Where Is My Tax Refund?

If you’ve filed your taxes already and you’re expecting a tax return this year, you’re probably asking, “where is my refund?”  Unfortunately, the IRS doesn’t instantaneously wire your tax refund to you, even if you e-filed using the free 2012 Turbo Tax option.  The good news is that if you e-file, you can get your return in as little as 8 days – more on that in a second.

For those of you who e-filed this year, you can check your refund status with this tool from the IRS.  It’s pretty quick and gives you an estimation of when you can expect to see your tax refund.

Of course I know you already realize that getting a refund from the government isn’t the best use of our tax dollars.  It’s a 0% return on your money!  If you’re tired of lending the government your money, make sure you adjust your withholdings with your HR office.  Use this handy IRA withholding calculator to get an idea of what you should have withheld from your paychecks.Refund Status

Be smart with your tax return!

If you’re getting a tax refund this year, put it to good use!  Try to pay down some debt or invest it and make your money work for you.

If you want to use your tax return to start an investment account, you can open an account at Betterment and get a $25 bonus.  You can read our Betterment review here if you want to see how easy it is to get started with investing.

 

IRS efile Tax Refund Cycle Chart

Here is a detailed view on when you can expect to see your tax refund.

If this article and chart is helpful, hit the +1 to the right!

 

Tax Return Transmission and

IRS Acceptance Dates

Tax Refund Direct Bank Deposit by IRS
Deposit Date
Tax Refund Paper Check by IRS
Mail Date
Jan 17 and Jan 18, 2012 (by 11am)Jan 25, 2012Jan 27, 2012
Jan 19 and Jan 25, 2012 (by 11am)Feb 1, 2012Feb 3, 2012
Jan 26 and Feb 1, 2012 (by 11am)Feb 8, 2012Feb 10, 2012
Feb 2 and Feb 8, 2012 (by 11am)Feb 15, 2012Feb 17, 2012
Feb 9 and Feb 15, 2012 (by 11am)Feb 22, 2012Feb 24, 2012
Feb 16 and Feb 22, 2012 (by 11am)Feb 29, 2012Mar 2, 2012
Feb 23 and Feb 29, 2012 (by 11am)Mar 7, 2012Mar 9, 2012
Mar 1 and Mar 7, 2012 (by 11am)Mar 14, 2012Mar 16, 2012
Mar 8 and Mar 14, 2012 (by 11am)Mar 21, 2012Mar 23, 2012
Mar 15 and Mar 21, 2012 (by 11am)Mar 28, 2012Mar 30, 2012
Mar 22 and Mar 28, 2012 (by 11am)Apr 4, 2012Apr 6, 2012
Mar 29 and Apr 4, 2012 (by 11am)Apr 11, 2012Apr 13, 2012
Apr 5 and Apr 11, 2012 (by 11am)Apr 18, 2012Apr 20, 2012
Apr 12 and Apr 18, 2012 (by 11am)Apr 25, 2012Apr 27, 2012
Apr 19 and Apr 25, 2012 (by 11am)May 2, 2012May 4, 2012
Apr 26 and May 2, 2012 (by 11am)May 9, 2012May 11, 2012
May 3 and May 9, 2012 (by 11am)May 16, 2012May 18, 2012
May 10 and May 16, 2012 (by 11am)May 23, 2012May 25, 2012
May 17 and May 23, 2012 (by 11am)May 30, 2012Jun 1, 2012
May 24 and May 30, 2012 (by 11am)Jun 6, 2012Jun 8, 2012
May 31 and Jun 6, 2012 (by 11am)Jun 13, 2012Jun 15, 2012
Jun 7 and Jun 13, 2012 (by 11am)Jun 20, 2012Jun 22, 2012
Jun 14 and Jun 20, 2012 (by 11am)Jun 27, 2012Jun 29, 2012
Jun 21 and Jun 27, 2012 (by 11am)Jul 4, 2012Jul 6, 2012
Jun 28 and Jul 4, 2012 (by 11am)Jul 11, 2012Jul 13, 2012
Jul 5 and Jul 11, 2012 (by 11am)Jul 18, 2012Jul 20, 2012
Jul 12 and Jul 18, 2012 (by 11am)Jul 25, 2012Jul 27, 2012
Jul 19 and Jul 25, 2012 (by 11am)Aug 1, 2012Aug 3, 2012
Jul 26 and Aug 1, 2012 (by 11am)Aug 8, 2012Aug 10, 2012
Aug 2 and Aug 8, 2012 (by 11am)Aug 15, 2012Aug 17, 2012
Aug 9 and Aug 15 , 2012 (by 11am)Aug 22, 2012Aug 24, 2012
Aug 16 and Aug 22, 2012 (by 11am)Aug 29, 2012Aug 31, 2012
Aug 23 and Aug 29, 2012 (by 11am)Sep 5, 2012Sep 7, 2012
Aug 30 and Sep 5, 2012 (by 11am)Sep 12, 2012Sep 14, 2012
Sep 6 and Sep 12, 2012 (by 11am)Sep 19, 2012Sep 21, 2012
Sep 13 and Sep 19, 2012 (by 11am)Sep 26, 2012Sep 28, 2012
Sep 20 and Sep 26, 2012 (by 11am)Oct 3, 2012Oct 5, 2012
Sep 27 and Oct 3, 2012 (by 11am)Oct 10, 2012Oct 12, 2012
Oct 4 and Oct 10, 2012 (by 11am)Oct 17, 2012Oct 19, 2012
Oct 11 and Oct 17, 2012 (by 11am)Oct 24, 2012Oct 26, 2012
Oct 18 and Oct 24, 2012 (by 11am)Oct 31, 2012Nov 2, 2012
Oct 25 and Oct 31, 2012 (by 11am)Nov 7, 2012Nov 9, 2012
Nov 1 and Nov 7, 2012 (by 11am)Nov 14, 2012Nov 16, 2012
Nov 8 and Nov 14, 2012 (by 11am)Nov 21, 2012Nov 23, 2012
Nov 15 and Nov 21, 2012 (by 11am)Nov 28, 2012Nov 30, 2012
Nov 22 and Nov 28, 2012 (by 11am)Dec 5, 2012Dec 7, 2012
Nov 29 and Dec 5, 2012 (by 11am)Dec 12, 2012Dec 14, 2012
Dec 6 and Dec 12, 2012 (by 11am)Dec 19, 2012Dec 21, 2012
Dec 13 and Dec 19, 2012 (by 11am)Dec 27, 2012Dec 31, 2012
Dec 20 and Dec 26, 2012 (by 11am)Jan 3, 2013Jan 7, 2013

