The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on January 28, with nearly 155 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2019. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 15 this year.

Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before Jan. 28 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open.  The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically for faster refunds.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that, by law, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. While the IRS will process those returns when received, it cannot issue related refunds before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on Feb. 27, 2019, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return.  Where’s My Refund should show updates on or after Feb. 15, 2019. 

The IRS no longer publishes a tax refund schedules, but they continue to issue guidance stating most taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days. So we have used IRS guidelines, statements, and historic tax return data to create an IRS e-file cycle chart, which we have published on this page. We have also included additional tax return information, such as a list of important dates and Frequently Asked Questions regarding IRS tax refund dates. It’s important to note the tax refund cycle code charts our an estimate and represents when the majority of tax returns should be processed.

The table below shows an approximation of when your federal tax refund should be direct deposited into your bank account or the date your paper check should arrive by mail. This table is based on previous year tax return charts. Remember, this is only an estimation, and not a guarantee.

How to use this tax refund cycle code chart: This schedule only applies to tax returns filed electronically. The left column represents the date your tax refund was accepted by the IRS. Followed by the estimated direct deposit and paper check mailing dates. This chart does not apply to tax refunds filed by mail because it takes the IRS much longer to manually process returns. There is no tax refund schedule for paper returns because it is difficult to know when the IRS will physically process your return.

2019 Tax Refund Schedule for Tax Refunds not affected by PATH ACT Laws

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)
  • or the refundable portion of the American Opportunity Credit (AOC)
Date Accepted 2019 Direct Deposit Date 2019 Mailed Check Date
Refunds without PATH ACT HOLD Refunds without PATH ACT HOLD
TEST BATCH Jan 14 - 20, 2019 Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Friday, February 1, 2019
TEST BATCH Jan 21 - 27, 2019 Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Friday, February 8, 2019
Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2019 Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019
Feb 4 - 10, 2019 Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Friday, February 22, 2019
Feb 11 - 17, 2019 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Friday, March 1, 2019
Feb 18 - 24, 2019 Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019
Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2019 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Friday, March 15, 2019
Mar 4 - 10, 2019 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019
Mar 11 - 17, 2019 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Friday, March 29, 2019
Mar 18 - 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Friday, April 5, 2019
Mar 25 - 31, 2019 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Friday, April 12, 2019
Apr 1 - 7, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019
Apr 8 - 14, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Friday, April 26, 2019
Apr 15 - 21, 2019 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019
Apr 22 - 28, 2019 Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Friday, May 10, 2019
Apr 29 - May 5, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019
May 6 - 12, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Friday, May 24, 2019
May 13 - 19, 2019 Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Friday, May 31, 2019
May 20 - 26, 2019 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Friday, June 7, 2019
May 27 - Jun 2, 2019 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Friday, June 14, 2019
Jun 3 - June 9, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Friday, June 21, 2019

*** This table is based on past trends & general guidelines. This has not been issued by IRS & cannot be relied upon for exact timelines for refunds.

2019 Tax Refund Schedule for Tax Refunds HELD by PATH ACT Laws

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)
  • or the refundable portion of the American Opportunity Credit (AOC)
Date Accepted 2019 Direct Deposit Date 2019 Mailed Check Date
PATH ACT REFUNDS⬇ PATH ACT REFUNDS⬇
TEST BATCH Jan 14 - 20, 2019 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
TEST BATCH Jan 21 - 27, 2019 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2019 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
Feb 4 - 10, 2019 FIRST Batch of PATH Hold Refunds Wednesday, February 20, 2019 FIRST Batch of PATH Hold Refunds Friday, February 22, 2019
Feb 11 - 17, 2019 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Friday, March 1, 2019
Feb 18 - 24, 2019 Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019
Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2019 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Friday, March 15, 2019
Mar 4 - 10, 2019 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019
Mar 11 - 17, 2019 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Friday, March 29, 2019
Mar 18 - 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Friday, April 5, 2019
Mar 25 - 31, 2019 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Friday, April 12, 2019
Apr 1 - 7, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019
Apr 8 - 14, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Friday, April 26, 2019
Apr 15 - 21, 2019 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019
Apr 22 - 28, 2019 Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Friday, May 10, 2019
Apr 29 - May 5, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019
May 6 - 12, 2019 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Friday, May 24, 2019
May 13 - 19, 2019 Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Friday, May 31, 2019
May 20 - 26, 2019 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Friday, June 7, 2019
May 27 - Jun 2, 2019 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Friday, June 14, 2019
Jun 3 - Jun 9, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Friday, June 21, 2019

*** This table is based on past trends & general guidelines. This has not been issued by IRS & cannot be relied upon for exact timelines for refunds.

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