Tax Season 2016 Refund Cycle Chart

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Tax Season 2016 Refund Cycle Chart

History tends to repeat itself.

We get it. To avoid false promises and tied up phone lines, the IRS stopped posting a refund cycle chart in 2012. Although the IRS won’t post a refund cycle chart anymore, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do a bit of research to estimate the dates that our refunds will arrive in our bank accounts.

Whether you want to book a getaway with that special someone (…or your buddies), need to pay those bills that are piling up, or just have a firm grasp on your finances, knowing when you’ll be receiving such a large chunk of money is important. That’s why our team at Rapidtax has put together a 2016 refund cycle chart for you based on prior year trends.

2016 Refund Cycle Chart Rapid UPDATED 1.7.2016

Is there another way to check a tax return status after filing?

Yes. There is an alternative that can give you a bit more accuracy. The IRS provides taxpayers with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on their website. Upon filing your tax return for the current year, you can check back to the site for a status update. In order to take advantage of this, you’ll need the following information:

  • your social security number
  • your filing status
  • your expected refund amount

One of the few downsides of this tool is that you can only check the status of your most current year filed tax return. So if you were playing catch-up this year and filed your returns dating back from 2011, you’ll only be able to check the status of the most recent year that you filed.

Prepare your return online and get your refund ASAP.

At Rapidtax, we know that getting your refund as fast as you can say “TRIP TO TAHITI” is important. That’s why we offer the best customer support with our team of tax pros ready to assist you while you prepare your return online.The official start of the tax season is January 19th but you’ll be able to create an account with us before then and contact our team with any tax questions you have.


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37 Responses to “Tax Season 2016 Refund Cycle Chart”

  1. John Douglas II says:

    I just want to know if direct deposits happen on Fridays? I was told only Wednesday and my due date says the 5th which is they deposit all week? Someone please help.

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi John,

      Typically, the IRS will direct deposit tax refunds each Friday of the tax season. This is based on past year trends since the IRS no longer discloses specific refund schedules. You can take a look at our schedule in the article above. Please keep in mind that although the IRS direct deposits your refund into your bank account, the banking institution has policies that may prolong the clearance of your refund amount.

  2. Sunnie says:

    I’m one of the few that filed early, 1/20/16, it was accepted the 22nd and then nothing else has ever been updated. Does that mean since my “where’s my refund” bar has never been updated, that I will have to wait til the 2/12/16 or even later?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Sunnie,

      Keep in mind that, as stated in the article, these refund cycle dates are estimated based on prior year trends. Although the dates provide a pretty good idea of when the IRS will deposit your refund into your bank account, they are still only approximate. Check the IRS Where’s My Refund tool for updates specific to your tax return. This tool is updated daily.

      • Michele says:

        Beginning 2017, the IRS must hold the refunds of filers claiming Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit until February 15, according to the IRS web site. Don’t know if this applies to anyone inquiring here, but it is worth a mention, in my opinion.

  3. Tonia McPherson says:

    My 2016 refund was accepted January 27th. Today, February 5th, “Where’s My Refund” continues to say that it’s being processed. Although the “Refund Cycle Chart” says I should get a direct deposit today. What’s going on here?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Tonia,

      I understand that it can be frustrating waiting on your tax refund. As stated in the article above, these dates are estimated based on prior year trends. Unfortunately, the IRS no longer provides specific dates promising when they will be direct depositing taxpayer refunds. Although it helps to refer back to the estimated refund cycle chart, you should also keep an eye on the IRS Where’s My Refund tool. It is updated daily to reflect where your return is in the process of e-filing. Once they have processed your return and approved it, the IRS will then provide you with a date for direct deposit.

    • Lindsey says:

      I was accepted on 1/27 as well and still show processing

      • Tax Advisor says:

        Hi Lindsey,

        As I mentioned to Tonia, it can be frustrating but the IRS gives a 21 day threshold before they will research into the where-abouts of your tax return. If 21 days has passed and you still have not received an update on the Where’s My Refund tool, contact the IRS directly. Choose option 2 when you call in; not the refund info option which will direct you to another automated system.

    • Tara says:

      Filed my taxes on Jan 21 was received on the 23rd today on Feb 6 it says approved two bars and a deposit day of Feb 10..this is the longest I’ve ever waited for refund!!!

  4. Jesse g says:

    Ok I should have gotten mine yesterday…and its still not in ???

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Jesse,

      As stated in the article, these dates are approximate. The IRS no longer provides a refund cycle chart of their own, however, prior year trends tend to continue in current years. You’ll want to keep an eye on the IRS Where’s My Refund tool on their website as well. They update this tool daily.

  5. brooke says:

    I filed and accepted January 19th and still have not received my refund 24 days later. Irs rep says its still processing. when should I see my refund?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Brooke,

      Most refunds are received within 21 days. The best thing for you to do is check back to the Where’s My Refund tool on the IRS website. This tool is updated daily with your refund status. Once it is finished processing, you will receive a date in which your refund will either be mailed out or direct deposited into your bank account (depending on what you chose when filing). Since the IRS insists that they will research where your refund is in the filing process after 21 days, I highly suggest giving them a call next week if you still have not received an update.

