2024 IRS E-File Tax Refund Cycle Charts

Explore our comprehensive guide for the 2024 IRS e-file direct deposit dates! Stay informed and streamline your tax season experience with our valuable insights on when you can anticipate your tax refund.

The IRS will begin accepting 2023 tax returns on January 29, 2024, with nearly 165 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2024. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 15 this year.

Many tax software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before Jan. 29 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 Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. 

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 be mailed. This table is based on the previous year’s tax return charts.

Please note that these dates listed in the cycle chart are estimates and are not guaranteed.

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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.

2024 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 of Submission 2024 Tax Refund Direct Deposit Dates 2024 Tax Refund Mailed Check Dates
Refunds without PATH ACT HOLD Refunds without PATH ACT HOLD
Jan 14 - 20, 2024 Wednesday, January 31, 2024 Friday, February 2, 2024
HUB TESTING Jan 21 - 27, 2024 Wednesday, February 7, 2024 Friday, February 9, 2024
Opening Week Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2024 Wednesday, February 14, 2024 Friday, February 16, 2024
Feb 4 - 10, 2024 Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Friday, February 23, 2024
Feb 11 - 17, 2024 Wednesday, February 28, 2024 Friday, March 1, 2024
Feb 18 - 24, 2024 Wednesday, March 6, 2024 Friday, March 8, 2024
Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2024 Wednesday, March 13, 2024 Friday, March 15, 2024
Mar 3 - 9, 2024 Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Friday, March 22, 2024
Mar 10 - 16, 2024 Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Friday, March 29, 2024
Mar 17 - 23, 2024 Wednesday, April 3, 2024 Friday, April 5, 2024
Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2024 Wednesday, April 10, 2024 Friday, April 12, 2024
Mar 31 - Apr 6, 2024 Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Friday, April 19, 2024
Apr 7 - 13, 2024 Wednesday, April 24, 2024 Friday, April 26, 2024
Apr 14 - 20, 2024 Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Friday, May 3, 2024
Apr 21 - 27, 2024 Wednesday, May 8, 2024 Friday, May 10, 2024
Apr 28 - May 4, 2024 Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Friday, May 17, 2024
May 5 - 11, 2024 Wednesday, May 22, 2024 Friday, May 24, 2024
May 12 - 18, 2024 Wednesday, May 29, 2024 Friday, May 31, 2024
May 19 - 25, 2024 Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Friday, June 7, 2024
May 26 - Jun 1, 2024 Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Friday, June 14, 2024
Jun 2 - June 8, 2024 Wednesday, June 19, 2024 Friday, June 21, 2024

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

2024 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, 2024. If your return contains either of these credits, you can track its status at the IRS Where’s My Refund site starting February 17, 2024.

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 2024 Tax Refund Direct Deposit Dates 2024 Tax Refund Mailed Check Dates
PATH ACT REFUNDS⬇ PATH ACT REFUNDS⬇
Jan 2 - 20, 2024 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
HUB TESTING Jan 21 - 27, 2024 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
Opening Week Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2024 ⬇ON HOLD⬇ ⬇ON HOLD⬇
Feb 4 - 10, 2024 FIRST BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Wednesday, February 21, 2024 FIRST BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Friday, February 23, 2024
Feb 11 - 17, 2024 SECOND BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Wednesday, February 28, 2024 SECOND BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Friday, March 1, 2024
Feb 18 - 24, 2024 THIRD BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Wednesday, March 6, 2024 THIRD BATCHof PATH Hold Refunds by Friday, March 8, 2024
Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2024 Wednesday, March 13, 2024 Friday, March 15, 2024
Mar 3 - 9, 2024 Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Friday, March 22, 2024
Mar 10 - 16, 2024 Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Friday, March 29, 2024
Mar 17 - 23, 2024 Wednesday, April 3 2024 Friday, April 5, 2024
Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2024 Wednesday, April 10, 2024 Friday, April 12, 2024
Mar 31 - Apr 6, 2024 Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Friday, April 19, 2024
Apr 7 - 13, 2024 Wednesday, April 24, 2024 Friday, April 26, 2024
Apr 14 - 20, 2024 Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Friday, May 3, 2024
Apr 21 - 27, 2024 Wednesday, May 8, 2024 Friday, May 10, 2024
Apr 28 - May 4, 2024 Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Friday, May 17, 2024
May 5 - 11, 2024 Wednesday, May 22, 2024 Friday, May 24, 2024
May 12 - 18, 2024 Wednesday, May 29, 2024 Friday, May 31, 2024
May 19 - 25, 2024 Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Friday, June 7, 2024
May 26 - Jun 1, 2024 Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Friday, June 14, 2024
Jun 2 - June 8, 2024 Wednesday, June 19, 2024 Friday, June 21, 2024


***The information presented in these tables is derived from historical patterns and general guidelines. It is essential to note that this is not an official statement from the IRS and should not be considered a reliable source for precise timelines regarding tax refunds.

Click here for tax refund direct deposit cycle charts of previous years!

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