When Will I Get My Tax Refund? IRS Tax eFile Refund Cycle and Direct Deposit Schedule for 2016-2017 Tax Season

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You’ve filed your tax return and are expecting a tax refund. Congratulations!  Now, you want to know when to expect your refund.  Generally, if you e-file and use direct deposit, the IRS estimates that you should receive your federal refund between 8 and 14 days after they accept your return (i.e. the IRS does not send you a notification requesting additional information or an audit notice). The IRS issues more than 90 percent of refunds within 21 days.


The IRS expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers to again receive tax refunds this year. Last year, the IRS issued 109 million refunds, with an average refund of $2,797.

If you did not select the electronic deposit option, getting a paper check mailed to you adds about a week.  If your return was filed by mail, then your refund can take up to 6 weeks from the date the IRS receives a complete and accurate return. Once your return is accepted by the IRS, the IRS processes your refund based on the IRS E-file Refund Cycle Chart. An estimated IRS refund chart  for 2017 based on date range of your filing being accepted by the IRS is shown below. Exact refund dates are based on IRS processing times and can be found in IRS Publication 2043 and IRS Topic 152 for both e-filed and mailed returns.

2017 Tax Season IRS Refund Schedule

IRS Accepts Return After
(WMR status = Return Received)
IRS Return Accepted Before (End Date)Estimated Refund Date (via Direct Deposit)Estimated Refund Date (via Paper Check)
January 23, 2017January 27, 2016February 5, 2016February 9, 2016
January 27, 2017February 3, 2017February 14, 2017February 16, 2017
February 3, 2017February 10, 2017February 21, 2017February 23, 2017
February 10, 2017February 15, 2017February 24, 2017February 28, 2017
February 15, 2017February 24, 2017March 7, 2017March 9, 2017
February 24, 2017March 3, 2017March 14, 2017March 16, 2017
March 3, 2017March 10, 2017March 21, 2017March 23, 2017
March 10, 2017March 17, 2017March 28, 2017March 30, 2017
March 17, 2017March 24, 2017April 4, 2017April 6, 2017
March 24, 2017March 31, 2017April 11, 2017April 13, 2017
March 31, 2017April 7, 2017April 18, 2017April 20, 2017
April 7, 2017April 14, 2017April 25, 2017April 27, 2017
April 14, 2017April 21, 2017May 2, 2017May 4, 2017
April 21, 2017April 28, 2017May 9, 2017May 11, 2017
April 28, 2017May 5, 2017May 16, 2017May 18, 2017
May 5, 2017May 12, 2017May 23, 2017May 25, 2017
May 12, 2017May 19, 2017May 30, 2017June 1, 2017
May 19, 2017May 26, 2017June 6, 2017June 8, 2017
May 26, 2017June 2, 2017June 13, 2017June 15, 2017
June 2, 2017June 9, 2017June 20, 2017June 22, 2017
June 9, 2017June 16, 2017June 27, 2017June 29, 2017
June 16, 2017June 23, 2017July 5, 2017July 7, 2017
June 23, 2017June 30, 2017July 11, 2017July 13, 2017
June 30, 2017July 7, 2017July 18, 2017July 20, 2017
July 7, 2017July 14, 2017July 25, 2017July 27, 2017
July 14, 2017July 21, 2017August 1, 2017August 3, 2017
July 21, 2017July 28, 2017August 8, 2017August 10, 2017
July 28, 2017August 4, 2017August 15, 2017August 17, 2017
August 4, 2017August 11, 2017August 22, 2017August 24, 2017
August 11, 2017August 18, 2017August 29, 2017August 31, 2017
August 18, 2017August 25, 2017September 5, 2017September 7, 2017
August 25, 2017September 1, 2017September 12, 2017September 14, 2017
September 1, 2017September 8, 2017September 19, 2017September 21, 2017
September 8, 2017September 15, 2017September 26, 2017September 28, 2017
September 15, 2017September 22, 2017October 3, 2017October 5, 2017
September 22, 2017September 29, 2017October 10, 2017October 12, 2017
September 29, 2017October 6, 2017October 17, 2017October 19, 2017
October 6, 2017October 13, 2017October 24, 2017October 26, 2017
October 13, 2017October 20, 2017October 31, 2017November 2, 2017
October 20, 2017October 27, 2017November 7, 2017November 9, 2017
October 27, 2017November 3, 2017November 14, 2017November 16, 2017
November 3, 2017November 10, 2017November 21, 2017November 23, 2017
November 10, 2017November 17, 2017November 28, 2017November 30, 2017
November 17, 2017November 24, 2017December 5, 2017December 7, 2017
November 24, 2017December 1, 2017December 12, 2017December 14, 2017
December 1, 2017December 8, 2017December 19, 2017December 21, 2017
December 8, 2017December 15, 2017December 26, 2017December 28, 2017
December 15, 2017December 22, 2017January 2, 2018January 4, 2018
December 22, 2017December 29, 2017January 9, 2018January 11, 2018
December 29, 2017January 5, 2018January 16, 2018January 18, 2018

To find out online when the IRS currently expects to specifically issue your refund, check the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool which  is updated every Wednesday. You’ll need to provide the following information from your tax return : social security number, filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of your expected refund. If you have an iPhone, download MyTaxRefund, a free iPhone App from TurboTax that allows you to check the status of your refund on your smart phone.

Should I call the IRS if I haven’t received my refund?

Unfortunately calling the IRS won’t do anything to speed your refund since their call center staff are not the ones who process the (over 140 million) tax returns. The best option is still to use  check the “Where’s My Refund” page or IRS2Go application. If you don’t receive your refund in 21 days, then and only then, contact the IRS to determine why it is taking so long to receive your return.

