2017 IRS TAX REFUND SCHEDULE

2017 Estimated Tax Refund Schedule

The schedule below is based on an expected IRS receipt date beginning on the open of tax season, January 23, 2017, through the close of tax season on April 18, 2017.

IRS Return Accepted By Date

Estimated Tax Refund Direct Deposit Date

Estimated Tax Refund Mail Date

January 23th

February 6th

February 13th

January 30th

February 13th

February 21st

February 6th

February 21st

February 27th

February 13th

February 27th

March 6th

February 21st

March 6th

March 13th

February 27th

March 13th

March 20th

March 6th

March 20th

March 27th

March 13th

March 27th

April 3rd

March 20th

April 3rd

April 10th

March 27th

April 10th

April 17th

April 3rd

April 17th

April 24th

April 10th

April 24th

May 1st

April 17th

May 1st

May 8th

April 24th

May 8th

May 15th

May 1st

May 15th

May 22

 

In the past, the IRS published a chart like the one above, but they no longer publish an official tax refund scheduleeeee. If you’re looking for more information on your refund, the IRS encourages you to use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. The IRS updates the site once per day, usually overnight.

Even if you request direct deposit, you may still receive a paper check: as of 2014, the IRS has changed the rules related to refunds and direct deposit so that no more than three electronic refunds can be directly deposited into a single financial or bank account or applied to a pre-paid debit card. Taxpayers who exceed the limit will instead receive their refund in the form of a paper check. Additionally, the IRS won’t issue a refund by direct deposit into just any account: it can only be deposited into an account in your own name, your spouse’s name or both of your names if married with a joint account. If there’s an issue with the account, the IRS will send a paper check.

If it’s been more than 21 days since the IRS received your e-filed return and you still don’t have your refund, AND you did not claim the EITC or ACTC (remember, those refunds won’t be issued until after February 15), there may be a problem. There might be an error on your return, it may be incomplete or require further review, or you may have been impacted by identity theft or tax fraud. If the IRS needs more info, they will contact you by mail.

Of course, taxpayers who do not claim the EITC or the ACTC are not affected by the new law. The IRS still expects to issue more than 90% of federal tax refunds in less than 21 days; some tax returns, however, may require additional review and may take longer.

See IRS Tax FAQ & Myths for more information.

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