When To Expect My Tax Refund?

when to expect my tax refundUpdated for the 2013 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 16 day government shutdown in the Fall of 2013, the IRS announced that the first day of e-Filing would be January 31, 2014.


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 (2014): 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 31 and Feb 3, 2014 Feb 13, 2014 Feb 21, 2014
Feb 4 and Feb 10, 2014 Feb 21, 2014 Feb 24, 2014
Feb 11 and Feb 17, 2014 Feb 28, 2014 Mar 3, 2014
Feb 18 and Feb 24, 2014 Mar 7, 2014 Mar 10, 2014
Feb 25 and Mar 3, 2014 Mar 14, 2014 Mar 17, 2014
Mar 4 and Mar 10, 2014 Mar 21, 2014 Mar 24, 2014
Mar 11 and Mar 17, 2014 Mar 28, 2014 Mar 31, 2014
Mar 18 and Mar 24, 2014 Apr 4, 2014 Apr 7, 2014
Mar 25 and Mar 31, 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Apr 14, 2014
Apr 1 and Apr 7, 2014 Apr 18, 2014 Apr 21, 2014
Apr 8 and Apr 14, 2014 Apr 25, 2014 Apr 28, 2014
Apr 15 and Apr 21, 2014 May 2, 2014 May 5, 2014
Apr 22 and Apr 28, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 12, 2014


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.


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  • http://www.moneycone.com MoneyCone

    Very useful information Robert! And thanks for the link!

  • http://barbarafriedbergpersonalfinance.com Barb Friedberg

    Very informative chart. I’m sure lots of individuals could use this info. Did you get it from the IRS site/

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      Yes, it comes from the IRS website. It is also important to note that it only applies to e-file, and not to mailing in a paper tax return.

      • susan benson

        My tax return was accepted on Feb 14,2013. It started being processed on 3/5/2013.My tax return is still being processed according to the wheres my refund tool. I electronically filed on Feb 4,2013 and requested direct deposit to my bank account, but since I have education credits it took until the Feb 14,2013 to be accepted. I am starting to worry since it clearly stated “you should receive your refund within 21 days or less”. Anyone else having the same issues?

        • Becky

          Hi Susan,

          I am in the same boat as you. I filed my return in early Feb. but found out it wasn’t accepted until Feb. 14 because of the education credit. We check WMR everyday but there has been no change it just keeps saying it’s being processed. I read somewhere that your not supposed to count weekends in the 21 day wait so we are not quite at 21 days but it’s really close and I’m worried.

          • susan benson

            Hi Becky,
            I just got off the phone with the IRS…yes I actually got a live person! The IRS representative I spoke with was very helpful, but I found out that most returns like ours still will take another 2-4 weeks before they are out of resolution. The issue I am having is that FAFSA will not accept estimates on your 2012 tax returns and wants the actual tax return information from the IRS. Big problem for my son who is eligible for scholastic grants contingent on filing for FAFSA first. Seems unfair that a person works so hard to make the Deans list and then is unable to facilitate the benefits from that because the IRS is having such issues…..in a word or three, fiscal cliff fiasco. Thanks to our legislators we are all suffering now. I don’t blame the IRS per se, but I do blame all the politicians who didn’t even consider the fallout due to their inability to work together for the good of their constituents. We can still hope it will happen sooner than 2-4 weeks, but somehow my gut feeling says it’s going to be a long process.

        • charlie

          im having the same problem i filed on feb 25 and here we are in march 20th still no return all it says is that its still processing good luck ………

        • Tina

          I e filed my taxes on 1/28 but was not accepted by IRS until 2/14 because of the educational tax credit. I was suppose to have gotten my refund by 3/7 . It is now 3/20 and still no money. This is becoming to be very frustrating. Pray tell if I owed them money…they would be at my door by now

        • thefyn

          Me too: Accepted late Jan via TT. Now it is April 4th and so sign of a refund.

        • parshan

          yes mine has been processing for 6 weeks now!!! anyone got a good number to get a hold of the irs?

      • susan benson

        Hi Robert,
        I wondered if perhaps FAFSA or any other college scholarship programs might consider the tax return dilemma this year and extend their application cut off dates..or maybe allow those with tax return delays the chance to reapply? Seems almost surreal that many won’t have the resources to attend college due to the lack of being timely by our politicians (fiscal cliff fiasco). I honestly believe there should have been a backup plan in regards to having the software to check the returns updated in order to facilitate the returns with certain deduction criteria, such as the education credits.Your input would be much appreciated.

        • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

          Hey Susan,

          For the FAFSA, you just use the information from your tax return, whether or not you got your refund. I don’t think you need to worry too much about the IRS delays to do your FAFSA, since you already have all the information. I filled out the FAFSA quite a few times before filing my taxes – you just need the data.

          • concerned

            What is really going on with the tax returns this year? I filed 2/2/13 and was accepted 2/15/13. I have been checking the wmr every other day and never see a change. I keep getting a message indicating my refund is still processing and a refund date will be given when available. This is absolutely ridiculous. I worked hard last year and I am still working hard this year. The IRS is taking their portion of my taxes still while I am continuously waiting for my refund with no answers or help whatsoever. This seems as if this is a violation of my rights. I am a tax paying citizen and I deserve my money in s timely manner. I bet the illegal immigrants that are here have already received their refund and most of them don’t even pay taxes. America is a sad country for us that I have been hers all of our life. Sad….

          • susan benson

            Just filed with FAFSA and was able to submit my processed tax return to them.. YIPPEE! My biggest concern was getting the FAFSA submitted so my son can then apply for some scholastic grants or merit grants. Hang in there everyone the IRS is now full speed ahead with their processing and sending refunds out.

  • http://www.edwardantrobus.com Edward Antrobus

    I remember a couple years ago, I somehow added an extra digit to my bank account number and the direct deposit bounced. That was a fun time tracking it down.

  • Big Jon

    I’m just trying to make sure I’m reading this right. My return was accepted on the 2nd of February so it should be returned by the 8th right?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, if your return was accepted between Feb 2 and Fed 8, you should have your direct deposit sent on average by Feb 15. That is for most average returns. Remember, 90% of taxpayers received their refund within 21 days. It’s never a guarantee but rather an average, and you can check your status using the link to the IRS website.

      • susan benson

        Thanks for the response Robert. I already did that and they informed me they need official processed 2012 tax returns, which is impossible since my 2012 tax returns have been in the processing stage for weeks. I will keep you informed as to the results. Thank you for this awesome informational site, I truly appreciate it.

  • Farhan Aden

    Hi, my return was accepted Jan 30th and have not received my refund yet. I asked for direct deposit, so should I be worried? I use turbo tax and I like it as it tells me if I make a mistake and so on. i hope to receive my refund on the 15th. I need this money.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      It depends on your tax return. The IRS gave 21 days guidance for most returns, and that still means you have two weeks. Also, if you had certain tax deductions or tax credits, the IRS isn’t going to even look at your return until after 2/14.

  • Katreed

    I filed on 2/5 said it was accepted 2/6 however,the rep from irs I spoke to said it was accepted or received on 2/8. Given the later date of 2/8,could we possibly get our refund on 2/15?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      It could come that early, however, chances are higher that it will be in the next week by the 22nd.

  • Donald Williams

    Table is very useful..thank you. I was told by IRS rep that I was accepted 2/7 maybe I will have a surprise tomorrow:) WMR is a useless tool . I hope they improve for 2013 returns.

