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2022 IRS Cycle Code and What Posting Cycles Dates Mean

What is an IRS cycle code and what do they mean?

A cycle code is an 8 digit number that can be found on an IRS Account Transcript. The cycle code indicates when your tax return posted to the IRS Master File.

UPDATED DECEMBER 2021 for calendar year 2022

IRS Cycle Codes Explained is the easiest detailed explanation to help you determine what your cycle code can tell you about your tax return and tax refund update cycle.

By using the chart below, you can translate your IRS cycle code into a calendar date that tells you when your tax return posted to the IRS master file. The IRS cycle code can be found on your “account” transcript displayed as an eight digit sequence of numbers such as 20220405

To view your online transcripts go to IRS.gov Get Transcript

The first six numbers are the cycle week and the last two numbers correspond with the day of the week.

Example 20220405: 202204=(Cycle) 05=(Thursday) = Thursday, January 27, 2022

Cycle Code Ending in 01= Friday
Cycle Code Ending in 02= Monday
Cycle Code Ending in 03= Tuesday
Cycle Code Ending in 04= Wednesday
Cycle Code Ending in 05= Thursday

2022 IRS Cycle Date Codes

wdt_ID CYCLE CODE CALENDAR DATE DATE
2 20220102 Monday, January 3, 2022 01/03/2022
3 20220102 Tuesday, January 4, 2022 01/04/2022
4 20220104 Wednesday, January 5, 2022 01/05/2022
5 20220105 Thursday, January 6, 2022 01/06/2022
6 20220201 Friday, January 7, 2022 01/07/2022
7 20220202 Monday, January 10, 2022 01/10/2022
8 20220202 Tuesday, January 11, 2022 01/11/2022
9 20220204 Wednesday, January 12, 2022 01/12/2022
10 20220205 Thursday, January 13, 2022 01/13/2022
11 20220301 Friday, January 14, 2022 01/14/2022

2022 Posting Cycles

IRS 2018 Cycle Code

Below are more resources to help tell you when to expect your tax refund.

Transaction Code 971

Transaction Codes and Error Codes

Transaction Code 570

2020 IRS Cycle Date Codes

CYCLE DATE wdt_ID CALENDAR DATE DATE
20200104 1 Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01/01/2020
20200105 2 Thursday, January 2, 2020 01/02/2020
20200201 3 Friday, January 3, 2020 01/03/2020
20200202 4 Monday, January 6, 2020 01/06/2020
20200203 5 Tuesday, January 7, 2020 01/07/2020
20200204 6 Wednesday, January 8, 2020 01/08/2020
20200205 7 Thursday, January 9, 2020 01/09/2020
20200301 8 Friday, January 10, 2020 01/10/2020
20200302 9 Monday, January 13, 2020 01/13/2020
20200303 10 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 01/14/2020

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