When to Expect Your State Tax Refund


State refunds are processed by each individual state, so processing times will vary. As a general rule, you can expect your state tax refund within 30 days of the electronic filing date or the postmark date. To get the current status of your state tax refund, contact your state tax agency or search online for your state’s taxation website.

I’m not going to be able to file my taxes in time. What should I do? If you can’t make that mid April deadline for filing your taxes then file an extension. The IRS says it received requests for 11 million extensions, which amounts to about 8% of all tax returns. Taxpayers who ask for an extension get an extra six months to file—your new deadline will be in mid October.  However you still need to make any expected tax liability payments. See this article for more details and restrictions on filing an extension.

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66 Comments on "When Will I Get My Tax Refund? IRS Tax eFile Refund Cycle and Direct Deposit Schedule for 2016-2017 Tax Season"

christy

I mail my taxes on February 15,2016 and haven’t got anything back or hear from the irs

Ash

I did my refund of Feb 9 and I still havent recieved my refund so I called the IRS and they told me on March 2 it got sent to the identity theft dept. If i send my pin along with my refund why are they taking so long to prove it is me? They also told me it takes 6-8 wks to process this really that long?? Does it really take long?

William Warren III

I need my refund.everyday I exceed the number of times I’m allowed per day to check.this blows I’m really anxious I owe some clown some $.i wish he was a clown , he’s a big ugly monster.

Kaleb

Hello! If I filed my taxes on February 12th and still have yet to receive my refund, when is the latest that I should be expecting my money? My girlfriend filed on the same day and got hers back last week. We both filed electronically.

Dawn

I had mine done at H&R Block on 1/27 and they were immediately accepted.Status changed to processing last week. I have already received my state but nothing from federal. Everyone else around me is getting theirs and I’m still waiting. This is so frustrating. I wish someone could just give me a straight answer so I know what’s going on!

Derica

I also filed mine with hnr block and haven’t heard anything it still says pending

Christian

Mine got accepted January 30 and I still haven’t received mine yet

Gwen

Mine was accepted on 2-5 also n hasnt moved from first bar either!

C.m

Same here that’s why I’m here trying to find a possible date that my direct deposit mite hit.. any clue

heather

i filed on the feb 11th and still havent moved they say when u get the email it says when the irs accepts it then be looking at your direct deposite in to 7 to 14 days but the irs websites says the 19th

Mccrae

Same here it probably be here Saturday or Sunday

Andrea

I filed on 02/03 I have not received my yet

Jazaire

I filed 1/24 and my bar has not moved. Anyone else!

Betsy

Did u file turbo tax or thru cpa

Timothy

I have filed on the 5th of February and was accepted on the 5th of February and today I looked at my status and it says your refund is still processing waiting on a release date what do that mean and can I get it as early without them putting it up there they just updated that today

C.m

I filed the same day and ask for direct deposit when u recive a cycle date please let me know

Brian

Did my taxes 1\27 i have yet to see my refund

Wondering

Anyone with a accept date of 2/5/16 did you move to the approved status?

nayeli

Nope today is 2 weeks that I still haven’t received anything and I was accepted on the 5th

Yiaro

Nope

Stephanie

I was accepted 2/5/16 and still have not moved past the first bar.

Sarah

I also filed on 2/5/16 and mine only has said accepted. Hasn’t moved past the 1st bar though.

Amg

All my bars are gone. I filled on 2/3 and accepted on 2/5. For about 1 week i had one bar on accepted then all bar disappeared!!!

Amber

I filed on 2/5, was accepted almost immediately, and my bar hasn’t moved either

Timothy

I have filed on the 5th of February and was accepted on the 5th of February and today I looked at my status and it says your refund is still processing waiting on a release date what do that mean and can I get it as early without them putting it up there they just updated that today

christina

I called my emerald card today and it said that my refund was complete i filed on the 25th and it said it was processed on the 25th does anybody have a good idea when it will be loaded since its complete and on the app it doesnt even say complete i think that app isnt working properly

Josh

I filed Jan 25 and it’s still in ‘return accepted’ status. A friend of mine who filed after me has already got to ‘refund approved’, but I’m still waiting.

Cee

Same here. I filed on my tax on 1/18 and till this day it says its in review. It has not gone to the second bar where it says “approved” whats going on?

Bryan

Yes, me too. It’s really frustrating!

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I have used Turbo Tax, my return very simple yet I filed 19th and still waiting as well, so TT isnt always going to get it faster

Sandra Brinson

I file my taxe return on January 19,2016 it is being process, How long before you usually get a date for approved return

Judy

I filed on 1/29 and was accepted the same day. I finally awoke this morning to a DD of 1/10, which also happens to be today’s date but still no refund. Turbo Tax is where I was given my deposit date yet WMR shows no change past received. I have a feeling that the recently announced breach has affected much more than the IRS will admit to. This is aggravating to say the least.

Jessica

I filed the same day u did and it still saying process

Dorothy

I filed my tax return in January 2015 and I had to take my id and social security in and now it’s been 3 months and it’s still saying processing I have called can’t get know one

Jerry and sharon johnson

I filed my taxes in early April electronically. They were kicked back saying someone stole my identity and already filed them. I was told by my tax person I had to file a paper return and would get a questionnaire and password probably in June or July. It’s almost December and I’ve heard nothing. When I call Where’s my refund I just get a message saying it hasn’t been processed yet. I can not reach any one on the phone to talk to. Will I need to drive to their office in Cincinnattie?

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