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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. GotaHeadache

    @Mandie: same I filled 1/11 accepted 1/19 . I’m beyond blew. My cp05 is up May 4th. But if you call in they keep saying 120 days. This bs

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  2. Jennyb

    I just got a letter in the mail today that I have to wait the 60 days smh here we go

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  3. FloridaZoo

    Filed 1/29 accepted same day. Had to verify. First by phone on 3/20 then next day called and verified 3/21. As of date 2/19 everything else blank. First updat yesterday WMR changed to is being processed and transcripts to as of 4/15. Woke up today and transcripts changed to as of 4/22 everything else either N/a or blank. Can someone give me some hope or any details at all??

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  4. Shelleybeansss

    @Marcia: they’re not going after student loan debt this year but it does start next year

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  5. Denise N
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-9
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      Chime
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-16
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20241305
    • As of:
      Apr-22
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-15
    • I Got My Refund!

    My transcripts finally updated I have a as of 4/14/24
    150 tax return filed 4/15/24 20241305
    570 addt acct activity pending 04/15
    766 credit to your account
    768 earned income credit

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  6. Marcia

    @Mandie: don’t lose hope, I filled on 3/16 @Mandie: don’t lose hope, I filled on 3/16 and was nervous because I still have a student loan debt but I check 20mins ago and i see refund approved with a ddd on 4/3, I haven’t received my state refund yet because I they want me to verify that my children lived with me last year ive never had tyat happen before

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  7. Jennyb

    Finally updated yesterday after verifying on 3/6, mind you I was accepted 1/23 but I had a 570 just looked at my informed delivery and I have a letter from the IRS. I wonder.

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  8. Harry a

    Day 60 still no changes they just let your return sit then they will be swamped on april 15 and will use that as there excuse

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  9. Sdiego
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-29
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      bankmobile
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Transcript:
      Blank
    • Cycle Code:
      04
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Mar-18
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-29
    • I Got My Refund!

    I already adjusted my withholdings with my employer. Waiting 2 to 4 months is rediculous.

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  10. Jasmine03

    Hello everyone, i successfully verified my identity in person with my letter on 2/26, though she said that i need to verify my 1099 online which got me confused. The representative also said it will take less than 180 days to issue out a payment. Has anyone have or had a similar experience and long do i have to wait to get an approval/get refunded?

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  11. Toshaplus3

    All4 weeks after I’d verified, my transcripts finally changed from N/A to being available. Sadly no 846 but 570 so I guess I’m still waiting

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  12. Jennyb

    @Southern_Belle: did you have a 570 at all? Congrats btw.

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  13. Jean

    Why haven’t I received my federal taxes I got my state tax direct deposit on the 15 my federal was showing funded too but still waiting

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  14. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-1
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    @🤷🏾‍♀️IDK: I had my three w2s from last year all with adp. So I totally understand. :/

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  15. 🤷🏾‍♀️IDK

    @shelleybeanss: so that gives me more anxiety bc my company switched to ADP in the last quarter of the year. I’m just praying and trying keep my marbles

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  16. Carrie

    Hope this helps anyone who had to I d verify filed 2-20 I’d verified 3-19 then on 3-28 wmr changed to is being processed instead of ‘still being’ at 1pm today got my deposit wmr didn’t update transcripts still say no return on file so they dont always update first

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  17. Southern_Belle
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Date Filed:
      Feb-8
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      Wells Fargo
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-8
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      20041305
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-15
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-15
    • 5071C LETTER
    • I Got My Refund!

    Hi everyone, I’ve been on this site off & on for a few years. I just wanted to pop on and offer some hope to everyone that’s still waiting on their refunds. I f/a 2/8/24 but was selected to id verify. I never received the first letter but called and got the second letter within a couple of days. I verified on 3/20 and was told it would take 9 weeks for my return to be processed. Well, I almost jumped for joy at work when I received my DD this morning. I was surprised because I checked my transcripts at 3am and they hadn’t updated but when I checked them again around 10 they were completely filled with a DDD for 4/3/24. So, I just wanted to let you guys know there’s hope and your money is coming.

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  18. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-1
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    @🤷🏾‍♀️IDK: most of us with issues seem to be early filers. But I’ve also seem somewhere that ADP screwed up this year too and didn’t send W2s on time or accurately so the information the IRS has doesn’t necessarily match what people have on their own w2s.

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  19. 🤷🏾‍♀️IDK

    I just filed last week. I held off this year bc I was so anxious about what I’d owe. So far all I’ve seen is bad news on this forum. I pray I have a smooth year as with the rest of my previous years. Reading this forum gives me anxiety 😬

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  20. Mandie

    I’ve honestly given up on my refund haha. It’ll be May when the 60 days are up for me. And every Friday I check my transcripts, I’m just more and more disappointed.

