2013 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for Tax Year 2012


We have posted the 2014 IRS Refund Cycle Chart for 2013 Tax Payments.

2012 IRS e-file cycle chart and payment information.

Direct Deposit and Check date’s below. Please see disclaimer.

IRS accepts your return (by 11:00 am) between…* Projected Direct Deposit Sent* Projected Paper Check Mailed*
January 30, 2013
2/6/2013
2/8/2013
January 31
and
February 6, 2013
2/13/2013
2/15/2013
February 9
and
February 15, 2013
2/20/2013
2/22/2013
February 16
and
February 20, 2013
2/27/2013
3/1/2013
February 23
and
February 27, 2013
3/6/2013
3/8/2013
March 1
and
March 6, 2013
3/13/2013
3/15/2013
March 8
and
March 13, 2013
3/20/2013
3/22/2013
March 15
and
March 20, 2013
3/27/2013
3/29/2013
March 22
and
March 27, 2013
4/3/2013
4/5/2013
March 29
and
April 3, 2013
4/10/2013
4/12/2013
April 5
and
April 10, 2013
4/17/2013
4/19/2013
April 12
and
April 17, 2013
4/24/2013
4/26/2013
April 19
and
April 24, 2013
5/1/2013
5/3/2013
April 26
and
May 1, 2013
5/8/2013
5/10/2013
May 3
and
May 8, 2013
5/15/2013
5/17/2013
May 10
and
May 15, 2013
5/22/2013
5/24/2013
May 17
and
May 22, 2013
5/29/2013
5/31/2013
May 24
and
May 29, 2013
6/5/2013
6/7/2013
May 31
and
June 5, 2013
6/12/2013
6/14/2013
June 7
and
June 12, 2013
6/19/2013
6/21/2013
June 14
and
June 19, 2013
6/26/2013
6/28/2013
June 21
and
June 26, 2013
7/3/2013
7/5/2013
June 28
and
July 3, 2013
7/10/2013
7/12/2013
July 5
and
July 10, 2013
7/17/2013
7/19/2013
July 12
and
July 17, 2013
7/24/2013
7/26/2013
July 19
and
July 24, 2013
7/31/2013
8/2/2013
July 26
and
July 31, 2013
8/7/2013
8/9/2013
August 2
and
August 7, 2013
8/14/2013
8/16/2013
August 9
and
August 14, 2013
8/21/2013
8/23/2013
August 16
and
August 21, 2013
8/28/2013
8/30/2013
August 23
and
August 28, 2013
9/4/2013
9/6/2013
August 30
and
September 4, 2013
9/11/2013
9/13/2013
September 6
and
September 11, 2013
9/18/2013
9/20/2013
September 13
and
September 18, 2013
9/25/2013
9/27/2013
September 20
and
September 25, 2013
10/2/2013
10/4/2013
September 27
and
October 2, 2013
10/9/2013
10/11/2013
October 4
and
October 9, 2013
10/16/2013
10/18/2013
October 11
and
October 16, 2013
10/23/2013
10/25/2013
October 18
and
October 23, 2013
10/30/2013
11/1/2013
October 25
and
October 30, 2013
11/6/2013
11/8/2013
November 1
and
November 6, 2013
11/13/2013
11/15/2013
November 8
and
November 13, 2013
11/20/2013
11/22/2013
November 15
and
November 20, 2013
11/27/2013
11/29/2013
November 22
and
November 27, 2013
12/4/2013
12/6/2013
November 29
and
December 4, 2013
12/11/2013
12/13/2013
December 6
and
December 11, 2013
12/18/2013
12/20/2013
December 13
and
December 18, 2013
12/25/2013
12/27/2013
December 20
and
December 25, 2013
1/1/2014
1/3/2014


*These are only estimates, the I.R.S. has refused to give exact dates to new audit process. There are no guarantees with the I.R.S this year, but one thing is for sure. The earlier you file, the earlier you will receive a return. Contact us today for more details and to schedule your early tax appointment. January 5th 2014 is the first day to file taxes 2014.

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28 Responses to “2013 IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart for Tax Year 2012”

  1. Teresa Bustamonte Says:

    Can you please tell me the exactly starting date to e-file my taxes
    thank you

  2. Andrew Pennington Says:

    You can start e-filing as of January 3rd. It will not be processed until January 22nd though.

  3. amy hufnagel Says:

    Did anyone else notice that there is no Feb.29th this year and that is a payment date? That will throw all the payment dates after Feb. 22nd off…

  4. Tracey Carver Says:

    Chart is not accurate the projected mail check dates are on a Sunday. and the projected direct deposit date is 5days after efile starts.

  5. Dave Says:

    Amy the 29th of Feb is the cutoff date for IRS to accept not a payment date…are you blonde? The problem with the above table is, are you ready..there is no refund date for the first week of Feb and no listing for IRS accepting your return between Jan. 24 and Jan. 27. And as far as I have been able to determine IRS has not published a refund cycle chart yet. This is due to fiscal cliff BS I believe.

  6. Dave Says:

    Amy there is no Feb 29th payment date, it is listed as an acceptance cut off date. But still I get your point. Plus from what I understand IRS won’t be issuing a refund cycle chart this year as they working on fraud.
    “When can I expect to receive my refund?” is the most frequently asked question of a tax preparer. This year your tax preparer may not be able to give you an answer. The IRS is not producing a 2013 IRS e-file refund cycle chart for tax preparers to answer the question. The commonly used chart has been discontinued and Publication 2043 has been dramatically revised due to IRS uncertainty about issuing refunds. The IRS states “In a change from previous filing seasons, taxpayers won’t get an estimated refund date right away.” From a customer service standpoint, this presents a problem in managing your clients expectations. The IRS states that “most taxpayers will have their refunds within 23 days”, a significant delay from recent years.

