For tax year 2018, the IRS will officially open on January 28, 2019 to begin processing returns. The IRS will start e-file testing on January 17. During testing, the IRS takes small batches of returns to test their processing centers. We cannot determine if your return will be picked as part of the e-file test.
Once the IRS officially opens on January 28th, 9 out of 10 refunds will be processed within 21 days. However, due to new tax law changes, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the following credits, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) before the middle of February. While the tax returns will be processed when received, returns containing the above listed credits will not be funded until the middle of February. The IRS believes the EITC or CTC income tax refunds will be deposited into taxpayer's accounts around February 27, 2019 if they selected direct deposit and there aren't any other questions or concerns with the tax return.
The IRS provides a link on their homepage for each individual to check their refund status and the approximate date it will be sent to the bank (direct deposit) or mailed. You may check your refund status with the IRS at Where's My Refund?. You will need to have the primary social security number listed on the return, the filing status used (Single, Head of Household, etc), and the expected refund amount.
For video assistance with tracking your Federal refund, please click here.
**Please Note: The date that the funds are available in your account may vary slightly from bank to bank.
For information about your state refund, you would need to contact your state. Because states vary in the amount of time it takes for them to process a return and issue a refund, there is no general timeline for the state refund process.
We do not at any point handle money involved in refunds. Checks and direct deposits are sent from the IRS or state agency directly to the taxpayer. At no point do we receive refunds or participate in the refund process.