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    Categories: Taxes and Retirement

2018 Tax Season Open and IRS Tax Refunds Being Processed (or Not)

The IRS has officially announced that the 2018 Tax season is now open. This is in line with our earlier published schedule of key 2018 tax filing dates. April 17, 2018 is the tax deadline – excluding extensions and for non-resident filers. With more than 155 million returns to be filed this year (greater than 90% being done electronically) the number one question most tax payers are asking is, “when will I get my refund?” The schedule below shows an estimated refund schedule chart for the upcoming tax year that should help answer this.

The IRS expects more than 70% of taxpayers to get tax refunds this year. Last year, over 110 million refunds were issued, with an average refund of $2,895. More than 90% of eligible refunds were paid in less than 21 days. Start your tax filing and refund processing for free with TurboTaxH&R BlockTax Act or E-file

Tax Return Accepted by IRS After
(WMR status = Return Received)
IRS Refund Accepted Before Estimated Refund Date (via Direct Deposit) Estimated Refund Date (via Paper Check)
January 29, 2018 February 4, 2018 February 16, 2018 March 2, 2018
February 5, 2018 February 11, 2018 February 23, 2018 March 9, 2018
February 12, 2018 February 18, 2018 March 2, 2018 March 16, 2018
February 19, 2018 February 25, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 23, 2018
February 26, 2018 March 4, 2018 March 16, 2018 March 30, 2018
March 5, 2018 March 11, 2018 March 23, 2018 April 6, 2018
March 12, 2018 March 18, 2018 March 30, 2018 April 13, 2018
March 19, 2018 March 25, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 20, 2018
March 26, 2018 April 1, 2018 April 13, 2018 April 27, 2018
April 2, 2018 April 8, 2018 April 20, 2018 May 4, 2018
April 9, 2018 April 15, 2018 April 27, 2018 May 11, 2018
April 16, 2018 April 22, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 18, 2018
April 23, 2018 April 29, 2018 May 11, 2018 May 25, 2018
April 30, 2018 May 6, 2018 May 18, 2018 June 1, 2018
May 7, 2018 May 13, 2018 May 25, 2018 June 8, 2018
May 14, 2018 May 20, 2018 June 1, 2018 June 15, 2018
May 21, 2018 May 27, 2018 June 8, 2018 June 22, 2018
May 28, 2018 June 3, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 29, 2018
June 4, 2018 June 10, 2018 June 22, 2018 July 6, 2018
June 11, 2018 June 17, 2018 June 29, 2018 July 13, 2018
June 18, 2018 June 24, 2018 July 6, 2018 July 20, 2018
June 25, 2018 July 1, 2018 July 13, 2018 July 27, 2018
July 2, 2018 July 8, 2018 July 20, 2018 August 3, 2018
July 9, 2018 July 15, 2018 July 27, 2018 August 10, 2018
July 16, 2018 July 22, 2018 August 3, 2018 August 17, 2018
July 23, 2018 July 29, 2018 August 10, 2018 August 24, 2018
July 30, 2018 August 5, 2018 August 17, 2018 August 31, 2018
August 6, 2018 August 12, 2018 August 24, 2018 September 7, 2018
August 13, 2018 August 19, 2018 August 31, 2018 September 14, 2018
August 20, 2018 August 26, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 21, 2018
August 27, 2018 September 2, 2018 September 14, 2018 September 28, 2018
September 3, 2018 September 9, 2018 September 21, 2018 October 5, 2018
September 10, 2018 September 16, 2018 September 28, 2018 October 12, 2018
September 17, 2018 September 23, 2018 October 5, 2018 October 19, 2018
September 24, 2018 September 30, 2018 October 12, 2018 October 26, 2018
October 1, 2018 October 7, 2018 October 19, 2018 November 2, 2018
October 8, 2018 October 14, 2018 October 26, 2018 November 9, 2018
October 15, 2018 October 21, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 16, 2018
October 22, 2018 October 28, 2018 November 9, 2018 November 23, 2018
October 29, 2018 November 4, 2018 November 16, 2018 November 30, 2018
November 5, 2018 November 11, 2018 November 23, 2018 December 7, 2018
November 12, 2018 November 18, 2018 November 30, 2018 December 14, 2018
November 19, 2018 November 25, 2018 December 7, 2018 December 21, 2018
November 26, 2018 December 2, 2018 December 14, 2018 December 28, 2018
December 3, 2018 December 9, 2018 December 21, 2018 January 4, 2019
December 10, 2018 December 16, 2018 December 28, 2018 January 11, 2019
December 17, 2018 December 23, 2018 January 4, 2019 January 18, 2019
December 24, 2018 December 30, 2018 January 11, 2019 January 25, 2019
December 31, 2018 January 6, 2019 January 18, 2019 February 1, 2019
January 7, 2019 January 13, 2019 January 25, 2019 February 8, 2019
The above dates are estimates only and should only be used as a guideline for your refund processing and payment date. Tax situations vary greatly by individual and per the 8,000+ comments in this article from last year, there could be many reasons for tax refund payment delays. Especially with increased security checks over the last few years to prevent tax identity fraud. Feel free to leave a comment and I am sure you will get an answer from the Saving to Invest Tax community.

Note that for tax filing this year none of the Trump tax breaks will be in effect. They will be applicable from next year.