IRS Update Cycle for Transcripts and WMR

Is there an update today? When does the WMR Update? When do transcripts update? The IRS update cycle can be confusing. When does the WMR update?  When do transcripts update? What day are updates? What time are updates? These are questions that can have multiple answers depending on who you ask and what you are looking for. Below are all the answers to your questions about when and how the IRS updates.

According to the IRS, an update can happen any day of the week or any time of the day, but usually only once per day. Acceptances are usually quick and can be within minutes of when you file your tax return and at any time of the day.  They are talking about the WMR specifically and will say there is no IRS update Cycle.

But…diving a bit deeper, there is a pattern. There is an IRS Update cycle for Transcript Codes and WMR Approvals. They can happen every day of the week and at all hours of the day, but it depends on what you are looking for.

Below are the answers to your questions and an info graphic about the IRS update cycle.

When do the WMR and transcripts update?

Anyday, anytime.  But, there are 4 days that are “mass” updates.

What is a mass update?

It is a day when a lot of Transcripts or the WMR is updated.

When are mass updates?

For daily accounts, there are 4 days per week that you can expect mass updates. Some are mass updates for Transcripts and others are mass updates for WMR. For weekly accounts, there are 2 days per week that you can expect mass updates.

What is “Weekly” or “Daily”?

Your IRS Account is identified as either being updated weekly or daily.  Cycle codes ending in 01, 02, 03, 04 are daily accounts.  Cycle codes ending in 05 are weekly accounts, but in some cases, they may be daily.

Why does it matter?

It doesn’t really. However, people use it to check what day they should expect updates on Transcripts or WMR.

How do I know if I am a Weekly or Daily?

Look at the last 2 digits of your Cycle Code?  If it ends in 01, 02, 03, 04 transactions post to our IMF account daily except weekends.  If it ends in 05, you could be weekly or daily.  For weekly accounts, transactions are posted to the IMF account only once weekly.

What is a Cycle Code?

It is an 8 digit sequence of numbers such as 20190405.

What does a Cycle Code mean?

It indicates when your account posts to the master file. It is NOT a calendar date, but can be translated to a date.

Where is my Cycle Code?

Your cycle code can be found on your “Account Transcript”.

How do I translate my Cycle Code?

Use an IRS Posting Calendar. Or make it easy and look at the IGMR IRS Cycle Chart. Check out the 2020 IRS Cycle Code and What Posting Cycles Dates Mean.

Why do I need my cycle code?

You really don’t. But, you can use the last 2 digits of your cycle code to see if your account is Weekly or Daily.

What do the last 2 digits of the cycle code mean?

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

When do Daily Accounts update?

Everyday.

When do Weekly Accounts update?

Weekly.

What day do Transcripts update?

Transcripts can update any day of the week. However, mass updates on daily accounts are usually Tuesday; and mass updates on weekly accounts are usually Friday.

What day does the WMR update?

The WMR can update any day of the week. However, mass updates on daily account are usually Wednesday; and mass updates on weekly accounts are usually Saturday.

What time are updates?

The WMR and Transcripts can update anytime throughout the day. However, mass updates occur overnight between midnight and 3 am.

 

IRS update cycle

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  1. 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

    @FrustratedFiler2020:it looks like it manually got started again after sticking which is good. The date is giving them time to finish whatever they’re looking at and, I agree, there doesn’t seem to be any reasoning for some of these reviews this year.

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  2. FrustratedFiler2020

    Only update I have gotten in weeks is my “As of” date changed from 9 March to 20 April, but still no 846 code. Wtf is going on? Did they push back the as of date to show that I will just never get my refund? 18 years of filing and never dealt with this before.

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  3. Daylight

    So i just checked my transcript i noticed my 2018 record has a star by it and has been taken down … Still no change on my 2019 return which is saying no tax return filed which i filed and was accepted 3 weeks ago. Does anyone know why my 2018 has a star by it now and has been taken down ???

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  4. Chanika Davis

    It would be real nice for the IRS to release my funds. This is just crazy how they doing me. I’ve got kids. Why can’t yall just send my money to me.

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  5. 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

    @Monica R: That date is around 3 cycles out from when you updated and posted to the master file. It reminds the computer to address any issue before that date. When that date sticks and passes, then its manually going to have to be restarted again so whatever issue is holding it has to be resolved before it can start processing again.

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  6. Monica R

    Ive been following everyone and learning. I got my transcript online. Im still confused. I filed 1/31, accepted 2/3. Got letter dated 2/19 they were checking return. Nothing has changed same as last year. Had a tax pro dbl co and my #s are right. Here’s my confusion my script says return filed 3/9. And has that 570 code for that date. And no other info. Nothing updated since. Any help would be appreciated. And my # is an 05.

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  7. domdee2
    • Tax Preparer:
      TaxAct
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Pennsylvania
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-21
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-23
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Republic
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • TT 152, Weekly

    Good morning, I’m on SSDI since last year, do I qualify for a stimulas, also will those who filed single qualify? Thanks so much for any info, be safe everyone

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  8. Hey

    Update…
    Filed on 1/27/20, received loan with STBPG
    5071C letter 2/14/20, lost the letter
    2/1/20 WMR-STILL being processed
    Found the Letter March 16
    Called to verify 3/16/20
    3/17/20-WMR- changed to BEING processed
    WMR updated to Refund approved DDD 3/25/20

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  9. Mary Parker#4girls

    I filed March 5th direct deposit and refund status says still processing
    Has anyone else filed that day received theirs

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  10. Bromigo

    @dfrustratedfriend: I have used credit karma for 3 years now with no issues. This year is an absolute nightmare for whatever reason!

