Tax Refund Cycle Chart

One of the biggest questions people have about their tax returns is how long it will take for their refund to arrive. To help you track your tax refund, we have a helpful chart. Read on.

Many factors could slow down the processing of your tax refund. These include errors, incomplete returns, and fraud. Once you file your tax return, it’s in the hands of the IRS, which usually processes it within a few days. They’ll confirm that all the information is correct. If there are any issues, they’ll contact you by mail for more details and to verify your return. Depending on how you file your taxes, it can be anywhere between eight days and two months before you see your money in your bank account or in the form of a paper check.

For most people, their tax refund is the biggest windfall of the year – and they depend on that money. Getting the money in your bank account quickly can help you budget for day-to-day expenses or set up a savings or investment fund. If you want to get your refund as soon as possible, consider filing your tax return electronically. This will make your refund much faster because the IRS can process your tax return quicker than it can when you file a paper return.

Another factor that can speed up the time it takes for your tax refund to reach you is using direct deposit. If you use this service, your tax refund is usually deposited into your bank account as soon as the IRS processes it, which is a faster way to receive your money than mailing it. The IRS also allows taxpayers to claim certain tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). The IRS must verify those tax credits, which can delay your refund by up to a month.

If you have a high refund amount, you may be able to skip waiting for the IRS to process your return and apply for an extension, which can extend the deadline by up to six weeks. It’s easy to do and can save you a lot of money in penalties and interest.

Tax Refund Cycle Chart 1

When Will I Take My Tax Return?

Tax refunds come as the biggest check of the year and can be used to pay for day-to-day expenses or invested for long-term financial stability. The IRS has an online tool called Where’s My Refund that allows you to track the progress of your refund. This tool shows the estimated time you can expect your refund to arrive based on the date you e-filed your taxes. It also includes estimates for how long it takes to receive your refund if you file paper or get an extension.

According to the chart, taxpayers should see their refunds within 21 days if they e-file. If you file on paper, it may take up to four weeks for your return to be processed and for you to receive a check or direct deposit into your account. The IRS says it expects to send 9 in 10 refunds within 21 days. However, this is not a guarantee. If you e-file, it is more likely that your refund will be processed quickly because the IRS has fewer issues with electronic returns and can process them much faster than they could with paper. Keep in mind, though, that the IRS cannot issue refunds for Earned Income Tax Credits and Additional Child Tax Credits before mid-February. This is due to the PATH Act, which requires the agency to wait until February 15 to verify that a taxpayer claimed these credits.

You should also note that if you filed for an extension to file, your refund might be delayed because it will need to be processed for an extension. It’s best to plan ahead for your 2024 taxes, especially if you haven’t had a chance to file yet. Finally, note that the IRS will not accept your e-filed return until it acknowledges receipt of your submission. This is usually a few days after you e-file, but it can be longer if you mail in your return or have problems with it.

The IRS is urging taxpayers to file their 2024 tax returns as early as possible, as it has seen an increase in filings this year than a year ago. The agency hopes to begin issuing refunds as soon as possible, which will make it less stressful for everyone involved. But the agency warns that it will be necessary to reschedule some filings as it processes them for special handling, such as mandatory PATH checks or additional identity fraud/security checks.

IRS Tax Refund Cycle Chart 2024

The chart below shows the estimated numbers only. They’re not the official numbers taken from the IRS.

IRS Refund Schedule 2024
Date AcceptedDirect Deposit SendPaper Checked Mail
January 23 to 28, 2024February 17, 2024February 24, 2024
January 29 to February 4, 2024February 24, 2024March 3, 2024
February 5 to 11, 2024March 3, 2024March 10, 2024
February 12 to 18, 2024March 10, 2024March 17, 2024
February 19 to 25, 2024March 17, 2024March 24, 2024
February 26 to March 4, 2024March 24, 2024March 31, 2024
March 5 to 11, 2024Mar 31, 2024April 7, 2024
March 12 to 18, 2024April 7, 2024April 14, 2024
March 19 to 25, 2024April 14, 2024April 21, 2024
March 26 to April 01, 2024April 21, 2024April 28, 2024
April 2 to 8, 2024April 28, 2024May 5, 2024
April 9 to 15, 2024May 5, 2024May 12, 2024
April 16 to 22, 2024May 12, 2024May 19, 2024
April 23 to 29, 2024May 19, 2024May 26, 2024
April 30 to May 6, 2024May 26, 2024June 2, 2024
May 7 to 13, 2024June 2, 2024June 9, 2024
May 14 to 20, 2024June 9, 2024June 16, 2024
May 21 to 27, 2024June 16, 2024June 23, 2024
May 28 to June 3, 2024June 23, 2024June 30, 2024
June 4 to 10, 2024June 30, 2024July 7, 2024
June 11 to 17, 2024July 7, 2024July 14, 2024
June 18 to 24, 2024July 14, 2024July 21, 2024
June 25 to 01, 2024July 21, 2024July 28, 2024
July 2 to 8, 2024July 28, 2024August 4, 2024
July 9 to 15, 2024August 4, 2024August 11, 2024
July 16 to 22, 2024August 11, 2024August 18, 2024
July 23 to 29, 2024August 18, 2024August 25, 2024
July 30 to August 5, 2024August 25, 2024September 1, 2024

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