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The IRS Tax Refund Calendar for the 2019 Tax Season

by Chelsea Rosine | Feb 12, 2019
IRS Tax Refund Calendar for Tax Professionals

Between the government shutdown and the temporary government reopen, there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the 2019 tax season. Whether you have asked the question or have been asked by a client, you've probably been a part of conversation surrounding tax refunds. 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) Filers

Although you were able to file your taxes as early as January 1, 2019, a law was passed in 2018 that requires the IRS to hold all tax refunds that included the EITC or the ACTC. The IRS will hold these refunds until February 15, 2019. If you filed with either of these credits and experienced no other problems filing, you should expect your refund no earlier than February 25. 

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. It is important to note that Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) refund filers may not see a refund date through these platforms, but their dates should be reflected on both the app and the website on February 23, 2019. 

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 28 - Feb 2, 2019  Feb 15, 2019  Feb 22, 2019
 Feb 3 - Feb 9, 2019  Feb 22, 2019  Mar 1, 2019
 Feb 10 - Feb 16, 2019  Mar 1, 2019  Mar 8, 2019
 Feb 17 - Feb 23, 2019
 Mar 8, 2019  Mar 15, 2019
 Feb 24 - Mar 2, 2019  Mar 15, 2019  Mar 22, 2019
 Mar 3 - Mar 9, 2019  Mar 22, 2019  Mar 29, 2019
 Mar 10 - Mar 16, 2019  Mar 29, 2019  Apr 5, 2019
 Mar 17 - Mar 23, 2019  Apr 5, 2019  Apr 12, 2019
 Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2019  Apr 12, 2019  Apr 19, 2019
 Mar 31 - Apr 6, 2019  Apr 19, 2019  April 26, 2019
 Apr 7 - Apr 13, 2019  April 26, 2019  May 3, 2019
 Apr 14 - Apr 20, 2019  May 3, 2019  May 10, 2019
 Apr 21 - Apr 27, 2019  May 10, 2019  May 17, 2019
 Apr 28 - May 4, 2019  May 17, 2019  May 24, 2019

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 2019 year. 

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