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Where are the IRS Refund Cycle Dates for 2014?

Tax time is in full swing and you may have already filed your income tax return for last year.  If so, you might be expecting a refund and you’re looking for the IRS Refund Cycle dates for 2014.  Are you looking for a chart dates?

CalendarSearching for the IRS Refund Cycle Dates in 2014 is a Waste of Time

Do you like wasting your time?  No, didn’t think so…which is why I’m here to tell you about the new way to find out where your refund is.  It’s the IRS website, or the IRS2go App for your phone.  Stop searching the internet for IRS refund cycle dates in 2014 because that’s just so…2010.  The IRS stopped publishing so-called IRS Refund Cycle charts in 2011 when they introduced the IRS Refund Tracker.

The IRS Refund Tracker is simply an area on the IRS website where you can create a login and password.  You can then log in every day to check the status of your very own tax return.  In the “old days”, before the new tracking system, sure it was easy to find a chart with refund dates on it.  But the dates were all-purpose dates for every taxpayer.  They represented when you could expect to receive your IRS refund, but not what was actually happening to your personal tax return.

There is no Cycle Anymore

The old Refund Cycle date charts created expectations that sometimes weren’t met.  That, in turn, caused stress on taxpayers whose refunds were delayed.

“If there’s a regular  IRS Refund Cycle of dates, then why is my refund so late?

Now the IRS doesn’t issue refunds in as regular a manner as they used to.  Some people’s returns get processed quickly and others get delayed.  It’s kind of like the Security line at the airport.  Some people get checked a little more thoroughly and others sail through without a hitch.  Almost everyone eventually gets to the airplane.  It’s just that some get delayed and some don’t.

So please stop your search for the IRS Refund Cycle Dates in 2014.  They just don’t exist!

 

IRS Refund Delays

Have you already filed your federal income tax return?  Are you expecting a refund?  Well you’re not alone…each year millions of taxpayers eagerly await refund season- it’s easy to understand, with the average IRS refund totaling a couple thousand dollars.  Many people have earmarked that money for major purchases, bill payment, or vacations…not that I’m recommending doing that!  Whatever the case may be, each year around this time there are a lot of Americans waiting for refunds with let’s say, not just a little bit of impatience.

photodune-6212156-expect-delays--xsWhy People Get Nervous About IRS Refund Delays

So, when IRS Refund delays start happening, you can probably guess what goes on in the minds of people who have already spent their refund, so to speak.  It makes them very nervous!  What I’m here to tell you is stop being nervous.  The IRS processes tax returns in a very different manner nowadays.  It causes more unexpected refund delays, as a matter of fact.

You see, in the “old days”, before the IRS worried so much about identity theft and fraud, and before this business of stealing IRS refunds really got out of hand, an IRS refund delay really did mean something bad.  It usually meant that something was wrong with your return, or at least something fishy.

Why People Shouldn’t Get Nervous About IRS Refund Delays

But now that’s not true anymore.  With the IRS’s new returns processing systems, almost anything can flag a return as “fishy” and cause it to be held up for further examination.  And as you guessed, this causes IRS Refund delays in a big way.  Heck, even a typo will slow down processing of your return, hence a delay in your refund.

So, the word is: don’t panic if your refund hasn’t arrived in the time window you thought it would.  Just because it’s delayed, doesn’t mean there’s a serious problem.  It just means they want to check it again.  Use the IRS Refund Tracker at IRS.gov to track your own tax return, so refund delays won’t cause you quite so much panic.  It’s located here and don’t use any other website other than the IRS or you will become part of the problem…identity theft!

 

Help! I Lost My IRS Tax Refund Check!

If your IRS check is lost you can initiate a trace on it.  This generally results in a new refund check being issued.  If the refund check was destroyed or stolen, the same process is used to authorize a new refund check.

If you’ve checked IRS tax refund status of your check and it should have arrived a long time ago, you can start a trace.  This means you call the IRS and tell them you either never got the refund check or you got it and it was lost, stolen, or destroyed.

If you prefer, you can fill out IRS form 3911 instead of calling.  Either way, you have to initiate the check refund trace within 17 working days of the date the IRS received your income tax return.

 

What Do IRS Refund Delays Mean for Me?

The IRS refund chart shows a time period of 7 or 8 days turnaround time on your IRS tax refund.  However, lots of taxpayers have experienced IRS refund delays this year, so much that the general wisdom is to expect your IRS refund in 10 to 21 days.

The IRS explained the delays by stating they’ve implemented new identity theft procedures and software.  This slows down the whole IRS refund process.

There was another online problem, when some people tried to use the IRS website’s Where’s My Refund? interactive tool, they were told the IRS had no information regarding their return.  While that must have been a bit scary for some people, it was only a temporary glitch that is no longer a problem.

Sometimes IRS refund delays do mean something special for you: it can mean your tax return was flagged for extra scrutiny.  The IRS can delay your refund if fraud is suspected or if they need to scrutinize your return a bit more.

Check Your IRS Refund Status by Phone

You can check your IRS tax refund online but if you don’t have internet access there is the IRS Refund Hotline.  The IRS Refund telephone number is 800-829-1954. You can speak in English or Spanish to get information about when you will receive your IRS tax refund.

The IRS employee answering the phone will ask you for the same information that’s required on the IRS check refund website.  That is, they will ask you for your Social Security Number (or your spouse’s, depending on your filing status).

AtT the IRS hotline You will also need to provide your filing status and the whole dollar amount of your IRS tax refund shown on your tax return.  Whole dollar amount means the amount without the cents.  That is, anything after the decimal point is left off.

If you have a smartphone, you can use IRS2GO, which lets you check your IRS tax refund status with your phone.  Just download the application of that name (IRS2GO) and you’re good to go.

How to Check on Your IRS Refund

Are you waiting for an IRS refund on your income taxes?  If you are, then here are some things you should know about the IRS tax refund schedule and your IRS refund.  You can check your IRS refund status online at the IRS website.  The website has an interactive feature that instructs you to enter personal data in order to show the status of your tax refund.  It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Filing online (also known as e-filing) will allow you to check your IRS refund status earlier than if you had mailed in your tax return.  You can check the status in as little as 72 hours (that’s 3 days) after it’s accepted by the IRS.

To check the status of your mailed-in tax return, you’ll have to wait three to four weeks.  What a difference!

When you hit submit and file your taxes electronically, there is usually a short wait before the IRS receives it and then sends you an acknowledgement email.  Once you get that email, start counting the 72 hours. More info click here