  • jazzy

    I filed my taxes feb 1 i recieved my state on Feb 8 but still no federal. Wen i check wmr it just say return recieved shud i b worried

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Don’t worry yet. First, the IRS still gave a 21 day guidelines. Second, if you had any education tax credits or deductions, your return wasn’t even going to start to be processed until 2/14.

  • Jswag

    My return was accepted the first of February, but I have education tax credits. When should I expect my refund?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Your 21 days didn’t start until 2/14, so I would guess somewhere between 2/22 and 3/1.

  • Tramontie

    I filed my taxes 2/01/2013. I checked wmr 2/12/2013 and it said received and processing. I checked it today and it says its under review? Does this mean I’m being audited? I see that a lot of people are having this issue but don’t have any information.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, it doesn’t mean you’re being audited. When Where’s My Refund said “Under Review”, it means that your tax return was randomly selected to be reviewed by a human. It happens to about 5-10% of returns at random. It typically adds about 7 days to the filing time unless they find something and do audit you.

      • Tramontie

        Thanks for the reply. I was just confused.

  • Delores

    My refund was accepted on Jan 28,2013, and all wmr says that its being pocessed. Should i be worried that something is wrong?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, you don’t need to worry. First, your return wasn’t even looked at until 1/30. Then, if you had certain education deductions or tax credits, your return didn’t even start to process until 2/14. There is still time before you should worry.

  • Jimmy boyd

    it says my refund was processed on jan 25th but I have education credits and they didn’t start till the 14th so will it still be less than 21 days from the 25th or when should I really expect to receive my refund.. they are saying before the 20th but im not sure if that will happen.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, your 21 days started on 2/14.

  • Lakisha

    I submitted my taxes via taxact on 1/23 but I know they weren’t going to start processing efiles with the 8863 form until 2/14. Mine was received on the 14th but all wmr keeps showing is that it was received, not even accepted yet. But when I checked my efstatus on taxact both my federal and my state show as accepted. I’m just concerned because it seems that that status bar on wmr is just staying stuck on received.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Give WMR a few days to update. The IRS issued a press release last week basically saying the consumers were overwhelming their website and causing issues. They’ve encouraged people to only visit once a day and let them know there may be issues updating.

  • steve

    I file on jan 16th through a tax preparer. he did efile, and i have the education credits i don’t know when or even if it was accepted but on wmr all i get is “You may not have entered your information correctly. Please verify your personal tax data and try again” should i be worried?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Yes, it sounds like your preparer hasn’t filed your return yet. Many tax preparers review returns and have other systems in place before filing that you may not see on the backend. In fact, he probably knew the IRS wasn’t accepting education tax credit returns yet, and held off. Your best bet is to call your tax preparer and ask him if he filed your return yet.

      • Richard Wunderle

        The other possibility that occurs frequently is that people enter the amount they are expecting to receive instead of the amount listed on the tax return when using the WMR tool. If you agreed to have any filing or preparation fees deducted from your refund be sure to still use the actual refund amount to check the status.

  • Noel

    I my tax preparer e filed my taxes Feb 5th. Its sounds like it wasn’t actually excepted until later. the wmr site has been stuck on processing and we will give you a refund date when they can ect…….. I have not received any letters codes nothing. should I be worried?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Don’t worry yet. 21 days puts you into March before you may hear something!


    i filed my taxes on january 31st accepted on feb1st first i was stuck at one bar for about two weeks now checked wmr lastnite and to add they also said i was under review but as i checked the site no bars and still being processed when give due date when ones available

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Under review means that your taxes are going to be checked manually. This adds time to the process, but you shouldn’t worry unless the IRS contacts you via mail.

  • India

    Hi im a little confused. My return was accepted 2/18/13 so I should expect to see it between the 16 and the 22?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      If your return was accepted on 2/18, you should probably expect a refund around 3/1.

      • India

        Ok thank you so much

  • robert

    I filed mine january 31st via e file and yesterday it said under review and refund date would be posted when it could. Should I be worried

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      “Under Review” means that your return is being looked at manually by an IRS agent. It happens randomly in about 5-10% of returns. You shouldn’t be worried unless you get a letter from the IRS.

  • Todd

    My refund status changed from accepted (on 2/9/13) to Take Action ! (on 2/16/13) Then the link for details says reference code 1541 ???

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Code 1541 is a code for Back Taxes Owed. You should call the IRS to get that resolved immediately.

      • Cathy

        I just found the same thing on mine- code 1541. Nice. Back Taxes Owed? This happens every year and we have done nothing wrong, file every year, and every year they change something on our return saying we owe more. I don’t get it! This kind of crap pisses me off. We pay oodles and oodles into it each year and they take away even more. I just want to break even for pete’s sake, not even GET a refund. :( So do you know how much longer it’ll take to process then? If we even get anything? I’m so frustrated with our governmet these days.

      • Sue

        I also have code 1541 and don’t owe any back taxes. I called the IRS# on the refund site & spoke to an agent (not a long hold time, either), she gave me her agent # and explained that the system was down but took my info and put me on hold a few times while she checked. She told me the 1541 was just a code they use for processing and I didn’t have to call to do anything because I was getting that code. I am still within the 21 days of when I e-filed. I will start to worry or get annoyed after the 21 days has elapsed if I haven’t received a DD date. Last year, I had it within 9 days but this year I have tax debt due to insolvency so I am wondering if that is what’s holding it up. :-(

        • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

          Code 1541 is a Delay in Processing, usually do to eFiling. Hopefully you’ll get something soon.

  • Tina

    When your tax status on wmr says take action and being reviewed, what does that mean and how long does it usually take to get a letter from them?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      5-10% of all returns are sent to review by a personal as a manual check on the process. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it does delay your return by about 7 days. However, if they find something and want more information, you can typically expect a letter from the IRS within 90 days.

  • MrsLilly

    Hi, I filed my taxes Jan 14th was Accepted Jan20th.. I know because I have the education credit it wouldn’t be processed until 2/14 and after. Since I filed SO MUCH EARLIER then a lot of people do you think mine would be one of the first 8863 handled? I also heard anyone that filed Before Jan 30th will have to wait much longer because we were apart of some test crap. They also said our accounts are stuck in error blah blah.Do you happen to know anything about this. My account says the same it does on everyone else. Thank You

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      I hate to break it to you, but the IRS doesn’t have any set first in, first out type processing system. So even though you filed very early, you may get your return processed after someone who filed on 2/15. There are a variety of factors at play.

      The bottom line is you have 21 days from 2/14. I would expect something by the end of the month, but don’t be surprised if it takes until the beginning of March.

      • Sammie

        I am experiencing the same issue right. They told us we would have our money by now or at least a date. Ummm we don’t got either. Hopefully this referral process won’t take long.
        What do they do in this department ” referral process”? Did you get your refund back yet? MrsLilly?

  • tammy

    Hi i have the school tax credit and i heard i just became available on feb14 my refund states is saying its processing a refund date will be available how long do you think it will be befor they start giving dates? and do other people status is saying this

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      You can probably expect your return within 21 days of 2/14. I would expect to hear something before the end of February.

    • Jennifer

      I have education tax credits and now WMR says that there is a direct deposit date of 2/26.

  • concern :(

    My tax prepare filed mines on the 1/30 and accepted on 1/31 at the beginning wmr said it’s being processes ??? Today marks the 21 days and still no DD?? I go to wmr and it reads it refund date will be provided when available?? So by when should i received my refund ??? Should i be worried

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, you shouldn’t be worried at all. Only 90% of filers will receive their refunds in 21 days. Let’s say 10 million people filed already, which means that 1 million won’t get their returns within 21 days.

