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. littles16
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Pa
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      credit union
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-1
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @eric529: tried calling back the office but i left a message, hopefully they getting the ball rolling

    Reply
  2. 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

    @Littlesdpa: oh shit that sucks

    Reply
    1
  3. littles16
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Pa
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      credit union
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-1
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    my tax advocate just called and i missed it im at work :(

    Reply
    1
  4. Desi39

    @GENE: what is the number to ID verify and how did you know to do this? did you receive a letter? when did you file?

    Reply
  5. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @Missourimike: last 4 of rt 4200?

    Reply
  6. Picklerick
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Nc
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-28
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-28
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2

    Just found out Jackson Hewitt too my whole 500 dollar refund state refund :(

    Reply
  7. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @eric529: That’s what I was thinking.

    Reply
  8. Erica Christyne

    Good Morning all… Hope everyone is doing well. Well waiting for the letter that was sent out. Lol! Nothing yet. Everything in my transcripts looks so similar to last year. Hopefully a good update tomorrow! Crossing fingers!

    Reply
    2
  9. GENE

    I hope to also see a DDD this Saturday!!! I just ID verify Monday 02/24, woke up this morning and changed from “still being processed” to “being processed” so my fingers are crossed that it will not be the nine weeks as the rep said!
    Questions I had to verify were
    Name
    Current address- we moved from last years return
    How I claimed prior year
    Socials for me and spouse
    What I claimed last year
    What we received n return
    Amount we are expecting this year
    How we claimed the year
    Date of births

    Reply
    2
  10. Missourimike

    @Eric529 it’s pending in my account but they keep telling us call back in 2 hrs our review team is working on it… over 24hrs later still telling us 2 hours and it will be there. Never had this issue and been doing my own taxes for years never again with u.s bank

    Reply
  11. 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

    @Missourimike: was just checking cause that was first time i have heard an actual bank and not sbbt dropping the ball

    Reply
  12. NY-Khidd
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      New York
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-11
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-14
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), W2
    • TT 152, Weekly

    Some people wages show up early that why some get caught in review if there income is off .. me on the other hand wages don’t usually show until about April or may .. but I did forget 3 w2’s processed just fine .. I have to amend they owe me about 400 still

    Reply
    2
  13. Angelbaby

    @Mary Mary: I was told I had 4464c I then called and told them I never received the letter that they said was dated and sent for feb 20 .. They said do nothing 60 days and to check wmr

    Reply
  14. Lailab88

    @LoveMy3Munchkins: Good morning
    The number I called was (800) 829-0582 ect 652. Three numbers were missing from my account and they sent my refund out yesterday. I called this morning so I correct the mistake. I was told 6 weeks I will have a check mailed out.

    Reply
  15. 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

    @Missourimike: go back and check your return for account number you out in and make sure that is correct and call offset line to check and make sure you don’t have an offset you didn’t know about

    Reply
  16. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @Missourimike: Your bank or SBTPG?

    Reply
  17. 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

    @Missourimike: did you happen to have a tax topic 203

    Reply
  18. 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

    @KONG KING: your my hero

    Reply
  19. KONG KING

    I she sume of yu is mespell planty words ant having bad grammar. Smh. 🧐😴 no refunt me yet. Beach en love

    Reply
    2
  20. Badazz fla

    @Mbry0625: so there is hope😂😂 do you think alot will resolve on there own? I hope mine is one of them.. i just filled out the 911 form to send out but dont know if it will help

    Reply
  21. 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

    @Missourimike: if you had fees from refund alot of people have same issue I would contact sbbt and demand your money back

    Reply
  22. NLawson_Mrs
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Texas
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboCard (Refund Advance) Green Dot Bank
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 570, 4464C Letter

    @Mbry0625: I have 570 on my transcript but when I had it in 2017 it went from 570 to 571 on the same date….

    Reply
  23. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @eric529: Good morning

    Reply
  24. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @Missourimike: You see it pending in your account?

    Reply
  25. 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

    @Tigerlili_1: top of the morning to ya

    Reply
  26. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @Badazz fla: Can you look on SSA and see your W2 wages?

