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IRS Update Cycle for Transcripts and WMR

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Is there an update today?

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.

Update Questions

Below are the answers to all your questions. Or, join the live discussion here.

When does the WMR and Transcript update?

Anyday, anytime. But, there are 4 days that are “mass” updates. We explain this below.

What is a mass update?

It is a day when a lot of IRS 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 daily or weekly 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.

Update Cycle

IRS update cycle

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  1. Justasconfused

    @NOTLIKINGTHE GOVERNMENT: call your area State Representative or elected official, they can help you. Or do you have a tax advocate?


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  2. A MAD MF

    @swapmeetlouie: mine has been 10 weeks and I filed and was accepted on 2/28 😡🤬😑😑 this is beyond bullshit and they need to be sued


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  3. swapmeetlouie

    As of today it’s been 30 days since my tax return was accepted . It’s been processing for 28 days. Any idea WHY SO LONG??


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  4. NOTLIKINGTHE GOVERNMENT

    I AM TO FRUSTRATED AND REALLY IN A BIND. I HAVE BEEN CAUGHT UP IN THE SUPPOSED PIPELINE OF UNDONE 2019 REFUNDS SO WITH THAT SAID MY 2020 REFUND HAS ALSO NOT BEEN PROCESSED. 2019 WAS PROCESSING ALL LAST YEAR PER IRS.GOV SO NOW EVER SINCE GETTING MY 2020 RETURN IN AND ITS BEING PROCESSED FOR ALMOST 2 MONTHS NOW. WITH THAT SAID I ALSO CANNOT GET AN IMPACT PAYMENT FOR THE LAST 2 PAYMENTS TIL THE IRS PROCESSES ONE OF MY TAX RETURNS N APPARENTLY NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT ANYTHING BUT BE ANGRY WHICH ISNT HELPING. I AM A SINGLE WORKING MOTHER THAT IS DROWNING IN A SEA OF TRYING TO SURVIVE. AS IF THATS NOT ENOUGH I ALSO OWE 267 TO STATE TAXES CUZ OF SOMEHOW MY PAPERWORK GOT CHANGED FROM CLAIMING 2 TO EXEMPT….


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  5. Isiah

    Just got update Sat. My ddd is 4/14/21. My refund amount changed guess I put wrong amount for line 30. Missing stimulus. Thankful it got fixed. 2 months later. Also found out I’m a weekly update so if you having same delay they update on Sat for weekly. Thank you all for the input here it helped me alot to understand taxes and the irs. Which also dont know anything about what they are doing.


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  6. Mollynim

    @TifRae06: me either my bars have went away but still says processing it’s a change hopefully it means this is almost over🙄


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  7. Mimaw

    I don’t understand all these daily and weekly updates. I just want my refund. It says still processing.


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  8. Ike B

    @BellaMom: did you receive your refund yet and how long until wmr updated to reflect DDD? Same date accepted but no movement from still processing as of yet. Thanks for your info!


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  9. BrokenAngel44

    @Hannah:
    I can’t either.


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  10. TifRae06

    i cant access my transcript


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  11. Gaitergirl01

    After two weeks of payment status not available I see on GMP that it will be mailed on the 26th. Yet it’s the 30th and nothing I’m a assuming it will be here for Southern California resident maybe later today or tomorrow. Has anyone though received a stimulus in southern California


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  12. Minnie

    My refund has always been direct deposited and this year I am getting a check. How will I know when it is sent because it shows by today but WMR hasn’t updated? How long will it take to get to me in Texas?


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  13. Jan

    @BellaMom: Thank you SO much.


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  14. BellaMom

    Another update! Over the weekend, on the website and the app, it showed my information does not match. Before this I received still processing, no tax topic code, and transcripts showed N/A. Just like my last post, I called around 6pm yesterday (my advice is to call before 7pm when they close) and was able to speak to a female representative that seemed to be the most helpful. She stated that my taxes are in the error department and still processing. Due to the error (change on refund amount) the website and app will state my information will not match and to give it a couple days for the system to be corrected. This may take the full 10 weeks to receive my refund (April 23rd approximately)from the date I originally was accepted (2/13), but she has never seen it take that long. I asked if I should use the original amount that I thought I was receiving to pull my records and she said yes, even though the amount has changed. As of today, I am now receiving that my taxes are still processing, but now have the tax topic code 152. I pulled my transcripts which is also updated and now showing 2020, previously showing N/A. My transcripts included my new refund amount with a DDD. This date will be when the IRS will be sending my refund, not when I’ll receive it. Hopefully this helps, but will post again once I actually receive my refund.