  • André

    My taxes were accepted on 2/6. I’ve been checking on WMR once a day and it says that it was received and it’s being process. I know I won’t receive anything on 2/22 because It doesn’t say anything on WMR. On 3/1 is gong to be over 21 days. Is this normal?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Yes very normal. In fact, if you had any education credits or deductions, your return didn’t even start processing until 2/14. That is when your 21 days will start.

  • Kristina

    My taxes were accepted on 1/31 and WMR still says processing and will give a dd date when available. I didn’t have any education credits or deductions besides 3 children. Should I be concerned since it has been 21 days?

  • cindy

    How long after “approved” on refund website do you get the check usually, if its approved say wed would it be likely you’d get deposit the immediate Friday, or a week later

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      If you requested a paper check, you should probably expect something in about 14 days.

  • Kadeem Washington

    I filed sometime in January and I am aware because of education credits it was not reviewed until the 14th. On the 14th I got an email from turbotax saying it was accepted. WMR just says return received. I am now a little confused. Based on the estimates on your chart I should be expecting a refund on Friday. right?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      My guess is you’ll more likely get something around 3/1 or later. It’s not when Turbotax submitted it, but when WMR says processing that matters.

      • Kadeem Washington

        Thank You! WMR is updated today and tells me my refund will be deposited on 2.25 and if I don’t have it by 3.2 contact my bank.

  • Seth

    Is EIC considered to be one of the deductions that delayed processing until the 14th?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, but it can delay your return for other reasons.

  • Priscilla

    hi I’m having an issue I got my taxes done at H&R Block and I receive the emails from them saying that my return was accepted on.the 12th I also just received 1 yesterday saying that it was going to be direct deposited into my bank but it could take up to 4 days depending on my bank. I’ve looked at the WMR website and it still says they can not give me any information. I’ve called H&R Block and they said everything looks good but I don’t know who to believe.. what do I do?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      WMR is the one you want to believe. If it was accepted on 2/12, you still have a lot of time to wait.

  • Theresa

    I e-filed my taxes 1/30 and asked for direct deposit. I recieved an acceptance on 1/31. I still have not recieved my refund. Should I contact someone, and if so, who and how?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      The IRS has been delayed with processing so I would not worry yet. If you don’t receive your refund by the end of the month, you may want to call the IRS at (800) 829-0582.

      • Theresa

        Tyvm for your help!

  • Tiffanee

    My taxes were efiled Feb 8 and my return was finally accepted on Feb 15, but when I check WMR I get a message that says “You may not have entered your information correctly. Please verify your personal tax data and try again.” Should I wait at least 72 hours before the system is updated or should I be concerned.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      How do you know it was accepted on 2/15? Typically of your information cannot be pulled up in WMR, it’s a sign that your taxes haven’t been submitted yet. Did you use tax software or a paid preparer? Maybe they spelled your name wrong? Check with whoever helped you with your taxes.

      • Tiffanee

        I received a text notice (after 12:00 pm) that my state and federal were accepted and when I use taxact website, it shows that the return was accepted.

      • Tiffanee

        I received a text confirmation that my return was accepted.

        • Tiffanee

          So, basically, because I received my accepted notification after 11am, the actual date was probably 19 Feb, since the following Monday was a holiday, in which event, 72 hours from Tuesday would mean I should get some sort of update (all things considering – back log) Friday or Monday 25 Feb.

          Jeesh…..I wish the elected officials who work with the budget did not get paid for every day they cannot come to a resolution….this is a nightmare and a half.

          I cannot do anything but wait. If there were any issues, my tax preparer would have notified me by now. Thanks, your website is very helpful.

  • Tiffanee

    Does it matter the time of day that your refund was accepted? I thought I read somewhere that there was an 11:00 am cut-off time?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Yes. After normal Eastern business hours, your return will count towards the next day. I wouldn’t worry about it though because the IRS is pretty backed up and behind right now.

  • Tasha

    Hi…your website is very informative. My question to you is the same as everyone else’s, WMR…but I did owe the IRS $1100. I was under the impression that they would take what is owed from my refund and there would be no delay in the processing. Now I am on day 22…no status bar on WMR site and the message that a date will be provided at a later date. Two years ago I had to get assistance from the Tax Advocacy and I still did not get my refund until June!. I do not own a home, the only change was that I had a baby last year so my dependents increased from 2 to 3…I have no education credits etc…What is the issue???

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      The guidelines the IRS gave this year are that 90% of tax filers should receive their refund within 21 days. However, that remaining 10% is about 1-2 million tax filers per month. I wouldn’t worry on day 22.

  • http://anthony_steven@icloud.com Anthony

    Robert, I filed 2/5 turbotax says received 2/6. I did have a child care tax credit and head of household. I continue to check WMR everyday and it still says processing. I have received no other info. Do I fall in the category of waiting till after the 14th? If so when should I roughly expect my DD?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      The child care tax credit may have delayed your processing, or you could be one of the many who is simply delayed just because…

      If you don’t get your refund by the end of the month I would call the IRS.

  • justin

    It seems as if mine was accepted on the 14th or 15th. WMR website says my DD will be sent to my bank on 2/25. *sigh*

  • Amy

    Hello Robert!
    I just need some clarification. Turbotax said my return was accepted on 2/14 but I did not see a change on WMR til 2/19. Does that mean my refund will be delayed as 2/19 being the received date? No changes on WMR on whether it has been accepted neither.


    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      My guess would be 2/19 is the start date. Many folks are seeing a difference between what TurboTax/H&R Block says, and what WMR says. WMR is the official date to look at.

  • Mary

    Files my taxes electronically on 2/5 said was received on 2/6. But because I filed 8379 (injured spouse) will it still take just 21 day or will it take longer.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Well, I think 21 days is stil a reasonable amount of time, and you still have time based on that timeline. However, the IRS is currently experiencing a lot of delays, so don’t be surprised if it takes longer.

  • robert

    I got told a week ago that its being processed and a refund date would be provided soon. what’s the wait time? I got bills lol

  • Tamera

    Hi Robert,
    I have a question. My taxes were submitted January 18, 2013, through Turbo Tax e file. I had an early acceptance date of January 25, 2013. Now I know because I filed form 8863 (education credit), the dates I mentioned really don’t matter. But heres where my question comes in… Originally I had my refund set up for DD and later found out that the account (BlueBird) I used could not work for my DD. Luckily, I called and got a great lady who was able to put a code on my return that would flag it not to be DD but sent a paper check instead. This morning I get up and check the WMR site (a morning ritual :) and it says : Your tax refund is scheduled to be sent to your bank on February 27, 2013.
    If your refund is not credited to your account by March 4, 2013, check with your bank to see if it has been received. So Robert my question is I know the code might not change the way it displays on WMR, but should it? And when do you think I should expect to see my refund? Is February 27th the date they would mail it?
    Thank You so much,

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      My guess is 2/27 is when they would mail it, so you should get it within 7 days after that.

      • kimber


        Heres my question,

        I was one of the early filers that was accepted on 01/25 then the 8863 form delayed it. My WMR stated processing ,, dd date given when available…etc… Then yesterday the 22nd, the WMR gave me a DD date of -1/26………. Today the WMR is telling me that my refund is being processed and no other information…. What does this mean???

        • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

          That’s happened to quite a few people. I think you can expect something next week.