    Reply
  27. Badazz fla

    @Jgfrom509: they told me same thing.. dont do shit u til the 60 days is over..lol im pretty sure theres nothing wrong with our returns they told me they cant see a w2 my job was supposed to send them.. i asked my boss and he said he sent them in my co workers got there money so they bullshitting us

    Reply
  28. Missourimike

    Anyone having problems with u.s bank. Deposit been pending since yesterday, dd 2/26 , still hasn’t hit my account . They keep telling us it should be there in 2 hrs blah blah blah. Wmr says sent on the 26th grrr

    Reply
  29. Tigerlili_1
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      CA, UT, and Or
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PenFed
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, 1099, W2
    • TT 152, Identity Theft, Weekly

    @LoveMy3Munchkins: Does she already have a DDD

    Reply
  30. Badazz fla

    @Mary Mary: i was supposed to get a letter also.. filed jan 19 accepted the jan 27.. they said they cant find my enoloyers w2.. my boss sid he sent it in so i dont know what to believe😂 all i know is i still have not got any letter and im pretty sure everything is good

    Reply
  31. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-6
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-13
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @K.B.: The reason so many transcripts are updating to review codes, is because they just started getting returns processing again, last week, from being resequenced, and its a mass of them, and that is also why deposits were backed up this week.

    Reply
  32. LoveMy3Munchkins
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Alabama
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-24
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-28
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Chime
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-22
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    I have a question! What number would my cousin call to correctly her account number for deposit of her taxes? She forgot she got a new card an entered in the wrong info!

    Reply
  33. 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

    @K.B: i think it’s more of testing the wage and I’d verify systems with live acrion

    Reply
    1
  34. 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

    @Nene: it’s not held it’s the sbbt that is backed up and delaying stuff not the offset and if I was anyone who paid fees to have sbbt rob money I would be calling demanding a refund for the late refunds

    Reply
    1
  35. K.B

    oh wow, I just think it’s weird that there’s so many “review letters” being sent out. I have to get back to work. Thanks for chatting with me, and I will update you whenever my 3/2/2020 deposit hits next week. Good luck to everyone! ❤️

    Reply
  36. 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

    Last year irs checked out there is verify tool by making so many verify this year they upgrade there wages system and so now they are messing with wages

    Reply
  37. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-6
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-13
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @jkeith12345: Dailies can update any day. Weeklies will update tomorrow.

    Reply
  38. 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

    Ok everyone who hasn’t been approved and those who have 10 seconds to send good vibes to the irs to issue those 846s today so we can see em tomorrow

    Reply
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  39. Jgfrom509

    WMR says “we have recieved your return and it is being processed.” Called yesterday and was told I’ll be getting a CP05 letter dated March 6th. Huh? They said it’s a60 day review and UI don’t need to do anything.. I paid HR block to do my taxes so it better be right. Anyone have experience with a CP05 and know if it does take that long?!?

    Reply
  40. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-6
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-13
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-24
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @K.B.: Last year, we had a mass of 570’s also, a few updated to 571’s but a lot were stuck until May with some of these reviews. I know, because I was here. A 570 isn’t manually put in, it is something the system flags when it updates the first time, otherwise the return would update to a refund code. And it can only be released manually and then put back into processing.

    Reply
  41. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @K.B: I forgot to say some do resolve on their own, we’ve seen about 3-4 resolve.

    Reply
    1
  42. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @K.B: Unfortunately, those 570 codes are real i had it 2 years ago and it really is a review usually of income. I had got caught up for being off 12 dollars. A lot of us that year who had it had to either amend or fix something. Most of us got advocates to speed i tup.

    Reply
  43. Mbry0625
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      FL
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-17
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      TurboTax GD
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-25
    • Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TC 846, Weekly

    @Erica: People are updating within a week of verifying.

    Reply
  44. Mary Mary

    @Erica: I believe this is another stall tactic. Every comment says they were sent a letter but no one has received them. Funny!!! Maybe us 1/27 will update tomorrow night and get issued a DDD.

    Reply
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  45. HGTVLover
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Tax Preparer:
      Other
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Georgia
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-5
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-5
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Traditional Bank
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), W2
    • TT 152, Weekly

    Hey everyone! So excited for tomorrow to check transcripts and have the 846 codes raining in. 🤞🏽

    Reply
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  46. K.B

    @Erica: Isn’t it funny that everyone who has a “letter” received them after calling the IRS? I can’t be the only one that thinks this. After I verified with them, I made sure to never call them for anything else. They send those letters out after you call. I truly believe that.

    Reply
    2
  47. Lovelygrl

    @K.B: my first ever letter from them is coming today. I don’t know what it is. coming from austin, tx says submission processing..when i googled it said identity theft..i’ll see later on when i see the mailman

    Reply
  48. Pookie

    Filed January 27,2020 ,DD February 26,
    Got my refund today February 27th 9am Thank you God praying for everyone who is still waiting be patient have faith it’s coming

    Reply
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