    The delay in issuing refunds is due to a new processing method with an emphasis on fraud. The IRS’s new processing method includes multiple fraud checks based on the information in your tax return. Tax returns will be analyzed for what the IRS calls “incoming transactions” and placed in a different category for funding. The IRS has not stated what denotes an incoming transaction but it could be anything from a change in dependents to a change in address. “The IRS has fraud filters built into their new system and they don’t truly know what category the tax returns will fall into based on the filters in place at the time of review and how many returns are going to be delayed. Those filters could change throughout the tax season” says Joseph Mahaffey, CPA. “The IRS’s priority has shifted from getting you your refund quickly to fraud prevention and identity theft.”

    Tax preparer advocacy groups are displeased with the lack of information available to them by the IRS. The National Association of Registered Tax Return Preparers believes the taxpayer needs to know when to expect a refund and has taken action to provide NARTRP members with an answer. Based on extensive research of IRS and TIGTA reports of the new processing system, they have developed their own refund cycle chart to provide refund dates. President of the NARTRP, Andy Carter, remarks, “We think the IRS should not keep the tax preparer in the dark. Giving your client a date to put on the calendar is an important service provided by the tax preparer. A refund date manages your client’s expectations and prevents premature follow-up calls. We believe our refund cycle chart can accurately predict most refund dates.”

    Oh and to Hot Springs tax service I can work for you, I have passed EA exam.

  7. Andrew Pennington Says:

    The Tax Schedule has been updated. So sorry for any information that was incorrect on it.

  8. Dave Dawson Says:

    Mr. Pennington great job on the updating. Takes a humble person to say they are sorry and admit mistakes. My hat is off to you!

  9. Tornado76 Says:

    I found this E-File Schedule when I did a search for it on Google. It appears to be the only one out there. I just wanted to let everyone know that this schedule appears to be VERY ACCURATE!! My return was accepted on Jan 24th. I checked the IRS “Where’s My Return” Website today, and it said that my funds would be deposited into my bank on February 6th. Which is EXACTLY what the Schedule above indicated. Therefore, I think they did a great job posting this Schedule. I’m not saying it’s 100% correct, but it WAS CORRECT for my refund. My advice would definitely be… trust this Schedule. Thanks to those of you that posted it!!

  10. trishalla Says:

    I don’t know how well “where’s my refund” is working! I have been using it to check my status! and when I went to check my status, it asked me for the date I filed, which it did not do before, and now its going back to saying its still being “processed” I filed on the 17th, IRS accepted it on the 25th, so i’m guessing I may be waiting 23 days before I see a direct deposit! good luck everyone!

  11. Angie Smith Says:

    I do taxes and one of my first clients of the year was accepted on the 22nd and received their refund on Feb 1. Another was accepted on the 28th and received her refund yesterday, I have 3 more due Thurs the 7th. So it is all over the place.

  12. JOANNA CEPEDA Says:

    HI,WHAT IS THE TIME THAT THEY DEPOSIT THE REFUND?

  13. Andrew Pennington Says:

    Usually around 12am. It has been very sporadic this year though.

  14. trishalla Says:

    Where My Refund? I have been using the irs.gov and the phone number and still have not heard anything back on my taxes and my taxes were accepted on the 25th after 12pm, so does this mean that my acceptance date is the 30th or 31st because the irs did not start processing until the 30th!

  15. Tori Southall Says:

    My date says the 02/13/2013 I sure hope its that date..

  16. Andrew Pennington Says:

    They acceptance date should of been the 30th. Did you receive any kind of email from the IRS or your tax software? That day was your acceptance day.

  17. Andrew Pennington Says:

    That is if the IRS accepted your return last week. It is not from the date that you submitted your return.

  18. trishalla Says:

    My tax software says it was accepted on the 25th, and I have yet to see an approve or direct deposit date on “where’s my refund” nor Have I received anything type of notice by mail!

  19. Andrew Pennington Says:

    Give the IRS a call. IRS Refund Hotline number is 800-829-1954 .

  20. Ivan Moseyko Says:

    My tax return was accepted by IRS on 01/31/2013. “where’s my refund” webpage only shows that the return was accepted. No approval yet. I tried to call 800-829-1954 which is automated response phone line. It provides the same information as on the “where’s my refund” webpage. So no help. To speak with a live person I called 1-800-829-0582 ext 462 and had to wait on hold for about 25 minutes. The agent that I spoke with verified that my tax return is “being processed” and I should get my refund within 21 days after acceptance. They would not give me anything other specific information as to when or how soon. In other words don’t bother until it has been 21 days after acceptance..

  21. Andrew Pennington Says:

    I guess it pays to have a PTIN. I would be glad to call for you guys, if I had of filed them for you.

  22. trishalla Says:

    @Ivan, thats what they told me too! lol!

  23. Nicole Hornbeck Says:

    Can someone please help? I filed on March 7 and was accepted within 20 minutes. This cycle chart above omits anyone who was accepted on a Thursday. What is the expected date if I was accepted Thursday, March 7?

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