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  21. nova219

    Still haven’t received my state or federal both are just sitting there after verifying, its so stressful.

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  22. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-1
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    @kancme1: WMR should update tomorrow, usually day after getting 846. Congrats on your DDD. Fingers crossed for the rest of us :)

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  23. 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!

    @Bunny: I really hope we update soon. It’s already enough waiting until every Friday for an update 😞

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  24. kancme1

    Got my DDD 4/3 exactly 2 weeks from ID verification
    WMR didn’t update – only transcripts
    It’s finally moving along!!

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  25. Bunny

    @BeeBee40: I’m going through the same thing I have 971 and 570 my as of date is 2/12 been that way for two months now I received a cpo5 letter on 3/4 and no updates since then I filed 1/22 excepted 1/29 this is the first time this has ever happened to me

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  26. 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!

    Good morning I hope someone can help give me encouragement on my tax return. I filed 1/29 and was accepted 1/29. On 2/16 got codes 806 766 768 570 with 3/4 0.00. Then on 2/23 971 with 3/11 0.00. my as of date has not change the last 2 updates including today no change it as of 3/25. I did receive the cp05 letter on 3/11 in my online account. Is this bad as of date hasn’t changed from Monday. I didn’t have any changes except the marketplace insurance so I’m confused. I normally don’t need my taxes as much as I do this year due to unforseen issues. It’s so hurtful to keep looking and there’s no update. I’m also on the 570 forums as well but I was hoping someone can help me out. Thank you

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  27. shelleybeanss
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-21
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Bank:
      CK
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-24
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      05
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Apr-1
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-4
    • I Got My Refund!

    Was hoping for ANY change today. It’s been 2 weeks with no change of any kind. 570 0.00 since beginning of feb, 4464c end of feb with 60 days, as of and processing still sitting at 4/1 and 3/4 respectively. C’mon universe. My lease ends next month and my kids n I need to move

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  28. Jennyb

    @Sheila_33: thank you! Has anyone gotten a 570? What are the next steps?

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  29. Sdiego
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-29
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      bankmobile
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Transcript:
      Blank
    • Cycle Code:
      04
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Mar-18
    • Processing Date:
      Apr-29
    • I Got My Refund!

    What can we do. Wait till May I quess.

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  30. Morris

    @LostNthesauce: You won’t see an update until around April 5th. It takes 2wks after you verify to get updated.

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  31. Morris

    My state refund has been sent to my account I should get it any minute now. Congrats to all that updated as well.

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  32. Red Dawn
    • Tax Preparer:
      Turbo Tax
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-29
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • Bank:
      Credit union
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Date Approved:
      Jan-29
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      04
    • Cycle:
      Daily
    • As of:
      Feb-19
    • I Got My Refund!

    No updates ☹️

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  33. Shelleybeansss

    Congrats to those with updates! Onward for another week of waiting for the rest of us.

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  34. Starr

    @Red Dawn: any update??

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  35. xopinkpearlss

    F/A 2/7
    Went from “is being processed” to “still” and sat at a Feb as of date for WEEKS. Finally got IDV letter 3/19, verified online and no movement until today; 846 4/5 for the remaining and 4/15 for the date of offset for a prior year balance (2021, was not notified until 2023 lol).

    Still waiting for the amended 2022 to finish processing and expecting a return on that. Received 1/29 (standard 16 week message).

    Just glad this tax year is over!! This was the most frustrating year yet. Hopefully next year will not be as bad.

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  36. Kris123

    Yayyy guys finally, I checked transcripts at 1 and nothing. Just checked again I have my 846 showing April 3. Yayyy

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  37. 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!

    @Haleyw25: Yes. Those with third party banks that have fees taken out are seeing their deposits about a day before the ddd usually.

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  38. 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!

    Not sure if this will help as far as getting an advocate when you’re just stuck and not moving, but in the past, if you send a 911 tax advocate request form to your local TAS office, they have to respond, whether it is to deny you or at least look into the return to see if the return needs additional information. I shy away from calling the TAS number because its easier for them to just reject and hang up on you.
    https://www.irs.gov/advocate/local-taxpayer-advocate
    https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f911.pdf

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  39. Haleyw25
    • Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-29
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle Code:
      0905
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • As of:
      Mar-25
    • Processing Date:
      Mar-18
    • I Got My Refund!

    @Sheila_33: I filed with TurboTax my fee is supposed to come out of my refund. So my refund goes to them then they release it to my bank?

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  40. 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!

    @Nikkipooh: You may need to call, some are having issues with the verifications not going thru and have to verify again.

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