    • Tamera

      Unfortunately, The two people I spoke to at the Irs in regards to my tax situation (see above, Tamera) either failed at their job, or the person in charge of seeing the code not to do the direct deposit on my refund and just send me a check chose to ignore the code. Either way, all the hoops and stress over getting through to the IRS to change my deposit was for nothing. This morning someone went ahead and sent my Direct Deposit to the Bluebird account, which was rejected. Sooo, Now begins the extended wait time for my money to come back to IRS, and then to someone else’ desk and then sent out in the form of a check. This tax season is a joke, and if only lies by the IRS workers could be held liable as ours would be if we lied on our return.

    • collegegirl

      I am Googling around and see a lot of issues with 8863. I filed with H&R Block on 2/8, received email that IRS received my return on 2/15 (date when they started accepting 8863). Been checking regularly on WMR and NO movement from “Received” as of today 3/1 so I called and IRS agent told me that bc of my 8863 my return was sent to Corrections Dept of IRS and they would send me a letter asking for additional info?! Wth they have the tax forms straight from my university what else could they need? OR is this automatic for everyone filing 8863 this year?? Really need this refund asap…

      • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

        No, it means that there was another error with your return. You should wait for the letter or see if the IRS can give you a code that will tell you what they’re looking for.

  • not concern anymore :)

    Finally after almost a month my refund will be deposited on the 27 that’s what wmr reads
    Anybody who filled on the 30th and not gotten there refund yet should get them as soon as next week :)
    Soooo happy this is over
    Ty Robert this comment blogs were so useful

    • Sammie

      Lucky you! We filed the 31 and still waiting. And was told we have 30 more days as of Monday the 18of march

  • Damien

    Hi, Rober
    Filed on jan 27 But with education credit, so feb 14
    Really. I got a review letter stating not do anything.
    should i be worried, my preparer said it is a generic
    Letter.No date cant order acct transcript.Should i be
    Worried (they sent a letter last year too, but still got
    Taxes Mar 6,12

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      I wouldn’t be worried at all. You’ll probably get your tax return around the same time you did last year – early March.

  • mbain

    Hi Robert. My question is this. I’ve been checking WMR daily and everything is fine. I checked it this morning.g and again all was fine but I checked again this afternoon and its acting like it has.no idea who I am. I read on other.blots that this could simply be just the its system being overloaded with request. Do u agree? I do know my return was accepted tho. Thanks.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Yes, it’s probably a system issue. The IRS issued a press release about a week ago saying WMR was being overloaded and requested people only visit once a day to prevent system issues.

  • robert h

    Its been a week since the wmr website said ‘dd will be provided when ect’ this thrusday will be 28 days and I have yet to hear anything. Should I be worried

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      If you don’t hear something this week I’d give them a call.

  • Steve

    If you are under review, is it always posted on WMR to let you know? Thank you.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Yes, it should be posted on WMR.

  • Danielle

    Hi, I filed my return on the 15th, due to filing the education credit. When I check on WMR site, it still saying recieved. It has been nine days, and no progress to the next level(approved). Should I be concerned, or is it because of the education credit?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, you shouldn’t be concerned at all. The IRS gave guidelines this year that 90% of filers should expect their refund within 21 days. Your waiting period started on 2/14, so you still have lots of time.

  • Demar

    I filed and was accepted on 1/30. WMR has been saying still processing until this day and no date or anything when my refund will be let free. My tax preparer said that my refund was approved. I did not file a 8863 or anything jsut a regular tax return

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Well, only 90% of tax filers are expected to get their refund within 21 days. That means about 1-2 million filers will get it later. If you’re concerned, you should call the IRS.

  • Courtney

    Hi I filed a 1099 and it got excepted 28 of jan and I have beend checking the wmr and it still sayin being processed do I have anything to worry about.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Did you file a 1040, or a 1099? If you filed a 1099, you did not do your tax return. If you did a 1040, you shouldn’t worry yet, but you may want to give them a call.

      • Kadeem Washington

        Any updates on the accuracy of WMR direct deposit dates? I have a DD this week but I wonder if I can expect it on the date or a few days after?

        • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

          It should be on time.

          • Kadeem Washington

            Thanks for such a quick response. You’re great with keeping folks updated and answering our unlimited question!

  • Anthony

    Tomorrow will be 21 days, I checked this morning, it still says processing but it has changed and said “a refund date will be provided when one is available” that is new. Is that a good sign that I should receive it soon?

    • ksp1976

      I urge you to call the IRS they have updated there system this year and the computer is placing returns on hold and sending letters to prevent identity theft. I waited the 21 days in processing as well only to find that they issued me a letter code 4883c which is the identity verification department. once i verified they said it would take 4-6 weeks to get my return. Just call to be on the safe side

  • Cristina

    It has been more than 21 days and I checked this morning it still says processing but it has changed and said a refund date will be provided when one is available should I be worried if not how much longer before I get a date for when to expect my refund?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      I wouldn’t worry yet. 1-2 million filers are getting their return after 21 days. If you’re concerned, you can always give the IRS a call.

  • Amie Lake

    I’m getting really frustrated because I seem to not be able to find any information about my tax refund. I understand that because of the education credit the processing of my taxes is delayed. Currently WMR says that they are being processed and a date will be provided when it is available. I read other places that say I should have my refund within 21 days of when they started processing. If that’s the case, I should have it by the 8th. How long should it be before I know when I’m getting my refund? Is there a possibility that I’ll receive it even if WMR hasn’t updated. I really wish I hadn’t taken the credit because it hasn’t been worth the hassle.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Your 21 day period didn’t start until 2/14, the day they started processing returns with education tax credits. You should expect something the first week of March.

      If you really want to give up free money like a tax credit, feel free to send me the difference using the contact for above! I’d happily wait a few weeks for a few hundred or thousand dollars!

      • Amie Lake

        I understand your thought about not giving up a tax credit. However, the education credit only benefited us by $80. If it had been a few hundred or thousand I wouldn’t mind the inconvenience at all.

  • Sheila

    I got the reference number 9001 on wmr. I had one person from the IRS tell me that I was under review when I called in. Something told me to call back cause I felt rushed off the phone. And when I did the lady from the I.R.S told me that my refund was being processed and that I still had to wait cause it was accepted 2/11/13

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Take a look: IRS Reference Code 9001 just means you accessed your account using a secondary SSN or TIN (usually a spouse). That just puts up a red flag, and the IRS runs a quick fraud check. It doesn’t usually delay anything much.

  • tammy


  • robert h

    I checked the wmr site today and it says Friday march 1st is when its suppose to come. But I efile with my tax lady every year and I’m confused. Would it be faxed to her or be mailed to me

  • dwash

    Hi, I filed taxes on 2/16 everytime I check wmr its saying received and still being processed.Everytime I call hotline it says the same I have education credit do you think I should be concerned what’s going on? Thanks in advance

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      No, you’re still very early. The guideline is 21 days this year. Once 21 days have past, then be concerned.

  • http://Anthony_steven@icloud.com Anthony

    Called the IRS today, they now tell me that I am under review and it could take up to 45 days. What in the world could I possibly be under review for? How long does it typically take? The full 45 days?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      About 5-10% of returns go to review by a person. It can take as little as 7-10 days, or up to as long as the IRS wants. If they don’t find anything, you go back to processing as normal. If they find something, you can expect a letter for more information within 90 days.

