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What is the IRS Refund Cycle Chart?

Well you’ve done your taxes and are wondering where your refund is by now.  There is actually a predictable cycle of IRS refunds that can help you know when to expect your money.  But as usual, this is only a prediction and there are things that  can delay any part of the IRS refund cycle chart at any time.

Even if you do your taxes late, say for example you filed for an extension, you can still check the IRS refund cycle chart to know when to expect your money.  As you can see, the chart accounts for every day of the year through December 26.

The dates you get your money are based on IRS information.  For example, you may check the refund cycle chart and determine you’ll get your direct deposit on August 17.  Your bank can delay that payment for up to an additional five more days.

In other words, don’t count on being able to access your refund money on the dates you see below because there are several things that can make it take longer.

This is the IRS refund cycle chart for those who are turning in their taxes after the official due date on April 17.

Date the IRS Accepts Your Return
Direct Deposit Date Paper Check Mailed
Apr 19 and Apr 25, 2012 05/02/12 05/04/12
Apr 26 and May 2, 2012 05/09/12 05/11/12
May 3 and May 9, 2012 05/16/12 05/18/12
May 10 and May 16, 2012 05/23/12 05/25/12
May 17 and May 23, 2012 05/30/12 06/01/12
May 24 and May 30, 2012 06/06/12 06/08/12
May 31 and Jun 6, 2012 06/13/12 06/15/12
Jun 7 and Jun 13, 2012 06/20/12 06/22/12
Jun 14 and Jun 20, 2012 06/27/12 06/29/12
Jun 21 and Jun 27, 2012 07/04/12 07/06/12
Jun 28 and Jul 4, 2012 07/11/12 07/13/12
Jul 5 and Jul 11, 2012 07/18/12 07/20/12
Jul 12 and Jul 18, 2012 07/25/12 07/27/12
Jul 19 and Jul 25, 2012 08/01/12 08/03/12
Jul 26 and Aug 1, 2012 08/08/12 08/10/12
Aug 2 and Aug 8, 2012 08/15/12 08/17/12
Aug 9 and Aug 15, 2012 08/22/12 08/24/12
Aug 16 and Aug 22, 2012 08/29/12 08/31/12
Aug 23 and Aug 29, 2012 09/05/12 09/07/12
Aug 30 and Sep 5, 2012 09/12/12 09/14/12
Sep 6 and Sep 12, 2012 09/19/12 09/21/12
Sep 13 and Sep 19, 2012 09/26/12 09/28/12
Sep 20 and Sep 26, 2012 10/03/12 10/05/12
Sep 27 and Oct 3, 2012 10/10/12 10/12/12
Oct 4 and Oct 10, 2012 10/17/12 10/19/12
Oct 11 and Oct 17, 2012 10/24/12 10/26/12
Oct 18 and Oct 24, 2012 10/31/12 11/02/12
Oct 25 and Oct 31, 2012 11/07/12 11/09/12
Nov 1 and Nov 7, 2012 11/14/12 11/16/12
Nov 8 and Nov 14, 2012 11/21/12 11/23/12
Nov 15 and Nov 21, 2012 11/28/12 11/30/12
Nov 22 and Nov 28, 2012 12/05/12 12/07/12
Nov 29 and Dec 5, 2012 12/12/12 12/14/12
Dec 6 and Dec 12, 2012 12/19/12 12/21/12
Dec 13 and Dec 19, 2012 12/27/12 12/31/12
Dec 20 and Dec 26, 2012 01/03/13 01/07/13
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