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  15. Tia

    @Pumpkin 10: I filed on 02/04/21 and still haven’t received mines and can’t get through to the IRS it’s sad I’m pissed off.

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  16. Marmar

    I flie my taxes on January 15 and still didn’t get my taxes back


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  17. Run Me My Money

    @June: I’m in the same exact position as you except I also chose to use my 2019 return info this year. I also received the same email from Turbo which in previous years by the time they sent me that, I’d already gotten my refund.


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  18. Run Me My Money

    @Pumpkin 10: I haven’t. I have been on PUA majority of the year. I entered all the correct info & even paid turbo tax extra this year for the max package to assist with things pertaining to this exact issue yet here I am still waiting. Smh. Filed 2/14 accepted 2/14. Got my state taxes almost 3 weeks ago but nothing from feds. Called Turbo twice & IRS once they all said they didn’t see anything bad that would be holding up my return so Idk I’m so lost & aggravated Supposedly anyone who filed between 2/12-2/19 got put into some file that caused a glitch idk


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  19. BellaMom

    Followed up by calling the IRS about 6pm. Seems like you can get through later in the evening before they close at 7pm. Still showing “still being processed…date will be provided when available”. No code; transcripts show no tax return filed. A gentleman that answered this time stated my taxes have been in the error department for 2 weeks and there are delays due to Covid with workers teleworking. It may be fixed by them or should receive a letter in the mail requesting further information. I may get a payment in a week or it could take up to 8 weeks. Directed to just keep checking for updates on the website. I did get a letter in the mail a couple days ago, just letting me know someone logged into my account to check my transcripts. Other than that, no error notice. Figured, if they can provide that type of notification, why didn’t they provide an error notice?


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  20. Peanut

    I tried calling the IRS can’t even get through. Filed on 2/12 it was accepted on 2/12. I have no update can’t get my transcripts and still get the 152 topic. Ugh! No answer any where.


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  21. Cherry

    @ALC: This is crazy. My daughter filed on 1/21/21, taxes accepted the 2/10/21 received her taxes 2/23/21. They keep telling us all types of lies and a lot of isn’t true just to get us off the phone. They need to figure it out cause millions of ppl are waiting on tax refunds. None of what’s going on is making sense.


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  22. Hope donaldson

    @Sheila_33: I filed thru them filed feb 15 accepted 15 still processing no tax topic


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  23. Hope donaldson

    I filed feb 15 accepted 15 and have no bars no tax topic but still processing refund payment be available when get one noone can tell me any thing


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  24. Kandi

    @Pumpkin 10: Nope I haven’t still pending since 2/13


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  25. Pumpkin 10

    Has anyone who filed unemployed 1099 G received their refund?


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  26. Jess

    @Momof3boyz!: I e-filed on 02/02 as well and was approved by the IRS on 02/12 and up until almost 2 weeks ago- I had bars.. now I do not! I have literally never had to wait any longer than 21 days for my refund… and nothing has changed except for my income amounts for the last 10 years that I have had my kids. Simple return, no homeowners, 3 kids and one income. I do this every year…. literally… and nobody can tell me ANYTHING other than like 7 million people who filed between 2/10-2/14 had their returns just vanish or something and that they will process them when they can! I’m so over this that I could scream! I have been a front line essential worker this whole time and not one time have I complained, even after my employer did not give me the hazard pay… but now I just have to wait longer for the government to decide when they want to make me not have to rob peter to pay paul for a minute! It’s just so frustrated!


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  27. Toya

    @[email protected]@: Hey I’m new from alabama I filled and was recived February 16th lost bars last Saturday no update on transcripts and went from being process to still being processed I’m over this


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    @ALC: that can’t be true bc I filed/was accepted on 2/18 & my xscript still is on N/A as well!! This is bullshit! FUCK 2020! I said what I said!!!!!!