  • Robert Morris

    I file my taxes on the 14th of FEb because of school. And the expected date on the chart above is passed already. Should i be worry if something is wrong

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Not at all. While the chart above is helpful, the guideline is 21 days for 90% of filers. You still have time.

  • Chris

    I e-filed on January 30th with EIC and Form 8863. I realize they didn’t start accepting anything until February 14th, but still, here it is on February 27th and I’m seeing two different things: the IRS2Go app is showing that my refund is being processed, and on the other hand the Where’s My Refund tool is saying that my return is still being processed. I’m trying to be reasonable about this but when I work at a job that doesn’t pay really much and puts me on unpaid vacation for three months out of the year, the bills really stack up. Right now I’m at least two months behind on three major bills, and for me personally, my refund is the largest single check I get during the year. It helps me catch up and get ahead a little, but the fact is I’m stuck at said job because there’s not really anything else where I live at in terms of employment options. Having said that, could you try to estimate when I might see my refund? At this rate, I’m getting worried it may not hit until sometime late next month or by early April, at which point I might as well face possible eviction from my apartment.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      The IRS guideline this year is 21 days from when it started processing for 90% of filers. That means that you should expect something the first week of March. If money is tight, consider giving less to the IRS each paycheck, so that you don’t get a big check. That will put more money in your pocket each month to spend on essentials.

      • Chris

        Robert, that’s the difficult part. With my job, I don’t pay taxes (one of the only fun parts about working for the state of Colorado). The second side to this is that it is a work study position, something of which I’ll be stuck with until I can get my foot through the door in a place that offers full time employment. I typically have at least 3 deductions listed on my W-2 and am single with no children, so that right there has never been an issue. Having said that, I do have to ask for some advice on the financial side, and I’ll outline the major expenses I pay if that helps – how do I manage a sound financial budget each month when I make $588 a month, yet the entire full amount goes to my bills each month with nothing left over to even save? I am attending college right now, but even with the tax refund each year (which normally helps make up for the heavy financial losses in between fall and spring semester) and the small amounts I get back out of my financial aid refund, I still don’t have much of anything left after all of my household expenses and my bills. What can I do to improve that situation besides try and get a better paying job?

        • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

          First, if you want to email me more specifics, please go for it, I’d be happy to help.

          Second, if you’re getting a “big” tax refund – really anything over $1,000 – you should withhold less during the year. Even though you have three exemptions listed on your paycheck, up it! The bottom line is the less taxes you pay during the year, the smaller the refund you get, but the more cash you have in your pocket all year. Honestly, how big was your total tax bill? It should have been listed on one of the last lines of your 1040? My guess is near $0 or very small, so the less you pay during the year, the better off you’ll be.

  • kevan

    i filed my taxes on 2-14 and it now says that it was sent on 2-27 to my bank but i still havent recieved anything. iIs this normal?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      That can be completely normal. Some banks may take several days to post the money to your account.

      If you don’t see anything by Monday, I would call the IRS and your bank.

  • Dawn

    I e-filed my tax return with the education credit and it was accepted by the IRS on 2/15. Everyday I check the WMR application, it still shows as Accepted only – not Processing. I’m having a hard time in believing that my return will be submitted to me by March 8th or March 9th. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks…shouldn’t it at least show Processing status instead of just Accepted?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      You may want to give the IRS a call. There could be sometime wrong that is preventing the IRS from processing it – name/SSN mismatch or something similar.

  • Larry

    Mine was sent to bank on 2/21 and rejected cause of name on account now my name is on account can I call and get redepoisted or do I have to wait for paper check

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      They will send you a paper check within 21 days.

  • Qadeera Murphy

    I filed my taxes on Feb. 14 how long does it take move from being processed to accepted? That is the question most people have. I went to IRS volunteers hoping there would be no mistakes and return would be quick. They had you sit with one person to do your taxes then you had to sit with a quality control person who went through it with a tax book and a fine tooth comb. WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      The IRS gave guidelines this year that 90% of filers would get their refund within 21 days. It’s taking so long because of Congress…they failed to act quickly on the Fiscal Cliff, and so the IRS could not get started with tax season until very late in the year.

  • marlena bain

    I know everyone is always curious as to how long the process works when getting your tax return. So I thought I would post my experience so others may have a time frame to work with. I filed and was accepted on February 20th and today, march 2nd, my refund was approved and scheduled to go to my bank march 6th. Happy refunding!!

  • Erica

    I filled my tax on 1/24 and it was accepted on the 30th. I did have an education credit. Here it is 3/3 and I haven’t recieved my refund yet. H & R Block and WMR both say “still processing” why is that?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Erica, since the IRS didn’t start processing returns with the education tax credit, your return essentially went into a digital pile and wasn’t even looked at until 2/14. Your 21 days started then, so hopefully you hear something this week.

  • Silvia

    My return was e-filed 2/14 and accepted the same day. On 2/15 wmr said return received and it is being processed. Since than it has been on this status. What’s going on?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Just like it says, they are processing your return. Your 21 days is up this week, so hopefully you hear something soon.

  • julie parton

    My taxes were accepted on Feb. 7. Still no refund. Should I be worried?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      I wouldn’t worry yet because a lot of people are getting their returns late. However, if you’re concerned, you can always give the IRS a call.

  • Tyler

    i filed my taxes on feb 4th and and as of last monday i recieved a letter with a cp05 code saying they are reviewing my taxes . how long does it typically take to recieve them if they are reviewing them? i know it says 45 days but does it really take that long?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      It can take 45 to 90 days to review your taxes, depending on what the concern is. If they find something, they will request information and you need to provide it to validate something on your return.

  • Maria

    According to IRS my return was accepted on Feb 4th. I have called several times was asked by Rep did I receive a letter. I have not received a letter as of today. Rep stated that they would put in a referral for me to receive letter.?.? Never stated why. But they have no record of anything being sent out….I did not have education credit just 3 dependents and HH. March 6th will be 30 days no DD no letter. WMR says being processed, date provided when available. Any idea of what’s going on? Was also told by one Rep a few weeks ago that a glitch threw me in the errors dept. But it was corrected.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Your return is probably being reviewed. It doesn’t mean anything, but if something does flag, they will send you a letter requesting more information. Remember, the IRS guideline was that 90% of returns would be processed within 21 days. That leaves about 10%, or 1-2 million returns each month, taking longer.

  • Tyler

    it says in the letter there reviewing my income amount the things i am claiming .i think they may be reviewing it cause i claimed my daughter this year . does it normally take the full 45 days though?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Yes, it should take 45 to 90 days, depending on how happy the IRS is with the information you provide.

  • Maria

    We e-filed the 4th of February got accepted the 15 so i called the IRS and the lady tells me the original process began on the 19. Since then I had checked it once a day. Well yesterday I checked and it said it was still being processed and a refund date will be provided when available. Should I be worried or Call the IRS again?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      I wouldn’t worry – just like it says, your date will be provided when available. Since the process started on the 19th, you have until about March 14 for 21 days to pass.

  • dwash

    Hi I received a ltr4464c from IRS it says take no action now you should hear From us. Within 60 days. Can you explain this to me, will I still get a refu thanks in advance. I’m confused.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Yes, it means that your tax return is being reviewed. It typically means they have questions on your return, and they will send you a letter requesting verification if they need it. However, sometimes they don’t need it, because they can verify the information themselves. Just wait until you get the letter.

  • sheila

    We filed on the 29th of Jan, got excepted on the 14th with the education credit, we still being processed, how much longer will this take?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Well, you’re right about the 21 day mark. If you don’t find out something soon, you should contact the IRS if you’re concerned.

