2022 IRS E-File Refund Cycle Charts

The IRS will begin accepting 2021 tax returns on January 24, 2022, with nearly 165 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2022. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 18 this year.

Many tax software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before Jan. 31 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems “Go Live”.  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 the first week of March if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return.  Where’s My Refund should start showing updates on or after Feb. 19, 2022. 

The IRS no longer publishes a tax refund schedule, 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 tax refund direct deposit 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 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 directly deposited into your bank account or the date your paper check should arrive by mail. This table is based on the previous year’s 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 paper tax returns. There is no tax refund schedule for paper tax returns because it is difficult to know when the IRS will physically process your tax return.

2022 Tax Refund Schedule for Tax Refunds not affected by PATH ACT Laws

Individual Tax Returns not claiming the following credits

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)
Date Accepted 2022 Tax Refund Direct Deposit Dates 2022 Tax Refund Mailed Check Dates
Refunds without PATH ACT HOLD Refunds without PATH ACT HOLD
TEST BATCH Jan 17 - 23, 2022 Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Friday, February 4, 2022
Opening Week Jan 24 - 30, 2022 Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Friday, February 11, 2022
Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2022 Wednesday, February 16, 2022 Friday, February 18, 2022
Feb 7 - 13, 2022 Wednesday, February 23, 2022 Friday, February 25, 2022
Feb 14 - 20, 2022 Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Friday, March 4, 2022
Feb 21 - 27, 2022 Wednesday, March 9, 2022 Friday, March 11, 2022
Feb 28 - Mar 6, 2022 Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Friday, March 18, 2022
Mar 7 - 13, 2022 Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Friday, March 25, 2022
Mar 14 - 20, 2022 Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Friday, April 1, 2022
Mar 21 - 27, 2022 Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Friday, April 8, 2022
Mar 28 - Apr 3, 2022 Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Friday, April 15, 2022
Apr 4 - Apr 10, 2022 Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Friday, April 22, 2022
Apr 11 - 17, 2022 Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Friday, April 29, 2022
Apr 18 - 24, 2022 Wednesday, May 4, 2022 Friday, May 6, 2022
Apr 25 - May 1, 2022 Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Friday, May 13, 2022
May 2 - May 8, 2022 Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Friday, May 20, 2022
May 9 - 15, 2022 Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Friday, May 27, 2022
May 16 - 22, 2022 Wednesday, June 1, 2022 Friday, June 3, 2022
May 23 - 29, 2022 Wednesday, June 8, 2022 Friday, June 10, 2022
May 30 - Jun 5, 2022 Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Friday, June 17, 2022
Jun 6 - June 12, 2022 Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Friday, June 24, 2022

*** 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.

2022 Tax Refund Schedule for Tax Refunds HELD by PATH ACT Laws

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (aka “PATH Act”) prevents the IRS from issuing early refunds on any tax return claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or Additional Child Tax Credit. Because identity thieves frequently claim one or both of these refundable tax credits, this measure gives the IRS extra time to detect fraudulently-filed returns, which in turn helps identity theft victims get their legitimate refunds more quickly. The IRS will begin issuing tax refunds on returns with the EIC or Additional Child Tax Credits after February 15, 2022. If your return contains either of these credits, you can track its status at the IRS Where’s My Refund site starting on February 19, 2022.

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Individual Tax Returns claiming the following credits will see a delay in refund timing

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)
Date Accepted 2022 Tax Refund Direct Deposit Dates 2022 Tax Refund Mailed Check Dates
PATH ACT REFUNDS⬇ PATH ACT REFUNDS⬇
TEST BATCH Jan 17 - 21, 2022 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
Opening Week Jan 24 - 30, 2022 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2022 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
Feb 7 - 13, 2022 FIRST BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Wednesday, February 23, 2022 FIRST BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Friday, February 25, 2022
Feb 14 - 20, 2022 SECOND BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Wednesday, March 2, 2022 SECOND BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Friday, March 4, 2022
Feb 21 - 27, 2022 THIRD BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Wednesday, March 9, 2022 THIRD BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Friday, March 11, 2022
Feb 28 - Mar 6, 2022 Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Friday, March 18, 2022
Mar 7 - 13, 2022 Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Friday, March 25, 2022
Mar 14 - 20, 2022 Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Friday, April 1, 2022
Mar 21 - 27, 2022 Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Friday, April 8, 2022
Mar 28 - Apr 3, 2022 Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Friday, April 15, 2022
Apr 4 - Apr 10, 2022 Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Friday, April 22, 2022
Apr 11 - 17, 2022 Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Friday, April 29, 2022
Apr 18 - 24, 2022 Wednesday, May 4, 2022 Friday, May 6, 2022
Apr 25 - May 1, 2022 Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Friday, May 13, 2022
May 2 - May 8, 2022 Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Friday, May 20, 2022
May 9 - 15, 2022 Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Friday, May 27, 2022
May 16 - 22, 2022 Wednesday, June 1, 2022 Friday, June 3, 2022
May 23 - 29, 2022 Wednesday, June 8, 2022 Friday, June 10, 2022
May 30 - Jun 5, 2022 Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Friday, June 17, 2022
Jun 6 - June 12, 2022 Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Friday, June 24, 2022

*** 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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