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. BlessedWifeMotherof2

    Filed daughters taxes through TT late Tuesday night 02/23 and it was accepted 02/23. She has Varo Bank and received her DD around 3pm today 02/26. She is still on first bar on WMR. Definitely wasn’t expecting anything this soon. 🤷🏾‍♀️

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  2. Nicole

    I filed and was accepted February 15th. Still nothing on transcripts. It still says n/a instead of the year and I have never seen that before. Normally I will see a year and that transcript will be blank. What is up with this year???

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  3. Nicks wife

    Accepted 2/11 transcript says N/A on return but account says 2-22-21 no change and it’s weekly. Any chance it will update today?

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  4. modestorockstar

    Tax preparer: free file usa
    Fees: free file, state fees from federal refund
    Filed 2/20 accepted 2/21 State accepted 2/22
    Eic and additional child tax credit plus recovery rebate

    My entire return is a mess from the previous year being unable to id verify and my return was archived so my entire account is missing Last year which should have a TON of codes. I was able to finally get an account which I think means I am now id verified.so I file it again this year with my information based on the fact that I received unemployment and paid enough to get a refund from Oregon and fed’s with my account showing nothing but my income from 2011 on only being my social security which was paid via a representative payee. They filed for the stimulus checks and the second was finally deposited the day or so after I filed.
    I should be getting additional recovery rebate for two dependant children and I was able to use last year’s agibto determine this year income except I had to change it after they rejected it because they didn’t have the record of last year’s return since I filed but was unable to id verify and it was tossed out. Even when I contacted my representative to assist me I had to get verified which was not easy since I have little credit and mostly debit cards.

    Joe that I can access the account am I verified Bec I have been told it’s the same thing you have to open the account by providing the id verify info.
    Should I refile The same return for last year and wait until they finally figured it all out or any advice? I was self employed after being on disability for years and I Lost my business through the covid shut down and I now have unemployment benefits. I am still getting partial disability and I am not sure if the stress is going to be a cause of my I’m going back to disability.

    Any idea what to think about that need I know that there is more to tell but the basics are here.

    Thank you

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  5. littles16
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Pa
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-29
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-29
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      credit union
    • WMR Bars:
      What Bars?
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-1
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • TT 152

    @Kelz13: me asf

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  6. Kelz13

    Filed 1/28. Accepted early 2/11. Still no WMR change but those accepted weeks after me are receiving DDD and some have received refunds. I e-filed with deposit going to a federal credit union. Anyone else experiencing a similar situation? Thanks y’all!

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  7. Confused

    Forgive me if this has been asked but what does as of date mean? My friends is the same as mine 3/8 but she got her refund already. I’m still at N/A

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  8. *30lady

    Filed and accepted 2/14 turbo tax… Child tax credit AND recovery rebate credit. I am also a weekly. Any idea when I might update? Will me claiming missing stimulus money for BOTH stimulus checks hold up my refund?

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  9. Derrick’s wife

    If you were processed on the 19th and having fees taken out via SBTPG they will not receive your money until Monday!! I talked to an agent myself…

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  10. Ashlientexas

    Good afternoon you guys I just happen to log into my bank account and lo and behold my tax refund is in!! I am extremely shocked right now I live in Texas I also had the earned income credits and dependents!

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  11. Nene

    What exactly is “As Of (date) meaning? Is that the date they’ll start of should be done processing by?

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  12. Nene

    So I’m confused. Is there a possibility TRANSCRIPTS can update on the weekend? As of 11:57pm 2/19/2021 mine is still N/A. Been a weekly for years so maybe I’ll see an update next week.

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  13. Scotty123

    @Sheila_33: I filed February 6, 2021 and accepted the 12th. My WMR bar updated to recieved on February 17th. My last two digits on my transcript is 05. I guess that is weekly. Can you tell me if there will be any updates to this soon or will it be next week. I have CTC and EITC too.

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  14. Brittany

    I’m new to all of this..so don’t be harsh lol…I have 2 different cycle codes the one from 2020 ends in 05 and 2021 ends in 02, anybody else have 2 different ones? I only see the year 2020 available for account transcript and wage & income transcript. I filed 01/18 and federal was just accepted 02/13 state was accepted today…wmr still is only at bar 1 of 3. Any help?

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  15. Brittany

    I’m new to all of this..so don’t be harsh lol…I have 2 different cycle codes the one from 2020 ends in 05 and 2021 ends in 02, anybody else have 2 different ones? I only see the year 2020 available for account transcript and wage & income transcript. I filed 01/18 and was federal just accepted 02/13 state was accepted today…wmr still is only at bar 1 of 3. Any help?

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  16. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-5
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-10
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @MNMomma: Next big update is Friday, hopefully you’ll see something then.

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  17. MNMomma

    So I filed in January and my return was accepted on Feb.11 and I’m weekly. When can I expect to see my bars or transcripts updated?

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  18. Sheila_33
    • Tax Preparer:
      freetaxUSA
    • Fees:
      Free
    • State:
      Florida
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-5
    • Date Accepted:
      Feb-10
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Bluebird
    • WMR Bars:
      1st Bar
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit, Schedule C
    • TT 152, Weekly

    @MamaBelle: If you’re a weekly, you’ll process Thursday, so path won’t be an issue. Cut off for being processed for a weekly is Tuesday so if you want to be processed this week, you need to be accepted by then.

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  19. MamaBelle

    I’m a weekly, but haven’t filed yet. If I file today and get accepted, when should I expect my refund at the earliest? And what about if I wait until Monday when the hold lifts for credits?

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