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  11. 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

    @Malady: no, That date was the date you should have been processed by. That date has stuck and they’re going to have to manually get you processing again by resolving whatever is holding that return. You might consider getting an advocate.

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  12. Trystinsmom

    @Nats: When you see that, typically it means you are going to receive a letter. Alot of tax software, ie: turbotax removed the questions about marketplace insurance. If you had a marketplace plan last year and didn’t submit a form 8962 then your tax return will not get processed. I work for turbotax and that has been the issue. I would recommend you contact the IRS because they claim they have been sending letters but no one receives them in a a timely fashion. If you didn’t have marketplace plan then you could be one that they are “reviewing for ID verify”. In that case, you will get a letter asking you to call to verify information submitted. Once you do that, you will start the process all over again. However, they tell you to wait the full 9 weeks before calling back. Its terrible this year.

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  13. 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

    @tukker99: see if anything changes this week, if not call Monday morning and see if there is an issue.

    Reply
  14. tukker99

    first year ever filing in my life I tried to get a transcript mailed and when i put the info in online to order it by mail it says to call because info is not valid. so i called and it does the same thing says not valid. the return was accepted and is being processed so i know they have me in their files, could this be possible that Im not in the files for them since its my first year ever filing? i was accepted 2/17 i have 1 bar on WMR and “it is being processed”

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  15. Em2020

    @Debbie: exactly the same here and I’m super stressed and really pissed this year !!!!!! No idea what’s going on, no letter, no updates just a 570 code and that’s it !!!!!!!!

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  16. Debbie

    Mine was accepted Jan 27 then I got that message about path on wmr in early Feb then it went back too processing no bars on wmr just says they received my tax return and it is being processed so aggravated at this point no letters no no
    thing completely in the dark

    Reply
  17. 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

    @Fonda: If there’s an issue, like a “take action” or offset, you would see it on the Wmr. Offset codes update on the Wmr once the return is processed and updated to a refund date. “Take Action” or tax topic 151 pop up when the return is being reviewed for credits.

    Reply
  18. 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

    @Maurice: Id verifies were going back into processing pretty quick earlier this month. With the Wmr changing to the “being processed”, it may be reflecting that the info was entered, putting you back in processing and its going to need to cycle thru and update again.

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  19. Fonda

    If I’m looking on the “Where’s my refund” site will I be able to see any codes and if so where would they be? My refund was accepted 2/5 and it’s still being processed, no date yet.

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  20. Maurice

    1/31: Filed fed & state. They were accepted .
    2/21: WMR says still processing *blah* BARS GONE
    2/24: Received verify letter. Called and verified.
    2/29: WMR says we received and is being processed?????
    My question is , am I going to be wait til the cows come home for my refund?

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  21. Latasha

    @Smacd: yes me I filed on 1/17and still no date it’s only saying that it’s been received but no date nothing more nothing less

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  22. Ice

    I used taxact for the past 6 or more years and filed my taxes on 1/29/2020. I still have not received a refund. Last year I received my refund at 3:37 pm.

    Reply
  23. Supergirl 42

    @Smacd: Same here.. Mine was accepted on January 15. I qualified for the CTC and ICT and still nothing. It just keep saying they have received my refund and it is being processed. No direct deposit date or nothing. It is now February 27. Smh 🤦🏽‍♀️

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  24. Catherine

    Do you always have to have bars on the wmr tool to get a refund ? Or if no bars or one bar wich mine is still on recieved then does it mean no refund

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  25. dfrustratedfriend

    @Smacd: where do you get your cycle number? Also I filed with credit karma this year I filed on 2/4 accepted on 2/5 1 bar and
    TT 152 until 2/22 when bars disappeared and it says still processing and refund date will be given when available what does all of this mean? it also says just keep checking WMR

    Reply
  26. KatyK

    Does anyone know when paypal debit will hit?? I originally went to h&r block and got early loan on emerald card but the rest was suppose ti go to paypal and im still waiting🤬

    Reply
  27. Deano1

    @Smacd: I’m having the same issue. Was accepted on 2/4, and the wmr status bar disappeared, just says “your refund is being processed.” Last year I had both refunds within a week of filing them, I used Credit Karma this year, and now regret it.

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    1
  28. Nats

    My transcripts dont have any information on them… I have all zeros. What does that mean? Also it says I do t have anything for 2019

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  29. Anna

    @Eb14thandbrown: last year tax season my WMR updated on a Saturday with a ddd for that Wednesday and I got my money that Monday morning

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  30. Smacd

    I filed, and irs accepted, my taxes on 1/14/20. I had the info on the PATH act in WMR until last Saturday. It’s been saying “refund accepted and it’s being processed” since. Getting annoyed reading on here about people that filed long after me and have their DDD. Based on my cycle number, Thursday is the day I should see updates. Just checked, still no change. Anyone else experiencing the same thing??

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