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 2019 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

POST YOUR ACTUAL TAX REFUND EXPERIENCE HERE: This is a “user to user” site and the primary mode of support is peer-to-peer, meaning users helping other users. Admin and moderators are not always present or may not be right, or have answers to questions. Users become more informed when they are here often to read and comment. We call them Top Contributors. We are not a group of experts, merely individuals who have learned more than we ever wanted to know about the tax refund process.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Comments are moderated according to our comment policy. If your comment is moderated, it may appear shortly, it might not. They are auto-moderated (nothing personal) or removed manually for other reasons. It is not personal or always something you implicitly said. If you are moderated, read How We Moderate Comments (HWMC) before getting upset. If you think comments are being moderated in error or have any questions email IGMR Admin. Comments about how or why comments have been moderated could be removed and considered off-topic.

What Others Are Saying:

Select Year to Search Comments:

  1. Neal richardson

    @daniel: it means the estimated time you should receive your taxes according to turbo tax. The only bars that matters are those on wheres my refund. As far as your status you should call I.r.s. to check your status because they will wait a month before sending a letter informing you that there is a problem. That’s how they did me. I filed 1/28/19 and I’m just getn a ddd date 3/20/19. Almost 2 months.

    Reply
  2. TexasMetalHippie

    My return was accepted 30 January. Cycle code 20190801 & the charts I’ve read show it should have been processed at the end of February. I have no codes on my transcript, have received no correspondence from the IRS, and have not received my refund. I claimed the EITC. Does anyone have any insight into this, please?

    Reply
  3. daniel

    At first I had one bar,it disappeared. Then I had “still processing” with no refund amount. Now I have my refund amount on the lower left side. Also have a full blue bar on TT, what does this mean?

    Reply
    1
  4. Brokeiana

    So I’m guessing my return is not done being processed because I don’t see any codes or dates on my transcript. Has anyone called and been told your return is being reviewed and wait 45 days?

    Reply
    7
  5. Confused Mama

    @Amyssss: go to irs.gov click get tax record. Scroll down to transcripts online. The bottom left one i think account transcript will be easiest to see if you have the 846 code. Itll show all the codes. Processing date will be on yhere. And it will say cycle code with the numbers everyone is talking about.

    Reply
  6. Emmy
    • Tax Preparer:
      TurboTax
    • Fees:
      In Advance
    • State:
      Noneya
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-28
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-28
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      Noneya
    • WMR Bars:
      No Bars-PATH Act Message
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-23
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-27
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit

    If your Direct Deposit day is always a Wednesday does that make you weekly? Never pulled transcripts before

    Reply
    1
  7. Jen

    Waiting on a return? Wmr bar gone missing? This happened to me as well and lead me to believe something was wrong with my return. I called the bank where my deposit will go and they were able to tell me that i have a deposit pending for 2/24. Wmr still has processing message when in truth my return is done processing and approved. At this rate i will probably get my return before wmr updates.

    Reply
    2
  8. KG

    @Sdgroft @Bri-Bri
    Same cycle date here. Will probably update this Saturday since we are weekly updates vs the daily.

    Reply
  9. chocolatebeam313

    I filed 1/22 and it was accepted 1/22 but I have EITC and it didn’t update until 2/16 accepted and being processed. I tried requesting transcripts online using my mobile number but system never sent me a code. I’m just trying to find out a round about day when I can expect and update to receive my return. Its never taken this long for me to receive a return, not sure what steps to take at this point.

    Reply
    1
  10. CjWilli84
    • Tax Preparer:
      Jackson Hewitt
    • Fees:
      From Refund
    • State:
      Texas
    • Filing Date:
      Jan-4
    • Date Accepted:
      Jan-15
    • Bank or Prepaid:
      American Express serve
    • WMR Bars:
      2nd Bar
    • Date Approved:
      Feb-23
    • WMR Date:
      Feb-27
    • Direct Deposit Date:
      Feb-26
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, W2
    • Identity Theft, Weekly

    @Bri-Bri: i have same cycle code as of date 02/11/2019 really pissed and concerned i dnt feel like calling and going off on the irs rwps but i will and am going cto call if no update Saturday on my end given im a bitch ass weekly…lol the irs need to alternate that shit out where you get to be daily a few yrs etc not weekly for 8 tax seasons

    Reply
    1
  11. Rebel

    I am in Mississippi and I filed with h&r block and I have the emerald card can y’all tell me when it will hit I filed 02_06_2019

    Reply
  12. Bri-Bri

    I am 20190405, I didn’t get a ddd on 2/17. Anyone with the same cycle, please post your situation.

    Reply
    1
  13. Amyssss

    I’m lost on the whole weekly n daily & how to get transcripts . I was accepted 1/22 is all i know

    Reply
    3
Return to top of page