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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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What Others Are Saying

  1. Txnate
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-19
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Pls
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-22
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-26
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Sheila_33: good morning! im just about to the point of just sayin eff it and just watch the irs do whatever they gonna do.. ill get my money eventually.. as they say better late then never

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  2. Shelleybeansss

    @Tab: it’s doing the same for me too. Assuming it’s in the window for possibly updating in the system. But it’s been wonky for everything this year

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  3. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-6
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-16
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      03
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Txnate: Good morning. I believe this has been the weirdest year so far I’ve seen as far as the transcripts go.

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  4. Txnate
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-19
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Pls
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-22
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-26
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Sheila_33: i agree im thinking this week will be like last week

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  5. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-6
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-16
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      03
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Tab: Wmr has been all over the place it seems. When mine has done that in the past, I’ve called the WMR automated system, and it gives me my info.

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  6. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-6
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-16
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      03
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    Normally, this would be a good day for dailies to update on transcripts, but for the last 2 weeks, we have been seeing a little more updating on Wednesday mornings for dailies on transcripts. So, don’t get discouraged, dailies and process any day. :)

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  7. Norainingonparades

    Will transcripts update all day?

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  8. Tab
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-13
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Wells Fargo
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • I Got My Refund!

    Hm. Now my WMR isn’t recognizing my info or my husbands even though it has for two weeks. (Everything is correct). My transcripts still NA. No notices.

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  9. MaryB
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-4
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      Wells Fargo
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-23
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240505
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Whereizmydough85: You are through processing but will not show approved until after PATH lifts on the 15th. Most likely your WMR will update on the 17, with a date for the 21 (though you could receive as early as the 16th).

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  10. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-6
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-16
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      03
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Whereismydough85: If you’re able to see your transcripts and they have the codes filled in, then you have the path credits and that’s why the path message appeared on your WME.

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  11. MaryB
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-4
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      Wells Fargo
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-23
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240505
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Deeter: Plenty have already received refunds and plenty of others have been approved and will soon. Most disappear after they do but there have been many who have.

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  12. Whereizmydough85

    Good morning I am sort of new. To all this so I am looking for some insight.

    My return was accepted January 9th. My cycle code ends in 05. Today my WMR popped up with the PATH message.

    Can anyone help me decipher this?

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  13. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-6
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-16
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      03
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • Processing Date:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    Good morning. Hoping to see some dailies moving on transcripts today.

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  14. RidiculousTaxSeason

    @AngieInMichigan: do you think it could also maybe be the $500 that Governor whitmer spoke of that would be coming sometime in February for some type of child tax credit that we were supposed to get last tax season and that could be holding the Michigan’s up?

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  15. RidiculousTaxSeason

    @Vee-az: it will be taken from your Arizona state return not your federal.

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  16. RidiculousTaxSeason

    @Stillwaitinginfairburnga: The only way they will not take your refund is if you didn’t file together if you filed Married filed separately or injured spouse then they won’t take it . if you file jointly they’re going to take it.

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  17. Logsar99

    Big surprise my as of date move to 2/26 from 2/19 but everything is still 0 or N/A. I WILL NEVER FILE EARLY AGAIN.

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  18. Txnate
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-19
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Pls
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-22
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-26
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Stephanie333: most everyone is waiting for id letters or friday

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  19. Stephanie333

    It’s empty tonight

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  20. SevenReasons

    I accidentally reported someone sorry 😞

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  21. Stephanie333

    @Momo: mine too

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  22. Momo

    What does as of 2/26 mean my transcript is blank n just has that date

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  23. Caprece

    Where do I find the as of date?

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  24. California girl83

    @Lisa in Atlanta: My deepest condolences to you and your family 🙏 last year 2023 I lost my dad due kidney failure disease my wedding anniversary 😭💔

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  25. Thedontj85

    Does anyone know when TPG updates?

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  26. Jersey girl
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-14
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Netspend
    • Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-18
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-16
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Idk123: yes you have good codes

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  27. Idk123

    I have code 150, 766, 768 cycle 20240504 am I just waiting for path to lift and get refund code??

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  28. ChelleB
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Netspend
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Walter DOG: no

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  29. helloeverybody80

    @Ctnmm131: That’s a good sign. Not bad. That means sometime after the 15th but before the 19th your return should be worked on or refund sent

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  30. Xia

    I did TurboTax. Wen will child tax be added on?

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  31. Ctnmm131

    Why would my as of date change from 2/12 to 2/19?? What does that mean?

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  32. BeeBee40
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-26
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Lisa in Atlanta: so sorry for your loss.

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  33. Tia
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-3
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Cash App
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-3
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240705
    • I Got My Refund!

    @lori1985: Last year I didn’t update until like three days after I had my refund.

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  34. Tia
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-3
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Cash App
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-3
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240705
    • I Got My Refund!

    Hey its that time again!

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  35. lori1985
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-19
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Credit Karma
    • Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240605
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-26
    • I Got My Refund!

    If I was accepted on 1/19 and haven’t updated to PATH on WMR yet and transcripts for 2023 still say N/A should I be worried or are there several of us in the same boat? I can’t remember when all of that updated last year.

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  36. Walter DOG
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • Bank:
      Netspend
    • Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-20
    • I Got My Refund!

    @ChelleB: are your transcripts filled out

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  37. DebMom
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-17
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-19
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-3
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-7
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20240505
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Feb-12
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Mommianaof4: as long as she either files marking herself able to be claimed as a dependent or you don’t claim her at all and she claims herself completely she will be fine

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  38. Fluff

    @Jennifer: I haven’t recieved anything either and when I call they don’t even look up my info…I did do. The online account and I’m hoping that It will show there first instead of waiting for it in the mail

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  39. Taxedandtired

    @Stillwaitinginfairburnga: I had this exact situation happen to me about 10 years ago. At that time, If you filed jointly they took the refund to apply to what he owed. They also sent a letter to give you the opportunity to request/fight to get your portion back. Fair warning though, what you think is your portion and what they believe you are owed is not the same thing. It was a complete headache for me and at the end I did not receive a refund at all. Hope your situation turns out better!

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