhere but the front page and the back end on here!

    Reply
    1
  2. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @givememy_money (9th): I know! I did a double take. Lol. I was like, ok who’s wrong here? The IRS calender or ours? Then I noticed they were out of order 🤣🤣 Human error!

    Reply
  3. TankGirl
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-14
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    @Steph336: girl no sweat! I did notice they were out of order also, but it’s the first time I’ve ever really looked at the cycle codes period. So I wasn’t sure if that was just how it was supposed to go. Glad I mentioned it I guess haha

    Reply
  4. givememy_money (9th)
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxSlayer
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-25
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      BOA
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, W2
    • Weekly, Daily

    @Steph336: ok I didnt want to say anything because u guys are usually right on point when it comes to that. But I was looking at the chart as well and was like with. I must need some sleep. Lmao

    Reply
  5. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @TankGirl: I guess I need to let an admin know that those dates are wrong😮 I didn’t even know that was there! Lol

    Reply
    1
  6. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @TankGirl: ok, I looked at what you’re looking at. But those dates are out of order. I looked at the actual calender from the IRS. If you look where you’re looking it goes 20200601,02,03,04 then to 20200705. (Look at the lines above to 20200705)So the date for the 05 is wrong on every week. Had me over here scratching my head till I looked at the cycles and saw they were out of order 🤣🤣

    Reply
  7. Sammie
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      CA
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-28
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Chase
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    Ok, I’m kinda confused. My record of account says no return on file but underneath is filled with return info with a cycle date of 20200705
    But account transcript says no record on file with no cycle and codes?

    Reply
    1
  8. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Liteskin: if you have 846

    Reply
  9. Liteskin

    @Steph336: you said get 13th someone else said deb 6th.so either way when can I expect deposit Date ?

    Reply
    1
  10. Bex in Cali

    Hey guys…
    My bars disappeared BUT my amount is still on the side with tax topic 152 at the bottom. First time anything has happened since it got accepted on 1/27/20

    Is this good? Or should I be worried (which I am already)

    Reply
  11. TankGirl
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-14
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    @Steph336: the link I just posted reflects the 13th as 20200805… unless I’m losing my mind. Idk lol

    Reply
  12. TankGirl
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-14
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    @Steph336: I mean the 13th would obviously make sense because that information was released to us today.. just the way the calendar had it confuses me.

    Reply
  13. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @TankGirl: are you looking at 2020 Posting Calender? Because I looked to be sure too.

    Reply
  14. TankGirl
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-14
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    @Steph336: the code calendar shows the code as February 6th. I found the link to calendar and list of dates on FAQs sheet. I’m confused lol

    Reply
  15. mommyto6andcrazy
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Missouri
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Card.com
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152

    @Walter DOG: They can actually update throughout the day. I have had my account update as late as 9pm Central time a couple years ago. Just have to keep checking

    Reply
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  16. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Jenny04: yes because that is the one that holds the info on what is going on with your return.

    Reply
  17. Allisxn
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Texas
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Weekly

    Return transcript updated but not account?

    Reply
  18. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Liteskin: Feb 13th. It means you posted to the Master File on Thursday.

    Reply
  19. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Jenny04: well if you’re a Pather, you’re still going to be waiting. If not, it depends on what codes are on your account. Until that account transcript is filled in, can’t really say. Even some Pathers get codes that they know will hold them past the release of Path.

    Reply
  20. TankGirl
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      TX
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-14
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    @Liteskin: February 6th

    Reply
  21. GAtaxmoma

    Tnx all for the information. I’ve got 2 get sum sleep. Been up checking this site since 4am this morning. Back and forth between here and my transcripts. I’m throwing in the towel till tomorrow. GN

    Reply
    1
  22. Sammie
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      CA
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-28
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Chase
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @Walter DOG: thanks. EST?

    Reply
  23. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Jmichigan.: well it will help some people who aren’t yet on the Path…

    Reply
  24. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @eric529: gn

    Reply
  25. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Jenny04: check later. They don’t all fill out at the same time. Sometimes you can look at it one minute and the account one isn’t there and go back 10 minutes later and it is and sometimes it can be hours to update. Just check throughout the day.

    Reply
  26. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @PatientlyWaitinginNOLA: no biggie. Just don’t want people asking why they were modded when they just asked a simple question. Well, it may not be the question at all that gets it modded :)

    Reply
  27. Jenny04

    Ok was able to look at my Return and record of account transcript and they were filled out but my account and wage was still blank, what does that mean???? Help anyone

    Reply
  28. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Brent: it’s normal. The account one will populate later normally. Check back a little later.

    Reply
  29. Brent

    I finally show a return and record of account transcript. Has all the right info. However, my account transcript still shows no record of return filed and no codes. Is this normal before you’ve been processed? Either way it’s movement and I love it lol

    Reply
    1
  30. Jmichigan.
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Michigan
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-23
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-23
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/ Bancorp Bank
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • Weekly

    @eric529: see ya goodnight eric

    Reply
  31. Jmichigan.
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Michigan
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-23
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-23
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/ Bancorp Bank
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • Weekly

    @Akwildbaby: your daughter have EITC?

    Reply
  32. eric529
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Ohio
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Paypal
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Injured Spouse, Weekly, Daily

    Good night all

    Reply
  33. Jmichigan.
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Michigan
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-23
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-23
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/ Bancorp Bank
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • Weekly

    Even if we can see our transcripts today they aint gonna help…still not getting released until after the 15th

    Reply
  34. Navafam NORCAL

    I’m here no is form to wait on this year I’ve been here just observing not to many 1541s like I was last year 😁

    Reply
  35. eric529
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Ohio
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Paypal
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Injured Spouse, Weekly, Daily

    @Steph336: I’m gonna try and get some sleep just realized been up since 330

    Reply
  36. PatientlyWaitinginNOLA
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Louisiana
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend/MetaBank
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit
    • TT 152

    @Steph336: lol im sorry Steph336 but all caps makes our message feel like its getting across better. Sorry about the all caps

    Reply
  37. $Kikachu
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      ARIZONA
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-23
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Pnc
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    All my transcripts have finally populated, they no longer say N/A , however my account transcripts are still blank. Hoping for them to fill in later today 😁

    Reply
  38. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Srivas: do you have access to your transcripts?

    Reply
  39. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Srivas: ok then you are under Path. Wasn’t sure if that is what you were asking? When people, on here, say they are “on Path” they are usually referring to a message that shows up on WMR, after they are processed that talks about the PATH law. Some people never get this message and go straight to a DDD, however.

    Reply
  40. mommyto6andcrazy
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Missouri
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Card.com
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152

    Finally my return transcript is showing online! Now tomorrow I suspect the account should show up with all the codes and what not. Well at least fingers crossed haha

    Reply
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  41. Steph336
    • State:
      NC
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • Daily

    @Srivas: ok did you claim EITC or ACTC?

    Reply
  42. Srivas

    @Steph336: no it doesn’t. No bars either. It use to say topic 152 I think but now it doesn’t. Just says processing.

    Reply
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