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Ask all of your tax refund questions.

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.

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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. Junebug0625

    @givememy_money (9th): me to. Same exact boat.


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  2. jas

    i got the email so maybe they are working on it i have hope now


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  3. If only...

    @Chic Hix: Unfortunately we don’t know yet


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  4. Chic Hix

    I am one that can’t access transcripts so I have no idea if I have the 846 1/4/2021
    But I have just received the tt email so does that mean I am in the mix up and will still get my stim2 and do not have to claim it on my taxes


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  5. If only...

    @ItsmeB: I’m hoping it shows solid on fri


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  6. ItsmeB

    Check your emails; nothing we haven’t seen. But, Turbo just sent me an email


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  7. If only...

    @Jess: So its possible that if the irs gets it before the 15th they will fix it, however if you haven’t seen it by then you may not get it and have to file taxes


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  8. Candi

    Dear Valued TurboTax Customer,

    The IRS recently began issuing a second round of stimulus payments to those eligible. Unfortunately, because of an IRS error, millions of payments were sent to the wrong accounts and some may not have received their stimulus payment.

    We have been working tirelessly on a solution with the Treasury and the IRS. As a result, our expectation now is that within days the error will be corrected and stimulus payments will begin being deposited into the correct bank accounts. We have also re-confirmed with the IRS that they have all of the correct banking information.

    We know how important these funds are for so many Americans and that everyone is anxious to get their money, now more than ever. We will keep you updated on our efforts, and we will stay on this until you get your money.

    Greg Johnson
    Executive Vice President & General Manager
    Intuit, Inc. | TurboTax

    Just got this email from TT


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  9. lalaland

    @If only…: thank you. I was confused. I thought they would be actual packets with sorry letters and Kohl’s bucks. For our troubles.


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  10. Mariela

    @jas: it just says what they said in the forum about them fixing the issue and that it we should see it fixed within days


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  11. Jess

    @givememy_money (9th): mine says dd to my closed acct on 4th still and my transcript still says that as well. My acct is closed though and they say they rejected the payment and sent back. I can get no answers.


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  12. lalaland

    What is a “packet?”


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  13. look!

    what did the email say!?


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  14. Jamiena

    @Impatiently waiting: what did the email say??


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  15. Introvert_32

    @Mariela: yes I got it at 6:11pm..


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  16. jas

    @Mariela: no what did it say


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  17. THANK YOU

    Any hope for those with a closed account seeing a paper check this week? All this is quite confusing and overwhelming!!!


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  18. Impatiently waiting

    @Mariela: yes I got the email also


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  19. givememy_money (9th)

    @Jess: I dont even know if my money went to sbtpg. I filed with taxslayer and on get my payment it says not available. Transcripts say 846 1/4. So I’m just completely in the blind


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  20. If only...

    @Jess: From what I’ve seen from posts who reached agents some of them said irs has a packet going out on Friday.

    Ill be back in a couple mins


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  21. Mandie

    @If only…: crossing my fingers this happens then!


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  22. Jess

    What about non tt and hrb etc ppl who had closed accts?


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  23. If only...

    @Mariela: No but saw the blog post where they’ve worked with irs to verify accounts and that’s where they say irs is sending them out in a couple days


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  24. Mariela

    Did anyone else get the email from turbo tax ?


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  25. If only...

    @Mandie: The it’s will be sending out in a couple days fingers crossed


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  26. Mandie

    alright, i’m late logging in but what’s the latest update for us tt users?


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  27. lmf(not logged in)

    @Impatiently waiting: they said the irs is reissuing the payments and they had no information about this morning or yesterday because there was too much uncertainty but now its fixed


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  28. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: You and me both


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  29. Impatiently waiting

    @If only…: Ok I just pray they send it to us. We all need this money so badly. N it’s sadd cuz my brother got his stimulus and says why did they send me this. I don’t need it. He could of gladly gave it to me. I would take any free money they gave me. It’s the people who really need it have to suffer.


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  30. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: That was when they r sending it. So depending on when in the day Friday maybe evening or Monday


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  31. Impatiently waiting

    @If only…: So u think we will see funds Friday?


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  32. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: Np I also saw on here and FB igmr. That there were several reps who said 48 hrs or Friday for packets to be sent out none that seemed to stick to the press release


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  33. Impatiently waiting

    @GeorgiaGirl404: it most likely is i think everyone who filed turbotax and had fees paid w refund has this problem.


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  34. Impatiently waiting

    @If only…: Thank u


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  35. If only...

    @Introvert_32: Bout what we figured he only got paid for 3 days which sucks but its life


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  36. GeorgiaGirl404

    @Impatiently waiting: no I have not, I got the 1st one no problem. I just don’t know if mine was included in the whole tt thing.


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  37. Introvert_32

    @If only…: my day is ok.. my work check came through so that will hold us for now… how about yours?


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  38. Impatiently waiting

    @GeorgiaGirl404: did you get your stimulus? I’m having the same problem I haven’t got mine.


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  39. GeorgiaGirl404

    @Impatiently waiting: yes I filed with yet and paid fees with the return. But by payment status on GMP never updated with a direct deposit but my transcript did with the 846 and 1/4.


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  40. Impatiently waiting

    @If only…: Do u have the link to the turbotax blog?


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  41. Impatiently waiting

    @GeorgiaGirl404: did you file with turbotax and have fees paid from tax refund?


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  42. If only...

    @GeorgiaGirl404: If you had your fees taken out or an advance you may have been affected but according to the tt blog the irs should be sending those out in a couple days


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  43. GeorgiaGirl404

    Is there a way to find out if my stimulus was affected by the whole TurboTax thing? My transcripts say refund issued 1/4 but my stays is not available. How is everyone figuring that their stimulus was sent to turbo tax? Is it just the people who status on GMP show the account number?


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  44. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: They can’t tt does not handle the in between at all. Only the irs sends money or the sbbt. Separate from tt


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  45. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: So tt blog says they have verified all accounts are correct and the it’s should be issuing these within a couple days

    The hrb v. Tt processing is simply a theory


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  46. Impatiently waiting

    @If only…: And the IRS rep I talked to even said she doesn’t understand why turbotax didn’t just send our money to us it made no sense.


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  47. Impatiently waiting

    @If only…: Yes sadly I filed awful TurboTax


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  48. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: Sorry I meant are you tt?


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  49. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: Tt?


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  50. Impatiently waiting

    @If only…: Ok were did u hear this. I talked to irs rep today and she said my money hasn’t been returned yet.


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  51. jas

    @If only…: hopefully we see something soon


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  52. If only...

    @Impatiently waiting: Yes it was sent back to its. The irs is resending it to the correct account.


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  53. Jamiena

    @Jamiena: It’s under the first item answers to common questions


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  54. Sixx

    @jas: if your refund was direct deposited, the IRS has the info. I just pray when it kicks back they redistribute to the account it should have initially gone to instead of making us wait. We didn’t close our accounts and cause our own issue. THEY messed up and should be able to fix it without punishing us.


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  55. Impatiently waiting

    @lmf(not logged in): so they didn’t return our money to irs? There sending it to us?


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  56. If only...

    @jas: that’s what I was saying. Just the reason why tt handled it this way. According to what I saw they did send the correct account info to the irs. And verified to make sure accounts are correct. So the irs could get them back out


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