  • tasha cole

    hello, I filed my taxes the 13th of feb. and yes i had some student education and it was accepted and process the 16th and i checked it later and it said will provide refund date when it is available. Sure i be worried?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      I wouldn’t worry at all. You still have a few days left until your 21 days is up.

  • Joshua

    I’m still waiting, as well. Accepted 2/14 with the education credit. Still processing with no est. deposit date. Stinks because I’m in school and could use the money for the Summer semester.

  • Shelby

    Well, my 21 days has arrived and no refund or refund date in sight. I tried to retrieve my transcripts for the next round of SL’s and they are unavailable as well. I called the IRS yesterday, and after a wait of 43 minutes finally spoke to a live person. I was informed that my taxes were accepted on 2/14 and that my transcripts should be available by the end of the month. When they are available my refund will be made available as well. The lady said that I was one of the “lucky” ones b/c my return was fine – just still in processing. She informed me that many people have “bad math” and that really slows everything down. She also confirmed that there was a sort of “test batch” but it shouldn’t have adverse effects on filers. I am hopeful that everything will be available as of 3/14 considering that is the 30 day mark for FAFSA. Considering the negligence of the fed and the vast amount of trouble many people are having I have taken the time to review my withholding’s and make my contribution to the fed as minimal as possible. I would rather owe money than have to wait for the govt to get their act together.

  • Nia

    My refund was accepted feb 13 im a victim of identity theft I went through the whole process last year mailing everything in this year I efiled using my identity pin after my 21 days should I call its been processing forever.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      You may want to call, but chances are it is just going to take longer due to your situation. They will probably do a review on your return just to be safe.

  • Rebecca

    Hi, my husband and I filed our taxes jointly on Feb 14. We had a education tax credit, child tax credit and an EITC. Checked WMR today and it still says its being processed and a date for direct deposit will be provided when available. It’s been 21 days. Should we be worried?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Given everything you have – education credits and EITC, I wouldn’t be surprised that your return is taking longer than 21 days. You can give the IRS a call, but chances are it will just take more time.

  • http://annoyed rhynishka

    i filed my taxes with H&R block on 23-Jan-2013 my taxes were accepted on 31-Jan-2013,i have a education credit so i guess my refund wasnt even looked at untill 14-Feb-2013 so they said wait 21 days now im pass 21 days and still nothing i called yesterday and they said the were going to send my account to a referal person and they will either send me a letter or process my refund which isnt an answer as to what is going on, whenever i chech the WMRF site it says its being processed and a date will be available can u help me and give me some insight as what the problem might me?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert Farrington

      Your return is likely being reviewed, and if they don’t find anything, it typically adds about 10 days to the process. If they find something questionable, they will send you a letter in the mail asking for more information.

  • Carrianne

    Filed 2/19 accepted same day 8863 credit….still o update or date still processing. Jeeeeeeh

  • Nick

    If you filed through H&R Block and also claimed an education credit and have been waiting to get your refund with no update you may want to check H&R Blocks Facebook page. They released this statement as of 8pm or so:

    “H&R Block has confirmed with the IRS that there was an issue with certain tax returns filed before February 22, 2013 that included certain education tax credits claimed on Form 8863. We have worked with the IRS to expedite a solution to this issue for all of our affected clients.
    If you received this letter of notice requesting additional information for Form 8863 and already responded to the IRS, or have not received a notification to date, there is no additional action needed at this time.

    For those clients who have received notification from the IRS and have yet to respond, please call your local H&R Block office or 800-HRBLOCK. The office or customer service agent will be able to better serve you and provide next steps.

    For those clients who received the IRS notice regarding form 8863 that said it would take 6-8 week to receive a refund after this issue was resolved, we are assured it will not take that long. We continue to work with the IRS and as we have more specifics on timing and any other updated information, we will share it with our clients.

    H&R Block appreciates that this issue may cause problems for our clients. We will continue to update clients as more information becomes available. We thank clients for their patience while we work with the IRS to expedite the filing process on their behalf.”


    H&R Block messed up, the wait continues.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      Thanks for sharing this!

  • nika

    my husband file his tax on feb 6,2013 and he received a letter from the irs saing they holding his refund and it’s being reviewing he don’t need to do anything it will take 45 days but what i don’t get is he called the irs 4 times different days and each person saying it could be within 45 days or it can take the whole 45 day’s should he be worry or what cause my sister receive hers on feb 15 and right to this day she check wmr and it’s saying still processing……please help me with an answer….

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      I wouldn’t be concerned unless they request more information. Your return is being reviewed – and when it is done being reviewed, either the IRS will be happy with it and send your refund, or they ar going to ask you for additional information to support what you put on your return. Common examples are birth certificates, paystubs, etc. You’ll have to wait to find out.

  • Jojo

    So filed February 17 and still nothing. It was filed electronically. How much longer do you think it will take?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      It will take as long as the IRS wants. You should call to see if there are any issues.

  • MAK

    My return was filed and accepted on February 16th. I did have education credits. I have surpassed the 21 day mark for my refund. The IRS webiste stays return has been received and is being processed. Do I need to be concerned at this point?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      Did you use H&R Block to file your taxes? If so, your return didn’t start processing to even later.

      • MAK

        No, I used TurboTax.

  • shelby

    Thanks to a very informative post I decided to check on the HR Block facebook post – as of the 8th of March I had received no communication from the IRS, but considering there was no new info provided on the WMR- I decided to call the IRS- again. May I say that as a taxpayer (taking advantage of an educational credit) I am increasingly frustrated with the whole process. I checked line 26 – it was filled out correctly so why the delay? The gentleman I spoke with “researched” the problem. Guess what, there is no problem. All of my forms were filled out correctly, there was no missing information – everything is accurate. Can they tell me what is going on – of course they can’t. I have been informed that I will be contacted within 30 days. All I can say is that we are being lied to, and if you have not received your refund or information by now on when a deposit date is due – call the IRS so they can go ahead and send your letter. It looks like I will be missing my FAFSA deadline and will not be attending classes this next semester – but wth – this is our government.

  • Amarius

    Hi robert My return is still saying your tax return is still being processed a refund date will be provided when available. Its been over 21 days my return been accepted 1/30 on turbo tax. The good thing about this is that I haven’t received a letter from the irs and they told me one has not been sent out at all. will I be getting my refund soon?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      Just like what was mentioned above, there is an issue with e-Filed returns that were sent in that early. It has delayed a lot of filers. Hopefully you hear something soon!

  • Jason

    I filed my taxes on Feb 19th through a tax preparer. I have checked the WMR site almost daily since then and everytime it says “You may have not entered you informatiin correctly” or something to that effect anyways. The hotline also says “we cannot provide any information about your return.” So, I am not sure they have even recieved my tax return. But, my State return is being “processed.” Any idea as to what could be going on with my federal?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      There may be an error in your information and you should speak to a representative. You may also want to double-check your paperwork.

  • shelby

    Newest statement from IRS – it is frustrating but at least they are admitting there is an issue.

  • Jason

    I took your advice and called a representative about my return. I filed on Feb. 19th and WMR says “You may have entered your information incorrectly.” So, when I called the rep at the IRS he said “we have no record of a return being filed for this year.” Wow! Whay a joke! My tax preparer has been nothing but rude to me, saying “it takes 7-21 days” or not answering the phone at all, or simply not returning phone calls.