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  • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad P @ thadthoughts.com

    Thanks Tim!

    It’s always good advice to never spend your refund before it is in hand. You just never know when IRS will find something they believe to be in error and that refund just goes away …

  • http://www.moneybeagle.com Money Beagle

    We’ll be dropping off our tax stuff in the next couple of days, hopefully before the ‘rush’. I’m hoping that this will allow us to get our refund around the early March timeframe.

  • http://www.makingsenseofcents.com Michelle

    This is good to know! We plan on doing our taxes very soon.

  • http://www.mastertheartofsaving.com Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    Yay, I’m gonna head over and check now. :-) I just filed on Sunday and they were accepted on Monday, so according to your handy chart, we should get our money on the 15th. I can’t wait to go blow it all! just kidding.

  • http://blog.moneytrail.net/ Pam at MoneyTrail

    We are usually in the group of procrastinators who wait until April to file. However, this year we are going to do them early (like within the next week) so that we can get the FASFA finalized for our daughter’s first year in college. Thanks for including the handy chart!

  • http://www.personalfinancebythebook.com Joe Plemon

    Tim — You packed a lot of great info in this post! It will help many readers, but not me…I don’t get a refund, so I will be filing on about April 15.

  • http://ways-to-invest-money.com/ Thomas – Ways to Invest Money

    Man looking like you got it all covered. I haven’t done my taxes yet but some people I know already got their refunds back. My stated that he received a little from the IRS stating that his refund would be a week or so late due to the high volume in IRS fraud they were having.

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  • http://www.encouragersoffaith.blogspot.com AtheTypist

    Great information. Thanks!

  • marianne

    had my taxes file on Feb 8th and still awaiting for fed. It was suppose to arrive on the 22nd and i have not yet received it.

    =(

  • Angela

    I filed mine and my boyfriends taxes on Turbo Tax on 1/27/12 and they were both accepted. Mine came back right away, but I still can’t even get anything to come up for his. Any ideas why this HUGE delay?

  • Gary

    I filed around 020812 was to be deposited around 022412 and nothing and now still nothing just says it’s been received and working on it. Is there any way to write and check on the status if it got sent to wrong place or someone else got it. in the past if there was a mistake I would get a note saying so, I’ve head nothing any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • candace guyon

    This chart isn’t worth a crud because I was suppose to have received mine last month and it still hasn’t shown up, so whoever made this chart may want to change it or just delete it all together. The IRS needs to get their crap together and quit giving us false information!

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  • http://Yahoo.com Randie

    I did my taxes,and they rejected saying that someonr used my 3daughters and me and my husband files together so I took off my 16year old,cause she works now and it accepted then like 8mins came back saying rejected so I really dont understand this I need this money for my kids and I prayed that it was just mistake I really need advice please help me am hopeless ,,need guideness,and help for a car


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