Where’s My Refund? For all the people impatiently waiting.

A grapevine for taxpayers,
by taxpayers.
Ask all 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.

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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What Others Are Saying:

  1. Over it 😠

    I just don’t understand how a mistake like this could be made .. why would THIS check(not the 1st ) be sent to your tax preparer . If you got the 1st stimulus ,I don’t understand how that could have even been an issue ..


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  2. mickey m

    @If only…: I believe it and we should not be quiet about it either. They should fix the problem not make us wait call all those elected officials we have because this is pure non sense!!


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  3. Sammie

    @mickey m: I’m trying not to click on anymore but idk if I reset my 24 hrs trying to log on. At this point I’ve lost all hope. My sons dad gets to claim him this year so I don’t think I’ll be getting his stimulus anymore either though my transcripts show the $600 for him


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  4. If only...

    @LegitOkie: Possibly there’s also a small blurb going around that says that applies if you don’t get the payment


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  5. texasmomof3

    @Shellbell29: I believe green dot can send you some money network checks in the mail, not sure, the checks allow you to take them to Walmart and cash them.

    If you have a pic of the card or remember the card number and cvc you could cash app some money to someone you trust.

    You can pay for a new card to be overnighted to you since you have money on your account, if you need it badly and can afford the fee.


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  6. mickey m

    @Sammie: when your 24 hours is up it lets you in I was just able to get in about five minutes ago. I won’t check again until morning.


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  7. LegitOkie

    Just curious if what I have read, others are taking the same way.

    If your deposit was rejected by one of the third party places like Republic Bank that you probably won’t even get a check and will have to claim the credit on your tax return. Is that how others are seeing it?


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  8. If only...

    @mickey m: I think I just saw something that said over 1 million were affected


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  9. If only...

    @Shellbell29: You may have to request a replacement card


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  10. mickey m

    Hopefully people will update tonight, I really can’t see them waiting for half a million or more people to file taxes when the issue would take less then a week to fix.


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  11. Sammie

    @Pa Guy: I have been anticipating this. I see groups forming all over ready for it


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  12. If only...

    Man it got quiet really quick in here


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  13. Shellbell29

    Anyone know how to get money off a green dot card if you’ve lost the card? I go in and see my money but don’t know how to get it off.


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  14. Sammie

    Does the get my payment reset every time you try to see if your 24 hours is up? I got the message around this time last night and I just checked, still says it.


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  15. If only...

    @Bama91: Night


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  16. If only...

    @Clos: Ok I wasn’t sure if he had checked earlier today and it had updated again


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  17. Bama91

    Goodnight all!!
    Try and get some sleep tonight; this is definitely stressful and could interfere with our rest..🥺😴
    I’m sure I’ll see some familiar names on tomorrow morning 🤞🏽


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  18. Clos

    @If only…: he checked it for the first time today. He didn’t even try Monday.


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  19. If only...

    @Pa Guy: I really don’t think they thought this thru


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  20. Pa Guy

    Sadly they are worried about riots in DC tomorrow sorry government after this IRS announcement the whole country will be on fire tomorrow


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  21. If only...

    @Bama91: Not me


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  22. Bama91

    Anyone requested for a EIP Card?


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  23. If only...

    @Buckeye89: Nice I prefer Schwartzhog with Dr pepper…. But Jaeger works too


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  24. Buckeye89

    @If only…:
    In that case…Jaegermeister


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  25. Introvert_32

    @If only…: same…same


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  26. If only...

    @Clos: Was it showing something different earlier today?


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  27. If only...

    I really just hope for an update tonight


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  28. Clos

    He has. Credit Union here in San Diego Ca


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  29. Clos

    My father in law just checked his portal and saw his first payment for April
    Second payment is going DD jan 6th tomorrow. Maybe there is hope. This was the first time he checked it this week.


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  30. @nika911

    @THANK YOU: my aact num was showin my social i cant get ahole to nobody so im just stuck reading lol


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  31. If only...

    @Mbry0625: I couldn’t find the exact link


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  32. Mbry0625

    @If only…: I’ll go look


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  33. AngieInMichigan

    I can file a state return with TurboTax free edition, right? After this nightmare I will never have fees taken from my refund again


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  34. If only...

    @Buckeye89: I’m really a German whiskey kinda girl… I just wish I had chocolate right now


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  35. Buckeye89

    @If only…:
    I say with all this BS and the BS to come we just go straight to the shine 😉


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  36. If only...

    @Mbry0625: Did u see the newest irs press release?


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  37. Bama91

    🥺guess the stressing over..
    Guess we surrender n file with taxes😒 definitely ain’t going to TurboTax after seeing how reviews on them today..this isn’t fair.. rent is expensive in Atlanta, carnote high as hell😩, bills don’t stop, and we made a good Christmas for the kids out of nothing and this is the crap we dealing with n the early new year. Shame on American 👊🏽


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  38. Mbry0625

    @If only…: what happened


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  39. THANK YOU

    Did anyone who had a Dd to a closed account get a paper check in mail yet?


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  40. CC

    @Sixx: I read about that under the new Recovery Rebate rule. If you owe money then the $600 will go towards that balance to reduce your debt. It’s not fair, but I expect no less from these people


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  41. ItsmeB

    So, which one is it? This same Paramus in that same article that’s going around. Let’s see what happens between tonight and tomorrow

    “The IRS says the banks that received the payments will need to return the money, and then the IRS can reissue them to the correct accounts.”


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  42. If only...

    @Bama91: Same here… Limbo is hell


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  43. Bama91

    @If only…: only thing I got is (1/4) on my transcript n obviously I haven’t received anything.
    GMP saying not available🤦🏽‍♀️


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  44. If only...

    @Mbry0625: Drama and bad juju


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  45. JillDill

    @Sixx: I can see the transcripts and it says the stimulus paid on 1/4. The payment tool says “not available” and I know I’m eligible
    Sigh


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  46. Mbry0625

    @MSRazorbackPhD: what is going on


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  47. If only...

    @Bama91: From what we’ve parsed in it it only applies if you don’t receive a payment…… So how is that for vague


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  48. Bama91

    I’m late but someone plz tell me the article isn’t tru😡 how tf we got to claim it on taxes now 😤🤬😡


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  49. GeorgiaGirl404

    @JillDill: I guess we will just have to file our taxes to get it, at this point all long as I get it , it’s fine. I just hope it’s no issues with the transcript saying it was issued when it really wasn’t. Hopefully the transcripts will update before then and reflect is not receiving the payments.


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