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. If only...
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @eric529: Bancorp netspend which makes r even more frustrating

    Reply
  2. Saewantsitnow!

    Its nice haven seen no one posting about emerald cards and now see so many..happy! Seeing alot of ppl deposits dropping with emerald cards hoping to see some action soon although it’s almost 9pm o wont be doing nothing tonight with it atleast I’ll know its finally here..good luck everyone

    Reply
    1
  3. If only...
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @eric529: yup and cow, horse, elk, dog and any other type of shot you wanna include

    Reply
  4. 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

    @If only…: Well that sucks ass what bank you using

    Reply
  5. 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

    @If only…: That’s moose shit

    Reply
    1
  6. 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

    @CaliCarolina: dot listen to her you can panick if you want to 😂😂😂😂

    Reply
    1
  7. If only...
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @eric529: I updated on sbbt but still don’t have my dd

    Reply
  8. Waiting just like the rest

    Hrb ddd2/26 emerald card in south dakota. Deposit just hit. Thanks for all the help and prayers. Its nice to have a place to vent and worry together. Cya next year…

    Reply
    9
  9. 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

    @If only…: Did you ever update

    Reply
    1
  10. If only...
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @CaliCarolina: it’s been less than 2 weeks, it would be early to panic yet in my opinion

    Reply
    1
  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

    @Iljpaaf: did you get extra money for doing the Amazon thing

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  12. Iljpaaf

    Has anybody ever gotten part of their return put on an Amazon gift card when filing through HR block? Just curious if I’ll receive the code from Amazon tomorrow since that’s when my return is being deposited.

    Reply
  13. mommyto6andcrazy
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Missouri
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-30
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-30
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Card.com
    • WMR Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C, 1099, W2
    • TT 152

    Called the SBTPG number and it advises it sent my money 2-26…. apparently they are in the future since it is 2-25. Oh well, any day now any day, then bills can be paid and savings can be saved

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    6
  14. Saewantsitnow!

    @MsJ: did me the same way keeps saying tomorrow date I’m like I’ll check midnight if I’m up..lmao probably wont be

    Reply
  15. If only...
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @CaliCarolina: so it may update this week

    Reply
  16. CaliCarolina

    @If only…: filed and accepted 2/13. I need a pin to access transcripts so I can’t see them at the moment.

    Reply
    1
  17. Saewantsitnow!

    @Ang49: awesome for you maybe there gonna start dropping them I’m from cali and be on there time but living in nc it’s late I’m like well hold up lol but hopefully see somethin soon

    Reply
  18. mickey m
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      NY
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-5
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PayPal MasterCard
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Weekly

    @LV-Chime: mines is there now wasn’t this morning before they went down. Maybe they actually sent it this time first rep at 10:00 am said they did second at five said no they hadn’t and the last one right before the site came up said they did and now my banking info is there.

    Reply
  19. 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

    @KDUECE: Good..how are you?

    Reply
  20. If only...
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @CaliCarolina: sounds like a few, when did you file? Can you view your transcripts?

    Reply
  21. $Harmony404

    @If only…: lmaooo! I’m 7 months pregnant. Might be the hormones. Or my money need to be on the way lol

    Reply
    1
  22. Ayessa

    @Colin: Sbtpg is the bank used by Turbotax. It gets sent to them first then they release it to you. I was stalking the forum at like 2 30 am this morning and finally figured out what people were talking about lol.

    Reply
    2
  23. Wildwonderfulwv
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-28
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Weekly

    @Saewantsitnow!: I haven’t seen mine yet

    Reply
    1
  24. CaliCarolina

    No DDD, no pending deposit, no letter from IRS, no clue. Is anyone else in the same boat? I’ve used TT for the last 4 years with no issues.

    Reply
    4
  25. SoCal latina

    I filed with TT and have green dot, my ddd was for 2/26 but my card was just uploaded a couple hours ago. Wish you all luck and until next year. Good night !

    Reply
    7
  26. MsJ

    @Saewantsitnow!: I am still waiting.
    The app shows nothing pending either.
    But when I called automated tells me tomorrow. So IDK

    Reply
    2
  27. 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

    @Voltaire: Irs works at its own pace and we’re at its mercy. Hard to have patience when you know everything you’ve done on your return is right.

    Reply
    1
  28. If only...
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      GA
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-1
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-1
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Netspend
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-21
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @$Harmony404: you need lotion😂😂

    Reply
    3
  29. 1mama3minimes
    • Tax Preparer:
      H&R Block
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      IN
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-11
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-15
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Emerald card
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-22
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, W2

    I saw this guy at my job going on a tour of the building during an interview. He was severely burned on his face, and maybe other places that I couldn’t see. he barely had any hair because his head was burned and can’t grow hair. And I don’t have my money yet but I’m just going to be happy for all the bad things that HAVE NOT happened to me or my loved ones. I’m so fortunate.

    Reply
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  30. Heather529

    🤷‍♀️ 2013, maybe? In 2015 I worked with a few other folks to try to decipher the IRS manual and transcripts. That was my worse tax year, ever! It felt like the neverending song! Likely because we were DEAD BROKE that year and that $$ was needed for life. Lol.

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  31. LV-Chime

    @mickey m: Mine wasn’t. It only said ACH transfer. Expect funds in 1-2 business days no banking info.

    Reply
  32. 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

    @Colin: Welcome to the site!

    Reply
  33. Ang49

    @Vincentcasey41: The main page after you sign in. Down toward the bottom it shows your emerald card balance.

    Reply
  34. mickey m
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      NY
    • Filing Date:
      Feb-5
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      PayPal MasterCard
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Weekly

    @bre121: where your routing and last 4 of your account listed at the bottom where it says funds sent?

    Reply
  35. Pbrown82
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxSlayer
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-27
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-27
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bank of America
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • Daily

    On laptop says offline until 1000 pst 2/25/2020

    Reply
  36. LV-Chime

    @Tfrazier812: They have it and they claim they sent it to the banks already however thats some bs.

    Reply
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