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  28. Grannyg

    Anybody know why we’re still getting a still processing status even if was accepted on 2/13


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  29. Kendra

    I filed my taxes Jan 16 2021 with stimulus credit then I received my stimulus so my taxes had to be updated when the company who updated my information updated it they didn’t include my deposit information instead they put that they issued a card out to me which they didn’t . Will the irs use my information on the first return or the second one


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  30. Jay

    @Anita1!: mine has the same , so I don’t know what day I will update.


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  31. BellaMom

    Filed head of household, 1 child under 17 electronically w/ TaxAct including DD 2/12, accepted 2/13, bars disappeared 2/27. Message shows “still being processed…date will be provided when available”. No code; transcripts show no tax return filed. Contacted the IRS (literally called 32 times) and finally spoke to someone. He stated that he can’t see any errors on his end, taxes were pulled from the “pipe” 2 weeks ago and is under review. If there are any errors that they can fix, they will fix it, but if it needs further information, I will get a letter in the mail. I stated I filed electronically and requested DD for a 21 day turn around. He said when pulled for review, it now is viewed as though it was filed like the paper return and I’ll have to wait up to 10 weeks. The 10 weeks started the day it was pulled from the “pipe”. He apologized for the delay. I told him that it wasn’t his fault. He then sincerely apologized actually feeling bad for me and said it may not take that long and to keep checking the website which should update soon. Just waiting anxiously if I’ll get a letter which will delay my refund even more or hoping that if it’s a minor fix, they press forward and I receive my return soon.


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  32. Butteflyfree

    @Momof3boyz!: this is basically where I’m at I called yesterday mid day and I was told that same thing besides the 10 week part but I’m aware of it because of the forum. They don’t tell you that because they know people are angry. It’s ridiculous. I’m a weekly so I’m hoping for a update tonight or Saturday morning so we’ll see. I’ve been stuck with no bars we’re still processing your return for a week and I am a week passed the 21 days. With 152, h n r block told me 152 means I will be getting my funds and it’s like an insurance or something I think nobody knows what is truly going on. We have to pray on things. I have been checking my email for anything coming in the mail from the irs, or my online account for any messages and nothing so far. When she reviewed the information she didn’t find anything so far, so that was a bit of good news for now. Hold tight mom, we’ll get it! I’m a mommy of 3 boys my self and a girl I know the feeling.<3!


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  33. Wheresmyrefund

    My friend who hasnt filed a tax return in years file this year about a week ago a just received an approved bar and also didn’t even work this year smfh


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  34. PinkLotus

    @Word!: Now this is the BS I’m talking about!!! I filed 1/11, accepted 2/10, given DDD of 3/3 thanks to Turbo. I’ve had 1 bar up & processing since 2/27, then all of a sudden the 1 bar, my tax code and my refund amount went away but I was still processing. from 2/27 to now, 3/10 I’m still processing, my tax code came back and so did my refund amount. I’ve called 3 times a day for the last 3 days and 1 out of 3 calls am I able to get all the way through my prompts before being told they were busy and to call back later or the next day and this is at 7:15AM EST, the other 2 calls tell me there are a high volume of calls to please call back and that’s without a ring.


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  35. Anita1!

    My transcript says as of 1/18/21 was accepted 2/12/21 had one bar and tax topic 152 until 3/6/21 when it went to no bar, no 152 but had refund amount w/still processing date when available message, my transcript also has 2 cycle codes one ending 02 and one ending 05??


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  36. Mother

    @Fed up!!: H&R block is telling me the 152tt message I received from the IRS just mean its taking them a little longer and I getting my refund I’m beyond angry it has never took this long for my money EVER!!!!!!!!!


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  37. Momof3boyz!

    I filed through TurboTax on Feb 2. I was accepted on Feb 12. My estimated DDD was March 5.

    As of today, I still have not received my refund. I am “STILL PROCESSING” and a “Refund date will be given when available”. My 2020 account transcripts are still N/A.

    I called IRS to check on the status. I’m told that they are in processing department and I have to give it 10 weeks to either get a letter or my refund! They can’t tell me why though!


