Updated in 2013 for the 2012 Tax Year
One of the most pressing questions in the life of an early tax filer – when can I expect my tax refund to come? Before e-filing, this was always difficult to predict. First, you mail in your return. Then someone inputs all your information (and later, computers scanned in your information), then the Treasury had to issue a check, which was then mailed to you. Now, with a free IRS e-file, you can get your refund in as little as 8 days from when you file, if you elect for direct deposit.
For 9 out of 10 taxpayers, the IRS issued refunds in less than 21 days from the date the return was received last year.
Due to the fiscal cliff, the IRS pushed back the start of tax filing season to January 30, 2013.
The IRS Refund Schedule Chart
Here is a chart of when you can expect your tax refund for when the return was accepted (based on e-Filing). This is an estimate based on past years trends, but based on early information, does seem accurate for about 90% of taxpayers. Here is the information the IRS issued this year (2013): IRS Refund Information Guidelines. Also, as always, you can use the link below to get your specific refund status.
|Transmitted & Accepted||Direct Deposit Sent||Paper Check Mailed|
|Jan 30 and Feb 1, 2013||Feb 8, 2013||Feb 11, 2013|
|Feb 2 and Feb 8, 2013||Feb 15, 2013||Feb 18, 2013|
|Feb 9 and Feb 15, 2013||Feb 22, 2013||Feb 25, 2013|
|Feb 16 and Feb 22, 2013||Mar 1, 2013||Mar 4, 2013|
|Feb 23 and Feb 28, 2013||Mar 8, 2013||Mar 11, 2013|
|Mar 1 and Mar 7, 2013||Mar 15, 2013||Mar 18, 2013|
|Mar 8 and Mar 14, 2013||Mar 22, 2013||Mar 25, 2013|
|Mar 15 and Mar 21, 2013||Mar 29, 2013||Apr 1, 2013|
|Mar 22 and Mar 28, 2013||Apr 5, 2013||Apr 8, 2013|
|Mar 29 and Apr 4, 2013||Apr 12, 2013||Apr 15, 2013|
|Apr 5 and Apr 11, 2013||Apr 19, 2013||Apr 22, 2013|
|Apr 12 and Apr 18, 2013||Apr 26, 2013||Apr 29, 2013|
|Apr 19 and Apr 25, 2013||May 3, 2013||May 6, 2013|
If, for some reason, you didn’t receive your return in the time specified above, give or take a few days, you can always use the IRS’s new tool called Get Refund Status. Since the link requires personal information, here is the non-html version: https://sa2.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp.
Once you enter all your information, it will tell you what is going on with your refund.
Also, many people are concerned because they received a Reference Code when checking WMR. Here is a complete list of IRS Reference Codes.
Don’t just stop here, find out how you can start minimizing next year’s taxes right now!