    I want to go file with a different company but the rep said be careful of a double return. If I file and then the other company I went to before files that wouldn’t be good. I don’t know what to do because the company doesn’t seem to want to help me. Any advice? Highly frustrated!!!

  • Deandre

    Very good information here. I have a question I filed March 2nd and accepted the same day. For a week I had the three bars saying return being processed. on march 9th it changed to your return Is still being processed a refunx date will be provided when available. should I be worried and when can I expect my DD date ?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      You have until the end of the month so I wouldn’t be too worried at all.

  • nathan martinez

    hello i am currantly deployed and my wife filed our taxes on 1 feb but she has a school credit so i know it wouldnt be filed till 14 feb however its now march 15 and i aint even getting nothing from the my refund link on IRS>GOV my question what would be holding this back?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      What do you mean you’re not getting anything? Is it not finding your return? That could be a bigger problem. You should call the IRS!

  • tammy

    Its been almost a month and i wasnt able to order my trabscripe now today it let me order it do that mean they have processed my return and i should be getting a date soon.

  • dwash

    Hi Robert, I efiled taxes February 16,accepted February 19.I have education credit was supposed to receieve refund within 21days.NOTHING AND IT’S March 28,still nothing. Called IRS was told its still being processed.Now I have to wait 30-60days because of some glitch can YOU shed some insight to what’s really going on. Thanks again in advance

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      Yes, if you scroll up a few comments, you can see the reply and apology issued by H&R Block for their glitch.

      • dwash

        Thanks for the quick reply, and yes I saw the comment but I didn’t file with HRB I used Flash.

        • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

          It could have all be part of the same technical glitch. Sounds very similar.

  • maritza

    hi everyone, i was scheduled for DDD on april 3rd, and i just got my tax refund im in california its 11:57 pm , good luck to everyone that has april 3rd as well goodnight everyone, i can sleep in peace

  • Rhynishka Thompson

    happy for those who have gotten good news so far i still havent received my DD i filed on the 24 Of jan same issue student credit but i cal and the irs hasnt even me any information except that its still processing very frustrating smh i havent even gotten a date when i can even expect my return.

  • Iesha

    i filed my tax return on March 24 and it was accpeted on the 24 at turbo tax and they said i should recieve it April 1-3 but yur calendar says between April 5 thru April8… wat day i should expect my refund

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      Well, since you didn’t receive it already, I think your odds are good that you’ll get something here in the next few days.

      Remember, the guideline this year is 21 days, so while the chart above is the optimal situation, everyone’s tax return is different.

    • Colleen

      I filed and was accepted on March 24th also. Today is the 5th and that April 1-3rd window has passed! Have you received your refund or any update on a DD? Thanks

  • Donna

    efiled Mar. 22nd, checked Mar24 it was accepted. Showed processing every day that week. Mar 30th WMR showing delay reference #1541. Called ext and IRS said she didn’t know what it meant but she didn’t see anything wrong at that point. She said maybe another week or two. Still showing delay today. Changed filing status this year and small education credit but that is it. What does that code mean? How can IRS rep not know what that means?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

      Yes, IRS Code 1541 is a new code this year that just means “Delay in Processing Your Return”. It most likely has to do with the eFile issue that arose with H&R Block, but a lot of people have been having delays and the IRS is very behind, so I think they implemented this new code to at least categorize the response.

      • Donna

        thank you for the response. I have been going crazy with all the misinformation out there by just googling it.

  • William

    I filed my taxes on January 31 and they were accepted early February. I’ve received my state refund but my federal is still be processed. Its been almost 3 months and havent heard anything from the IRS. This is ridiculous. Anybody else waiting this long?

  • Vlad

    Did my taxes on Tax Turbo on Jan. 31st. I was notified with-in 24hrs that it was accepted. On Feb. 5th I received a letter stating that my return was under review and to give them 60 days to do it. I called a couple times with-in that 60 days to offer some help to speed the process along. Kept getting told wait till April 5th. If I don’t get my refund or a letter to call in. Of course I didn’t get anything. So I called in and the guy I spoke to said he didn’t see anything on my account and that he didn’t understand why I haven’t gotten my return yet. So he sent a referral to the department which had my return to release or send an explanation why my refund is being held. He said normally they have 30 days to respond but to wait 2 weeks and call back in if I don’t hear anything. 2 weeks went by and nothing so I called in. All that person said was there were no updates and to call back after the 30 days were up. Just this past Saturday I was able to order a refund transcript. And the message that I have and have had on WMR Your tax return is still being processed. A refund date will be provided when available. Man, this is some stressful stuff. And all I did was copy whatever was on my W2 form.

  • Jennifer Daugherty

    i filed on january the 27th 2014, and i was accepted on jan. 29th. i havent got approved yet, tho, is wat the wmr website is showing me. that was a week ago today. plus, i cant get my transcripts… does ne1 know nething about this?

    • Nichole

      I filed on 01/31. My return was accepted on 02/01.
      This morning WMR on IRS.gov said it was approved and have a direct deposit date for 02/10.

  • Nichole

    I filed 01-31, accepted on 02/01. This morning got a DDD for 02/10.
    Anyone know if it will hit my bank this weekend. Normally if my DD from work is due on Monday it hits my bank on Saturday morning.

    • Tommy Nagel

      That’s the same question I have.

      • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

        No, direct deposit doesn’t go through on Saturdays or Sundays.

    • anon

      My co worker was given a DD of 2/10 last friday (2/7) when she looked at her bank acct. online, the money was pending and released the next day. So instead of getting it on 2/10 she got it on 2/8! Btw.. we filed the same exact day and I still havent got mine

  • Nicole

    I filed on 1/31 and have a DD date of 2/6 (today). My bank account I used for the DD was recently closed due to fraudulent charges. Anyone know what happens to the funds if the IRS can not deposit them?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      Yes, the IRS will send you a check.

  • Haniyyah Ford-Thomas

    I filed on 01/14 and was accepted by the IRS on the 1/26 and the wmr app just says still processing, and I know people that done theirs after me and got a date of today 1/6 and still didn’t get theirs back yet either, I feel like they shouldn’t tell people that they will have their refund on a date and it’s not accurate!

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      Well, the IRS didn’t start processing returns until 1/31/14, so you have to wait 21 days from that date, not when you submitted.

  • kawana

    i filed and was accepted on 1/25. got approved and told i had a DDD for 2/6 and system stated refund was sent to my bank on 2/6. Today 2/7 im being told there is a delay in processing my return and given reference code 1121. This dont seem right at all.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      Reference Code 1121 means that there was a problem identified on your return and a freeze was put into place. You will have to wait until they resolve the problem before you will get your return. You can find out more about IRS WMR Reference codes here: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/6186/irs-wmr-reference-codes/

  • 3kmom

    I was reviewed last year (audited) what are the chances I will be again this year? is it possible?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      Yes, it’s possible, and your odds are the same. Just be mindful of whatever flagged for them last year and don’t repeat it.

  • jennifer

    I sent mine in on 1/31. says its been accepted but is still being processed. Will I be included in dd on 2/13 or do I have to wait for it to be processed.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      It’s from the date accepted, not filed. So, were you accepted on 1/31, or was it 2/1 or later? Then follow the chart from there.

  • jjrt

    Is there any way you can change bank account info for the irs to send it to my right account not my closed one

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      No, you will have to wait until you get an error code and a letter in the mail from the IRS.

  • jennifer

    WMR saids my refund was mailed to me on 1/31
    .. when will I recieve my check in the mail

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      Probably 7-10 days.

