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IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

Estimated Direct Deposit and Check dates

NEW LAW Alert!  Beginning in 2017, if you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on your tax return, the IRS must hold your refund until at least February 15.

2017 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for 2017 applies to direct deposit and check dates. Listed below are charts of the Refund Cycle based on filing and transmitting tax returns as early as January 23, 2017. These dates are estimated and have not been and will not be published by the IRS.

The IRS refunds are usually issued within 21 days of the return being accepted. It may take up to 2 business days for the bank to post the direct deposit.

These dates are only estimates based on information from the IRS. The IRS can’t guarantee the date you will receive your refund.

DATE ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 23 – Jan 29, 2017 Feb 10, 2017 Feb 15, 2017
Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2016 Feb 17, 2017 Feb 22, 2017
Feb 6 –  Feb 14, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Mar 1, 2017
Feb 13 – Feb 19, 2017 Mar 3, 2017 Mar 8, 2017
Feb 20  – Feb 26, 2017 Mar 10, 2017 Mar 15, 2017
Feb 27 – Mar 5, 201 Mar 17, 2017 Mar 22, 2017
Mar 6 – Mar 12, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Mar 29, 2017
Mar 13 – Mar 19, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 Apr 5, 2017
Mar 20 – Mar 26, 2017 Apr 7, 2017 Apr 12, 2017
Mar 27 – Apr 2, 2017 Apr 14, 2017 Apr 19, 2017
Apr 3 – Apr 9, 2017 Apr 21, 2017 Apr 26, 2017
Apr 10 – Apr 16, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 May 3, 2017
Apr 17 – Apr 23, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 10, 2017
Apr 24 – Apr 30, 2017 May 12, 2017 May 17, 2017
Apr 31 – May 5, 2017 May 17, 2017 May 24, 2017

2016 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

DATE ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 19 – Jan 24, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Feb 10, 2016
Jan 25 – Jan 31, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Feb 17, 2016
Feb 1 – Feb 7, 2016 Feb 19, 2016 Feb 24, 2016
Feb 8 – Feb 14, 2016 Feb 26, 2016 Mar 2, 2016
Feb 15 – Feb 21, 2016 Mar 4, 2016 Mar 9, 2016
Feb 22 – Feb 28, 2016 Mar 11, 2016 Mar 16, 2016
Feb 29 – Mar 6, 2016 Mar 18, 2016 Mar 23, 2016
Mar 7 – Mar 13, 2016 Mar 25, 2016 Mar 30, 2016
Mar 14 – Mar 20, 2016 Apr 1, 2016 Apr 6, 2016
Mar 21 – Mar 27, 2016 Apr 8, 2016 Apr 13, 2016
Mar 28 – Apr 3, 2016 Apr 15, 2016 Apr 20, 2016
Apr 4 – Apr 10, 2016 Apr 22, 2016 Apr 27, 2016
Apr 11 – Apr 17, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 May 4, 2016
Apr 18 – Apr 24, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 11, 2016
Apr 26 – May 1, 2016 May 13, 2016 May 18, 2016

2015 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart

DATE ACCEPTED DIRECT DEPOSIT SENT PAPER CHECK MAILED
Jan 20 – Jan 24, 2015 Feb 6, 2015 Feb 9, 2015
Jan 25 – Jan 31, 2015 Feb 13, 2015 Feb 16, 2015
Feb 1 – Feb 7, 2015 Feb 20, 2015 Feb 23, 2015
Feb 8 – Feb 14, 2015 Feb 27, 2015 Mar 2, 2015
Feb 15 – Feb 21, 2015 Mar 6, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Feb 22 – Feb 28, 2015 Mar 13, 2015 Mar 20, 2015
Mar 1 – Mar 7, 2015 Mar 20, 2015 Mar 27, 2015
Mar 8 – Mar 14, 2015 Mar 27, 2015 Apr 3, 2015
Mar 15 – Mar 21, 2015 Apr 3, 2015 Apr 10, 2015
Mar 22 – Mar 28, 2015 Apr 10, 2015 Apr 17, 2015
Mar 29 – Mar Apr 4, 2015 Apr 17, 2015 Apr 24, 2015
Apr 5 – Apr 11, 2015 Apr 24, 2015 May 1, 2015
Apr 12 – Apr 15, 2015 May 1, 2015 May 8, 2015
Apr 16 – Apr 25, 2015 May 8, 2015 May 15, 2015
Apr 26 – May 2, 2015 May 15, 2015 May 22, 2015

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