The IRS Tax Refund Calendar For The 2020 Tax Season

by Chelsea Rosine | Mar 05, 2020
2020 IRS Tax Refund Calendar for Tax Professionals

Whether your filing taxes for your clients or filing your own taxes, you've probably been asked about the refund schedule and tax filing tools. Brush up on your tax season FAQs to become the expert tax professional. 

Filing Deadlines

The Internal Revenue Service started accepting electronic and paper returns on January 27, 2020. Electronic filings generally get faster responses. Individual returns and payments are due on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and an extension until Thursday,October 15 will be granted for filing returns but not for making tax payments.  

How do I check my refund status?

The IRS offers two different ways to track your refund: Where's My Refund on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go mobile app. Through the website and app, you'll be able to check the status of your refund. You can check your status 24 hours after the IRS received your electronically filed tax return or 4 weeks after you’ve mailed a paper tax return.

When will I receive my tax refund?

Below is a chart of when you should expect your tax refund if you filed electronically. While this information is an estimate, it's based on historical data as well as early information from the IRS and could be applicable for most people. In the past, the IRS refunded more than 90% of filed tax to taxpayers in less than 21 days. 

   Date Accepted       Direct Deposit Sent         Paper Check Mailed     
 Jan 27 - Feb 1, 2020  Feb 14, 2020  Feb 21, 2020
 Feb 2 - Feb 8, 2020  Feb 21, 2020  Feb 28, 2020
 Feb 9 - Feb 15, 2020  Feb 28, 2020  Mar 6, 2020
 Feb 16 - Feb 22, 2020 
 Mar 6, 2020  Mar 13, 2020
 Feb 23 - Feb 29, 2020  Mar 13, 2020  Mar 20, 2020
 Mar 1 - Mar 7, 2020  Mar 20, 2020  Mar 27, 2020
 Mar 8 - Mar 14, 2020  Mar 27, 2020  Apr 3, 2020
 Mar 15 - Mar 21, 2020  Apr 3, 2020  Apr 10, 2020
 Mar 22 - Mar 28, 2020  Apr 10, 2020  Apr 17, 2020
 Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2020  Apr 17, 2020  April 24, 2020
 Apr 5 - Apr 11, 2020  April 24, 2020  May 1, 2020
 Apr 12 - Apr 18, 2020  May 1, 2020  May 8, 2020
 Apr 19 - Apr 25, 2020  May 8, 2020  May 15, 2020
 Apr 26 - May 2, 2020  May 15, 2020  May 22, 2020

WebCE wants tax payers and tax professionals to have the most up-to-date information during tax season. Tax professionals can use this information as well as the information in our courses to give to clients to help ease their angst during what could be a stressful time. View our courses online to learn more about the new tax law and how it will affect tax filings and investments as we continue into the 2020 year. 

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