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