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  38. Court

    @Word!: i was accepted on the 10th i had 1 bar now it’s gone and its saying still processing. Call Metabank they saying IRS have received it. But haven’t deposit anything. Anybody else gotten there’s thru Metabank


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  39. Victor

    @ALC: that explains alot having the same issue mine was TT 2/10 with irs 2/12 and still waiting


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  40. ALC

    @Word!: I’m beyond irritated I called IRS on 3/5 as that was 21 or 22 days since return was accepted. I have no info on WMR and no 2020 transcript it says NA. The lady from IRS said there was a tiny error that they can fix and to give it a week or 2. Then She had no explanation for the tiny error. So I did my own research and found out that the IRS wasn’t suppose to accept anyone’s return until 2/12 and all those people whose return got accepted before 2/12 there system generated a error code so that’s why no one is seeing changes with there WMR and no tax transcripts. I did digging to check mine I got email from HNR block online saying it was accepted on 2/12 but on IRS site it actually was accepted on 2/11. And none of this is our faults but I’m over 21 days and still have no refund.


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  41. Etrnlsprg

    @Word!: I filed 1/11th accepted 2/10th. I had 1 bar now no bars. My transcript shows 20210905.


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  42. Irsbitchymoods

    What does Resequenced mean like how you go from a weekly to a daily? Thats causing some delays??? In that case if so , i resequenced


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  43. Twilight Zone 20202021

    Has anyone that claimed their prior-year AGI received their refund for any updates with a direct deposit or even being approved? Anything other than still processing?


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  44. mommaof4

    Has anyone who claimed their prior year AGI received their refund yet or atleast got a DDD.


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  45. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      FreeTaxUSA
    • Date Filed:
      Jan-5
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      FL
    • Bank:
      Bluebird
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-10
    • Bars:
      3rd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-20
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-25
    • Transcript:
      Online
    • Cycle:
      Weekly
    • Earned Income Tax Credit
    • I Got My Refund!
    • Deposit Date:
      Feb-20

    @Word!: I think a lot of you got resequenced (recycled) and just have to process thru and update. Resequencing is what is causing a lot of these delays, and the Wmr is reflecting the length of time you’ve been in the system since you were accepted.


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  46. Word!

    I was early Filer, filed taxes on January 17th 2021. My refund got accepted February 13. I received one bar the bar hasn’t budged since then, the bar disappeared, now WMR is saying still processing with no direct deposit date no bars no nothing. Call the IRS they said that it says processing delays. Then all of a sudden the agents hang up what in the world is going on


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  47. Insider

    You will experience delays in processing your 2020 tax return if you claim a recovery rebate credit that you are not entitled to. Also if you are using your Prior Year Income (PYI) to claim the Earned Income Tac Credit your return will be delayed because the E-file platform that processes your 2020 Tax Return was not preloaded with your 2019 Earned Income due to end of year legislation authorizing the use of your PYI. You can expect delays up to 10 weeks. Don’t blame the IR S though. Blame your Congress.


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  48. June

    IRS accepted my return 2/13, WMR still says processing, transcripts say N/A, payment status on turbo says “payment complete”, Santa Barbara (who turbo tax uses) has not received my taxes as of today. Also received email from turbo tax “congrats you did it”. No clue what all this means. We did have EIC and CTC. No refund and no idea when to expect it. Anybody else?


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  49. smacd

    @Lou lou: they are way behind on working paper returns. I filed amended returns for my 2018 and 2019 taxes on 3-1-20. I just got the additional 2019 money at the end of January and still waiting for the 2018 return.


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  50. DC

    @Krissy: Ok. That’s understandable bc I filed in January and that’s what mines saying also. They did adjust my refund but that was at the beginning of February


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  51. flawless

    My refund is still being processed and a update will be provided when available but I did owe state taxes 83 dollars could that be the reason why I’m looking for answers


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  52. Lou lou

    I mailed my taxes on 2/2/2021
    No status yet. Does anyone know of anyone else that mailed in their taxes?


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  53. Krissy

    @Amm: Same here, spoke with IRS this morning, no bars with still processing and refund date will be provided when available….there was nothing wrong with my acct and should update over the weekend. Some people just get resequenced a week or two, apparently for early filers aka test batches


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  54. Mark

    @Lora: ours say estimated date 3/3/21 we keep calling the bank its 3/3/21 and it’s still saying processing my code ends in 02 is anybody else having this issue wondering where there returns are at??


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  55. Lora

    Everybody else got a date for 3/3 got there money yesterday and today


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