    • John says:

      Hey Brooke I filed on the 28th just checked WMR website mine finally updated gave me a DDD of the 18th think they must be behind processing check the website now it maybe updated

  6. Lakendick &Victoria Williams says:

    Hey we file our taxes on Feb 4,2016 and t still saying received what’s going on

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hello Victoria,

      This means that the IRS has received your tax return and it is in the processing stage. They insist that you allow 21 days if you e-filed your tax return. You can check the Where’s my Refund tool daily as they update each day. After 21 days, the IRS will further research your tax return progress if you contact them to do so.

  7. John says:

    I filed and was accepted on the 20th of Jan.. I called and spoke to an IRS agent, had to verify my Identity on the 12th of Feb. The WMR has been showing ” Refund is still processing, will get refund date when available”. How long will I have to wait for my refund after my identity has been verified. Please help!!!

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi John,

      The Where’s My Refund tool is updated daily. If you do not receive an update within 2-3 business days, I suggest calling the IRS back. It is over the 21 day threshold that they instated and they should be researching your status further.

  8. Tonyg says:

    I e-filed and the IRS accepted my return on January 23rd. The WMR site went from one bar to no bar on February 2nd. I received a letter from the IRS on February 12th saying that I needed to verify my identity. The letter stated that I could do it online or by phone. Since the letter said that it would be better if I did it online, that’s what I did. After answering the questions, the message said thanks for letting them know that someone else filed for a refund and that my refund would be terminated. I freaked out and called the number on the letter. After being placed on hold for thirty seven minutes I finally was able to explain what happened. The lady that I spoke with was very personable and was satisfied that I really was me. She informed me that it could take up to six more weeks to get my refund direct deposited into my bank but I should get it sooner than that. I have checked the WMR site but it is back to saying that my refund is being processed. I also check my bank but no refund as of February 19th.

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Tony,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had such a poor experience filing your taxes this year! Since you spoke with someone directly at the IRS, I suggest taking their advice and waiting out the 6 additional weeks for your refund. Once these 6 weeks has passed (since February 12th), I suggest calling back and speaking to a representative once more. It is not anything to worry about based on the ‘processing’ stage on the Where’s My Refund tool as it will be on this stage until you receive a direct deposit date update.

  9. Frantz edouard says:

    Hi the irs accepted my return January, 27 2016
    And I was suppose to get a refund on February 17
    The where’s my refund bar disappeared and now it still being processed. I called and they said it’s still being processed, what do i do now

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Frantz,

      It seems as though the IRS mistakenly gave you a refund date. This was a mistake on their end and there is nothing to worry about as it is now back in the processing stage. Check back daily for updates. If there is anything wrong with your return, you will be notified via mail and/or receive an IRS code on the Where’s My Refund tool.

  10. sunshine says:

    My refund is being sent by check on Monday 2/22/16. Does anyone know how long it takes to come in the mail? (got major truck repairs to do)

  11. Nia says:

    If I filled electronically why would they say it’s being mailed in 8-10 weeks

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Nia,

      Although you electronically filed your tax return, you may have still chosen to receive your refund via paper check by mail. Another reason this could be happening is that you mis-entered your direct deposit information. In this situation, the IRS may default to mailing your refund instead of reaching out and waiting for you to respond; ultimately delaying your refund.

  12. Ari says:

    Has anybody who filed 2.16.16 actually got that ddd for 2.26.16

  13. lonnie says:

    I got accepted on February 6 with the irs and each day has been a red box processing and now 2days ago no red box just says still processing and date will be there when available and tomorrow will be 3 weeks since accepted it has. Never been this long any year and I haven’t gotten any calls or letters so what us?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Lonnie,

      The Where’s my Refund tool is updated daily by the IRS. Based on what you have stated above, it sounds like your return is going through the normal process. Although it has been over three weeks, the IRS cannot promise a 100% accurate time frame of when you will get your refund. It is typically 21 days but that is always subject to changes and delays.

  14. kathy says:

    Filed electronically April 12th. To this date it still shows as processing. What number do I call to find out what is going on?

  15. Angela says:

    My return was accepted on January 12, 2017. I did receive the EIC so does that mean I will not get my refund until after February 25?

    • Hi Angela,

      According to the IRS, they are now required to hold refunds from returns that claim the EIC until February 15th, at least. However, they are warning taxpayers that it may be delayed further due to the Presidents’ Day long weekend; saying that those people may not receive their money until February 27th.

  16. dana says:

    I filed with a eic credit. just says to check back after feb 15th for more information. the last time I was able to check it just said received. would I be contacted if something was wrong with my forms? I cant get any other info from other then to check back.

    • Hi Dana,

      Since you filed your return claiming the EIC, your refund will not be released until at least February 15th. This is why the IRS tool is insisting you wait until then to check on your status. If your return was rejected for any reason, your status will update to reflect that. You should also be able to check with your tax preparer. For example, if you filed with our site on, you’ll be able to see the status updates on your status page.

  17. Maria Grammer says:

    I filed and it was accepted Feb.3rd however I checked back on 2/16/2017 and it’s now saying it’s being processed with no bars is something wrong with my return? I also got a email with Turbo tax saying your refund may be delayed then it just prompted me to a message about the path act. if something was wrong would it have my refund amount on the were my refund tool and message it’s being processed? Or would it tell me? I didn’t know if there were more people out there that got still being processed.

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