  • jaz

    i filed on the 21st and was tld by sbbt that i was accepted on the 28th but im still on 1bar for wmr… when should i expect mine

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      The IRS didn’t even start to process your return until 1/31 – so you have about 2 weeks more of waiting.

  • armonda smith

    Me and my husband filed well before the 31st and we have yet to be accepted

  • cathy

    I filed through H&R Block as I always do! Was accepted and given a DD date of Feb 6th! Just got error code 1121~ we are a married couple filing jointly, no dependents no nothing! Just straight forward! Opps we are registered Republicans and Veterans! No wonder!

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      It’s not because you are a registered anything, it’s because you had a typo on your return and someone has to manually go in and see what you did.

  • Tasha

    I filed on 2/5 and it says can’t provide any information have to wait 24 hours and I have waited more then 24 hours so what’s going on?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      I would call your provider and see what happened. The WMR doesn’t tell you anything because the IRS has not received your return.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Yes, Reference Code 1541 is due to Back Taxes Owed.

  • sweet

    I filed on 1-31 and got accepted before the 3rd, however on the WMR site it still has me in processing. my tax preparer haven’t received any additional information regarding my tax return. Should I expect a check on the 13th without the WMR status reading its approved and given a deposit date?

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      No, I would expect it to push closer to 2/21, but you never know.

  • Dorraine Saillor

    On the WMR app the IRS provides… there seems to be a glitch. I filed my taxes late January and on the website it stated they received my refund 1/30/14. I downloaded the app for my phone and checked yesterday using the app it stated “your tax return was received on February 12, 2014″ then it states “your tax refund is scheduled to be sent to your bank by February 12, 2014″. On the website it doesn’t say received on February 12, 2014 and they don’t mention when return was received. Needless to say February 12th is a future date so my question and concern is how reliable is the app and could this be just my tax info entered into their system incorrectly somehow? Also anyone else had this problem? Thanks for your time!

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    You’ll get a letter in the mail, usually within 6 weeks, and you’ll go from there. It will probably take about 8 weeks or more to resolve.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    There is not a problem – it can take up to 21 days!

  • law666

    My return was accepted 1/30 and wmr still says processing

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      That’s completely normal – it takes up to 21 days!

  • Tammy Gau

    wmr says still processing but was able to get my tanscipt there is a code on there that says 20140705…what does that mean?

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Within 21 days!

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    No, it will update online. You still have another week to wait.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    It takes about 2 weeks.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Yes, if you both file for your children, you’ll get a letter in the mail within 6 weeks.

  • el poyo loco

    Mines was accepted on 2/1 and wmr still sayin processed but no bars and it say i will get a refund date when available what does that mean can anybody explain that to me.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      It just means it’s in process – you have about another week to wait.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Accepted just means that your name and Social Security number matches the IRS records. It could flag if both you and your ex-husband claimed the same dependent.

  • Britttany

    I filed on the 31 and still haven’t recived my refund I also lost all of my paper work how can I go about finding out when I will recive my refund

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      You can go to the IRS link above and enter your Social Security number.

  • lisa

    Hello I need a answer for my taxes I checked the irs site and it says your tax return is still being processed and a refund date will be provided to u what does that mean

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      It means what it says – your tax refund is being processed and they will tell you when you’ll get your refund.

  • Shannon Monahan Church

    what does refund to be mailed on feb 18th mean

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      It means your check was mailed today! Congrats!

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    It will be mailed on 2/24, so probably about a week after.

  • AmyMay

    Hi. I used H&R e-file for my refund this year as with the last 5 yrs. Transmitted and my return was accepted on 2/3/14. On the WMR, my status is still on the 1st bar (Received and Processing), I’ve yet to make it to the 2nd bar (accepted). Should I be worried? Or is this normal? My state refund came direct deposit early last week. So I am pretty sure everything checked out! Am I good?

    • AmyMay

      Now its has taken away the status bar on the WMR screen and says its still being processed and they will notify me of my deposit date. I wish someone could tell me whats going on.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    If it is a direct deposit, then yes. If it is a check, then that is the day it will be mailed, and you should get it about 7 days later.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    You still have about a week to wait – my advice is be patient!

  • andrea bates

    what does it mean when I call and they tell me that they cant verify my identity to access my account and to do so I have to go to local office and show id so they can let me know whats going on

    • andrea bates

      on website it just says being proc date will b avail, been like this for a cpl weeks. acc on 3rd

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Well, 90% of filers should have received their refunds within 21 days. Sorry to say that you’re in the other 10%. You just have to wait it out.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    The IRS issued guidelines that 90% of filers should expect their return within 21 days. You could easily be part of the 10%.

  • marcus

    I was accepted Jan. 26th. WMR still says processing.

  • travis

    Your tax return is still being processed. A refund date will be provided when available. thats all it has been saying

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    HI Taryn – it’s 21 days for 90% of filer. That means you’re in the 10% that are taking longer. Not unusual – 10% of filers breaks down to about 1 million people per week right now.

  • markv93

    i filed my taxes on feb 18th 2014, accepted same day, turbo tax say 80 % of the people who filed same day as me have gotten there refund already should i be worried is anybody in the same boat as i am

    • michael1234

      I filed the same day as you, and WMR still says “we have received your return and it is being processed”…according to the chart above (which is obviously not too accurate) I should have my money by tomorrow. guess not. Have you received yours?

      • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

        The chart is an ESTIMATED refund date chart. Most filers are actually receiving their refunds earlier than the chart.

  • kiaa

    Hey my ddate is today march 5 but wen i chec
    k emr its still on the second bar its suppose to be mailed out today can somebody help me understand

  • kiaa

    My ddate is today y is it still on the second barr

  • Cassandra

    I Filed My Taxes 02/25 Tuesday Will Be 21 Days And It Still Says My Refund Is Processing, I Dont Know Whats Going On It Doesnt Even Have The 3 Bars Up There Anymore & Im Not Getting Any Codes Or Anything When I Check The Wheres My Refund Site. Whats Going On?

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Nope, sorry.

  • mind1

    My return was accepted the first week of february. Now it’s 2 months later and WMR says still processing. How can I talk to somebody at the IRS? I tried the phone number but it is an endless cycle of auto response menus. I haven’t gotten any letters in the mail.

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      You need to call them or go to a local IRS office and see what’s going on.

  • michelle

    I got a ta march27 she had me fax her all my paperwork. She said if they release my refund early she will be calling or if they need anymore info she will call me. But she said wait until April 23 for her to give me a call back. I filed January 30,got accepted on the 30th. Can anybody tell me who has had experience with a ta help me out please. This is getting rediculous.

  • sandyy

    this has by far been the worst tax season ever…i filed my return and it was accepted feb 2nd…i havent done anything different in my return since past years and they are reviewing my return. they supposedly sent me a notice feb 24th to date still havent recieved the notice. finally got hold of someone at the irs and they transferred me to the review dept. the woman in the review dept told me they have recieved my documents (which they didnt because i still havent recieved the notice of what they needed) after trying to tell this woman they had not recieved anything from me she finally told me what i needed to send. i am so frustrated at this point. Im just gonna quit filing taxes from now on!

    • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

      There could be a lot of reasons your return is under review, but based on your story, one thing that flags for me is the potential for identity theft. Since you never received a letter and they received documents you never sent, I would be concerned that someone is trying to file your return and take your refund.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Not yet, but if you don’t get it in the next week, call the IRS.

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    You should call and confirm.